Photo, slide and negative scanning

Slides, negatives, transparencies and photos are easily damaged as a result of age, wear and tear and even accidental damage can occur when you least expect it. Therefore, we know it’s always worth looking into alternative ways of preserving your photographic images as they can become unusable or damaged beyond repair. Scanning negatives to digital formats with us gives you the advantage of building your own digital image archive.

Document Scanning Process

The document scanning process What we do with your documents

  • Collection

    We provide a secure collection of your documents from anywhere in the UK within 24 hours or as convenient for you as well as we can supply storage boxes and assistance with removing and boxing up your files.

  • Conversion

    We scan and convert all types and sizes of documents to a digital format of your choice such as PDF, PDF Searchable, TIFF, JPEG, Microsoft Word and Excel.

  • Delivery

    We deliver your digital data on a secure storage medium of your choice such as CD, DVD, USB, secure FTP or fully managed Pearl Cloud document management system.

The Process in Depth

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Why scan your old photos, negatives and slides with us?

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Preserving quality

Trying to scan and convert your own photos, slides and negatives yourself has its disadvantages with regards to the quality of the scanned image and the time it takes to do it. With using a professional scanning and digital conversion company who has photo and negative scanners capable of producing a service to a large number of scans into quality images.

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Flexible service

Our photo scanning service can take care of the overall scanning process and supply your digital images back to you on a disc or USB stick. We can really tailor our negative, slide and photo scanning services to suit you and how you want them.

Our photo scanners are of the highest quality and can produce high resolution images that can be archived into digital storage.

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Collection within UK

We pride ourselves on offering a collection service anywhere in the UK within 24-hours and we can return your original slides, negatives and photos back to you with secure UK courier service.

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Cost effective & safe

Our approach is simple and cost effective. We scan slides and photos digital format, place them on a disc or for those with a small volume of scans, our clients can request the images to be delivered by email, FTP or Dropbox.

All of our digital conversion and scanning services are accredited to ISO standards, in order to provide you with a peace of mind.

Let us scan and digitise your old photos, negatives and slides

We have years of experience doing it and can guarantee complete satisfaction

Get in touch

Contact us directly on 0161 832 7991 to find out more information or simply fill in the quotation form.

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Start digitising your photos today

Advantages of slide conversions and photo scanning service

Secure backups and sharing

With your scanning services you can preserve and have a backed up digital archive of your priceless and valuable collection, that you don’t have to be afraid of disappearing. Additionally, your digital images can be shared and instantly accessible between colleagues for that important presentation or conference. Share your images with family members quickly online or from uploading the images to your phone. They can also be uploaded to social media, blogs and websites to reach a wider audience than previously experienced.

Types of formats we can digitise

  • 35mm slide to digital conversion
  • Quarter plate negatives
  • Half plate negatives
  • Transparencies
  • glass plate negatives
  • Printed photos (both loose and in albums)

Heritage photo scanning and digitisation

We have a page focused on heritage photos. If you are looking for heritage and vintage photography, scanning Find out how we can digitise old photo archives.

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Why Choose Pearl Scan?


In conjunction with the EN BS ISO 9001:2005, 27001, 14001 and in-house implemented quality, security and compliance procedures allow us to deliver peace of mind scanning services to our client. We are an approved document scanning and data capture scanning service provider to many reputable health, education, manufacturing, financial, logistics etc. organisations.

    ISO 9001 Registered         ISO 14001 Registered         ISO 27001 Registered         Investors In People         PCI Compliant         Member of IRM     


Founded in 2003, with almost 15 years of valuable knowledge and expertise in delivering successful document scanning and data capture services through the UK to some of the most reputable and globally known organisations.


We operate from a custom built document scanning and data capture centre, which is built around security, safety and confidentiality. The site is monitored 24hours a day by security and CCTV systems.


The document scanning and data capture bureau is equipped with the state-of-the-art dedicated document, Microfilm media, Books and Large Format Plans scanning and capture technology; catering for a wide range of document types and sizes making us a one-stop service provider for scanning and digital conversion needs . We continually invest in our staff training and latest technology to ensure that we are delivering quality and innovations at all times.


Pearl Scan Group has the infrastructure to provide quick turnaround for urgent document scanning needs to taking on a large volume scanning and conversion of documents, microfilm media, books etc. projects. Our document scanning and data capture service centre always run at 80% of its productivity allowing 20% space and resources for on-demand, ad-hock projects.