Slide Scanning Questions

Will you accept slides in carousels or do I need to remove them first?

We gladly accept your slides still in carousel or magazine holders and will create a file folder for each set of slides with any subject titles written on the groups. The slides are removed, scanned, and replaced in the same order we receive them.

What is the best way to estimate how many slides I have?

A good way to estimate the number of slides you have is to stack them and measure them with a ruler. One inch of slides equals approximately 20 slides. For example, 5 inches of slides should be about 100 slides.

What scanning resolution do you use?

High resolution is our standard, which offers greater flexibility for cropping and enlarging the digital images. This includes 4000 dpi resolution for standard slide formats in 2″ x 2″ mounts and 3000 dpi for 120 medium formats. A 4000 dpi resolution of 35mm format results in a digital image size of about 3600 x 5400 pixels or about 20 megapixels.

How large of prints can I make from the digital images?

The digital images we produce from 35mm slides are about 5400 x 3600 pixels in size, which is large enough to print 12″ x 18″ or larger at high quality. The aspect ratio for 35mm is about 3:2, so 4″ x 6″, 8″ x 12″, or 12″ x 18″ would include the full frame, but other sizes may require cropping to make up for the aspect ratio difference. We do not by default produce prints of your slides but can produce prints by request in 4″ x 6″, 5″ x 7″, or 8″ x 10″.

What is included in the price per image?

Included in the price for each slide is a high resolution scan for archival quality digital images which offers increased flexibility for enlarging, editing, and printing. Each slide is carefully cleaned and scanned by hand and includes precise cropping and manual editing for best quality results. We do not use any automatic processes for the retouching process. All images are reviewed 3 times through our digitizing process for proper quality assurance.

What image file format options do you offer?

The standard digital image output we offer is JPEG. Uncompressed TIFF format is optional by request for a surcharge.

My slides have descriptions written in pen on the slide border. Can those be included in the digital file?

We do custom title groups of slides, but do not offer individual metadata entry per slide. We digitize in the sequential order we receive them to help make it easy to circle back and correlate the digital to originals if you wish to transcribe information.

How will my digital transfers be organized?

We will create custom titled folders by subject (if applicable) for each group of slides provided. We make it easy to correlate the digital transfers to the original media.

How many slides will fit on a USB drive?

On average about 1000 images from slides in JPEG format will fit on a 16 GB flash drive. 2000 slides per 32 GB. 3000 slides per 64 GB. 4000 slides per 128 GB.