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Old April 17th 06, 08:37 PM posted to rec.photo.equipment.35mm
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I have a Minolta Dimage 35mm film scanner and I end up having to do a
lot of work in Photoshop to remove the dust specs. Without building a
clean room of sorts, does anyone have any tips on how to reduce the
amount of dust on my shots?

Thanks,
Jim

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Old April 17th 06, 09:53 PM posted to rec.photo.equipment.35mm
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A soft brush, a can of dust off and digital ICE.

Your welcome,
Jim

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Old April 17th 06, 10:02 PM posted to rec.photo.equipment.35mm
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I have a Minolta Dimage 35mm film scanner and I end up having to do a
lot of work in Photoshop to remove the dust specs. Without building a
clean room of sorts, does anyone have any tips on how to reduce the
amount of dust on my shots?

Thanks,
Jim


http://www.polaroid.com/service/soft...r/poladsr.html
Polaroid's free dust and scratch removal. I used to use this before I
picked up a scanner with D-ICE. Scanning film, most of my dust shows up
white. Applying the above tool would clean up the dust, but also muck up
any highlights. So then I'd take my undo tool and bring the highlights
back. Really worked pretty well in most cases, and could shave 15 minutes
off of a 20 min. healing brush jaunt.

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Old April 18th 06, 04:04 PM posted to rec.photo.equipment.35mm
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First off, D-ICE only comes as part of the harware you buy? If so I'll
have to assume I don't have it and can't add it.

Second, the undo function you mention - wouldn't that undo the dust
removal as well? I don't understand. If I could at least halve the time
spent, then I would obviously double my output. Or am I not
understanding the total functionality of Photoshop? Is there an undo
fuction you can apply to certain areas only? How would you know which
areas?

Jim

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Old April 18th 06, 04:53 PM posted to rec.photo.equipment.35mm
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First off, D-ICE only comes as part of the harware you buy? If so I'll
have to assume I don't have it and can't add it.

Second, the undo function you mention - wouldn't that undo the dust
removal as well? I don't understand. If I could at least halve the time
spent, then I would obviously double my output. Or am I not
understanding the total functionality of Photoshop? Is there an undo
fuction you can apply to certain areas only? How would you know which
areas?

Jim


Yup, Digital ICE is hardware base, essentially using infrared to detect dust
and other areas such as scratches that won't let the infrared light pass
through. Unless you're doing mostly black and white, you'll definitely want
D-ICE when it comes time to upgrade your scanner. Second, I should have
said "History Brush" instead of Undo tool. You choose the history layer
you'll "undo" to, and then with the history brush you can use it like any
other brush, except you're painting from the history layer into the current
one. Check the helpfiles for more coherent notes ;-)

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Old April 22nd 06, 04:01 PM posted to rec.photo.equipment.35mm
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Kernix wrote:

I have a Minolta Dimage 35mm film scanner and I end up having to do a
lot of work in Photoshop to remove the dust specs. Without building a
clean room of sorts, does anyone have any tips on how to reduce the
amount of dust on my shots?


Get an "Ilford Antistaticum" cloth (about $6).

In a clean area lay the cloth flat and lay several neagtives or mounted
slides on it and fold the cloth over the film. Press gently everywhere.

That will remove most of the static.

Then blow away the dust with compressed air. Hold the can vertically
and clear the tube with a few short blasts (remove any propellent).

Then hold the film up and give it short blasts on each side.
DO NOT TILT THE CAN.

You can also use (after the antistaticum) a soft "camel" hair brush to
remove the dust. Won't scratch the film.

Newer scanners have "Digital ICE" which uses an infrared channel to
detect dust and then remove it in s/w. Scratches too.

Cheers,
Alan

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