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Aligning the DigitaLIZA on the Epson v500

The DigitaLIZA makes it easy to scan uncommon frame sizes and to include the sprocket holes, but lining it up on the scanner bed can be tricky. This easy tipster shows you how to get good alignment every time.

The DigitaLIZA makes it easy to scan uncommon frame sizes and to include the sprocket holes, but lining it up on the scanner bed can be tricky. The Epson v500 has a small area at the top of the scanner bed that needs to be kept clear, otherwise the software will complain. It also doesn’t scan all the way down to the bottom of the bed, so sometimes it takes a few tries to get the DigitaLIZA right in the middle so that you can maximize the scanning area, but not cover the registration zone at the top of the bed. Also, if the DigitaLIZA is not perfectly straight, your scans will be crooked and probably need to be rotated in post processing. The following pictures tell the whole story. I used 3/8 inch foam core board.

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written by gvelasco

17 comments

  1. kneehigh85

    kneehigh85

    I really need to do this as I never line mine up very well, thanks for the advice!

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  2. sonya1980

    sonya1980

    great advice!! I always spend a lot of time trying to lining it up!

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  3. guanatos

    guanatos

    awesome tipster!

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  4. saidseni

    saidseni

    Great, I was to lazy to think of a solution by myself! ;) Thank you!

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  5. slayerphoto

    slayerphoto

    genius !
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  6. gvelasco

    gvelasco

    Thanks all.

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  7. megzeazez

    megzeazez

    Awesome!! This is wonderful!

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  8. leva12

    leva12

    Thank you! But I still have a question.. My epson V500 crops my panoramas and I don't know how to do to have the full size of my pictures. Do you know how to do?

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  9. superlighter

    superlighter

    @leva12 I think you must switch the epson twain from Auto to Manual and manually draw the amount of film you want to scan

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  10. pinkpix

    pinkpix

    @superlighter Switch twain? Where do I do that? (I have the same problem)

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  11. superlighter

    superlighter

    @pinkpix set it in Professional mode and under the "preview" button uncheck the box "miniature" or "thumbnail" (my twain is in Italian), now you can manually draw the area you wanna scan.

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  12. burgerdeel

    burgerdeel

    Thanks! I've used tape to mark out the corners that my Digitaliza should align to, but that made my scanner unable to scan normal documents. Now I can use my Epson scanner as a normal scanner too and not have multiple scanners!

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  13. placidcasua1

    placidcasua1

    two business cards between the left side of the screen frame and the Digitaliza do the trick for me, but this solution looks a little more robust...

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  14. lot

    lot

    THE solution to my problem!

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  15. unsoundmind

    unsoundmind

    Thanks Gimel....I've been using this for several months now......super soloution!

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  16. gvelasco

    gvelasco

    You're welcome. I'm glad it was useful.

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  17. Kim Keighran

    Hi there, I have the same scanner and mask, but when I Scan my sprocket film in and try to crop the picture as soon as I have the sprocket holes In the crop square the picture over exposes. Then when I take the crop marks out it it picture perfect but with No sprocket holes !?? Help?
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