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hi, i'm new to all this digital stuff but have a catalogue of 35mm slides i want to convert to digital form. i'm running an athalon processor with .5 G of ram and have an 80Gig hd plus a burner. I've just bought a canon 5000F flatbed scanner with a slide/film attachment and photo elements2. I want to scan my slides in, correct and burn them to cd with a view to getting 8 x 10 prints made. so, i have a few questions as a newcomer to the digital stuff. 1. do i scan in at the highest possible ...

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    hi, i'm new to all this digital stuff but have a catalogue of 35mm slides i want to convert to digital form.
    i'm running an athalon processor with .5 G of ram and have an 80Gig hd plus a burner.
    I've just bought a canon 5000F flatbed scanner with a slide/film attachment and photo elements2.
    I want to scan my slides in, correct and burn them to cd with a view to getting 8 x 10 prints made.
    so, i have a few questions as a newcomer to the digital stuff.
    1. do i scan in at the highest possible resolution and then use emlements to resize?
    2. anyone with hints, tips pointers to webs site help for this stuff ?

    thanks in advance Bob
    bob leach Guest

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    Bob,

    This is a fabulous site by Wayne Fulton...everything you need to know...
    <http://scantips.com>

    Nancy
    Nancy S Guest

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    Bob, several of us are doing projects like this. Generally we scan at the highest optical resolution we can (check your scanner specs, because they sometimes include digital resolution, too, when they give you the max resolution.)

    The next important thing to remember is to keep an archived set of your original scans and work on copies! You'll find that as you learn Elements, you'll get better and better at using its editing capabilities. I know that some of the first slides I worked on looked really good, but I eventually went back and worked on them again as I learned new techniques. As long as you've kept a copy of the initial scan, you can easily rework them without having to scan a second time.

    Depending on how many slides you have, you might find that scanning with an adapter on a flatbed is pretty slow. Some of us finally gave up and got dedicated slide scanners!

    Good luck. As you have more questions, feel free to come back and ask.
    Beth Haney Guest

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    Bob,

    This <http://www.image-access.net/calc/index.html>may come in handy, too.

    Juergen
    JuergenDirrigl Guest

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    Juergen

    Thanx for this excellent resource.

    Dave

    Dave Hamer Guest

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    Dave,

    :)

    Juergen
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    Bob,
    A good site for general help is Jay Arraich's, at <http://www.arraich.com/table_of_contents.htm> .
    A very good read ( but time consuming ) is the site of Norman Koren .
    :-)

    Brent
    brent bertram Guest

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