I got my film back from the lab recently (120 film, ISO 160, Porta VC) in those clear plastic "protective" strip covers. I removed the negative roll from the plastic strip as carefully as possible, but I scratched the film! The scratches appear as very thin lines. I thought they might have been dust streaks, so I took a smooth cotton cloth and gently attempted to remove the "dust". Of course, I only wound up sratching the negatives even more. I tried getting rid of the scratch marks in Photoshop but had no luck. Does anyone have any recommendations on handling negative rolls from the lab when scanning? Should I ask the lab to not place my negatives in those long clear plastic protective covers? Would they be at a higher risk of getting scratched if they were not in the covers? Does anyone wish to share their method for removing the negs from the plastic, placing them onto a scanner, then placing them back into the protective sleeve without a scratch?