How to Shoot 35mm Slide Film From Digital Files on a PC

or How to create 35mm slides from digital files on a PC


Creating mounted 35mm slides is a two-part process. This how to covers part one: the step-by-step process for transferring a series of digital images to 35mm slide film. At the end of this how to, you will end up with an exposed roll of slide film ready for part two: film development, slide printing, and slide mounting. For part two you will have to take your exposed roll of film to a local photo lab that is able to process slide film. A list of photo labs and their contact information is provided on the summary page at the end of this how to.

Although it is quite rare, errors in processing your slide film may still occur. Unfortunately, these errors usually don't show up until after development at a photo lab is complete. Please plan ahead to give yourself enough time to repeat this entire process (exposing the film with WinRascol and then developing it at a photo lab) before your slides are needed.

Before you get started...

You will need to perform the following tasks:


Gather your files. Collect all of your images in one folder and transfer your images to the GroundWorks Windows computer attached to a Personal LFR Plus peripheral device. We recommend collecting all of your images in a folder because it will allow you to add all of your images to the queue in one step, saving you time.

You can access your images from a GroundWorks computer if you have them on an Iomega Zip disk, on a CD-ROM disc, or on a file server such as IFS, AFS, and so on. If you need help transferring your files, just ask a GroundWorks consultant for assistance.


Check your image file formats. Make sure that your images are saved in any of the following formats: TIFF, Photoshop, Targa, HPGL, BLL, LL, Dicom, BMP, JPG, SGI or PNG.


Purchase slide film. You'll need to bring at least one roll of 35mm slide film with you to GroundWorks. You may need more than one roll of slide film depending on the number of frames you plan on shooting. See the "Compatible Slide Film Types*" table below for a list of slide film types that work with the Personal LFR Plus peripheral devices found in GroundWorks.

Compatible Slide Film Types*

Kodak Elite Chrome 100, v4**

EZ Fuji NPS 160, v1

EZ Fuji NS 160, v1

EZ Fuji Superia 100, v1

EZ Kodak Gold 100, v1

EZ Kodak Portra NC 160, v1

EZ Kodak Portra VC 160, v1

EZ Kodak Vericolor III, v1

Fuji Digital Output Film, v1

Fuji Provia 100, v4

Fuji Provia 100F, v1

Fuji Sensia II 100, v3

Fuji SuperG 100, v1

Fuji SuperG Plus 100, v1

Kodak E100S, v3

Kodak EPN 100, v1

Kodak EPP 100, v2

Kodak Electronic Output Film, v3

Kodak Elite II 100, v4

Kodak Rapid Process Copy, v2

Kodak Tmax 100, v1

Konica Sinra 100, v4

*Virtually any type of film can be used with the Personal LFR Plus. However, using film types not listed above requires time, patience, and experimentation to come up with the right settings. Unless your situation requires a different type of film, we recommend that you stick to the film types listed above.

Step 1: Prepare your WinRascol queue


Find and open the WinRascol application.


A window will appear. If there are files listed in this window already, choose Select All from the Job menu. Then choose Delete from the same menu. This will clear the queue of other users' images.

Step 2: Adding Images to the Queue

Now you'll select your images and add them to the queue to be recorded.


Click the + button in the Queue Builder window. Alternately, select Add from the Job menu.


In the Add Image dialog box that appears, navigate to your images folder. If you'd like to make more than one copy of each image you are adding to the queue, you can select that number from the copies menu.

To add images one at a time, select the first image to be added and click Add.

You can also add your files in one large group. Click the first file, press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard, and then click the last file. Click Add to add these files to the queue.


All of the images you selected should now appear in the Queue Builder. To remove an image select it and select Delete from the Job menu.

Step 3: Set the job options

Before processing these images, you will need to specify their attributes. You should never expose a roll of film without first checking to make sure that all of the image attribute settings are appropriate for your situation.


Select Select All from the Job menu


Now, right click on any of your selected image files and select Settings from the menu that appears.


In the Set job options window that appears, there will be 4 tabs of settings available.

Click the Film and resolution tab and match the settings shown below:

  1. Select your film type from the film pull down menu.
  2. Make sure the resolution is set to 4096x2731.
  3. You can change the number of copies of each image that will be printed. Remember, if you change this number, it will print your whole queue multiple times, even if you have already added an image to your queue twice.


Now, click the Misc. image options tab. These are some of the most important options to check before you print your film, and will produce slides that are automatically rotated & centered to best fit within the ratio of the slide film. Any negative space on the slide will be black.

Match the settings shown below:

  1. Pixel Aspect Ratio should be set to 1.
  2. Select Best fit from Raster options.
  3. Select Automatic from the Rotation pull down menu.
  4. Make sure the Scale fact. is set to 100%.
  5. Exposure speed should be set to Fastest.
  6. Background color should be set to Black.


When you are finished, click OK to exit the Set job options window.

Step 4: Load your film

Open the film-back door on the Personal LFR Plus peripheral device by pressing the release button.

Load the film as you would for a standard 35mm camera, then close the film-back door.

After closing the door, you should hear the Personal LFR Plus engage and unroll the film. If the film is loaded properly, the liquid crystal display (LCD) on top of the film-back will alternately display "FRAMES LEFT: X" and "FRAMES USED: 0" where X is the number of frames in the roll you are using.

If the film is not loaded properly, then the LCD will continue to display "NO FILM." Open the film-back door again and make sure the film is pulled far enough to the right. The notch in the top edge of the film should be pulled to the right until it is behind the overhang. Close the film-back door again and the Personal LFR Plus should now engage and unroll the film.

Step 5: Process your film

To begin processing your film, choose Start Processing from the Job menu. Alternately, click the green circle from the control strip at the top of the Queue builder window.

Watch the Queue builder window to make sure that it is exposing the proper image. The queue will automatically print the files in the queue from beginning to end until it is finished, or until there are no more frames of film left on your roll.

Step 6: Remove your film

When all of the images in the queue have been transferred to film, the Print Monitor will display the message Waiting for Print Queue Images. The LCD on top of the film-back will display one of the following two messages:


If the entire roll of film has been exposed, then you should see the alternating message, "REMOVE FILM" and "END OF ROLL."

In this case, simply press the release button on the film-back door and remove your exposed roll of film.


If only a portion of the roll has been exposed, then you should see the alternating message, "FRAMES LEFT: A" and "FRAMES USED: B" where A is the number of unexposed frames left and B is the number of frames exposed or used.

In this case, be sure you first press the rewind button (left) on top of the film-back. It may be necessary to hold down the rewind button for a few seconds until you hear the film begin to rewind. After the film has completely rewound, you may open the film-back door. Press the release button (right) on the film-back door and remove your partially exposed roll of film.


Congratulations, you made it! By completing the steps in this how to, you have acquired the skills necessary to produce professional quality slides. Not bad for a days work! At this point you might be interested in learning more about other GroundWorks resources for producing 35mm slides. To learn more, check out the documentation listed in the "Related documents" section at the bottom of this page.

Now that you have an exposed roll of slide film, it's time to get it developed. For information on where to get your slide film developed, see the "Next steps" section below.

Next steps

Remember at the beginning of this how-to document that we said there were two parts to producing mounted 35mm slides? Well, you're done with part one and now it's time for part two: film development, slide printing, and slide mounting.

There are a number of photo labs in Ann Arbor to choose from. See the "Photo Labs in Ann Arbor" table below for a list of photo labs that are able to develop slide film and produce mounted 35mm slides. Be sure to call around to find out about pricing and how long it takes to develop the number of rolls you have. Good luck and have fun projecting your new slides!

Photo Labs in Ann Arbor

BMC Media Services

Three locations:
1. 1327 Jones Dr., Ph#: 998-6140 (fax: 998-6150)
2. R4400 Kresge III, Ph# 764-9155 (fax: 763-0254)
3. 1C204 Hospital, Ph# 936-9780 (fax: 936-7740)

Focus Photo

2558 W. Stadium, Ph# 336-0800

Foto 1

2471 W. Stadium, Ph# 665-3686

Ritz Camera

Two locations:
1. 318 S. State, Ph# 761-2011
2. 275 Plymouth, Ph# 761-8690

Related documents

Did you know that the Personal LFR Plus can also be used with PowerPoint? GroundWorks supports the production of 35mm slide film from PowerPoint presentations on Windows computers.

If you created your presentation on a Mac, we suggest you save each of your PowerPoint slides as a TIFF graphics file and then follow the instructions in the document you now have open. This will avoid problems with incompatible fonts and other cross-platform weirdnesses.

Related documents

Shoot 35mm Slide Film from PowerPoint
Create 35mm slides of your PowerPoint presentation.