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Old 02-27-2002, 12:10 PM
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With Microtek ScanWizard 5 I can set white/black points, curves, brightness/contrast, color correction, sharpening filters, and descreen.

The original scan of this image was scanned without any changes.

Thanks again.
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Old 02-27-2002, 12:25 PM
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Then I would say, try scanning them again and setting your white and black points and see how the image comes out. Play around with the settings you have to get the best image possible. Forget about sharpen though. Most of what I have read says never sharpen in the scanning process.
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Old 02-27-2002, 11:20 PM
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You may want to check if Vuescan works with your scanner. If it does, it's worth the $40.
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Old 02-28-2002, 12:07 AM
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How are you planning to share your pictures? If the idea is to show them on a computer screen, you may be OK, but if you are planning on printing them, 600 dpi will only give you tiny pictures. You'd be better off having a PhotoCD scans made, or even having the slides professionally printed then scanning the prints.

Most flat bed scanners just don't have the dynamic range to scan slides effectively. Most reflective prints have a dynamic range of 3.0-3.2D, Slides can go up to 4.2D. So there is a lot of potential to lose information in the shadows.

One way around this is to do multiple scans; one for shadow and one for highlights, then combine the two by masking off the light part of the dark scan and blending that with the light scan. There is even a plug in to automate this from [/URL] PowerRetouch but it doesn't come cheap.

Still, optimizing the scan may give you everything you need. For a general tutorial on how to get good scans check out: [URL=]A Few Scanning Tips
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