Nikon Slide Scanner

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Information regarding image resolution


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Nikon Slide Scanner

Quick Instructions:

The slide scanner is plugged into the iMac on the left in the user area. You no longer need to be logged in as an administrator to use it.

1. Turn on Nikon Slide scanner. The power button is in the lower right corner.

2. Click on the Nikon Scan 4 icon in the dock, it looks like a photographic slide.

3. Insert the slide into the scanner vertically (portrait mode) with the shinier side up (emulsion side down). You may want to blast it with canned air to get the dust off. Just be careful that you do it at a 45 degree angle so you don't damage the slide film.

4. The scanner will auto focus.

5. Click on the preview button.

6. In the tool palette, reset Curves by clicking the second to last icon to the right of the graph. Make adjustments if needed.

7. In the Tool Palette, under crop, set the DPI. For presentations or web pages use around 400 to 800. To get the most detail, set it as high as you can (about 1400). Note that this will make a really big file.

8. In the main window click Scan. For presentations or web pages save as a jpg. For high quality archiving, use Tiff.

The Twain plugin currently doesn't work in Photoshop, but when it does, use File, Import, Nikon Scanner after turning on the scanner.

Epson Expression 10000XL

Quick Instructions:

1. Select EpsonScan from the Desktop.

2. Place image face down inside the scanner (for transparencies set the white pad in the lid).

3. Document type: reflective.

4. Select film type.

5. 24 bit for color.

6. Select preview so you can line up your image.

7. Use the marquee tool to select your scan area.

8. Press Scan.

9. Images are imported into photoshop and may be manipulated and saved there.

Accepted Resolutions for Common Uses:

  • 300 dpi for publication
  • 150 dpi for powerpoint
  • 72 dpi for web

Remember: it is always better to go with a higher resolution. A high resolution image can be reduced later but a low resolution can not be increased without losing image quality.