Premium Film Scanning

Preparing Your Project

Gathering all of your slides and negatives together can seem like a daunting challenge.  We are here to make it as easy as possible for you.  If you have the capability of previewing your slides and negatives, we recommend selecting the images that mean the most to you and your family. This will save on scanning costs for slides and negatives that are duplicates and poor quality pictures.  If you are not able to preview your slides and negatives, don’t worry. With each order we create a secure web page for you to preview your entire collection, giving you the opportunity to remove up to 50% of the scans from your collection and pay only for the ones you want to keep.

The Plastic Trees Studio Premium scanning process is a non-destructive procedure.  Your slides and negatives will be returned to you in the same condition that they were received. If your slides and negatives are in carousels or boxes, you may want to consider the option of upgrading your order to include protective sleeves and decorative binders to keep your slides and negatives clean, safe, and secure for generations to come.  See our Pricing, Options, and Upgrades Page for more information.

Placing Your Order Online

Pressing the Order Now button on the film scanning home page will take you to a safe and secure order form. This form has detailed step-by-step instructions to guide you through the ordering process. Keep in mind that this is just an estimate; It is not necessary to have an exact count of the slides and negatives of your collection. There is no penalty if your estimate is not correct. Once your collection has been scanned, you will be contacted will an exact total.

Project Worksheet

Once you have placed your order, you will be directed to a link for you to print out an order form to include with your collection when it is shipped to us. This form will help walk you through project titling as well as any special instructions you may have.

When preparing your originals, first decide on a title for your project, such as "Taylor Family Slides". This will be the title that will appear on the disc as well as your insert sleeve and contact sheets (depending on the package selected).

It is not necessary to arrange your slides and negatives into any order prior to scanning because once your slides and negatives have been scanned and the disc is sent to you, you may copy the images to your computer and rearrange and re-title them any way you wish. However, if it is easier for you to organize your collection into groups and/or a specific order before they are scanned, your collection will be scanned just as you have specified at no extra charge.

Shipping Your Originals

The last step is to prepare your collection for shipping. We recommend a good sturdy box with enough padding to prevent your collection from being bent, folded, or damaged in any way during the shipping process. We also recommend wrapping your film and slides in plastic bags to prevent any moisture damage. Please include your printed order form. Securely tape up your box and tape the pre-paid UPS label to the outside of the box prior to dropping it off at any UPS location.


Thank you for choosing Plastic Trees Studio. We are excited to be a part of your project!.

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