ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How To Transfer 35mm Slides to Digital Format

Updated on November 5, 2011
The fun 50s
The fun 50s | Source

I have been in the process of transferring about 2,000 35mm slides to digital format. The slides date from the early 1950’s to the early 1960s.

There are tips all over the internet about how to transfer all of your 35mm slides to digital. There are flatbed scanners with attachments, specialized scanners that only do film, attachments for your camera to use in the macro setting and the simple method of using a slide projector on a screen and using your camera to digitize. I have used both the flatbed and specialized scanners, but always go back to the slide projector method, as it is quick and easy.

Of course, this means lots of Photoshop work, as color balance is never perfect and most slides are scratched and dirty. For me, that is part of the fun of doing this - getting a bad slide to look reasonably acceptable. When you are doing 1,000 slides, it is much quicker than scanning.

After I get the slide onto my computer, I open it up in Photoshop and see how much work I have to do. I use either the clone tool to pick up clean areas and transfer them over, or use the blur tool, which is great for removing lots of dust on areas where you will not notice the blur. The automated dust removal filters in Photoshop have never worked well for me so I do not use them. Here is a link to a few tips on doing this.

Recently, I had to transfer slides that had turned red for some reason. I used the color balance tool, adding multiple passes of cyan and yellow, along with Vibrance, and the channels tool. I usually managed to get a decent picture out of a slide that would have otherwise been useless. The results are not perfect, but it breathes some new life into the picture.

I set up Actions to take care of color, contrast, and balance on slides that are similar. Others, I just do a minimal amount of work, as the slides were good to begin with. This all takes time, but is worth it to preserve family memories.


I did this for the slides that my parents took. Once color prints became popular, they stopped taking slides. The color and detail of the slides, shot on Kodachrome, are amazing. I wish they had taken more.

My family is well documented. I have hours of my kids laying on their back looking at the camera, or trying to figure out what those strange objects are hanging in front of them.The first steps, the first words, a tantrum or two, a fight between the two of them over a toy, and other silly moments are captured for future showing. Editing these down will be hard, as the kids are teens now, and I miss the little kids that they were, while at the same time embracing and getting to know the young adults they are becoming.

Improved via Photoshop
Improved via Photoshop | Source

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)