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Digital ICE

Old color negatives and slides often have dust and scratches. Digital ICE dust and scratch correction technology uses an additional infrared light scan to detect these defects. Special software is then used to mask a lot of the defects on 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. Dust and scratch correction for those photos will need to be done by someone with photo editing software later. See the difference between Kodachrome and regular slides HERE.

    • Note: If you choose to have Digital ICE applied, you will need to sort out the qualifying photos and group them together according to their type (slides or negatives).

  • 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 have been removed are gone and cannot be recovered. If this is a concern for you, there are two options:

  1. Have Digital ICE applied to the qualifying sorted photos. After you look through the digital images, if there are some that you want without Digital ICE applied, you can get those individual photos scanned again. You would be paying to scan those photos twice, but you would have the benefit of Digital ICE on the majority of your photos.
  2. Do not choose to have Digital ICE applied.

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.

GIF Animation showing an Original Color Photo with defects and the same Color Photo with Digital ICE dust and scratch correction applied.

 

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.

Original Color Photo with defects.
Same Color Photo with Digital ICE dust and scratch correction applied.