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Slide Scanning Service with Glass Slides.

Glass Slide Scanning Information

Label from an antique glass slide box from 20th Century Photographic Limited

Glass slides, or lantern slides, were invented in 1849, are a transparent slide mounted within glass plates and are intended to be viewed by being projected onto a surface.

William and Frederick Langenheim patented the invention in 1850 and they discovered a way of using a light sensitive solution to be adhered onto a plate of glass, rather than paper to create a negative image, which could be used to project a large image to an audience

Lantern slides were used for entertainment and educational purposes until the mid 20th century when the Kodachrome three colour process made 35mm slides less expensive to produce.

A glass slide before scanning showing the negative image Here is an example of a glass slide, photographed outside of its box. You can see the transparent nature of the glass and the outline of an image.

Pixave can convert these old glass slides into modern digital images using our high end flat bed scanners.Below is a sample of our work, courtesy or one of our happy customers, Mr. Mike Ross. Please note that the images shown are only an extract of a portion of the scan and have been converted to a low resolution copy for the purposes of reducing the load time on the internet.

You can view a larger copy of the image by clicking the sample thumbnail, you will then be able to view the amount of detail our scans produce.

To scan these antique slides, we use a flat bed scanner and lay the glass directly on the glass scanner bed emulsion side up which eliminates any risk of Newton Rings. The sample image shown is the result of the scan without any modifications in Photoshop. Please note that Digital ICE will not work with black and white glass scans

We have also had success in cleaning the glass slide before the scan which reduces the amount of dust and therefore improves the quality of the image, our service includes the cleaning, scanning and sending the image back to you on a disk or via email.

Glass Slide Scanning Details

  • Discounts for larger quantities
  • Slides scanned upto 4800 dpi (dots per inch)
  • £0.30p per slide for 4800 DPI
  • £0.18p per slide for 1200 DPI
  • All slides scanned with the correct orientation
  • Choose Jpeg or TIFF files
  • Images returned on CD or DVD data discs
  • No job too small or too big
  • Prices are per slide
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How much does it cost?

Find out how it will cost to scan slides and turn turn into digital images.

Slide Scanning Prices

How it works

What happens next ?

You can of course contact us or use our online system to get a quote and place an order, then just send your photo's to us. We will take great care of your photos.

How slide scanning works

Why scan your slide's ?

Preserve your family history

Want to share your slides with your children ? Or are you having a wedding, perhaps a big birthday coming up and want to embarrass the lucky person ?

Why scan your slides?

Sharing your images

Facebook, Twitter, Flickr etc

Share your scanned slides with the world through social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Dropbox etc and let the world enjoy!

Sharing images on social media