Scratch removal is critical for images scanned from slides and negatives, which scratch easily.
To do this, most scanning services — except ScanCafe — rely exclusively on automated software, usually Kodak's Digital ICE, which comes prepackaged with some scanners. By contrast, we rely on the hand and eye of our technicians to make sure scratches are properly removed.
Software has its place, and ScanCafe certainly uses it where it makes sense. But relying exclusively on software to remove scratches runs into these problems:
We took the scratched image above and ran Digital ICE on it. Note that it looks acceptable, but it nonetheless leaves four large scratches on the groom's lapel, the groom's face, and the bride's forehead. A service running software only would leave you with this image.
Now we'll show you the same image after ScanCafe's standard level of service is through with it — we manually removed those large scratches, leaving your image looking like it should!
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“Bottom line? Good quality and, at $0.24 per slide and $0.27 per print, the price is hard to beat.”
"I have recently used ScanCafe and I am one very happy customer.
I initially sent in a test batch of about 500 slides. At first, I was apprehensive about sending some of the "family jewels" to a place I had no control over. I took a leap of faith and I was not disappointed in the least. Your step-by-step status page kept me informed and marked the progress of my order as advertised. I was ecstatic when the status changed to "online" and I was able to see my scanned slides.
The online clarity and crispness of the photos was far better than I could have done with my own scanner. When I received the DVDs and the originals shortly thereafter, my happiness turned to pure joy; I was looking at photos on my big screen computer that I had not seen in thirty years."
- Bruce Lukaszewicz, BELphotos.com (May 2008)
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