Brilliance of 35mm slides and vivid details shared on a 10 ft screen brought families together with life-like experiences
Slide images formed family bonds as Grandfather’s slides from decades ago became a shared experience with the next generations. For years these brilliant images have been fading, stowed away and forgotten. Foto2digital, delivers these bright images to your screen to be savored and shared again.
Slides Are Brilliant Due To High-Resolution
Photos that are scanned at 600dpi (dots per inch) stay the same size for viewing. Unlike photos, slides are scanned at 4,500 ppi (pixels per inch) because the 1.38” (35mm) wide slide is stretched over 100-inch screens to view. This stretching would leave the screen pixilated, unless we have enough pixels to fill the full screen.
Foto2Digital gives you those 6,000 pixels (1.38-inch x4,500 pixel/inch=6,000 pixels) so you can see the image with the same clarity as your parents did when the slide was captured.
Face-Recognition To Name Names
Facial-recognition software helps identify and group faces that you can name. The name is applied to all slide images where that face appears. Once named, you can view any image of a person just by typing their name.
Preserving Memories With Keywords
We preserve family memories by adding searchable keywords that identify the slides by event, dates and location. We capture this information with folder structure we create while scanning using notes from the slide boxes. Using these as searchable keywords, we can find any image. Future generations would be able to trace family stories and know who the people were and what they valued.
Slides are special and pose unique challenges to digitize because the images must be: (1) enlarged and optimized for viewing (2) stored with a folder structure to retain location information and (3) color-corrected for possible fading.
Foto2Digital have adopted a variation of scanning process to deliver brilliant images as they were captured.
Slides were special because of high resolution details that can be enlarged and projected on wall size screens. Details that light can project on screens are difficult to capture by digital sensors, but we can come close. We digitize slides at 4,500 ppi, producing an image that is 6,000 pixels wide and 4,000 pixels tall, uncompressed raw image (24MP).
Over the past decade Foto2digital has modified our digitizing process for slides to deliver bright and sharp images for viewing. This includes:
Correct image orientation: We scan all slides horizontally irrespective of orientation to capture the whole image, 35mm wide and 24mm high. But not all slides are oriented that way.
Color correct: Slides that are exposed to air and humidity (even those inside projector carousels) and light has faded, causing them to turn red. Since we capture the images in raw, White-Balance, and hue correction gives us some extra latitude to bring back the brilliance with 16-bit color.
Red-eye removal: normal part of all our optimization.
It is difficult to fix dirt marks if the slides are exposed to dust. Our pre-scan process includes cleaning and brushing (special equipment). We do not use chemicals or compressed air (both can damage the slides irreparably).
Quality control (QC) initiates the preparation of slides at Foto2Digial. We group them in identifiable units and create corresponding folders to keep the scanned images. With this system we can find the slides easily just by looking at the folder they are located in. If necessary, QC can compare the scanned image to the slide instantly.
We use folders to group slides for keywording. If the slide boxes and carousels have information, we can identify the folder number to events, location and dates that can be used to add searchable keywords. If you have such grouping, we would encourage you to use it to help with keywording. Embedding searchable keywords in the scanned images is easier with folder structure. This is part of our initial consult.
Unique folder structure serves a dual purpose at Foto2Digital:
QC uses it to verify slide content with the corresponding image
Keywording team uses folders (with notes) to embed searchable information without having to resort to physical slides.
It helps you to find physical slides from the images. You can archive these physical slides securely without any additional cost.
Our job-intake scheduling is designed for our team to work exclusively on your project once we start. It is a privilege to save family memories and we save one family story at a time.
We scan over 10,000 images a day in our facility in Wisconsin Dells. We do not outsource.
Once scanned, we upload the images. We have a follow-up appointment with you. The fun begins after you share our screen to name faces, grouped by face-recognition software. In a short time, you can identify all family members and the names are applied to all their images.
There is NO waiting for weeks or months to find images of people and search them by name. Of course, your participation helps expedite the process.
Foto2Digital takes the stress out of your family slide project.
Per 35mm slides
1,000 – 9,999
A $30 service fee applies to all orders. This service fee provides for safe handling procedures including: intake, item coding, physical & digital storage, quality checks by senior technicians and packaging
Standard 35mm slide, costs $0.50/scan. We follow a strict folder structure that corresponds to the grouping pattern either provided by customer or created by us. While we can find any slide and its corresponding image (or vice versa).
Non-standard Slides Price:
Although there are many types of film formats in 2” slide jackets, the majority are 35mm slides.
We digitize them all. The non-standard formats like 110’s, 126, 127 and super-slides, are digitized separately and must be isolated from 35mm slides.
Cost of digitizing non-standard slides is $1.50/slide
Maintain a sequential order $1.00/slide
Secure Door To Door Delivery
Please Do Not Ship Or Deliver Without Scheduling
Our Process Depends On Scheduling; We Preserve Meories One Family At A Time.
During consult we will discuss your project and choose the shipping option that suit your needs.
It is important we have the time scheduled for when your shipment arrives.
If you are shipping, we must be able to track your shipment and verify your content upon arrival.
Arrange Slides For Secure Shipment
Slides can be shipped as they are stored. But it may not be the best choice.
We preserve family slides, and their safety is our over-riding concern. We receive slides in three formats:
Carousels: It is fine to deliver slide-carousels, in person due to their weight and size. For shipping, it is cost effective to use archival boxes that are compact, light-weight and protect the slides better. For more information, please Call us
Slide delivery boxes with 20 to 40 slides each. These are great and if each one is identified with a unique number, we can create a corresponding folder structure.
Archival boxes: Instead of bulky Carousels or hundreds of smaller delivery packets, archival boxes provide an option that is compact, light-weight and protects. The choice of archival box depends on the size of your slide collection. (For more information, Please Call)
We have received slides in plastic bags or wrapped in aluminum-foil in rubber-bands. Some put a layer of tissue paper to provide a cushion inside an envelope. This is not safe.
Do Not Ship Or Store Unboxed Slides. They Are Likely To Get Damaged.
During consult we will discuss shipping options for you. These are:
You Ship in your boxes : You can ship slides in your shipping boxes and send us content list and a tracking number.
Ship to: Foto2digital, 930 Glen Lane, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965.
Before you pack, please make a list of the contents, take a picture and email it along with the tracking number and a contact phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
Unscheduled deliveries or without the above information are NOT accepted.
We send shipping box and label (that you ship back with slides): We can send you shipping boxes and labels or arrange pickup after you have packed your slides.When you receive the shipping box, please line it with bubble-wrap, make a list of contents, take a photo and email it to email@example.com% payment of the estimate is due before we send you a shipping box and label
You deliver (or we arrange pickup): (by appointment ONLY) If you are in Wisconsin/Northern IL, we welcome you to our facility. For large family projects (around 10,000 slides) in the area we can either arrange pickup or help with packing of slides before pickup.
Call us at 608-221-9180 for appointment.
Our address is 930 Glen Lane, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965.
Please NOTE: It is “GLEN LANE”; county is full of various GLENs (Dr, Ave, Rd, St, Ct, etc.) and you may be lead astray. If lost, please call us.
Reminder: Please Do Not Ship Without:
Scheduled Date For Scanning (Set During Consult)
A List Of The Content And If Possible A Photo Of Content
A Tracking Number With Notification
A Contact Phone Number So We Can Verify The Content Upon Arrival.
We specialize in preserving Family photos with high-quality images that can be found on digital devices. Preserving means searchable photos:
FREE Vivid Slide images with searchable Names and Keywords
FREE Online access to the scanned images the same day we scan
FREE Higher Resolution (4,500 dpi) is standard at no extra cost
FREE hands-on guidance to access, search and find your photos on any device with internet connection.
For family photos your primary concern is the ability to find images and share them securely. We recognize that. Our prices are the MOST affordable and still provide you with high-quality images and more.
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LegacyBox @ 2000dpi**
Foto2Digital scans slides at 4,500 ppi standard. Compared prices from other companies are for 4,000ppi (Except **Legacy box that scans only at 2,000 ppi). Prices for digitizing at 2,000 ppi or less are not included because Foto2Digital does not digitize at the low resolution of 2,000ppi and the low resolution results in images that cannot be printed with any clarity or brightness.