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Slide scanning with Epson Perfection 2450

Message With the 4x35mm slide holder in the scanner, and the TPU activated, the scanner does not usually scan just the film of a slide. Sometimes it keeps a black strip top/bottom or side/side, ans sometimes it give a 'letter box' type narrow scan.
Any help you can give on this would be much appreciated. I'm sure it is just a simple setting that I have forgotten, but hours of manual reading and web searching have not revealed the secret.

Arnold Sampson

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  • wa_sampson Dec 10, 2008

    Thanks for the helpful suggestion. I can crop the images, as you say, but the way the scanner works means that it cuts out some of the image as it scans it. On occasion, though, an odd one will be there without any black surround, and without any cutting out - but doing the same scan again does not give the same result. All very odd.

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I don't know if this is truly a "solution" or not, but I get the same thing on my HP 4850 scans. After scanning, I just crop the pictures to remove the black borders. Can you do that?

Posted on Dec 09, 2008

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    PowerSolver Dec 10, 2008

    So you can't crop each picture after they are all scanned? For example, I can scan four pictures then edit each one individually.

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