How to convert negatives to JPEG files

Written by ann johnson | 13/05/2017
How to convert negatives to JPEG files
(A. Johnson)

When film photography is processed, it becomes a negative. A negative is then used to create a photograph by projecting light through it onto photo paper, which is then chemically processed. But the negative can be scanned into a computer to create a JPEG file. From that JPEG file, a photograph can be printed.

How to convert negatives to JPEG files

Connect a desktop scanner to your computer. Choose a scanner that will also scan slides and negatives. To hook up the scanner, you will normally plug a USB cord from the scanner to the computer. Download the scanner's software from the CD.

How to convert negatives to JPEG files

Insert a clean negative into the negative-and-slide insert on your scanner. The shiny side of the slide should be facing the glass of the scanner. Read your scanner's user's manual for proper insertion instructions. On the scanner shown, the slide slips into the insert located on the inside of the scanner lid.

How to convert negatives to JPEG files

Close the lid to the scanner and push the button to signal a scan of a negative or slide. On the scanner shown, that button has an icon that looks like film and a slide.

How to convert negatives to JPEG files

Check the appropriate box to indicate you are scanning a negative. A scanning menu should appear on your monitor after pressing the "Scan" button. The scanner needs to know what type of document you are scanning such as a photo, negative or slide.

How to convert negatives to JPEG files

Choose the type of file you want to create in the drop-down menu. Scanners typically give several file type options. Choose "JPEG Image."

How to convert negatives to JPEG files

Click the "Scan" link. If you want to preview the image before the final scan, check "Preview."

How to convert negatives to JPEG files

Adjust the scanning borders around your image. If you have chosen to preview the image, you will be given this option. Adjust the borders by dragging the corners of the image in or out with the cursor. If you did not check the "Preview" option, you will skip this step.

How to convert negatives to JPEG files

Click "Accept All" for the scanning command to proceed. If you did not check "Preview," this step will be skipped as the scanner will be making the final scan. The new JPEG image will be saved to your computer.

How to convert negatives to JPEG files

Open the new JPEG image in an editing program and make colour adjustments if necessary. Old slides might be slightly discoloured. Editing programs such as Photoshop can be used to adjust the colours.

Tip

Instructions might vary according to the type of scanner.

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