How to Convert 35mm Slides to CD

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Preserving your memories in a digital format on a CD is easier than you might think. While you can use an expensive digital scanner, designed to transfer images into your computer, you also can use a simple technique with a regular scanner to copy your slide images. Once the images are on your computer, it’s easy to convert them to a CD.

Things You'll Need

  • Thin cardboard
  • Slides
  • Scissors
  • Flatbed scanner
  • Fluorescent flashlight
  • Writeable CD drive
  • Writeable disks
  • Cut a piece of thin, flat cardboard to the exact size of the scanning area on the flatbed scanner.

  • Place a slide in the middle of the cardboard, and trace around it with a pencil. then carefully cut out the shape with a sharp utility knife.

  • Place the cardboard on the scanner screen and tape it into place along the edges.

  • Position a slide in the hole and place a fluorescent flashlight on top. Turn the flashlight on and run the scan to transfer the image to your computer. Repeat this process with all your slides.

  • Edit, crop or otherwise adjust your images. You will be able to see the cardboard slide border later when you view them, so crop the border off, if desired.

  • Place a new CD in the drive and open the folder where you saved the images. You can select all the images by pressing "Ctrl" and "A," or you can select only a few by holding down the "Ctrl" key while clicking on each desired image.

  • Chose “Copy” from the list of menu items and select the CD drive; your disk-burning program will open. Name your CD when prompted and click “OK” to initiate the process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Label your CD as soon as the burn process completes for easy reference.
  • Don’t bump your computer or open and close a lot of windows while the CD is burning.

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