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While we typically recommend using the specialized Nikon Super CoolScan 4000 to scan negatives, it is also possible to scan negatives (or film strips) using the normal Epson Perfection V500 scanners found in the CMC labs noted below. To do so requires a template or attachment which can be checked out from the helpdesk.

Locations of Epson Perfection V500 Scanners

  • CMC 102  Machine number 13
  • CMC 102  Machine number 18
  • CMC 109  Machine number 03
  • CMC 109  Machine number 18
  • CMC 104 (ITS helpdesk Lobby) Machine number 01


Carleton's Epson Perfection V500 scanners have the ability to scan negatives and create individual picture thumbnails of each scan. Using the negative scanning template or accessory and the built-in backlight, the scanners create surprisingly high-quality scans of each negative. Scan settings, previewing and editing the final image is most easily accomplished through Adobe Photoshop, though the scanner software can be run stand alone.

Setting Up the Negatives and Scanner

The first step is, of course, to check out the negative template from the helpdesk. Once you have the template in hand, follow the steps below:
#Place the negatives you want to scan in the template. They fit two at a time in the white box labeled "A".

  1. Open the lid of the scanner, and slide out the white reflective shield (slide it up an inch or two).
    This should reveal the backlight which is necessary to properly scan a slide.
    #Place the template containing the negatives onto the scanner, aligning the A tab with the outline marked on the left-hand edge of the scanner. (The left edge of the template should line up against the left edge of the glass, and the negatives themselves will be in the center, directly under the backlight).
  2. Close the lid of the scanner.

You should be ready to scan.

Scanning the Slides

The following steps assume the use of Adobe Photoshop. If you choose to work directly from the Epson software, the primary steps are basically the same

  1. Open Adobe Photoshop
  2. Select the following menu path: Import -> Epson Perfection V500.
  3. TBD
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Note: For a quality scan it is advisable to change the dpi of the scan from the default 300 dpi to 2400 or even 4800 dpi. However, changing the dpi will create a larger file and it will take longer (approximately 4 minutes at 4800 dpi) to scan a slide.

Once you have finished, please remember to replace the white reflective shield in the lid of the scanner.