How to make pictures from old projector slides

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How to make pictures from old projector slides
Old slides from a slide projector turn into digital pictures with a negative scanner. (ION Scanner- Slides2PC - turning old slides into digital pictures)

You can turn those old-fashioned holiday slides into digital or printed pictures. Use your pictures to make a DVD slide show of Granddad's visit or as an intro to a wedding video. Turning old slides into pictures is one way to preserve them for future generations.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Flatbed scanner with negative scanning insert or Ion Sllides2PC tool
  • Static cloth

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Instructions

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    Clean the old slides thoroughly with a vacuum blowing nozzle for electronics, a static duster like the Kinetronics static cloth or a solution made for dusting slides, available at photography shops. Dust builds up over the years, even when the slides are stored in a covered and protected slide projector case, because the cardboard frames that Kodak made deteriorate over time. Moisture, temperature and other factors also play a part and can create a film of gunk on the surface of each slide.

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    Install a slide scanner, such as the Ion slide/film scanner, onto your PC. Some flatbed scanners and all-in-one scanners/printers come with a film scanning attachment. The insert can hold one or more slides. These usually accommodate slides or negatives. Slides are made from a different kind of film than negatives, but thanks to software that processes the colours differently, it's usually just a few clicks to turn your slides or negatives into pictures.

  3. 3

    Place the old slide into the scanner or the scanning tool. Newer products have an auto-detect feature that will immediately bring up a preview of your image. You can generally crop and zoom from here, before selecting the final image to scan.

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    Save the image to your computer when you've finished scanning. You can choose to give it an original name or rename it later. After it's been saved as a jpg file (for web use, printing and most applications) you can print it at home or upload it to a local film processor. Major chemists and print shops allow users to upload the pictures from your old projector slides and pick up the prints at a later time.

Tips and warnings

  • Digitise your old slides and make a scrapbook as a 50th wedding anniversary gift or a slide show to play at a family reunion.
  • Never use chemicals to clean slides, unless they are recommended by Kodak.

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