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Scratch removal program

Teo Sirbu , Jan 15, 2011; 03:34 p.m.

Hello , again , everybody !
Finally , I've got a 35mm film scanner ! Dimage III from Minolta Of course, would be fine a ICE one , but that's it !
Do you know any effective (and free) software to help deleting the scratches , or I have to do all the job manually ?
Thanks !

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Wade Keenon , Jan 15, 2011; 04:57 p.m.

Do a search for Polaroid Dust and Scratch Removal tool. It's a free program, and does quite a nice job. I've used it quite a bit for scans from a Dual Scan IV.

Teo Sirbu , Jan 15, 2011; 05:52 p.m.

Can you provide a link to download? I've tried some , but it seems it's not available anymore .

Mukul Dube , Jan 15, 2011; 07:29 p.m.

I downloaded PDSR a year ago. You'll have to search some more. Or send me e-mail and I shall send a CD.

Ingemar Lampa , Jan 15, 2011; 09:14 p.m.

Polaroid stopped developing the software long time ago, but you can try here:

http://web.archive.org/web/*/www.polaroid.com/service/software/poladsr/pdsr1_0.exe

Another program which does the same thing and which is currently supported is Dustkleen, found here: http://www.imagetrendsinc.com/products/prodpage_dust.asp

Ed Nsb , Jan 16, 2011; 12:33 a.m.

Any mac solutions?

Mukul Dube , Jan 16, 2011; 01:52 a.m.

The links that Ingemar Lampa has given are good. PDSR is Windows only, and free; while the Image Trends product has a price and is available for both Windows and Mac. I have so far found nothing for Linux users.

Ingemar Lampa , Jan 16, 2011; 06:39 a.m.

Please keep in mind that these programs do a "best guess" which is quick and dirty. Unless you manage them manually, the quality of your scans will suffer. This is probably why Polaroid pulled the plug on their software.

Only proper way is to use an ICE equipped scanner for C-41 and E-6 transparencies and even then, some say, sharpness suffers. That, and cleanliness is the only way. For traditional b&w when you can't use ICE, there is no other way. Like anything, it takes practice and discipline.

Or, you could change to C-41 process b&w films which do allow you to use ICE.

I had a Minolta Dimage Scan Multi II, not the Pro, and sold it just for that reason - and because there were no spares or current software anymore.

Mendel Leisk , Jan 16, 2011; 02:49 p.m.

Photoshop's dust and scratch filter, with raised threshold, is actually pretty good. Try a radius setting around 5, then raise threshold and see how it goes. A setting of 15 for threshold (3 times radius) works pretty good.

Also, when doing manual cleaning within Photoshop, in addition to healing and clone brushes, try History brush, sourcing from a History Pallet snapshot with heavy dust/scratch filter treatment. If the defects are dark set brush mode to lighten, and vice versa.

Mendel Leisk , Jan 16, 2011; 02:50 p.m.

Photoshop's dust and scratch filter, with raised threshold, is actually pretty good. Try a radius setting around 5, then raise threshold and see how it goes. A setting of 15 for threshold (3 times radius) works pretty good.

Also, when doing manual cleaning within Photoshop, in addition to healing and clone brushes, try History brush, sourcing from a History Pallet snapshot with heavy dust/scratch filter treatment. If the defects are dark set brush mode to lighten, and vice versa.


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