Preparing your slides for transfer
Getting your slides together for transfer to digital format can be a little bit more of an undertaking depending on how well your slides are organized and the overall quantity of slides you have to be converted. Here are a few requirements and tips to help get you started.
1) First remove all of your slides from all trays and carousels and group them in stacks of 40 to 50 slides. We require you to remove them to help save time which translates into you saving money. If you have thousands of slides and you don't have time to remove all the slides from their cases, we can do it for you. Just give us a call to get a quote for the additional labor.
2) Rubber band each group of slides together. Use two rubber bands per group so you form a cross over the first and last slide securing all four sides of the stack so they don't separate.
3) If you have an order to the slides please number each slide in the lower right hand corner of each slide in the group.
4) If you have multiple stacks please number each stack in the lower left hand corner starting with the first stack in the overall project and then the next and so on and so forth. We will place a marker slides at the beginning of each group so you can easily identify and organize your slides once you transfer them to your own computer.
Your slides do not need to be highly organized before you send them in because you can always organize or reorganize them once you download them to your computer desktop. So, if you don't have time or the order isn't important, you can simply group them in stacks of 50 each, securely rubber band the groups and send them in or drop them off. If you do not number the groups we will automatically do this for you. We do this so you will know which slides came from which group. However, if you do not number them they will not be in any specific order.
One last point, after we convert your slides we go through them to correct the orientation and perform a simple color correction. This process brings the overall quality up to a sufficient level for the majority of the slides we process. Nonetheless, if you still don't feel the color is correct when you get your slides back, since they are now a digital file you will have a full range of ability to manipulate them in whichever way you see fit using you own software at home.
- Red slides will still be red.
- Over/Under exposed slides may be slightly better than the original.
- Blurry or out of focus slides will not be focused.
- Often times slides may appear focused when you look at them in their un-magnified state. However, when you convert and enlarge them their unfocused nature is magnified and exaggerated. This cannot be corrected.
- Warped slides may form a slight halo during the conversion process. This is a result of the light bending and reflecting off the warp section of the slide.
- We leave a little of the cardboard frame in the image. This allows you for greater flexibility once you receive your jpeg images.
***Please view some samples slides in the right hand column.
Getting your photos ready for transfer is pretty much the same process as getting your slides already outlined above. However, there are few specific things to note.
1) Please remove all of your pictures from any albums, frames or plastic sleeves.
2) Group together your pictures according to their size. Regular photo scanning prices only apply to pictures ranging from wallet size (3" x 2") to paper size (8.5" x 11").
3) Pictures larger than 8.5" x 11" (the size of a sheet of paper) can still be scanned but will be charged at a rate of $2.00 per scan.
4) Pictures smaller than 3" x 2" can also still be scanned. Start by grouping them all together in a envelope. We will arrange them on our scanner glass top in quantities to fill a normal piece of paper. Leaving spaces around the edges of each picture. Then we will scan them in those groups at $2.00 per scan. Once you get these groups back you can crop each group into individual pictures or just leave them together. This method is the most cost effective way to digitally preserve these small photos. However if you would rather each picture be scanned individually we will do this at a rate of $2.00 per image.
5) When organizing your photos DO NOT write numbers with a pen on the back of each photo. This will often times result in the ink transferring to the face of the picture directly below it. Use a pencil to write numbers on the back of each photo if you would like us to scan them in a specific order.
6) DO NOT place sticky notes or post-it notes on the front of your pictures. Small amounts of adheisive can sometimes be left behind which can grab dust particles and drag them across your pictures during the scanning process. This will cause thin green or red lines to form on your pictures.