If you're not sure how to crop, your digital images might be cut off. Or if you're scanning something bigger than a 35mm negative, your digital images might come out in parts.
So before you hit the Scan Button, make sure you've used the Preview Window to see if your scans are exactly how you want them to be.
The Preview Window if very helpful, because it allows you to do 3 things...
Here's how my scanner's settings look like (you're should look similar too)...
Your scanner is setup to automatically crop your negatives.
What do I mean by auto cropping? Have a look...
See the Preview Window on the left? Your scanner is going to crop every exposure for you. If your scanner is not setup for auto crop, then you'd see the Preview Window on the right. And you would have to crop the exposures yourself.
Your scanner is setup to crop 35mm negatives. If you have a different size, say 127, your images will get cut off. Even some 35mm negatives get cut off. Have a look...
If this is happening to you, then you need to do a manual crop.
I'm not sure how your scanner is setup. But if you do a search in help for "crop", "marquee", "thumbnail view" you'll find your answer.
Here's how do this with Epson scanners...
Under the Preview Button, there's a checkbox for Thumbnail. Click that OFF.
You'll then see a new Preview Window. Like this...
Simply click the Marquee tool, then left-click and drag around the frame of your negative.
If you don't see this stuff with your scanner, then check your scanner's manual. Do a search for "crop" or "marquee".
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