If Your Scanner Is Cropping Your Negative Images Into Parts, Here's How To Fix This...

Are you scanning old negative film that are bigger than 35mm?'

Is your scanner breaking the images into parts, like this?

scanner breaks negative into parts

In this article, you're going to learn how to setup your scanner so it does not cut your negative into parts.

Here's how...

How To Setup Your Scanner For Negative Film Bigger Than 35mm (120, 240, medium format, etc).

This breaking usually happens with Epson V scanners. But you can still follow along, as most scanners have the same options.

Step One: Turn off automatic cropping

Right now your scanner is set to automatically crop your images. What I mean is, your scanner will find the edges of your negative, and make sure ONLY the image is scanned -- and not the glass, the border, etc.

This speeds up scanning time because you're not fiddling around with the cropping tool.

But your scanner is set to crop 35mm. So if you have a different size than 35mm, it's going to break your negative in parts.

So what you need to do is, turn off automatic cropping. Some scanner's will call it "marquee tool". So do a search in help, and it will show you how to manually crop your negative using the marquee tool.

In the Epson V500, right below the "Preview" button, you'll see a "Thumbnail" check box.

Like this...

turn off scanner cropping automatic marquee  

Click it OFF.

Hit Preview, and you'll see a new Preview Window...

use marquee tool to crop negative scan  

Step Two: Use Marquee Tool To Crop Negative

Now you'll see a "marquee" tool (see above). You'll have to use that to crop around your negative.

It's easy, just pick the marquee tool, and left click and drag around the negatives borders.

That's it!

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