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Scanning Negatives, Slides and Film

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Scan to JPG (Home Premium Service)

This is the service that most (almost 90%) of our customers request and it is great for the home and family photos digitisation, preservation, prints and digital archive. All images are scanned in Jpg format.

Note: If you are a professional organisation and needs high resolution and larger output image sizes which may be required for high quality enlarged prints, billboard, wallpaper print, large digital display, please specify your negative scanning requirements and we will provide a bespoke scanning & digitisation quotation.

Image Enhancement Features included:

DIGITAL ICE - Removes Surface Defects (Fine setting)
DIGITAL SHO - Optimizes Contrast and Exposure
DIGITAL ROC - Restores and Corrects Colour

Technical Information:

Average File Size (colour): around 3-5Mb
Grain Noise Reduction: full Digital GEM
Cropping: automatic Full Film Image
Rotation: as per film
Colour Correction: full Digital ROC
Contrast and Exposure: full Digital SHO Technology
Inspection and touch up: full inspection

Single Cut 35mm Negatives = £1.25 per image


• We can scan Negatives, Positives and Monochrome 35mm negatives (single, strip, APS film roll) and please note that we do not scan parts of film strips, each strip must be scanned in full.
• Some negatives have white card or paper labels attached to one side of the negative strip, these must be removed or we can remove it for an additional surcharge fee.
• Please remove any stickers or labels attached to the negatives - we may apply additional charges to remove these for you.
• Films should be presented to us in sleeves or loose.
• Scanned images and folders are automatically numbered.

Special Image Indexing / Catalouging - If you would like for digital images or folders to be renamed (indexed) we recommend that you carry out this yourself once you received your scanned photographs (images) as you will know the image identification, title, description, event, date etc. better, so you can correctly name them. If required we can do this for you but due to the additional time it takes there will be a surcharge per image and it must be pre-arranged/quoted prior to any orders.
Specific Scanning Requirements- If you have any specific scanning requirements for your images, please ask for sample and request any changes. So we know exactly how you want your scans and you know exactly what you will be receiving, as making changes to scans after an order has been processed is not possible and will incur full re-scan charge.

DX code - Many films DX code can not be read accurately for many factors, for example; an incorrect strip cutting, dirty film, incompatible film format. We will use the DX code image ID where possible but when not available or can be captured accurately, images will be numbered (indexed) automatically as scanned.

Dirty Film - We avoid touching your film or negative, we use air blowers to remove surface dust but if the slides are dirty or sticky we can not clean this and it may be visible on the scans.
We use high end scanners and digital ICE image processing software to reduce the amount of dust and scratch marks on the digital image but we can not 100% guarantee that all marks will be removed, basically the quality of your digital scanned images relies on the quality of your original negatives and film.

Please remember that film is static and attracts dust. Monochrome images tend to be slightly worse for this effect due to the digital ICE negatives film scanning software not being available for monochrome images. Most of colour images come out without any noticeable marks, monochrome usually come out good too.

Photoshop Studio - Further digital image processing and enhancement (if required) can be attempted to remove and enhance your digital scans, in our Photoshop studio which is charged at £45.00 per hour (minimum 1 hour surcharge is applied).

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Nationwide: 0845 22 55 923         London: 0207 183 1885
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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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