How to Convert 35mm Slides to JPG

by Victoria Clayton ; Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • 35mm slides

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Flatbed scanner

  • Slide adapter

  • Photoshop

Slides were popular in the 1960s and 1970s. They are less so today. thanks to the advent of computers, digital cameras and camcorders. Taking a sequence of pictures or a video is easy and doesn't require the special equipment of years past, such as slide projectors and specially developed film. To preserve those old 35mm memories, you can easily convert 35mm slides to JPG digital files with your home computer.

Clean your 35mm slides with rubbing alcohol or other recommended cleaner. Gently wipe away fingerprints and dust or dirt.

Install any hardware-specific drivers for your adapter or scanner so it can communicate with Photoshop.

Position your slide within the 35mm slide scanner on the flatbed scanner, according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Open Photoshop and use the "Acquire" feature to obtain a scan of your slide. Set the resolution of your scan to at least 300 DPI.

Correct and adjust the image using the various filters and techniques available on Photoshop.

Save your file as a JPG.

Tip

  • A slide scanner adapter doesn't typically come with a flatbed scanner and must be bought at a specialty shop or online retailer. Some slide adapters also scan film negatives, making them useful for other scanning jobs. If you use faded slides, adjust the brightness and contrast to bring the natural color back.

Tip

  • Faded slides will not scan well and may not be true to the original picture. Not all slides can be scanned, and not all images come out the right color. It may take several adjustments to make your digital files look good.

About the Author

Victoria Clayton has been writing professionally since 2003, serving as a featured writer for various online publications. She is pursuing a B.A. in human development from Empire State College.

Photo Credits

  • photo_camera old slide projector image by charles taylor from Fotolia.com