~ Wheeler Arts Stereo Slide Scanning Service ~
Your source for converting 3-D transparencies into digital photos!
Stereo slides (in Realist format) are cleaned with compressed air to remove surface dust
and scanned at 36-bit color in a dedicated slide scanner (not a flatbed scanner).
Digital ICE* software is applied by default to remove additional dust and minor scratches.
Your stereo slides and their mounts are not disturbed in the scanning process.
Options include scanning a Pair (both left and right) or Single (left or right window, your choice).
Image files are put on hybrid (Mac & Win) CDs or DVDs and shipped with the returned slides.
Image files also available on USB Flash Drives.
Scan Options & Prices | Instructions | Special! | S&H | R&D
Scan Size Options & Prices...
JPEG for presentations, iPhoto, e-mail attachments, desktop printing, etc.
Pair (both left and right windows) or Single (left or right window):
4" Option: 3.9" wide x 4.1" tall*
- 1 to 49 slides: $26 per Pair, or $14 each Single
- 50 to 99 slides: $24 per Pair, or $13 each Single
- 100 to 199 slides: $22 per Pair, or $12 each Single
- 200 or more slides: $20 per Pair, or $11 each Single
6" Option: 5.8" wide x 6.2" tall*
- 1 to 49 slides: $30 per Pair, or $16 each Single
- 50 to 99 slides: $28 per Pair, or $15 each Single
- 100 to 199 slides: $26 per Pair, or $14 each Single
- 200 or more slides: $24 per Pair, or $13 each Single
8" Option: 7.7" wide x 8.3 tall*
- 1 to 49 slides: $34 per Pair, or $18 each Single
- 50 to 99 slides: $32 per Pair, or $17 each Single
- 100 to 199 slides: $30 per Pair, or $16 each Single
- 200 or more slides: $28 per Pair, or $15 each Single
11" Option: 10.4" wide x 11.5" tall*
- 1 to 49 slides: $38 per Pair, or $20 each Single
- 50 to 99 slides: $36 per Pair, or $19 each Single
- 100 to 199 slides: $34 per Pair, or $18 each Single
- 200 or more slides: $32 per Pair, or $17 each Single
* Approximate size at 100% when viewed or printed.
RGB (Red, Green, Blue). 300-dpi resolution, unless otherwise noted.
JPEGs are in maximum (highest) quality format.
Set-up Fee . . .
A set-up fee covers the safe air process used in cleaning loose surface lint from your slides and setting up the scanner software for your order. Plus, it includes burning the scans to disc (CD or DVD) and supplying the first set. Files will be put on a CD (700 MB maximum) or a DVD (4.7 GB maximum). These hybrid discs are compatible with Macintosh and Windows systems.
If you are unable to read a DVD, please check "CD" in the Media section of the order form. If nothing is checked, the scans will be put on the disc that best fits your order size.
Also available on "Kingston" USB Flash Drive -- compatible with Windows and Macintosh OS -- for additional $10 (see order form).
As a back up, Wheeler Arts will store a copy of the scans for 30 days following shipment of the disc(s).
Additional Copies / Duplicate Sets . . .
Add $10 for each extra copy of CD or DVD set (see order form).
Special Discount . . .
Repeat Customers: If you purchased scans of $500 or more (subtotal) from us during the past 12 months, SAVE 10% on your next scan order. To be eligible for this savings, please fill in your latest scan order/receipt number on the "Repeat Discount" line of the order form.
Instructions . . .
Be sure to number your slides and include a list of their numbers with instructions for:
A. Which window(s) to scan: pair, single left, or single right as you are looking at the front side that says VIEW FROM THIS SIDE. Mark the window to be scanned by putting a small "X" below it on the front side -- see example at right.
B. Adjustments: Make sharper, lighter, darker, or Auto (automatic default setting in Digital ICE* software). Auto will be applied unless you tell us otherwise in your instructions. In some cases, the Auto setting will darken a faded image to capture underlying detail while scanning.
We are happy to answer any questions. See contact information at the bottom of this page.
Package your slides securely and send (we suggest insuring them) with order form to:
Wheeler Arts, Stereo Slide Scan Dept, 66 Chestnut Court, Champaign, IL 61822 USA
Important Information . . .
We don't rotate images unless you tell us otherwise in your instructions.
Digital ICE* software eliminates most dust and debris plus minor scratches during scanning, without removing image detail. This automated dust-removal method does not remove imperfections, dust embedded in the slide, fingerprints, or mold / mildew damage. Scanned images are not manually retouched.
Zero cropping (scanned full-frame without trimming) which does not reduce the size of the image.
Since the left window is shot at a different angle than the right windows to create a 3-D "stereo" view, the two windows are slightly different. Be sure to look at the left and right windows independently when selecting a single window.
Digital scans are 2-D and can NOT duplicate the deep 3-D look of a stereo slide.
We are unable to scan slides in glass mounts. Please send only slides mounted in cardboard.
Due to handling, age and storing conditions (such as humidity or over-exposure to light), a slide can become:
Twisted and no longer lie flat. This can create a slightly distorted or out-of-focus image when scanned.
Faded or lighter, often appearing to have a yellow or reddish look. In some cases, the Auto setting will darken the scan to capture underlying detail and improve the image. Auto may also increase the blue and/or increase contrast.
Mold / mildew infected. Common on old slides, mold or mildew growth is the biggest problem film faces. Even for a short period, slides stored in humid or damp areas are susceptible to catching mold. It can eventually eat away film emulsion and there's no easy way to remove it from film without leaving a mark. ICE only removes minor scratches and debris laying on film surface and won't remove this type of defect during scanning, but ICE can often lessen the mold's visibility. If mold damage is in skin or other tough-to-clean areas, the only option for repair is often a more costly restoration of the scanned image -- sometimes using digital manual touch-up. The higher the scan resolution, the more prominently the mold damage will show. The sooner you have the slides scanned the better -- once mold takes hold it can continue to grow until totally destroying a slide's image.
Embedded with foreign particles such as tiny dirt or dust or fingerprints, especially on the delicate emulsion side.
Chemical Cleaning Service (optional) . . .
On some slides that have mold/mildew or fingerprints, we may be able to chemically clean those areas by hand with "PRO-CLEANER film & negative" solution. Film is not removed from your mounts so slides are not harmed in any way. This process takes extra time and materials. Add $12 per window for this service (see order form).
Digital Restoration Service (optional) . . .
In some images that have mold/mildew or embedded foreign particles, we can digitally restore those areas by hand in photo-retouching software. This process takes extra time, so let us know if you would like a quote for this service. We will be happy to give you a cost estimate once we review your slides for quality.
Shipping & Handling . . .
S&H on Scans (CDs or DVDs) & Returning Slides: $15 per order for Ground; $25per order for Air or Priority.
Insurance: We know your slides are irreplaceable and we take the utmost care of them while in our possession. However, in case they get lost or damaged on their way back to you, include $1.00 for each $100.00 value of coverage.
Scheduling . . .
Standard turn-around: Non-rush slides are scanned and orders filled "First In, First Out." Due to current demand and volume, please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of disc(s) from the time we receive your slides.
Studio vacation: We are closed August and December 15 - January 15 to give staff and equipment a rest, but we are in full steam the other 10 months a year.
Rush Fee (optional) . . .
Add 20% of subtotal if you would like your disc(s) delivered within 6 weeks from the time we receive your slides.
Add 30% of subtotal if you would like your disc(s) delivered within 5 weeks from the time we receive your slides.
Add 40% of subtotal if you would like your disc(s) delivered within 4 weeks from the time we receive your slides.
Add an extra week if USA Holiday falls within the time frame.
Research & Development . . .
After months of research and development Stephen P. Wheeler, an Aeronautical Engineer, created our system to scan stereo slides (Realist 3-D color transparencies) with a Minolta* dedicated slide/film scanner. Steve created stereo slide holders that eliminate the need to cut apart or remount the transparencies. Our dedicated slide/film scanning method produces sharper stereo scans with truer color and more detail than do flatbed scanning methods.
Left and/or right windows of the stereo slides are cleaned with compressed air and scanned using Digital ICE* software for Macintosh. Your stereo transparencies and their mounts are not disturbed in the scanning process.
If additional treatments are needed (rotating, sharpening, re-sizing, color adjusting, etc), Photoshop* is used.
* Digital ICE trademark is property of Applied Science Fiction; Minolta trademark is property of Minolta Co, Ltd; Photoshop trademark is property of Adobe.
Realist Format . . .
3-D slides (stereo transparencies) are in either 5-perf "Realist format" (pairs of 5 film sprockets per image) or a wider 7-perf "European format" (pairs of 7 film sprockets per image width). So far, we've seen the 3-D slides (such as Kodachrome Stereo Transparencies) only in the Realist format -- the most common stereo image format.
Questions & Contact Information. . .
We are happy to answer any questions.
E-mail (We will respond within 48 hours, 10AM-2PM, Mon-Fri, IL time)
Ph 217.359.6816 (Please leave a phone message and we will respond within 48 hours, 10AM-2PM, Mon-Fri, IL time)
Closed August, December 15 - January 15, and USA Holidays.
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