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Removing Dust and Scratch Marks from Originals Using DIGITAL ICE Technology

Your scanner and its Epson Scan software are equipped with the DIGITAL ICE Technology and DIGITAL ICE Lite Technology features that remove stubborn dust or scratch marks from color photos, film, and slides.
Original image
DIGITAL ICE Technology applied
DIGITAL ICE Technology can remove dust marks that the Dust Removal feature cannot. However, it takes longer to scan using DIGITAL ICE Technology and also uses more of your system resources. It is best to try removing dust marks using Dust Removal before using DIGITAL ICE Technology. See Removing Dust Marks with the Dust Removal Feature for details.
Note:
You cannot use Dust Removal and DIGITAL ICE Technology at the same time.
Do not use DIGITAL ICE Technology to scan photos, film, or slides that do not contain dust or scratch marks; otherwise your scanned image(s) may be distorted or blurred.
You cannot use DIGITAL ICE Technology when scanning film with the film area guide.
Images scanned with DIGITAL ICE Technology may appear softer than your original images.
DIGITAL ICE Lite Technology is for scanning film and slides only.
Before using DIGITAL ICE Technology, make sure your system meets the requirements in DIGITAL ICE Technology Specifications.

DIGITAL ICE Technology Specifications

To use DIGITAL ICE Technology, your system memory and hard disk space must meet the requirements in the table below. DIGITAL ICE Technology needs additional resources to process and store your scanned images at the sizes and resolutions specified here.
Original type
Resolution *
Hard disk space
System memory
4 × 6-inch (10.2 × 15.2 cm) photograph
600 dpi
157 MB
185 MB
4800 dpi
626 MB
370 MB
A4 size photograph
600 dpi
631 MB
255 MB
4800 dpi
2524 MB
510 MB
35 mm film or slide
150 dpi
1 MB
8 MB
300 dpi
1 MB
15 MB
600 dpi
4 MB
30 MB
1200 dpi
16 MB
59 MB
2400 dpi
63 MB
117 MB
3600 dpi
142 MB
175 MB
12800 dpi
251 MB
233 MB
Medium format film (6 × 20 cm)
150 dpi
4 MB
34 MB
300 dpi
8 MB
70 MB
600 dpi
29 MB
139 MB
1200 dpi
116 MB
277 MB
2400 dpi
464 MB
553 MB
3600 dpi
1042 MB
830 MB
12800 dpi
1853 MB
1106 MB
4 × 5 inch film
150 dpi
4 MB
36 MB
300 dpi
13 MB
72 MB
600 dpi
51 MB
144 MB
1200 dpi
202 MB
287 MB
2400 dpi
805 MB
573 MB
3600 dpi
1811 MB
859 MB
12800 dpi
3219 MB
1145 MB
*  This is the actual scan resolution used by DIGITAL ICE Technology, which is higher than the scan resolution you specify in Epson Scan. Make sure your system resources meet these increased requirements.
You can use DIGITAL ICE Technology on the following types of film or slides.
Original
DIGITAL ICE Technology
DIGITAL ICE Lite Technology
Photograph (reflective)
Yes
No
Color negative film
Yes
Yes
Color positive film or slides
Yes *
Yes
Monochrome negative film
No **
No
Monochrome positive film or slides
No
No
*  Kodachrome film is not supported.
** Only chromogenic monochrome negative film is supported.
Note:
It may take much longer to scan and for your software to respond to clicking Cancel if you have insufficient system resources.
If you place your original on the document table at an angle, DIGITAL ICE Technology may require even more system memory to process your images. Be sure to place your original straight on the document table.
See one of these sections for instructions on using DIGITAL ICE Technology.
Full Auto Mode: This feature is not available in Full Auto Mode. Change the scan mode to Home Mode or Professional Mode. See Changing the Scan Mode for instructions.
Office Mode: This feature is not available in Office Mode. Change the scan mode to Home Mode or Professional Mode. See Changing the Scan Mode for instructions.

Using DIGITAL ICE Technology in Home Mode

Place your original photo, film, or slide on the document table. See one of these sections for instructions.
Film or slides: Placing Film or Slides
Start Epson Scan. See Starting Epson Scan for instructions.
In the Home Mode window, select the Document Type, Image Type, and Destination settings. For details, see Scanning in Home Mode.
Click Preview to preview your image(s), then select your scan area. See Previewing and Adjusting the Scan Area for details.
Click the DIGITAL ICE Technology check box.
Note:
The results of DIGITAL ICE Technology do not appear in the images in the Preview window, but apply to all of them. You must scan the images to see the effects.
Make any other necessary image adjustments. See Adjusting the Color and Other Image Settings for instructions.
Size your image(s) as necessary. See Selecting the Scan Size for instructions.
Click Scan to scan and remove dust and scratch marks in your image(s).
What happens next depends on how you started Epson Scan. See Finishing the Scan for details.

Using DIGITAL ICE Technology in Professional Mode

Place your original photo, film, or slide on the document table. See one of these sections for instructions.
Film or slides: Placing Film or Slides
Start Epson Scan. See Starting Epson Scan for instructions.
In the Professional Mode window, select the Document Type, Auto Exposure Type (for scanning documents or photos), Film Type (for scanning film or slides), Image Type, Resolution, and Document Size settings. For details, see Scanning in Professional Mode.
Click Preview to preview your image(s), then select your scan area. See Previewing and Adjusting the Scan Area for details.
Scroll down to the Adjustments area and click the DIGITAL ICE Technology check box.
If you want to decrease the level of the DIGITAL ICE Technology correction effect when scanning film or slides, click the + (Windows) or (Mac OS X) button next to the option and select the DIGITAL ICE Lite Technology - Speed setting in the Mode list.
If you want to increase the level of the DIGITAL ICE Technology correction effect when scanning photos, click the + (Windows) or (Mac OS X) button next to the option and select the High setting in the Mode list.
Note:
The results of DIGITAL ICE Technology do not appear in the images in the Preview window, but apply to all of them. You must scan the images to see the effects.
Make any other necessary image adjustments. See Adjusting the Color and Other Image Settings for instructions.
Size your image(s) as necessary. See Selecting the Scan Size for instructions.
Click Scan to scan and remove dust and scratch marks in your image(s).
What happens next depends on how you started Epson Scan. See Finishing the Scan for details.