Digital ICE. Why do we keep mentioning it?
A few of you may have been browsing our site and have wondered…
What is Digital ICE?
Why is it so good for my negatives and slides?
Do I need it?
The answer is YES. Digital ICE (or Digital Image Correction and Enhancement) is a great little technology invented by Kodak when digital scanning began to focus on 35mm film.
The problem with most scans of negatives and slides is that they have a lot of dirt and dust on them. Some have fingerprints, grease and oil, while others have hair, scratches and all sorts of fluff. As more people around the world began to sort through their photos and needed their images scanning, the more urgent the need became to “fix” the issue.
To get around the time consuming problem of manually cleaning and wiping down each and every single frame of film or slide, Kodak came up with a method that uses a combination of hardware and software. Digital ICE is designed to cut down that time and enable a better result for your scans.
Simply put, Digital ICE is a double scan. The first scan is the normal what you see is what you get scan of a photo negative. The second scan is the same photo scanned this time with a special infrared sensor. It is this special second scan that makes Digital ICE all so important.
The scan in infrared can detect all the marks and imperfections in a photo frame, and then the system or scanner uses this “map” of the “bad” areas to decide which areas to remove from the final image.