Convert Slides. Removing Spots From Scans

by James Andersen

I wanted to convert slides to 35mm format so I bought a slide scanner. I found the information on convert slides .com was quite helpful. And they were right, it did bring back lots of memories.

But I have a problem, some of my scans have many spots on them, how can I get rid of these?


Hi James,

I certainly understand about those lousy spots
and specks. They are very frustrating and seem to appear out of no where.

Slides are easily scratched and they attract dust like none other.

Here are some basic tips to help.

1. If your 35mm slides are excessively dusty try using a new artist brush with soft fine bristles. The diameter of the brush should cover most of the slide in one pass. Keep your brushes clean and dedicated only for this purpose. A craft store should have a good selection of brushes to choose from.

2. Do a Google search for Digital Ice scanner or digital ice software. Digital Ice is a trademark process of Kodak. It uses infrared to help eliminate dust, specks and scratches from your scans.

Some scanner software, even if it does not use Digital Ice technology may have dust and scratch removal settings.

Two great sources that I use are these:

Recently I've been so busy and it has been hard finding time to convert my own slides over. The idea of having a professional service convert my slides and negatives over, for me, has increased it's appeal.

I started using

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