Prior to scanning we carefully clean your materials with filtered compressed air. Even so, most negatives and slides will have some degree of surface defect, depending on age and care of treatment.
|Image enhancement by removing dust and scratches|
We use our CleanScan service to remove these defects during the scanning process. CleanScan applies a sophisticated optical technology that "sees through" dust and scratches to produce an almost flawless digital image.
If CleanScan is not applied, you will get some evidence of scratches and dust particles on negatives and slides regardless of the age of the film. This is caused by the development process, and by the use of plastic sleeves, among other things.
Please note that CleanScan DOES NOT work for print photos, black & white negatives and slides, and for Kodachrome negatives or slides larger than 35mm! 35mm Kodachrome negatives and slides may come out a bit darker when using CleanScan. This means that you can expect some scratches and dust particles (electrostatically clinging to the film that our cleaning
Grain develops from a by-product of the silver halide crystals in the emulsion. SmoothScan uses Digital GEM technology (developed by Kodak) to analyze the image pixel by pixel and reduce grain without compromising color, gradation, sharpness, or clarity.