How to Copy and Laminate Ultrasound Pictures

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Ultrasound pictures are often among the most treasured possessions of soon-to-be parents. Ultrasound images are given to expecting parents during check-ups at several stages of the pregnancy. While these images are often now given to parents on a disc, so that they can save them and view them on the computer, they also are given as hard copies. When this is the case, parents might wish to make duplicates and laminate the images for safekeeping.

Things You'll Need

  • USB drive
  • Scan the ultrasound picture using a flatbed scanner. If you have a scanner on your home computer, use it. If not, visit a copy center and use one of its flatbed scanners. Scanners will create a clearer copy than photocopiers, because scanners can pick up varying degrees of gray. If making the scan at home, save a digital copy of the image to your hard drive and put the image on a portable USB drive. If you make the scan at a copy center, save the image onto a portable USB drive.

  • Take the USB drive to a store that prints photos and insert it in the do-it-yourself photo-printing machine. Follow the on-screen instructions to print the size of photo you wish to have as a keepsake. Depending on the store, the photo might print in two or three minutes or you might have to return in an hour to obtain the photo.

  • Inquire if the photo store laminates images. If so, ask the clerk to laminate the ultrasound picture. If not, purchase a laminating machine at a craft store. Ensure you buy a machine that has a feeder wide enough to laminate images as wide as your ultrasound picture.

  • Follow the instructions on the laminating machine. Plug it in and wait the indicated length of time for the machine to warm up. Insert the image into the machine’s feeder and wait while it laminates the image. Trim around the perimeter of the image, if needed.

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