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This instructables show how to use a mobile phone to scan the photo in your old album.

Your mobile phone have a mega pixels camera with auto focus. It is a very good photo scanner, you just need a light source and some aids to make the mobile parallel to the photo.

Step 1: Preparation

White corrugated plastic sheets (or called PP carton board)

White LED strip (around 1 meter)

<p>Now google has an app for scanning pictures. It does a very good job.</p>
<p>What is the applications name?</p>
<p>I have used CamScanner (on an Android phone). Works brilliantly, and there are special deals for educational use.</p>
PhotoScan by Google<br><br>PhotoScan by Google Photos - Android Apps on Google Play.html
<p>PhotoScan</p>
<p>very good</p>
<p>@<a href="http://www.instructables.com/member/MrHatken" rel="nofollow">MrHatken</a> I Love this idea!!! Thank you very much for taking the time to show others how to make it. I don't really have a need for this but just wanted to let you know good job and thumbs down to those who feel they have to critique everyone's spelling and grammar. They forget that many of the entries are foreign to the English language, including me and I'm a 100% born american LOL! Some have to use a translator program and others have learned English on their own. I read your type-O of corp as crop and didn't even notice that it was a type-O. Maybe my brain was more polite than others. Keep on inventing MrHatken!</p>
<p>@vijji , Do you have the link for this particular app. It's nice to know there is one, but it's better to know the link</p>
<p>Fantastic instructable, thank you.</p><p>As you indicate cropping (not corp) is usually needed and also it can help to have software that aligns image vertically / horizontally, and even allows scanning of multiple photos at once (to increase speed). </p><p>Can people suggest (from experience) good mobile apps for this? Maybe this is not right forum but I think software solution (for iOS, Android) is a big part of making this instructable a real success. </p>
thx, fixed the spelling.
Glare? It will have huge glare problems isn't it
step 8 mentioned you may need to adjust the LED strip height for light distribution. The glare should outside the target area.
<p>Anyone sort out the measurements? Old guy here struggling with what size panels to buy.</p>
I only have the measurements for taking 4R photo with iPhone 6S, welcome anyone post your measurements here.
<p>not to be rude but isn't this just take a picture of a picture?</p>
yes, it just for backup old picture in digital format.
<p>Excellent light box! Thank you for this Instructable! It could be adapted for taking images of small items for eBay - no shadow, no glare.</p><p> It has diffuse lighting, good color, and maintains the desired distance. Evenly distributed light with the proper color is a critical part of copying photos. </p><p>White LEDs should satisfy almost all purposes. RGB LEDs could be adjusted for other spectrum distributions.</p>
I have tried NeoPixel LED strip for adjusting color tone. But it draws too much power and make it not portable.
<p>Did you use an Exacto knife for your cuts or just scissors?</p>
I am using cutter in most case.
I am using ruler and cutter.
<p> I think this is a great idea. Saves the trouble of downloading scanner firmware, software etc. and is easily portable. Some people wrote that this is cheaper than a scanner but I have to disagree. This is a great idea but does cost time and money. If it takes you 2 hours to build those 2 hours could have been involved in creating money by work. You need to calculate in the cost of the LED's the used power cable, the white-boards etc. LED strips from the stores run about $20 and add up the cost of the white board and you are close to $30. A cheap scanner runs about $39 or less if you find one at a goodwill etc. For those of us who have to document work completed and scan documents regularly while on the road this is a great tool because it saves space is easily portable and easy to use. The LED's can be powered by a 12V DC Jack. etc. Creating similar boxes to scan receipts, invoices etc would be awesome because of the portability. Thanks for sharing. </p>
<p>I frequently take photos with my camera of documents, receipts and other photos but it's often a challenge to get the lighting right without a shadow from my phone. This solves that problem and would be quick, inexpensive, portable and simple to make. It would make an excellent light box. </p><p>I love it when someone scolds another for using their time productively on a fun project. It's highly unlikely that an average person could use every hour he has to earn income. I find it much more satisfying and rewarding to use my time making something useful. I save lots of $$$ each year making or repairing items instead of clogging the landfills by tossing out something that I can repair or repurpose. </p>
<p>You can download Camscanner app from Playstore or Apple store on your smartphone. Take a shot of the old photos and save it in jpeg, edit with any software or apps if needed. Documents can be saved as pdf or jpeg file. It saves money and time mostly.</p>
<p>Just downloaded Google Photo scan. It takes four pics (with your Phone) to avoid any &quot;shiny spots&quot; works good!</p><p>EG</p>
<p>Great thinking and attitude!</p>
<p>I'm in under $10. $2.10 for a 1M USB light. Amazon has the sheets for around $6.00. Local stationary store for even less.</p>
I've seen those same white boards at the dollar tree and led strips for about $10 or less on eBay. Thus for like $12 one could make this project...totally cheaper than a scanner.
Hi, Vousie. I agree scanner could have better scan quality in most condition. This light box just help people saving $40 if they don't have scanner in hand and just want to scan a few old photo.
Thx! Light and portable are the main design principles. Because I need go to 2 families home to scan their old photos. Actually, I am using a 5V LED strip eith USB plug, so that I can turn it on by a power bank.
You are a genius for making this instructable. Thankyou.
<p>I download Camscanner app from Playstore or Apple store on my smartphone. Take a shot of the old photos and save it in jpeg, edit with any software or apps if needed. It saves time mostly.</p>
<p>OK one more, $2.10 delivered.</p><p>https://www.aliexpress.com/item/5V-50CM-1M-2M-3M-4M-5M-USB-Cable-Power-LED-strip-light-lamp-SMD-3528/32700753061.html?spm=2114.01010208.3.11.9mIAh4&amp;ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_2_10065_10068_10000009_10084_10083_10080_10082_10081_10060_10061_10062_10056_10055_10054_10059_9912_10099_10078_10079_427_426_10103_10073_10102_10096_10052_10050_10107_10051_10106-9912,searchweb201603_3,afswitch_1&amp;btsid=35b9c833-9dc6-4ba9-88a4-1c78df952f34</p>
<p>https://www.amazon.com/Lemonbest-Flexible-3528smd-120leds-Waterproof/dp/B015R87GQK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1482869828&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=5v+led+strip+white</p><p>2M already wired with USB $8</p>
<p>Excellent ible!!!!!!</p><p>I will definitely give this a try. I also want to make one for copying documents. I guess it will require taller sides to get the right field of view. If you can provide any insight on this, I would be grateful for your advice. I want to be able to do letter and legal and even occasional non-standard documents.</p><p>Thank you very much for sharing this!!!!!!!</p>
<p>That was awesome, thanks and Happy New Year. </p>
great instructable. many thanks. PEACE. ji.p. 2017
<p>A stand like this would also be handy for scanning checks to a bank account. I'm always having trouble holding the phone steady to get the check aligned.</p>
<p>Very well done. Thank you for sharing.</p>
<p>Scanners are more common than cell phones? </p>
What world do you live in. Everyone .... literally everyone owns a cell phone. I think I might know only two people with a scanner.
<p>well not &quot;literally&quot; everyone</p>
<p>some times someone may be working with old photos that are glued into older books that you cannot take apart without risking losing or ruining the photos or the books. for that, this idea is great. well, using a good DSLR with pro lenses would be better but most folks don't have a good DSLR but most do have a decent Smart phone with a pretty good camera on it.</p>
A scanner is actually slower,cannot scan pix well without removing them from the album,reflect high gloss finishes.<br>A few years ago,When i tried to scan my moms 30+ year old 10x12 magnetic cling albums,with some 60+year old pix,some of the photos could not be removed without destroying them,the ones I could remove had to be put back in the albums.<br><br>I resorted to a similar method,with a little diy jig for page alignment,I used a 10x13 picture frame glass to hold the pages down flat.<br>The illumination had to be adjusted to eliminate glare.Cropped the individual photos from the page.I then batch processed most of the correction.<br>They actually came out pretty good with just a 7mp camera,at the time.<br>7 full albums.<br>Major project but.....so much nicer to view a slide show on a 60&quot;led tv.
<p>Yeah that's what I think. but I love your idea of placing the glass over the page to hold it flat... also im thinking that putting the book or page up on something like an easel may make it easier to photograph because theres no light coming from over head and no shadow from the camera / phone. </p>

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