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Tips on Removing Mold from Slides

Memories from your childhood hold a precious value that aren’t worth the risk of being ruined. Your film carries beautiful stories, unforgettable emotions, and true laughter that should be preserved for your kids and grandkids to watch. If you have yet to digitize your memories, you should consider doing so before deterioration begins! Film does not have a forever lifespan, which is why it’s important to research a local digitization company you can trust with your memories. Chances are, your slides have been in a box in your basement as the years have passed. This puts your media at risk for water damage or mold growth, harming a lifetime of memories. Even when practicing safe storage, unavoidable accidents can happen. Consider these tips on removing mold from slides when preparing them for digitization.

Gather Your Items

  • Cotton gloves

  • Soft pad or absorbent cotton

  • Isopropyl alcohol (98% or greater)

Step by Step

  1. Put on cotton gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints on slides.

  2. Moisten the soft pad or cotton with the Isopropyl alcohol and gently wipe the film until the mold is removed and appears clean.

  3. Remount your slides in a clean glass mount for safety and the prevention of new mold growth.

  4. Allow slides to air dry after alcohol has been applied and wiped.

  5. Repeat application to other slides that show signs of mold growth.

Avoid Doing These

  • Avoid using solution that contains water, as this could promote new mold growth. This includes ordinary alcohol, so be sure you are using the correct solution.

  • Do not store newly clean slides in an area with high levels of humidity and moisture to avoid new mold growth.

  • Don’t let your slides fade away! Digitizing them will preserve your memories for years to come.



Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

Digitize Negatives and Slides with a Negative Scanning Process
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Digitize Negatives and Slides with a Negative Scanning Process

Looking to digitize negatives or old film? You’ve come to the right place! The conversion of photo negatives to digital media files can be done with premium negative scanning services. Highly trained negative scanning technicians can help perform the task while maintaining superior quality of the end product. When looking to digitize negatives, it is important to understand the process and how to find the best digital transfer service in Columbus for the task.

Negative Scanning

Slides are cleaned with compressed air to remove dust and dirt that may have accumulated. Scanners are used to digitize negatives. Dedicated unites will produce amazing results when used properly. Companies will scan negatives using flatbed scanners but high quality professional grade negative scanners are best. Negatives will then be previewed in a scanning software program where cropping and other adjustments are set. All negatives are labeled numerically by box marking. Folders are named according to the original organizational structure of negatives. After the scanning is done, each image is looked at one at a time to be sure it is oriented properly. Once all negatives are scanned and inspected, they will be burned into archival DVDs which are the best way to preserve these memories for years to come.

Scanning Negatives vs. Prints

It is usually best to scan from the original source of images. For photos, the original source is the negative, or strips of images given to the family when film was developed. Printed photos are just printed copies of the negative and never contain detail that is as good as the original negative. Prints have a much more restricted range of color and luminosity (light/dark) than negatives.

Slide Scanning Process

Photo and slide scanning is another process which can preserve memories. Images are reviewed and can be scanned one-by-one to ensure the photos look appropriately oriented. Once the images have been scanned in, then they are burned onto DVDs to preserve the memories. Slide and photo scanning technology has increased tremendously over the years and it is helping to ensure customers are able to preserve more memories than ever before. Finding the highest quality memories on DVD after the process to digitize negatives and scan photos in can be very rewarding for families who seek to keep memories in the family and have copies made for other people to see. It is one way a professional service can provide a personal touch to the process.

Keepsake Solutions brings a personal touch through our family owned and operated business, serving the Columbus community for over 15 years.  With speedy turn-around, many precious memories are waiting to be preserved for our customers. We just need you to bring those memories to a company and technicians you can trust. We provide affordable, high quality transfer of your precious moments.

 

Contact us to find out how we can help you!

Slide Scanning Allows You to Transfer Slides to DVD
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Slide Scanning Allows You to Transfer Slides to DVD

Slide scanning is one of the greatest inventions for preserving memories. Transferring from slides to DVD has never been easier than with trained transfer service technicians from Keepsake Solutions who can transform images into long lasting memories. Here’s our approach to slide scanning;

Slide Scanning

Slides are cleaned with compressed air to start with to remove dust and particles that could damage the slide. An air compressor exerts just the right amount of pressure to support the process. Professional grade slide scanners are used to transfer slides to DVD which produce amazing results in a timely fashion. Slides are previewed using scanning software where the program and other adjustments are set. All slides are labeled numerically by box marking. Folders are also named according to the original structure of the slides. After all the slide scanning is finished, each image is gone through one at a time to make sure it is oriented properly. This means not flipped or mirrored and of the highest quality. Once the images are scanned, the technician will review and a second technician will look over each image. Once all the slides are scanned, each will be turned into archival DVDs.

Deterioration of Slides

Almost every 35mm slide has deterioration in some form or another. Slides are usually older and nothing stays new. Many defects arise through aging but the most common is simply fading. Fading typically  manifests as colors losing vibrancy and a general yellowing of the image. Slide to DVD transfer can help preserve the slides but it helps to speak with an image scanning technician for examples of how to best make this happen.

Manual Color vs. Image Restoration Service

Manual color correction is mainly used to fix problems with color. If the slide has yellow casting, in many cases, this can be neutralized and brought back to original color. Software programs cannot do this so people must manually look them over to be sure the images are not too dark or have a color cast. An image restoration service can repair slides. If there are slides, scratches, blots, fungus, or other imperfections, an image scanning technician can help. Even if a piece is missing, it may be possible to get the images transferred. Slide to DVD transfer is a process that takes time but is worth it to preserve memories for generations that will enjoy all the images and not worry as much about degradation of the DVD, which holds up better over time. A trained technician can help with preservation of these valuable memories.

 

Keepsake Solutions has quality technicians who work hard to preserve your memories in many forms, including slide to DVD transfers. We are in the business of serving you with speedy turn-around times and treating precious memories like our own. We are family owned and operated, which means we understand why memory preservation matters. Contact us to find out how we can help you get started on transferring your memories to media which will last generations.