How to Make Pictures From Old Projector Slides

By Lisa Russell
Old slides, a slide projector turn, digital pictures, a negative scanner
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Projection slides can hold decades worth of treasured memories. However, outdated technology means you may lack the method to properly exhibit them. Fortunately, it’s now possible to turn those old-fashioned glimpses of history into digital or printed pictures. Make a DVD slide show of Grandpa's vacation or an intro to a wedding video. Through this process, you’ll be able to make those old memories accessible for future generations to enjoy.

Step 1

Clean the old slides thoroughly with a vacuum blowing nozzle for electronics, a static duster or a solution made for dusting slides. Dust builds up over the years, even when the slides are stored in a covered and protected slide projector case, because the cardboard frames that old film companies made deteriorate over time. Moisture, temperature and other factors also play a part and can create a film of gunk on the surface of each slide.

Step 2

Install the slide scanner onto your PC. Some flatbed scanners and all-in-one scanners/printers come with a film scanning attachment. The insert can hold one or more slides. These usually accommodate slides or negatives. Slides are made from a different kind of film than negatives, but thanks to software that processes the colors differently, it's usually just a few clicks to turn your slides or negatives into pictures.

Step 3

Place the old slide into the scanner or the scanning tool. Newer products have an auto-detect feature that will immediately bring up a preview of your image. You can generally crop and zoom from here, before selecting the final image to scan.

Step 4

Save the image to your computer when you've finished scanning. You can choose to give it an original name or rename it later. After it's been saved as a jpeg file, you can print it at home or upload it to a local film processor. Major drug or retail stores allow users to upload the pictures from your old projector slides and pick up the prints at a later time.

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