Home Camera Repair How to Transfer Slides & Negatives to a Computer

How to Transfer Slides & Negatives to a Computer


You can easily transfer slides and negatives to a computer by using a film scanner. This is a device that reads the slide or negative and converts it to a digital file. Unlike flatbed scanners, film scanners are designed specifically for slides and negatives. They range in price from a few hundred dollars to over $3,000, depending on the quality of the scanner and the features it offers.

Things You’ll Need : Film scanner, Computer, Antistatic cloth


  • Attach the scanner to your home computer using the included cables. Turn on your computer and install the software for the scanner, if you haven’t already done so. Turn the scanner on, open the scanner program, and specify whether you are scanning negatives or slides.
  • Specify the resolution for the scanning process. Resolution refers to the amount of information the scan will record; the higher the resolution, the more information is recorded.