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Sweet cost-saving hack from our very own Andrew Lewis over on CRAFT. Dedicated negative scanners are expensive, but Andrew’s downloadable papercraft adapter allows good-quality slide and negative digitizing with common flatbed equipment. Cut the adapter from silver card stock, fold and tape it up, and position it over the slide or negative to be scanned on the glass. The scan is taken with the lid open (obviously), and negatives can then be inverted and touched-up using common image-editing software.

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.



  1. Joe says:

    Brilliantly clever idea! I’ve tried a bunch of homebrew solutions for this, but none of mine worked that well. Eventually I knuckled under and bought a scanner with a transparency hood.

  2. I definitely have to try this!

  3. I definitely have to try this!

  4. Anonymous says:

    That looks very much like the paper packaging for a sandwich.  I wonder if I could use one of those instead…

    Argh, mayo on my scanner!

  5. Thanks for this useful information

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