Question Looking for alternative software for an Epson V600 Scanner due to Epson's dust removal "artifacts."

Darkmatterx

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Hi, I'm looking for alternative software for an Epson V600 Scanner due to Epson's regular dust removal option leaving "artifacts."

I'd like to hear about both free and paid alternatives. I'm sorry I don't have an example of the artifacts I'm talking about, but in one shot it obliterated the bottom part of a nose because it thought the dark nostrils were dust. :/ I'd show that image but it isn't mine.

I talked to Epson and there advice, which I don't remember seeing on the box, or their website, was to not use their regular dust removal option if at all possible... 0.o'

Of course, I could use Digital Ice, but it takes too long to be worth it when scanning a lot of film strips.

Thanks for any advice you can give!

DM
 

Phillip Corcoran

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I used to have an Epson scanner and the dust-removal feature could be disabled in scanner software settings, so check that out. In fact I disabled all the filtering effects because I could get much better results doing it manually in Photoshop (and easily using "Undo" if it didn't look right).

If you really do want to use third-party scanner software, give VueScan a try to see if it works with your scanner. You'll have to pay a one-off registration fee if you want to keep it.
 

Darkmatterx

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Thanks. I did know that I can disable the features, but I have yet to meet an old negative that didn't have some amount of dust on it. :)

Also, post-processing time can be time consuming and put that option out of reach for many customers.

I'll check out VueScan.

Thanks!
 

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