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   Cater for small to large volumes     |     Quick turn around  |    Scan to TIFF, PDF and JPG


Slide Scanning Service | Negative Scanning | Photo Scanning

Slides and photographs are kept by many different types of organisations as well as the general public for personal use. Printed photographs are usually kept stored away in boxes where these pictures are susceptible to wear and tear after time. Slide scanning and photo scanning are an effective way to ensure these are all safely backed up electronically for the long-term along with any newer digital photographs.

With our high quality photo scanning, slide scanning and image enhancement processes we can have any collection of photographs or slides digitised and indexed into whatever category you require. By having slides and photographs available electronically it offers many benefits to the owner.

slidesSlide and Photo scanning Benefits

  • Have all of your old photographs available in digital format for slide shows or for uploading online.
  • Have site/building photographs available from your desktop.
  • Search for your photograph or slide quickly by name or reference number.
  • Ensure old pictures and slides are digitised safe from loss or damage.
  • View slides on your screen as opposed to inconveniently using an old slide viewer
  • Slides and photographs can be digitally enhanced or edited to improve their final image quality
  • View your pictures/slides as a DVD movie

Slides are also susceptible to damage and can be digitally retained during the slide scanning process while also maintaining their original quality just in the same way as microfilm, microfiche and aperture card scanning works.Using high resolution image scanning, the pictures are scanned to capture every intricate detail and if required the pictures can be enhanced to improve the quality of the images and remove any slight wear and tear from the media.Slide scanning

Slide and Photo Scanning process

Fast and Secure Collection
You can either dispatch your slides, transparencies or photo, etc. to us or we can collect from you using our secure next day courier services.

negativesScanning and Conversion
Scan negatives, scan photos, scan slides London, Manchester and rest of the UK. We can scan and digitise the following industry format to any digital format required;

  • 35mm slides
  • Negatives (110mm), Quarter Plate, Half Plate Negatives
  • Transparencies
  • Glass Plate Negatives
  • Printed Photos, Albums

 We can scan to the following formats:

  • TIFF (Compressed, Non-Compressed)
  • PDF
  • Jpeg

Indexing and Cataloguing

Once scanned we can then index each image by its relevant or required data, for example, Name, Reference Number and Location etc.

Quality Assurance and Control

Our negatives, slides and photos scanning services are fully accredited to ISO 9001:2000 quality assurance standards and in addition to this, we have developed our internal quality-control procedures to ensure that the scanning and digitalisation process meets the required quality standards.

Data Delivery Medium

The scanned images are normally delivered on a CD, DVD, USB or via secure FTP. For the security and confidentiality of the data delivery, we can encrypt the entire data using highest level of encryption.

Artwork Scanning & Print scanning

Pearl Scan also offers high quality reproduction of artwork or prints in many formats, if you have any paintings, collages, canvas work or glossy prints we can have them scanned at very high resolution capturing every detail from the original. It makes sense to have your artwork in electronic format to upload online or send via email.

Your photographs can also be used in a DVD movie so you can watch them all on your DVD player in chronological order with an accompanying soundtrack viewable on your DVD player/home TV.

For some interesting stories and more information about negative scanning, check out our blog.

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Document Scanning by Pearl Scan

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For more information feel free to give us a call: 
Nationwide: 0845 22 55 923         London: 0207 183 1885
Manchester: 0161 832 7991         Birmingham: 0121 285 1900

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Why choose us

  • Experience >

    We have over a decade of experience providing scanning services for some of the most reputable companies in the UK including blue chip companies and organisations as well as small businesses and private individuals. Some of our past clients have included NHS, local government, Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Manchester, Aviva, BBC, Sky, Metropolitan Police, Environment Agency and many more.
  • Scalability >

    We have the infrastructure to support small-to-large, quick-to-long term scanning projects and with a capacity to scan 10 million images per month. This scalability provides a great deal of flexibility with the services we offer meaning we can tailor all of our services to suit the needs of each client and we will always try our best to accommodate any request.
  • Audited >

    We are backed up by external quality and security audits. Our operations have been audited and approved by many NHS, Local Authorities, Private blue chip companies and we pride ourselves on the high levels of quality and security we provide to each and every one of our clients.
  • Accreditations >

    We hold a number of ISO accreditations including ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 27001 (Information Management System) and EMS 14001 (Environment Management System) and Data Protection 1998. We are also a member of the Information and Records Management Society as well as being supporters of Investors in People and a member of The Skills Pledge.
  • Innovation >

    Our scanning bureau is fully equipped with state-of-the-art dedicated scanning hardware catering for a wide range of document types and sizes making us a one-stop service for your scanning and digital conversion cycle. We upgrade our scanners to keep in line with the latest scanning technology and ensure we are providing the best possible scanning service at all times.
  • Security >

    We operate from a custom built scanning bureau focussed on security, safety, confidentiality and scalability. The main building is monitored by Red Care security systems and has 24 hours internal and external CCTV. We are more than happy for you to come and visit our premises so we can show you how safe your documents are with us.
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