How to scan slides using GIMP

Discover How To Edit Your Slide Scans Professionally Using GIMP

After reading these Advanced Slide Scanning Tips, you're going to learn how to...

  • Fix faded colours and make colours look more natural
  • Remove dust and scratches without removing important detail
  • Become a pro at GIMP so you can show your kids how to do this, so they can fix the next 5000 scans!
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But before you jump in, you need to know the top 3 problems are when scanning slides.

If you're not sure what your editing and why, you'll be wasting more time.

Why?

Because every slide scan is different. And if you just start editing scans willy-nilly, you'll ruin the final image.

Here's what you need to know...

Problem 1: Your Slide Scans Are Going To Look Unnatural

When you look at a slide in the light the colours look great. But the minute you scan it, the colours look nothing like the original. They look flat, dull, and unnatural.

Why does the slide look good, but not the slide scan?

Because scanning isn't perfect. Your machine is taking an analog image and converting it to digital. There is going to be some issues. For example...

Take a look at your slide up close. You'll see gloss coming off the film surface. This gloss (light bouncing off the film) is also scanned. And what happens is, you get this "filmy" look over your scan.

So it doesn't matter if you kept your slides in good condition, or if your slides are only 5 years old -- this gloss is going to make your scans look flat.

Have a look...

fix color slide scan gimp

See how the Normal Scan looks flat, and the colours don't look natural? This is easily fixed in Photoshop. Here's how...

Get Full Tutorial On How To Fix Colours Using GIMP, Click Here...

Problem 2: Your Slide Scans Are Going To Be Too Dark Or Too Bright

Take a slide up to a light source, like a lamp. You'll have no problems seeing peoples faces. But sometimes when you scan, the lighting isn't right. What I mean is, the scan can either be too bright or too dark.

Again, scanner's aren't perfect. The light source in your scanner can be too bright sometimes -- making your scans look blown out (too bright). Or the light source can make your scans look too dark (details hidden in shadows.)

Have a look...

fix dark bright exposure slide scan gimp

Exposure and levels are easy to fix in GIMP. Here's how...

Get Full Tutorial On How To Fix Exposure Levels Using GIMP, Click Here...

Problem 3: Your Scans Are Going To Be Dusty And Scratched

Again, if you look at your slide in the light, it looks great. But when you scan it, you're going to see ALL those minute dust and scratches your naked eye couldn't see.

A lot of the dust can be cleaned before you scan (see my Basic Slide Scan Tips).

But sometimes, over time, the dust becomes permanent. You see, your slides were "printed" using what is called emulsion. Emulsion is a chemical dye. And over time, this chemical dye will erode, crack, eat up dust, etc. You won't see this with the naked eye, but your scanner will.

Have a look...

fix dust scratch slide scan gimp

Your scanner will scan minute dust and scratches that you won't see with the naked eye. Here's a step-by-step guide to fix this using GIMP...

Get Full Tutorial On How To Fix Dust and Scratches Using GIMP, Click Here...

3 Action Steps On How To Fix Your Slide Scans Using GIMP

Here's those full tutorials again...

Step 1: Fix Dull, Flat, Unnatural Colours Using GIMP

Step 2: Adjust Exposure Levels Using GIMP

Step 3: Remove Dust And Scratches Using GIMP



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