How To Scan Slides Using a Canon Scanner and Adobe Photoshop

Before digital cameras, 35-mm films were the most popular in photography. Many photography enthusiasts have collected lots of slides. Keeping them in a slide storage is not enough. You should digitalize them and immortalize your art pieces. This is also a good way to keep back-up copies of your photography masterpieces even if you take photos in today’s digital age using these phenomenal slides. You’re in luck if you have a Canon scanner with film adaptor and Adobe Photoshop. Get the original size of the slides and erase their imperfections on Adobe Photoshop. Here’s how to scan slides using the mentioned device and software:

  • Prepare the slides. Well-preserved old slides can come out clean even if you zoom in to the images. But most of the old slides have marks of old age. You want the digitalize copies of slides to be as perfect as possible. Cleaning them is the major way of preparation. Usual dusts and dirt can loosen up by brushing the slides with soft and clean artist brushes. There are special cleaning solutions for slides, too. Other Canon scanners have options of cleaning the slides before scanning them. Check your scanner and it might have that useful feature.
  • Select the Canon scanner from Adobe Photoshop. Open the image-editing software and click on the File menu. From there, choose “Import” and then select the Canon scanner’s name. This will be the software’s source of image.
  • Put the slides in the scanner. There is a special film adaptor for 35-mm slides and similar positives and negatives. Put the slides as instructed by the scanner manufacturer. Here’s the usual way to do it: attach the adaptor to the scanner. Line up the slides on the adaptor and place the adaptor on the glass bed’s edge. In some models, you can use the Canon Film Guide to line up the slides. This guide will then be inserted into the adaptor unit and the unit will be put facing down on the edge of the glass bed.
  • Change the settings and scan the slides. In Adobe Photoshop, go to the “Select Source” and choose between the “Black and White Positive Film” and “Color Positive Film.” Go to “Color Mode” if you want to scan the slides in “Grayscale” or “Color.” Also describe the appropriate resolution under the “Select Frame.” Select the number of slides on the scanner. Check the settings and then hit “Preview.” This will let you see the possible result after scanning the slides. Go back and make some modifications if you are not yet satisfied. Click on “Scan” if you are already satisfied with the possible output. Wait for the slides to be scanned.
  • Edit with Adobe Photoshop. The slides will appear as Adobe Photoshop file. Edit the slides using the software’s features. Adjust the over and underexposed parts, balance the color, increase saturation or contrast, decrease or increase grains, remove red-eye, and erase scratches, stains, and specks. Look for free Adobe Photoshop actions also to easily enhance the scanned slides.

Save the copies of your photographs in high-quality CDs, DVDs, and other better storage media. Immortalizing your photography pieces will be nonsense if they will only be ruined because of using low-quality storage device.


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