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Scanning too much?

By Christie Williams on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 - 02:16 pm:

Okay all, I give up. I'm stuck with a problem in scanning. I'm using an epson 1640SU flatbed scanner to scan all photos, slides and negatives. I've had a problem on some photos where the original looks good but after the scan all of the sudden hairline scratches, spots, blotches (which I assume may be fingerprints on the original) appear that are not visible on the original unless you hold it at just the right angle in bright light. Is there any way to keep the scanner from picking up that much detail in the scan? Takes longer to clean up the scan with all the added stuff. I may just be out of luck but thought I'd ask anyway.

By Ed Ladendorf on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 - 04:15 pm:

Hi Christie,

Have you checked out Vuescan software? If not, and it is compatible with your scanner (which you can find out at the site for Vuescan), it is well worth the $40.00 cost. You can download a trial version, which will let you know just how good it is, but the scans will have lines through them until you pay for the software. After paying for it, you will receive a code to enter in the proper place, and the lines can then be turned on and off for future scans. If it will work with your scanner, and you don't already have it, I suggest that you download the free trial file. If you need more info about it, let me know. Hope this helps.


By Amanda K. Jones on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 - 05:10 pm:

Hi Christie,

You may find some useful info at I just bought the companion book that goes along with the site and it seems to contain lots of good tips. Sorry I don't have any in-depth advice for you but you may find your answer in one of those two places.



By Christie Williams on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 - 05:19 pm:

Hi Ed,

Thanks for the info...I'm going to check it out now...I located a program that's called scan prep pro but it's for mac and I'm using a PC...the PC program is called auto pilot but currently supports only photoshop 4.0 and not windows 2000. The company that developed these is called ixsoftware and they are supposed to have a version out in late fall that will work with windows 2000 as well as photoshop 6...BUT...the price tag will be over $300.00...too rich for my the vuescan is definitely in my ball park. Thanks again Ed.

By Christie Williams on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 - 05:21 pm:

Thx Amanda,

Checked on that site and read the whole darn thing..they're good tips...dry reading but very good tips. Thanks again.

By Ed Ladendorf on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 - 05:53 pm:

You're welcome Chrisite. Vuescan is used by a lot of professional people, and it's a very useful, and easy to use program. If you download it, I suggest that you either print out or read the help files, which might be considered a user's manual. I think you'll like it if you can use it.


By thomasgeorge on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 - 10:36 pm:

Christe, Sometimes varying the position of the photo etc. to be scanned can make some of the "mess" go away. You might try positioning the image document to be scanned at different angles on the scanner bed as well as playing with the line screen settings.Just a thought. Good luck, Tom
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