Old slides

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Scudo, Dec 22, 2005.

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    Scudo Guest

    I have just found some old slides (35mm) I tried to scan them but they just
    come out as a black square. I would like to get the pictures `off` them
    before I bin them. Anyone got any ideas if this is possible and how?


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    Scudo, Dec 22, 2005
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    Lorem Ipsum Guest

    I presume you used a slide-scanner, correct? Or did you just lay them on a
    Lorem Ipsum, Dec 22, 2005
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    Scudo Guest

    I only have 12 slides so dont want to go and buy a new piece of equipment.
    Scudo, Dec 22, 2005
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    Bruce Uttley Guest

    From your problem description, you must be scanning these slides
    on a flatbed scanner. Slides need to be scanned with the light
    shining through the film. In other words you've got to get the
    light source above the slide being scanned. It won't work with
    the light source below.

    You can google for scanning 35mm slides on a flatbed. Here is
    one link for making your own solution:
    Bruce Uttley, Dec 22, 2005
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    Lorem Ipsum Guest

    The best thing to do in your case is to bring the slides to a photo shop and
    have them 'scanned' onto a CDROM.
    Lorem Ipsum, Dec 22, 2005
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    Mike Russell Guest

    One way is to a special adapter for your scanner, but that costs money. You
    can also do interesting things with homemade adapters. In the end, results
    will not be very good using a flatbed. Here are some other choices.

    1) light them from behind with diffuse daylight, and photograph them with a
    digital camera.
    2) have them scanned by a lab and saved to CD
    3) to get the best result at the lowest price for a larger number of slides,
    buying a dedicated 35mm scanner on ebay, scanning your slides, and selling
    the scanner back on ebay.

    BTW don't toss them! In time slides will change from unwanted junk to
    become interesting and valuable antiques. Write the names and dates on the
    slide mount.

    In 50 years, the idea that we could once use cow hoofs and various compounds
    of silver to produce an image will amount to a scientific curiosity. Saving
    your slides away you will provide a treasure for someone in the future.
    Mike Russell, Dec 22, 2005
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    Scudo Guest

    Thanks for the ideas guys, I should be able to get something sorted now.

    Scudo, Dec 25, 2005
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