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A CanoScan Scanning Guide – Part 2: Colour Reversal Film

This is a how to guide for anyone struggling with their CanoScans. This is for Colour Reversal scanning. Learn more tips after the break.

Switch your scanner on and get it set up to start scanning your film (Refer to Part 1 for details). Now that you are set up to start scanning your film follow the next step for cross reversal or slide film scanning.

Colour Reversal Film

Slide film or colour reversal film is film with high contrasts, when developed in its prescribed developer E6 you will find that your negatives are infact your photos in there real colour – great if you have a lightbox table or something to that effect.

First place your film in the scanning mask and select preview (the blue button at the bottom). Then use the selection tool to adjust the borders of your images as the scanner does not understand spinner photos for example so you will need to make the selection larger. When scanning any images with sprocket holes make sure you do not select over the sprocket holes in the beginning only select the centre image to work on, I will explain in a few steps. Your settings are as follows:

Input Settings
Select Source: Colour Positive Film
Scan Area: Auto Detect
Color Mode: Color
The dimensions setting should be set already and I work in mm.

Output Settings
Output Resolution: This is really up to you, I work at 1200dpi as a general unless I need very high resolution (bear in mind the higher the dpi the longer the scan will take)
Output Size: Flexible, dimensions should once again be set and at 100%
Data Size: This changes according to your settings – you don’t change it, it is there to let you know how big the file will be.

Image Settings
Image Adjustment: Photo
Unsharp Mask: On
Remove Dust and Scratches (FARE): None
Fading Correction: None
Grain Correction: None
Backlight Correction: None
High Quality: Off

Exposure/ Tone Settings – press the down arrow for more options
Manual Exposure: Here you can alter the exposure of your images before scanning by ticking the box. The higher you make the percentage the less exposed the image becomes and the lower you make it the more exposed it becomes.

Apply the tone value to all crops. This apply button is crucial when scanning sprocket holes, if you make a selection with sprocket holes you will see that your image becomes washed out and over exposed, so as I mentioned earlier edit your images without the sprockets selected when you are happy with your result press apply and it will save your settings and you can then stretch your selections to include the sprocket holes and you will see your image remains the way you liked it.

You will see a range of picture buttons at the bottom that deal more with levels, curves, saturation, etc – use them if you need. Now you are ready to scan your colour positive film so press the green scan button.

SOME OTHER GENERAL RULES:

  • Save you photos after each roll scanned as the software can crash- doesn’t happen often but it has happened once to me and it is annoying.
  • Always clean the scanner before scanning to avoid hairs and dust – I clearly forget to do this often if you look at some of my oh so dusty photos!
  • Last but not least EXPERIMENT – there are many little buttons to play with so see what works for you, you never know what you may come up with.

written by nicx

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