I’ve known for a long time that if I have a “techie” computer question, I can always ask my kids. Especially my 2nd son who is in college studying graphic design and seems to have ALL of the latest computer goodies and programs out there. So after spending a couple of hours looking through negatives today and separating black and white negatives (older) from color negatives, I took a shot and asked my son if he knew of a program that would take my scanned negative and turn it into a digital image. He said he couldn’t think of any.
That’s when my 13 year old daughter piped up, “you mean like this?” and took my laptop. 30 seconds later, I had a great digital image! I think this may be my great-grandmother, Mintie Scott Smith. I was overwhelmed! She used an online site called Picnik.com. She said she uses it alot to add interesting effects to photos before she puts them on her Facebook page. With one click of the “invert” button, she turned my negative into a photo! So that got me to wondering if there was a similar button on my Adobe Photoshop program and there is!
At this very moment, she is scanning all of the black and white negatives that I had pulled out earlier today. There are a couple of hundred photos that are black and white. Based on a couple of test runs, I can see that some of the negatives are too scratched to be converted, but I’m hopeful that the majority of them will be good. She says that it should also work with color negatives, so I’ll be anxious to give that a try!