What To Do If Your 35mm Slide Scanner Doesn't Work Anymore

Posted by Julie Morris on Sat, Sep 14, 2013 @ 01:30 PM

What To Do If Your 35mm Slide Scanner Doesn't Work AnymoreIf you’ve got an extensive archive lying around, chances are there are some 35mm slides in there. While you might have those in abundance, it can be hard to find a new 35mm slide scanner if yours doesn’t work anymore. So what are you supposed to do with all those slides?

The first step is to have a professional service scan them. Make sure you have digital copies of every single slide. The slide scanning process ensures that the original slide is protected from the wear and tear that time and storage conditions can have on them. Once you’ve scanned all your slides, it’s time to get creative.

Consider making your slides into business cards!

This is especially useful for photographers trying to make a name for themselves. No matter what kind of artwork you put onto a card, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. That’s why Minneapolis photographer Lars Swanson partnered with SoulSeven to help create a business card that really got him noticed.

The design team created the business cards by inserting Lars’s images into slides and putting his basic information on the bottom of the slide. Polaroids were also utilized as direct mail cards. The design team also created custom stamps, allowing Lars to make each business card and Polaroid a unique piece.

If you want to try a more DIY route to save some money, here are some instructions based on Slovenia photographer Jernej Lasic’s recent experience.

How To Make Business Cards Out of 35mm Slides

  1. Develop your business card content. Make sure it will fit into the space and double check it for typos. If you need to include logos or pictures, ensure the resolution is top notch to avoid printing issues.

  2. Purchase semi-transparent film paper. This keeps the aesthetic in line with the original slide’s purpose.

  3. Print your information onto the semi-transparent film paper. This can be done using a simple laser printer.

  4. Cut out the business information. This can be done with scissors because if the edges aren’t perfect, it’s okay. That part will be placed between the slide boards.

  5. Peel apart the slide boards to remove the old slides. Be careful during this process because some may stick together more than others and you want to retain the quality of the paper. 

  6. Add your business information to the slides and glue them back together. Super glue works best and will help your business card stand up to distribution. 

The total project should cost you around $20, which is pretty affordable.Aas long as all your slides are converted to a digital format, feel free to use your old slides as you wish.

Do the same thing with your old photos too! Scan them first and then check out these projects for more creative inspiration


Photo Credit: Denver Library

Topics: convert 35mm slides to digital, 35mm slides to digital, 35mm slide scanner

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