Anything that can be scanned on a flatbed scanner can be printed to 35mm color slide film. You can scan your artwork, quilts, needlepoint, jewelry, color photos, black and white photos, etc. and we can print color slides from the image files.
First, measure the size of the object to be scanned. It’s dimensions will help to determine the DPI (dots per inch) setting you need to pick when you scan.
- If your art or photo measures 4×6 inches, then scan at 750 DPI.
- If your art or photo measures 5×7 inches, then scan at 600 DPI.
- If your art or photo measures 8×10 inches, then scan at 375 DPI.
- These combinations of the DPI and the size will ensure you receive the best color slides you can produce from your scans.
- Crop the image as close to the art or photo as you like. When we print the image we print it at 95% of it’s possible size so none of your image is cropped by the plastic slide mounts.
- Save your resulting images as a maximum quality JPG file with minimal compression or save them as a TIF file using LZW compression. All of the files should be in the RGB color mode and not CMYK color mode since we’re not printing on paper with ink.
These scans will produce large images, so your next hurdle will be to send the images to us. If you’re on a broadband Internet connection you can upload your files to us with your web browser or with an FTP program. If you’re on a phone modem and your files are large, then the simple thing would be to put your files on a CD-R, DVD-R or a Zip Disk and ship them to us. Please do not send a CD-RW because we don’t have your software to read it. For payment simply include a letter with all of your information and instructions.