How to Scan Film (Negatives and Slides) - Epson

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How to Scan Film (Negatives and Slides) with an Epson Scanner

  1. Download and install the latest version of ScanSpeeder Pro if you haven’t already. Pro edition or the trial is required.
  2. Make sure you have the latest scanner driver installed from the Epson website.
  3. Set up your scanner for film per Epson instructions.  You probably have to remove the white backing from the lid to expose the light from above, place film holder and film on bed.
  4. In ScanSpeeder Pro, select the "Scan Multiple Photos at Once" task at top center. (We'll be adding a film scanning task in the next update).
  5. Click the Scanner button, check "Negatives/Slides/Film", select your scanner driver if not already selected, ok.
  6. Click Scan and you’ll see the Epson driver interface come up.
  7. If you can, we recommend scanning at 48-bit color instead of 24-bit color. This will preserve more color information from film, and the ScanSpeeder Pro processing pipeline fully supports 48-bit color imaging (not all scanning and photo editing software can handle 48-bit color images without internally down-converting them to 24-bit color).
  8. You should see an option for positive film similar to below.  2400 DPI is a pretty good dpi for film in terms of balance of speed/quality. If your scanner has the digital ICE feature (removes scratches/dust from film with an extra infrared pass), disable it in the adjustments section of the Epson driver interface (scroll down if needed), as it can make the scans take much longer and should only be used for badly damaged film.