I’ve received a few compliments on my scans of cards, so I thought I’d just do a quick little walkthrough of how I scan and then process cards in Photoshop using a 1986 Topps Hubie Brooks card. I thought this just might be a fun little exercise.
This is the original scan, scanned from a nine-pocket page. First step is to rotate the picture and crop.
Now let’s resize and auto contrast.
Starting to get there now – the photo is becoming clearer. Now I bump the midtone levels up a bit, and adjust the levels to brighten slightly.
Now set the vibrance to 100, with a 3 saturation, and sharpen.
Flatten image, and you’re done! In some cases, I would remove the moire effect you’re seeing, but I think 1986 Topps demands that the moire remain.