Hello, everyone! Welcome back! I’m so excited to be here and chatting with you all. Today, we’re going to be talking about one of the questions I get asked the most, how I scan and edit my Polaroid and Fujifilm Instax images.
Digitizing your Polaroid and Instax images is an easy process and only takes a few minutes. All you need is a handy dandy scanner and a photo editing app (I use Adobe Photoshop). That’s it!
The scanner I typically use is the Canon MG6320 (find on Amazon). It’s an oldy that’s been with me for several years.
I also scan on my Epson V600 (find on Amazon), which is a high quality film and negative scanner, but, typically, my Canon is my go-to. Any decent flatbed scanner should do the trick, though!
Alright, now before we get into scanning, a couple of tips I should mention about digitizing your images:
Make sure your scanner bed is clean by wiping it down with a microfiber cloth. Dust on your images is a no-no. I once scanned in a sunset Instax image without cleaning my scanner bed beforehand, and the dust was such a pain in post process.
Put a dark colored piece of paper behind your Polaroid or Instax when scanning so you don’t lose details in the image border.
Get your Polaroid or Instax as straight as can be on the scanner bed, so you don’t have to rotate it in post process.
These little tips are going to help you get the absolute best results when scanning and save you a bit of work.
Now, when it comes time to scan, I scan my images with the auto picture setting my scanner offers. I have found that the auto settings on my scanner work really well, but you may need to adjust these based on your scanner.
Editing Polaroid and Instax Photos in Photoshop
Now that I’ve scanned in my image, I take the image file and pull it into Photoshop.
I really try to keep my Polaroids and Instax images as true to the original image as possible, but, sometimes, they lose some detail and color when being scanned. This is especially true if you’re scanning on an older piece of machinery (which I am).
And last but certainly not least, I apply a Sharpen Filter to the image to crisp up the entire image.
Then, I save it to my computer.
And there you have it, digitized versions of your Polaroid and Instax images! Easy peasy lemon squeasy!
I hope this tutorial was helpful and
that it inspires you to shoot and share more of your instant film
Thank you so much, Samantha! Samantha is a regular contributor here at Shoot It With Film, and you can check out her other articles here. You can also check out more of Samantha’s work on her website, business Instagram, or personal Instagram.
Leave your questions about scanning your Polaroid or Instax film photos below in the comments! And if you need some Polaroid or Instax film, you can pick it up on Amazon here: Polaroid Originals Film, Fujifilm Instax Film