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Need to digitize an image or document? Learn which scanner is best for you and how to use it.

Before you get started...

Slide scanning can take up to five minutes per slide. It is not only a good idea to bring along something to read; it is recommended that you prepare for a lengthy process. Running other programs during scanning is not recommended and will further slow the process.

Note: Glass mounted slides MUST be remounted in plastic. Our machines do not scan glass mounted slides.

  • Create yourself a folder in the D: Drive Storage and label it with your network ID.

Setting up the scanner

  • Turn on the slide scanner Nikon CoolScan 5000.

  • Open the Scanners folder on the desktop, and open the Nikon Scan software.

  • Select the slide you wish to scan.
  • Gently brush the dust from both sides of the slide. Brushes are available at the Freedman center front desk.

  • Find the Emulsion side.
    • How to determine the emulsion side:
      • The slide may read, This Side Toward Screen. That side is the emulsion side.
      • The side with the brand printed on it usually indicates the emulsion side.
      • The dull looking side of the slide image is the emulsion side.
  • Insert the slide in the Nikon Slide Scanner with the emulsion side down and the slide oriented lengthwise.

Setting up the scan

  • Ensure that you have the Nikon Scan software open!
  • Do NOT select the blue preview button (it takes as long as a full scan).
  • Verify your settings: Choose the type of film to be scanned: positive or Kodachrome.
    • Note: Positive is the default selection for all slide scanning. However, if you are scanning Kodachrome brand slides then you must select Kodachrome from the media type drop down menu.


  • Click the Purple Tools button to select Tool Palette 1.

  • Review the following settings in the "Digital ICE4 Advanced" menu:
    • "Enable Digital ICE” is checked and the “On (Normal)” item is set.
    • “Enable Post Processing” is checked.
    • Digital ROC is set to 0
    • Digital GEM is set at 4.
    • Digital DEE is unchecked
    • Note: Digital ROC is restoration of color, which you will do in post processing. Digital GEM “looks” through the emulsion layer and removes the effects of the film Grain.

Scanning & Finishing

  • Click the green Scan button to scan your slide. Slide scanning can take up to five minutes per slide.
  • After the Scanning is complete, CLOSE the Nikon software window.


  • Click the Save button under the main menu bar and save your scan as a JPEG. Set quality of image to be 12 and you can post process your scanned image in Photoshop.