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Slide Scanning

Keeping your slides that bit special

We believe there are two main reasons for scanning slides.

The first is to preserve your images and memories. Digital files do not age like physical media. Slides can fade, get scratched, tear or generally suffer from being kept in boxes. As a rule, they have no backup – once a slide is “lost” there is rarely a copy. Digital files can have back ups and do not suffer from the same problems of aging. That is why we supply all our images as .TIF format. It’s bigger than a JPG but it does not suffer from compression problems like a .jpg file can. Our .TIF files come as suitable for standard printing.

The second is that your images come out of the box. Either on PCs, phones, tablets or a modern large screen smart TV can be used the same way as the old projector and screen was. Probably not as exciting but viewed more easily and often by everyone. Another difference here is that projecters tend to be for 35mm slides, any other format means very expensive projector equipment and assumes your positives are mounted. By scanning these they can be viewed on a screen amd make them more accessable than ever before.

Vertical slide on OLED

Portrait format slide on OLED TV

Horizontal slide on OLED

Landscape format slide on OLED TV

Most of these screen formats do not like .Tif files – they are too big. That is why we supply .jpg files with each TIF file at no extra charge. The big .TIF is your perfect store, a digital negative for you, whereas we supply a smaller .jpg sized to HD screen resolution that you can view easily. It’s friendly to any High Def or 4K TV, PC, Tablet or laptop screen. These files will have a long side of 1920 pixels and be 300dpi.

It used to be that screen resolution files were supplied 72-90 dpi only and we know some still do this, but with improved technology on Apples for example going to 244dpi we maintain the 300dpi setting. However, if you wish to print from our files, we recommend using the TIF as source.

We scan 35mm mounted slides up to a maximum 10,000 DPI, with larger formats or unmounted slides up to 6,400 dpi.

Our maximum size is 6x9 format for slides. .

If a slide is smaller than 35mm but mounted in a 35mm frame, we will scan the full frame at up to 10,000 DPI then crop the scanned file to include just the slide and not the black areas for the frame. If the slide format is smaller than 35mm depending on the mount, if any, the DPI ma vary.

What We do

On receipt of your slides we will:

Check we have all the slides and confirm receipt with you

Use a soft brush and blower to removed dust and particles from them as needed.

View your images using a projector to assess colour and any damage to the slides that the brush and blower could not remove.

Single Slide Review
Slide tray Review

During the viewing we will analyse the slides and decide on how to tune the colour and digital cleansing software for the scan. It may be that we split the slides into batches for scanning as with the software it is rarely “one setting fits all”.

We will always put Kodachrome into separate process runs as we use specialised software for this type of slide.

Slides are scanned, processed including naming.

We evaluate all the scans for errors, rescanning or processing anything with a clear issue.

When we are happy we will save two copie sof each slide. One in TIF format, one in HD/4K screen viewable format JPG. Scans files are placed onto the media choice you made (USB stick, USB drive, digital download, disc) and despatched to you.

Examples of scanned slides:

  • Triple bells in Croatia, 2002 slide
  • Chinese temple icons, 1999 slide
  • Crocodile 2001 slide
  • Venice Boats 1990 Kodachrome
  • Church tower 2002 slide
  • Sunset 1996 slide
  • 2001 Fuji slde of a cheetah in her domain.

Moroccan shadow and texture

The doorway image above is a scan from a 6"x4.5" Fuji Velvia slide taken on a Bronica ETRSi


Our slide, negative and print scanning price list can be downloaded here.

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Stephen Lloyd