First, my condolences on the loss of your Mom.
I like to use Irfanview & it's plug-ins for scanning in pics. It's free & can do quite a lot of basics (resize/resample, cropping, gamma correction, enhance colors, sharpen, add text to a pic, etc...). Once loaded, use file>select twain source- then file>acquire to scan it in.
For scrapbook style software, I like Scrapbook Factory Deluxe. It's at Joann's, right now, for $30 w/$10 rebate on the box.
This allows you to make all sorts of projects- printable & digital format (for burning to CD & running a slideshow?).
Basically, you need to get started scanning- that's #1. My advice would be this:
Get a plain, paper folder to put your finished prints into. Get two or three dissimilar types of photos (black & white, color, newsprint). Decide on what settings you'd like to try, & scan the three pics, always individually, save as TIFF.
Open them in Irfanview>file>print>this will give you a preview of what you'll see & you can make adjustments, then, to how they appear on paper. Print them out & see how they look. Now, On the pics, themselves, mark the settings you used. If you notice anything you don't like, or want to try different settings, you can. Use the same three pics each time- until you're happy with what is produced. Then use those settings for the rest. The only way to truly know is to actually do some & see how they look to you on paper.
RE: size of saved images. Save as TIFF- I concur completely on the premise that you cannot add back what is removed in jpeg format. Save as TIFF & when you work on images- ALWAYS work on copies- never the original. I usually just copy the folder to my desktop so I know which is the copy & which is the original (original folder is in My Docs).
It's no big deal to save your scans to a folder called ''Scans''. When it reaches CD or DVD size, burn it off. Make a copy of the CD to hand out to others. I'd also add that no one really knows the lifespan of these CD/DVD blanks. I encourage you to date the CD & make a fresh copy the following year- checking that both work. In the third year, copy again & dispose of the 1st. This means you always have two copies.
Hope this helps? If you need any other info, get me at adkmomATgmailDOTcom
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