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Film or Slide Scanning Problems

You Cannot Scan Film or Slides
You Cannot Scan Film in Full Auto Mode or Using the Thumbnail Preview
Negative Film Preview Images Look Strange
Striped Rings Appear in Your Scanned Image
A Line Appears in the Previewed Image

You Cannot Scan Film or Slides
  • Make sure the scanner cover is securely connected to the scanner’s OPTION port. See Removing the Document Mat for instructions.

  • Make sure the Document Type setting (Home Mode) or Document Type and Film Type settings (Professional Mode) are set correctly for your film/slide type. See Selecting Basic Settings for instructions.

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You Cannot Scan Film in Full Auto Mode or Using the Thumbnail Preview

EPSON Scan may not be able to detect film images, or may crop or group the images unexpectedly. This may happen if your images are like the following:

  • Images with a dark background.

  • Images with a very bright background.

  • Color negative film with extremely light or dark base color (background).

  • Panorama and regular size images being scanned at the same time.


Note:

In Full Auto Mode, you can scan only 35 mm color negative film strips or slides. To scan black and white film or slides, or medium format film, use Home or Professional Mode.

Try one or more of the following solutions.

  • Make sure the film is placed in the film holder correctly and the film holder is properly positioned on the document table. See Placing Film in the Holder for instructions.

  • Make sure the white stickers on the back of the film holder and the areas around them are not scratched, dusty, or covered in any way. If the areas are obscured, the scanner may have trouble recognizing your film or slides in Full Auto Mode. If the problem persists, try scanning in Home or Professional Mode.

  • In the Configuration window, adjust the thumbnail cropping area using the Thumbnail Cropping Area slider. See EPSON Scan Help for details.

  • Make sure the Document Type setting (Home Mode) or Document Type and Film Type settings (Professional Mode) are set correctly for your film/slide type. See Selecting Basic Settings for instructions.

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Negative Film Preview Images Look Strange
  • Make sure the Document Type setting (Home Mode) or Document Type and Film Type settings (Professional Mode) are set correctly for your film. See Selecting Basic Settings for instructions.

  • In Normal preview, the dark area around the film and the frame of the film holder is perceived as white. This alters the exposure and causes images to appear darker. Create marquees on the image area you want to scan as described in Previewing and Adjusting the Scan Area. Then click the Zoom button to preview the area.

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Striped Rings Appear in Your Scanned Image

A Newton ring is a ring-shaped pattern of stripes that appears on scanned images of transparent materials. It may occur if the film is curled.

Place the film with the base side facing up and preview using Thumbnail preview. Then flip the previewed image by clicking the  (mirroring) icon in the Preview window. See Previewing and Adjusting the Scan Area for instructions.

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A Line Appears in the Previewed Image

The document table or transparency unit window may be dusty or scratched. Clean the document table and transparency unit window as described in Cleaning the Scanner. If you still have the problem, contact Epson.

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