How to convert 35mm slides to jpg

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How to convert 35mm slides to jpg
Showing a video doesn't require special equipment, such as a slide projector. (old slide projector image by Charles Taylor from

Slides were popular in the 1960s and 1970s. They are less so today. thanks to the advent of computers, digital cameras and camcorders. Taking a sequence of pictures or a video is easy and doesn't require the special equipment of years past, such as slide projectors and specially developed film. To preserve those old 35mm memories, you can easily convert 35mm slides to JPG digital files with your home computer.

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Things you need

  • 35mm slides
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Flatbed scanner
  • Slide adaptor
  • Photoshop

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  1. 1

    Clean your 35mm slides with rubbing alcohol or other recommended cleaner. Gently wipe away fingerprints and dust or dirt.

  2. 2

    Install any hardware-specific drivers for your adaptor or scanner so it can communicate with Photoshop.

  3. 3

    Position your slide within the 35mm slide scanner on the flatbed scanner, according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  4. 4

    Open Photoshop and use the "Acquire" feature to obtain a scan of your slide. Set the resolution of your scan to at least 300 DPI.

  5. 5

    Correct and adjust the image using the various filters and techniques available on Photoshop.

  6. 6

    Save your file as a JPG.

Tips and warnings

  • A slide scanner adaptor doesn't typically come with a flatbed scanner and must be bought at a speciality shop or online retailer. Some slide adaptors also scan film negatives, making them useful for other scanning jobs.
  • If you use faded slides, adjust the brightness and contrast to bring the natural colour back.
  • Faded slides will not scan well and may not be true to the original picture.
  • Not all slides can be scanned, and not all images come out the right colour. It may take several adjustments to make your digital files look good.

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