Now What: Shifty Slides

Now What: Shifty Slides

You've got questions about discovering, preserving and celebrating your family history; our experts have the answers.

Q. I have some 35mm slides that were popular some years ago. Some of them have pictures of aunts, uncles, etc., who have passed away. I want to put them on my computer. I have PhotoSuite but I am unable to get the red tones out. The color on these pictures has turned red. What program should I use? What is the best method to save these slides?

A: Color shifting in color slides is very common. In order to slow down the process, store color photographic materials such as prints and slides in a dark, cool place that is not subject to fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Large archives such as the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston actually store their color materials in a special refrigerated vault.

According to the makers of PhotoSuite (Roxio, $49.95), you can eliminate all of the red using the color adjust feature, but the image will not look like it did when originally taken. It is possible to enhance certain features in the slide and even decrease the amount of red using the editing tools, but there may be a loss of quality. In the prepare mode, select “touch-up” and then “touch-up filters.” From there, you can select color adjustments and control the red, green and blue levels.

Before purchasing any photo editing software, read reviews such as the one featured on ZD-Net at www.zdnet.com/products/stories/reviews/0,4161,2857490,00.html, and ask technical questions via company Web sites. Photo editing software programs are available in a wide range of prices, depending on the features you need.

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