Scanned 35mm Negative Digital ICE Comparison

The photo below is animated. It should be switching between two photos, showing the difference with and without Digital ICE. The defects appear white in the photo and are difficult to see. The easiest place to see them is in the blue sky of the photograph. Digital ICE results will vary.

If the animation is not working, you can scroll down to see the two separate photos.

If you have a small screen, you may need to zoom in to see the difference.

Old color negatives and slides often have dust and scratches. Digital ICE technology uses an additional infrared light scan to detect these defects. Special software is then used to mask a lot of the defects from the digital photo, making the photo look much better. Digital ICE does have limitations and does make mistakes:

  • Digital ICE does not work with printed photos, black and white negatives, black and white slides, Kodak Kodachrome and any negatives containing metallic silver. You will need to sort those out from the others and group them together. Dust and scratch correction for those photos will need to be done by someone with photo editing software later. We recommend you add the TIF file to your order because it's the best file format for photo editing. See the difference between Kodachrome and regular slides HERE.

  • Digital ICE usually does a great job masking dust and scratches, but sometimes it also removes details in the photo that it shouldn't. Since the Digital ICE process is performed while the photo is being scanned, the details that it removed are gone and cannot be recovered. If this is a concern for you, you should not use Digital ICE. We recommend you add the TIF file to your order because it's the best file format for photo editing.

 

Scanned 35mm Negative Digital ICE Comparison

The two photos below show the difference with and without Digital ICE. The defects appear white in the photo and are difficult to see. The easiest place to see them is in the blue sky of the photograph. Digital ICE results will vary. If the animation is not working, you can scroll down to see the two separate photos. If you have a small screen, you may need to zoom in to see the difference.