How to Scan Slides Using a Canon Scanner and Adobe Photoshop

By Seth Amery

Adobe Photoshop CS5 is a photo-manipulation program that allows you to import your offline images and adjust their quality for online viewing. If you have a Canon scanner, you can connect it to your computer and Photoshop CS5 will recognize the scanner right away. You can scan your image through your Canon scanner and import it directly into Photoshop CS5 using the program's WIA support. Scanning slide-film will require some slight tweaking from regular scanning, however.

Things You'll Need

  • Photograph
  • Scanner with film scanning capability
  • Adobe Photoshop

Step 1

Connect your Canon scanner to your computer. Wait a few seconds for the computer to recognize the scanner.

Step 2

Place your slide face down on the scanner. If your scanner comes with a film guide on its bed, place it beside your slide. Note which number lines up with your slide. Close the lid.

Step 3

Open Adobe Photoshop CS5 and wait for it to fully load.

Step 4

Select "WIA Support" under the "File > Import" menu on your menu bar.

Step 5

Select the folder in which you want to save your scanned photos.

Step 6

Select your Canon scanner in the list of connected scanners.

Step 7

Select either "Black and White Positive Film" or "Color Positive Film" as your source image, depending on whether your slide has color or not.

Step 8

Select "Color Mode" to import color slides as normal or "Grayscale" for monochromatic colors.

Step 9

Type in the number corresponding to your slide under "Select Frame."

Step 10

Select your desired resolution when prompted. Click "Scan" to scan the slide. Photoshop will save a copy in your specified folder.

Step 11

Replace the slide in the scanner with another if you have additional ones to scan.

Tips & Warnings

  • For your Slide film to fit in the Film Guide, you may need to remove it from it's plastic or cardboard mount.