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How to use the Color Restoration feature of Epson Scan

RELATES TO:

  • Epson Scan
  • Easy Photo Fix
  • Colour Restoration

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EXPLANATION:

The Easy Photo Fix™ Color Restoration feature of the EPSON Scan driver allows you to optimise your scanned images by restoring faded colours.

You can modify the image quality allowing you to restore the colours in your colour faded image automatically.

Note:

  • This is only suitable for faded colour images; if you select the Color Restoration option when scanning a normal colour image, the image will be scanned with abnormal colour.
  • If your images are not faded, see the following article for normal scanning without using this feature: How to perform a basic scan with EPSON Scan



Using Colour Restoration

The EPSON Scan driver can be accessed from an imaging application such as Photoshop, or in standalone mode from the Desktop, or Programs/All Programs (Windows) or Applications (Mac OS X).


Note:

If EPSON Scan is accessed directly, you will see the option to click Scan. Do not select this yet - follow the instructions below to continue.


  1. The EPSON Scan dialog opens.

  2. If EPSON Scan starts scanning in the automatic mode, click on the Pause button during "Preview and document type recognition". To use the Color Restoration feature, the Home or Professional Modes must be used.

    • For products with an ADF, EPSON Scan may start in the Home or Office Mode. Refer to Step 4 for guidance on using the Home Mode.

  3. Click on the drop-down menu in the top-right corner of the EPSON Scan window and click on Home Mode or Professional Mode.

    • Home Mode is designed for the novice scanner user, or for a user who prefers the ease-of-use of preset scanning controls. In Home Mode, the user can choose basic settings such as Document Type, Destination and Target Size.

    • Professional Mode is designed for the advanced scanner user who wants complete control of the image being scanned. Professional Mode closely resembles more traditional TWAIN drivers and pro-graphic scanner drivers with features such as multiple marquees and a densitometer.


  4. If you're using the Home Mode, choose the appropriate Document Type from the drop-down menu. If you're using Professional Mode, select the appropriate Original settings, such as Document Type, Document Source and Auto Exposure Type. Make any other settings as required.

     


    Note:

    The Color Restoration check box is available, if you select one of the following settings:

    Original Settings
    Photo [Document Type] Reflective
    [Auto Exposure Type] Photo
    Film [Document Type] Film
    [Film Type] Positive Film, Color Negative Film, or B&W Negative Film


  5. Click on Preview. The scanner will preview the scanner bed and an image window will appear on-screen.

    Note:

    • If you leave 'Thumbnail' enabled, it will scan in the thumbnail preview mode where the document is automatically detected and cropped for you.
    • If 'Thumbnail' enabled, you will need to marquee the area you wish to scan.
    • Before you make adjustments, be sure to click the image or marquee for the area you want to adjust.


  6. Once you have previewed your image(s) and adjusted the scan area, click the Color Restoration check box on the lower left of the EPSON Scan window. If you are using Professional Mode, use the scroll bar located on the right of the EPSON Scan window to locate this.

    Note:

    • If Color Smoothing is selected as the Image Type, Color Restoration appears dimmed and is not available.
    • Depending on your scanner model, Color Restoration may not appear.
    • Depending on the image being scanned or the brand of colour negative film, this function may not work properly.
    • When this check box is selected and you click the Auto Exposure button, the colour faded image is restored automatically.
    • When Continuous auto exposure is selected on the Color menu of the Configuration dialog box, the Color Restoration feature works whenever you click the Preview button, modify the size of the previewed image with the zoom feature, create a marquee, or change the size or location of a marquee.
    • If Continuous auto exposure is not selected in the Color menu of the Configuration dialog box, the Color Restoration check box is greyed out. If you are using a scanner with a Multi Photo Feeder, colour restoration is always available without preview.
    • If ICM or No Color Correction is selected in the Color menu of the Configuration dialog box, the Color Restoration check box is greyed out.


  7. After selecting this option, the image in the Preview window will be displayed showing the effects of the Color Restoration setting.

  8. To scan and save the restored image click on Scan, or make your changes and click on Preview again before completing the scan.

    On the final scan, the File Save Settings window will appear by default. Check and change the file type and settings as required, then click OK.

    You can choose to save your scan as either a PDF, TIFF (.TIF), JPEG (.JPG), or PRINT Image Matching II JPEG file. For Windows users, you can save as BITMAP (.BMP), and for Macintosh users, you can save as PICT (.PCT). You can also scan Multi-TIFF (.TIF) and multi-page PDF files in the Home and Professional modes.


  9. Depending on how you started EPSON Scan, the program saves the file to the location you specified or opens the scanned image in your scanning program.

For more information on Epson's Color Restoration feature, see the following article: Scanner range: Information on Color Restoration & Dust Removal

For more information on your scanner's features, please refer to your product's User's Guide. Specific guidance for using EPSON Scan is available in the program's guide, accessible via the 'Help' button in the EPSON Scan dialog.

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