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Scan SLIDES Print Page

Step 1: Prepare scanner

Step 1: Prepare scanner

Put on gloves.

Clean scanner surface with an antistatic cloth.


Using the Transparency Unit


Step 2: Prepare film

Step 2: Prepare film or slides

Clean prints and negatives gently with air puffer.  NEVER touch the negatives with bare fingers.




Place - DO NOT SLIDE - holders on scanner bed. Do not scratch scanner bed. 


Step 3: Set specs and preview

Step 3: Set specs and preview

Make sure that the scanner is powered on and is connected to the computer by USB.


Connect your external hard drive or USB to the computer.

Open the Epson Scan icon      located on the desktop.


Set the Document Type to "Film" and the Film Type to the "Positive Film" if slide coloring appears normal. For Image Type and Resoultion settings, refer to the guide boxes on this page. The slides in this example are 35mm color film.



Make sure that the Thumbnail tab is selected. Click the Preview button at the bottom of the settings window.The software will scan each slide individually and save as a separate file. You can adjust orientation in the preview screen and inspect each slide separately.



Step 4: Scan

Step 4: Scan

When you are finished making adjustments, click the Scan button at the bottom of the settings window.


Under Location select the "Other" radio button and use "Browse" to find your external hard drive or USB.




Under File Name, create an obvious file name for your scan. Check to make sure the Start Number is correct (001 if first slide).

Under Image Format, select the kind of file format you'd like to save. Refer to the guide box "Should I save files as TIF or JPEG?" for more information. 

Warning: TIF files are 4.5x larger than JPEG files.


Select OK to begin scanning.


Open your storage device on the desktop to make sure scans saved. Open a few random scans to check quality.


Step 5: Tidy up

Step 5: Tidy up

Clean scanning bed with anti-static wipes.


Put cleaning supplies and film holders away. 


Put cover back on transparency lid.


Make sure scanner is powered off and closed.


Eject storage device and make sure you collect your personal belongings.




How much time will this take?

On average, it takes 40 minutes to scan scan 25 35mm slides at 2800 ppi.

After selecting OK to scan, refer to the estimated time on the status bar and make sure you do not exceed your Memory Lab session.


What equipment will I use today?

Epson 11000XL Scanner

slide holders


What software will I use today?


How do I know which side faces down in the scanner/ away from me?

It's like loading a picture into a picture frame where the front faces away from you. When loaded correctly, the holders will "frame" the slide or strip. These drawings show someone loading from the back with the front face-down on the scan bed.

 You know it's the front:

-if it says "This Side Towards Screen". Sometimes this is etched into the slide border and can be seen if tilted.

- if writing appears correctly

- most of the time it is the same side as the Manufacturer's logo or ID, but not always.


What color capture should I use?

16-bit grayscale: black and white texts, black and white negatives, and un-yellowed black and white prints UNLESS they have an essential feature that will not be captured (highlighting, colored ink, illustrations, yellowing).


24-bit color: everything else


What resolution should I use?


Scan at…

Negative and positive film:



2800 dpi

     120 and 220

1600 dpi

     3 x 4

800 dpi

     4 x 5

600 dpi

     8 x 10

400 dpi


Should I save files as TIFF or JPEG?






About 4.5 x LARGER than JPEG


High quality but compressed

Highest quality


Most websites and software

Not supported by most websites


Not so great




Selecting and Cropping

Do you want to crop multiple images in the preview window? If so, simply hold the CTRL (control) button on the keyboard and select the areas you want to scan.


Rotating images

If you want to rotate all of the images, select the All button on the left of the Preview window. Then use one of the Frame buttons to flip or rotate the images.

You can flip or rotate images individually by selecting a single image before using the Frame buttons.


More information

Check out this Wikipedia Commons article on scanning for more information.


What if I don't have an external hard drive or USB?

Go to the Saving Options tab at the top of this page for other ways to save.


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