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Title: Scan Slides and Negatives Using PhotoSuite III
Article ID: VIS1153
Updated: 8/24/2004
Operating Systems: Windows XP / 2000 / Me / 98
Scanner Models: Visioneer: 9420, 9320, 9220, 9120, 9020, 8920, 8820
  Xerox: X6400, X7600, X4800
How do I scan Slides and Negatives using PhotoSuite III?
Currently, the ADF models are not offered with Transparency Adapters.

If your scanner included the MGI PhotoSuite III application on the software CD, it's easy to scan slides and negatives, then modify the scanned images before printing.

Note: This article describes specific tasks you can perform using PhotoSuite III. To access documentation and tutorials for the entire PhotoSuite III program, select "Help" from the PhotoSuite III command bar.
Install PhotoSuite III
  1. Make sure no other applications are running on your computer.
  2. Insert the installation CD into your computer's CD-ROM drive.
  3. On the installation menu, select "Additional Software and Guides".
  4. Select "PhotoSuite III".
  5. Follow the instructions on the installation wizard screens.
Option #1 - Scan an image directly into PhotoSuite III:
  1. Place your slide or negative in the black mask provided with your scanner and on the scanner bed.
  2. With MGI PhotoSuite III running and your scanner properly connected to your computer, click the "Get" button on the Navigation bar. The Navigation bar is located below the menu bar.
  3. From the list of photo sources displayed on the Activity panel, select Scanner (TWAIN).
    Select the scanner type from the Scanner list. If the list is empty, the Scan button will be disabled. This means you do not have a TWAIN driver installed properly.
  4. If you wish, specify a file name Prefix other than the default one, Photo. Each scanned image is assigned a file name with the specified prefix attached, ie; Photo0001, Photo0002, Photo0003, etc. You can change the file names later if you wish.
  5. Select the Open for editing control if you wish to have thumbnails of the images added to the Photo library after each image is acquired. This makes it easy to select the images later for editing. If you do not select this control, you will have to use a file selector later to open the images. All images are saved in the folder "C:\My Documents\My Pictures\".
  6. If you wish to add the acquired photos directly to an album, select the Add to album control. If the control is disabled, or if the album you are looking for is not in the list, click the Albums button to open the Master Album dialog. For more information regarding albums, see Help.
  7. Click the Scan button to acquire the images. Scan Manager should now be active.
  8. Select the Paper Source:
    The Paper Source Selector is located in the upper left corner of the Scan Manager window. Since you are using the Transparency Adaptor, there are three paper source selections, otherwise there is just one:
    • Scan Transparency Using 35mm slide or transparency sheets.
    • Scan Negative Using filmstrips or negatives.
    • Scan Reflective Using non-transparency setting for photos, magazine pages and documents.
  9. You are then presented with various options for your scan (Faster, Better, Custom etc). Select the most appropriate option for this list. Note: For best results when scanning slides and/or negatives you may want to increase the resolution (Res: in the Scan Configuration box on the bottom left section of the Scan Manager window) to 2700 dpi.
  10. When all settings have been selected, press Preview in the Scan Manager window and the image will be scanned and appear in the large image window on the right side of the screen. Adjust any settings as needed and then press the Scan button in the Scan Manager window.
  11. After scanning is complete click on "Exit" to return to PhotoSuite III.
  12. Click on the Prepare button on the top bar to view your image. At this point you can save or edit your image using the PhotoSuite III application.
Option #2 - Scan the image using PaperPort, and edit the image in PhotoSuite III:

Part I - A link should be created in PaperPort when you install PhotoSuite III. If it is not, follow these one time only procedures to create a link for PhotoSuite III.
  1. Open PaperPort.
  2. From the File menu, select "Links" and then "Create New Link".
  3. On the Create a New Link - Link Type dialog box, select "Image" and then click "Next".
  4. On the Executable Name dialog box, enter: C:\Program Files\MGI\MGI PhotoSuite III SE\PhotoSuite.exe.
  5. Click "Next".
  6. On the Link Name dialog box, accept the default link name and then click "Next".
  7. On the File Formats dialog box, select the "JPEG" and "BMP" file formats and then click "Next".
  8. On the Temporary Files dialog box, accept the default, or select another option for handling temporary files, and then click "Next".
  9. On the Image Resolution dialog box, leave the fields blank, and then click "Next".
  10. On the Icon Type dialog box, select "Application" and click "Next".
  11. On the Application Icon dialog box, select the first icon and then click "Next".
  12. On the Confirmation dialog box. click "Finish".
Part II - Scan the image
  1. Scan the slides or negatives following the instructions above. Important: Set the scanning resolution to a minimum 2700dpi.
  2. The image appears as a thumbnail on the PaperPort desktop.
  3. Click to highlight the image (indicated by a red border).
  4. Click the PhotoSuite III link at the bottom of the desktop. Photoshop Elements opens with the scanned image displayed. You can now resize the image as needed.


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