How to Scan 6X6 Color Slides

Updated April 17, 2017

Scanning 6x6 colour slides requires a more time and a little more adjustment than if you were scanning a normal print. This format of slides provides a great deal more digital information than standard 35mm slides, which can result in very detailed and higher quality images. Before you can scan your slides you must remove the inner cover from your flatbed scanner, clean the slides and increase the scanning resolution to the highest possible setting.

Prepare the your colour slides for scanning by cleaning them carefully. Blow them with compressed air or wipe them gently using a lint-free cloth to remove any surface dust and debris. Take care not to scratch the slides when you are cleaning them.

Remove the inner cover from your flatbed scanner. Look for a soft pressure plate in the lid of the scanner which is used for print scanning. Remove this to allow the light to pass through your colour slides during the scanning process.

Place you 6x6 colour slides on the scanning glass. Align them with the corner of the scanning glass and the guides along the side of the scanner.

Click "File" then "Run" or double click on the desktop icon to run your scanning software. Preview your slides in the software before deciding whether to scan them individually or as a batch.

Adjust the scanning resolution. Most software will have the resolution automatically set between 200 and 300 dpi which is fine for scanning prints but you will need to increase the dpi before scanning your colour slides. Set your dpi as high as the software allows you; this will increase the time it takes to complete the scan but will give you extremely detailed images.

Click "Scan" or press the scan button on your scanner to start the scanning process. Once it has finished your completed scan should appear on screen.

Save your completed scan. If you have scanned the slides as a batch them use the scanning software to cut them apart before clicking "File" then "Save" to save the individual scans.

Things You'll Need

  • Compressed air or lint free cloth
  • Flatbed transparency scanner
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A professional journalist since 2008, Joe Turner has written for the Manchester Evening News and CityLife online, and is currently writing for alternative music website as well as Alternative Magazine Online. Turner is a journalism student at the University of Salford.