35mm Slide Scanning will preserve your images from further deterioration and provide you with a usable digital image that you can share with your family and friends. You can create new prints from your digital image, or add it to online galleries on social media sites like Facebook or Pinterest.
35mm Slides can present some unique challenges. The first example I will be using is of a photograph on an Kodachrome slide that was taken around 1960. The slide shows a very heavy red color cast, fading, and mold damage. It’s a great example!
Example of 35mm Slide Scanning #1
The first image is what you would normally get immediately after scanning your slide:
The heavy red color cast is obvious. The unfortunately placed mold damage (the mostly circular spotting) is also highly visible. If you look closely, you can see numerous small black spots – these are small scratches or pitting in the slide surface.
The next image is after processing the raw slide image with my initial cleanup and restoration process:
This “Clean Up” process is mostly automated and is extremely efficient, saving you money. You can see that the red color cast has been removed, most of the original color has been restored, the scratches and pitting are gone, and the mold damage is far less visible. This image already looks 100% better! Your slides will likely be in better shape than this example, so no further editing or restoration should be necessary.
This image shows the slide after hand editing:
Generally speaking, I increased the color saturation, adjusted the exposure and contrast, and added a little clarity and sharpening. A lot of this work was done in the previous step, automatically, though some images require hand-tweaking. There is no automatic process that will “fit” every single slide, though my process is robust enough to handle most slides that are in reasonably good condition. This image can now be shared among family and friends, archived, added to online photo galleries, or printed to frame and hang on a wall.
Example of 35mm Slide Scanning #2
This is an example of a 35mm Ektachrome slide that is in good condition. This initial scan was only slightly faded. It has some color issues, mostly due to fading, and had no visible scratches or other damage, so I’m not showing it here. This first image is straight from the scanner, and has gone through my basic “clean up” process already.
This next image has been processed to fix the white balance, which corrects the color issues, and add sharpening and clarity:
The differences are pretty obvious. The color is much more natural and vibrant, and the image is sharper.