How to convert old slides to pictures

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have old slides or images sitting around your home, you may want to convert them into actual pictures. This allows you to enjoy the picture without using a large slide projector. When it comes to converting the old slides into a picture you have two options. The first is to have a film development facility convert the pictures; the other is to can scan the pictures yourself using a digital slide scanner.

Go into a local photo development centre with your slides and ask them to develop the slides into standard photographs. You are usually charged a fee per slide you want to convert, so if you have hundreds of slides, this process may be slightly expensive. However, if you decide to go with this option, it will take only a few hours to complete. If you decide to perform the conversion yourself, follow the steps below.

Connect a slide scanner to your computer and install all drivers associated with the hardware.

Click "Start" followed by "All Programs," "Applications" and finally "Scanner and Camera Wizard." When the program loads select the "Scan" option, it will detect the slide scanner connected to the computer.

Click "Scan" and the slide is scanned into your computer. Choose "Save," then give it a title and select a location to save the file to. Once you click "OK," a digital photograph of the slide is created on your computer. You can open this image (double-click the picture) and print the picture (click "File" followed by "Print") at any time.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Slide scanner
  • Computer
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Greyson Ferguson is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in film and television. He currently resides in Lansing, Michigan where he works on independent film projects and writes for numerous publications. Ferguson primarily focuses on computer and electronic articles. Greyson produces, focusing on only upbeat news stories with daily updates.