color loss when scaning

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  1. Battou

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    I'm loosing color from picture to scan of the picture. The actual image has far better color and contrast but when I went to put it on to the computer via scaning I have lost a metric but ton of color and clarity.

    Is this due to scaning a glossy image? If so will printing it in a matte finish prevent this,or can the scanner settings be adjusted for better results?

    Is there a simple postpruduction procedure to correct this?


    Below is a cropped copy of the scan and a (sorry, not the greatest but...) picture of the original taken with my digital camera. The diffrence shows most predominately in the building in and of it self.


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    not really. The only way I've been able to get decent reproduction is to scan the negative.
     
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    I experience a similar problem myself. Only thing I have been able to do is up the saturation on editing software to make up for it.

    Still, hopefully I will be getting a proper negative scanner.

    David
     
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    Can I do that or do I need a particular type of scanner?
     
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    Every image I've ever scanned, on every scanner I've ever had, has had this problem. Just open the image in a program like Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, and a couple of clicks will fix the problem. 90% of my images just need auto contrast and auto color.

    Have Fun,
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    Thankfully My outdated software is not that out dated,lol. It dose have the auto contrast adjustment, I'll give it a try in a few.

    *EDIT*
    well, the shingles are still a little fuzzy but it got the color back
     
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    I'm right there, word for word with Jeff. Consumer ($100-$200) scanners are more of 'all purpose' devices.
    There are several factors that influence the scanning info/process. No matter how "flat" you have your original, there is a certain amount of reflection/refraction that takes place. The scanning glass is not the best quality available. "Water clear" glass is too expensive for consumer grade devices.

    The best I've ever gotten from a scanner like this is about 90-95% of the original. Sounds like a lot but that 5-10% can be a real bugger.
     
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    wow, I honestly thought this was a little more ioslated, I don't feel so stupid now.
     
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    Nothing stupid about it at all. there is a lot more to scanning than many realize.

    Now, as to stupid..........

    Your family spreads around the fact that you can scan prints. Aunt Martha (your favorite) asks you to scan a shoebox full of old prints. You say "SURE" before you think of all the work involved. Now you understand the meaning of 'stupid', oh boy do you understand it !

    P.S. - now that you have gone this far, you might consider blowing out some of the phone lines......
     
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    My aunt is old, It's likely that not only dose she have a shoe box full, It's prolly a very big shoe box, and not alone either. Then again, that'd be my luck.
     
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    You need a particular type of scanner. Some flatbed scanners have a device to hold and light the negatives (you can also use them in the regular way) and there are dedicated (more expensive, better results) negative scanners.
     

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