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 on 2011-11-07 #gear #tutorials #lab-rat #scanning #tipster #quickie-tipster #scanning-film #digitaliza-epsonv500


  1. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

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

  2. sonya1980
    sonya1980 ·

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

  3. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    awesome tipster!

  4. saidseni
    saidseni ·

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

  5. slayerphoto
    slayerphoto ·

    genius !

  6. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Thanks all.

  7. megzeazez
    megzeazez ·

    Awesome!! This is wonderful!

  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?

  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

  10. pinkpix
    pinkpix ·

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

  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.

  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!

  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...

  14. lot
    lot ·

    THE solution to my problem!

  15. unsoundmind
    unsoundmind ·

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

  16. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

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

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