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Scan Negatives To Digital

Negatives To Digital Conversion Service

Negative Scanning Service

Our negative scanning services gives you total peace of mind when it comes to protecting your precious memories. Over time negatives are easily damaged due to wear and tear, we can ensure your precious memories aren't lost with our negative scanning service.

Each negative is converted to a digital image individually using high end flat bed scanners at a minimum of 1200 DPI with ICE technology to remove any dust and scratches.

For customers within the Bognor Regis area, we will collect your negatives from you, professionally scan them individually and then return your images back on DVD or CD. We also offer a fixed price quotation so you can work out how much the negatives scanning service costs and a full photo scanning and slide scanning service.

A negative is a single image, normally captured onto unexposed 35mm film in long narrow strips which are coated in cellulose acetate, the camera advances the film after each shot so that the next picture is captured onto the next unexposed piece of film. In photographic terms, each image is a negative, and the entrire strip of film is referred to as negatives. The negative images are the master copy of the photograph, from which all other copies will be made.

A negative image is an inversion of the normal image, dark areas will appear light and light areas will appear dark, in addition, a negative color image has colours reversed so that red appears as cyan, green appears as magenta and blues appear as yellow. Part of the scanning process required is to increase the contrast due to the lower contrast on the negative film.

Negatives are created when light is exposed onto a film, the chemicals on the film react and become opaque during the developing process. To create the final positive image, the logic of multiplying two negative numbers to create a positive number is used, the negative process is applied again to the negative film which produces the final positive image.

Our negative digital conversion service can convert your old films into modern digital images to share with family & friends or share on social media.

We have also performed negative digital conversion scans for professional photographers who want their photographic archive converted into digital images.

We use high end film scanners for 35mm negatives, but we have processed all manner of formats over the years, we have been in business since 2010 and have scanned hundreds of thousands of images from film negatives.

Negative Scanning

  • Choice of 1200, 2400 or 4800 DPI scans
  • £0.30 per slide for 4800 DPI
  • £0.23 per slide for 2400 DPI
  • £0.20 per slide for 1200 DPI
  • Any size negative, prices are per image
  • All digital images are rotated the correct way
  • Scanned as Jpeg or TIFF files
  • Scans returned on CD or DVD data discs
  • No job too small or too big
  • Prices are per negative image
  • Discounts for larger quantities
  • Ideal for photo books, mugs, calendars
Free collection & delivery areas

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ICEDigital ICE stands for Digital Image Correction and Enhancement and is a technology developed by Kodak that removes surface defects, such as dust and scratches from negatives and slides during the scanning process. The corrections are made on the scanner and is achieved by scanning the image from two different lamps, one a normal RGB lamp and the other infrared . The IR lamp detects the dust or scratch and the image is modified based on the image picked up by the RGB lamp. If a negative is in good condition and has no dust or scratches, it is always preferable to scan without ICE to ensure you are left with an image as close to the original.

DPIDots per inch is the term used to measure the density of an image, namely the number of dots that can be placed in a line within 1 inch (2.54cm). The higher the DPI used to scan a slide, the larger the resulting file will be. Most negatives are 35mm square, approximately 1.4 inches, so therefore if we scan a negative film image at 100dpi, we will get an image approximately 140 pixels square. To give you an idea of scale, a modern digital camera taking a 10 megapixel image will create an image approximately 3600 pixels wide, so 35mm negatives should be scanned at a MUCH higher resolution. We can scan upto 4800 dpi, which will create an image size of approximately 6700 pixels wide. However, for most everyday usage, such as Facebook, email, standard size prints, 1200dpi should be fine, image sizes will be approximately 2000 pixels wide.

JPG JPEG files are the most commonly used method of storing images on computers and digital cameras. negatives's scanned to JPEG files do produce excellent results whilst taking up a minimum of space, and achieves this by compressing your images, which results in a loss of quality. However, the JPEG standard allows for different levels of compression, with higher quality scans resulting the less you compress the image. By default, Pixave scan your negatives in JPEG format with the least level of compression, resulting in high quality images that are reasonably large in size. The quality will be outstanding and will look fantastic for everyday use such as reprinting as a standard size photographs. There are some applications that require a higher quality, e.g. images to be printed in magazines, where professionals require the highest quality possible, in which case, we are happy to scan your negative in TIFF format which are lossless (i.e. have no compression) but take up HUGE amounts of disk space.

TIFTagged Image File Format (TIFF) files are commonly used to store images within the publishing industry, graphic artists and professional photographers. TIFF files produce a better quality image when compared to JPEG files, because the images are not compressed, however they take significantly more space on your hard drive, e.g. a 1200 DPI scan of a transparency that creates an image sized 5267 * 6899 pixels is 18.2MB in JPEG format but 105.2MB in TIFF format. As you can see from these figures, the JPEG format has removed 80MB of the same image, and therefore it is logical to assume that the TIFF file is of higher quality, however this is a very subjective area as a lot of people cannot tell the difference, and the cost of storing TIFF files compared to JPEG on your systems can be a lot higher simply due amount of disk space required.

Pixave are happy to scan your negatives in your choice of resolution file format (JPEG / TIFF) at no extra cost. By default your negatives will be scanned at 4800 DPI into JPEG format, if you have different requirements please let us know in the special instructions of our order page or when you speak to us on the phone.


How much does it cost?

Find out how much it will cost to scan your negatives. We charge 2 prices, depending on the resolution of the scanning you require. We are happy to scan in either JPEG or TIFF format at no extra cost.

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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.

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Why scan your negative's ?

Preserve your family history

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

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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!

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