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HP Scanjet G4050 Scanner - Scanning Slides and Negatives


This document contains information about using the transparent materials adapter (TMA) to scan positives, including 35 mm slides, and negatives. The transparent materials adapter (TMA) ships inbox. When using the transparent materials adapter (TMA), be sure the leave the unused slots covered to prevent excess light from ruining the scan. Use the inbox strip light shields for this.

Scan positives (such as 35 mm slides) or negatives

NOTE: Transparent materials adapter (TMA) is built into the scanner lid. Slides, negatives, and medium- and large-format film have their own unique media holders or templates. Templates are rectangular frames that are used to optimally place media for scanning.
  1. Open the scanner lid and remove the TMA cover by releasing the latch and pulling the cover up.

    Figure 1: Opening scanner lid

  2. Place the slides or negatives in the appropriate template. Use the orientation indicated by the icons on the template.

    • Scanning slides

      Figure 2: Placing slide template on scanner glass

      Place the slide template on the scanner glass and then load slides into the template. Start with the location numbered “1” and continue in order as indicated by the numbers.

    • Scanning negatives

      Place 35 mm negative strips in the negatives template. Start at the top and fill in rows with the negative strips.

      Negatives are easily damaged, hold the edges with care.

      Figure 3: Placing negatives on the negative template

      NOTE: If scanning fewer than the maximum number of negatives with the TMA, cover the empty spaces with the light shield provided. This ensures that no extra light leaks into the scan.
  3. Snap shut any open doors on the template.

  4. To scan negatives, place the template containing the negatives onto the scanner glass. Align the arrow on the template with the corner reference mark on the scanner bed.

    Figure 4: Setting the negative template on the scanner glass

  5. Close the scanner lid.

  6. Press the Scan Film ( ) button on the scanner, or click Scan Film in HP Solution Center.

  7. In the What are you scanning? dialog box, select Picture.

  8. To scan slides, select Scan positives, including 35 mm slides, using the TMA. To scan negatives, select Scan negatives using the Transparent Materials Adapter (TMA).

    NOTE: If you want to preview the scanned picture, select the Show Preview check box on the screen, or begin the scan from HP Solution Center.
  9. Click Scan.

  10. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish scanning. The scan is sent to the destination selected in the What are you scanning? dialog box

  11. When the scan is finished, remove the template from the scanner glass. Remove the media from the template.

  12. Replace the TMA cover by inserting the hooks into the openings in the lid and then locking the cover latch closed at the top.

    Figure 5: Replacing TMA cover

Tips for scanning transparent items

  • To scan items larger than those that the transparent materials adapter (TMA) or template accepts, place the transparency on the scanner glass, then scan.

  • When scanning a 35 mm slide or negative, the scanner software automatically enlarges the image to approximately 10 cm x 15 cm (4 x 6 inches). Medium and large format negatives are also scaled to a larger final size. For custom size, use the Resize tool in the scanner software to set the scaling to the final size required. The scanner will scan the item to the selected size and adjust the scan resolution as appropriate.

  • Configure the scan settings for either fast scanning or higher-quality output. If high-quality output is required, use the optimum color accuracy options. This will improve the output but the scanning process will be considerably slower.

  • When cropping images, completely remove the borders to reduce excess light interference.

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