Scan Mask for Instantfilm

Scanning Polaroid pictures can be tricky. The Polaroid Scan Mask from ars-imago & CAMERADACTYL will help you! It‘s the perfect solution to digitize your Polaroid shots with a modern flatbed scanner. The mask completely eliminates Newton's rings that normally occur when scanning Polaroid images directly on a flatbed scanner. You can use the following formats with the Polaroid Scan Mask: 600, i-Type, SX-70 and Fuji Instax Wide (a separate mask is available for Fuji Instax Mini).

The Polaroid Scan Mask offers space for four instant photos (type 600, i-Type, SX-70 and Fuji Instax Wide).
The Polaroid Scan Mask offers space for four instant photos (type 600, i-Type, SX-70 and Fuji Instax Wide).

Why should you use a scan mask?

  • No more Newton‘s rings (due to a small distance between the instant photo and the glass surface of the scanner)

  • Four photos can be digitized at the same time (they are aligned)

  • The black background will help with color correction and contrast

  • Cut-out holes for your fingers ensure that you can quickly remove the pictures


Features:

  • Size: ca. 26 x 22 x 0.5 cm

  • 4 Polaroids: Format 600, i-Type, SX-70 & Fuji Instax Wide (or 8 with Fuji Instax Mini mask)

Tricks:

  • The Polaroid Scan Mask comes with a protective paper, you have to remove this paper completely.

  • It's best to use double-sided tape to attach the pictures to the mask

  • No special software is needed (works with the software supplied with your scanner)

  • Align the mask to one edge of the scanner: This helps aligning the images and they can be easily cropped out

  • We recommend to use the mask with a flatbed photo scanner (e.g. Epson V370, Epson V550, Epson V600, Epson V700/750, Epson V800/850, Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II and others)

  • You can find more information in the manual (Download-Link PDF)

Newton's rings comparison

Newton's rings are almost impossible to avoid when digitizing a reflective surface on a flatbed scanner: The reflection creates color patterns that are very difficult to remove. By using a scan mask, this color pattern can be avoided very easily. Below you can see an example of a Fuji Instax Mini image. The Polaroid Scan Mask comes with a protective paper, you have to remove this paper completely. It's best to use double-sided tape to attach the pictures to the mask

Scan comparison: left without, right with scan mask
Scan comparison: left without, right with scan mask

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ars-imago & Cameradactyl Instant Scan Maske

for Polaroid SX-70, 600, i-Type & Fuji Instax Wide Filme

for Fuji Instax Mini Filme

The scan mask for Fuji Instax Mini film has space for 8 photos
The scan mask for Fuji Instax Mini film has space for 8 photos