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Restoring Color in Photos, Film, and Slides

Using the Color Palette Function (Professional Mode Only)

Using the Color Restoration feature in EPSON Scan, you can transform old, faded, or badly exposed photos into ones with true-to-life color and sharpness. You can restore printed photos, film, or slides automatically as you scan them.

Original image

Color Restoration applied

Follow these steps to restore colors using EPSON Scan:

Place your original photo, film, or slide on the scanner. See one of these sections for instructions:

Start EPSON Scan. See one of these sections for instructions:

When the EPSON Scan window appears, do one of the following, depending on the currently selected scan mode:

  • Home or Professional Mode: go to step 4.

  • Full Auto Mode: click the Customize button, then click the Specify document type for Full Auto Mode checkbox and select the type of original you are scanning, if necessary. Then click the Color Restoration checkbox and click OK. Continue with step 9.


Note:

Select the basic settings for the type of original(s) you are scanning, then select the destination setting for the way you will use your image(s). See one of these sections for instructions:

Click the Preview button to preview your image(s), then select your scan area. See one of these sections for instructions:

Do one of the following to select the Color Restoration option:

  • Home Mode: Click the Color Restoration checkbox.

  • Professional Mode: Scroll down to the Adjustments area and click the Color Restoration checkbox.

Make any other necessary image adjustments. See one of these sections for instructions:

Size your image as necessary. See one of these sections for instructions:

Click the Scan button to scan and restore the color in your image(s).

    What happens next depends on how you started EPSON Scan. See one of these sections for details:

Using the Color Palette Function (Professional Mode Only)

Follow the steps in these sections to fine tune the colors in your images using the Color Palette feature in EPSON Scan.

Sampling a Color From an Image

If necessary, click the Preview button to preview your image. Then click the  Color Palette button.

    The Color Palette window appears:

Click the  Color Extractor button. Your cursor changes to an eye dropper.

In the Preview window, click on the color in your image that needs adjustment.

    The color you selected is moved to the center cell in the Color Palette window with variations in hue in the surrounding cells.

Select the cell that contains the hue you would like to use to adjust the color in your image. This color now becomes the color of the center cell and the color change is reflected in your image.


Note:

You can also use the cells to the right of the adjustment area to change the brightness, if necessary.

If you want to continue adjusting the color, repeat step 4.

    If you want to save the color for future scans, click the  Save button. The color appears in the save area.


Note:

To load a previously saved color, select the color and click the  Apply to Palette button.

When you are finished adjusting the color, click the Close button to return to the EPSON Scan window.

    For further details on using the Color Palette feature, click the Help button.

Applying a Color to an Image

If necessary, click the Preview button to preview your image. Then click the  Color Palette button.

    The Color Palette window appears:

Select the cell that contains the hue you would like to use to adjust the color in your image. This color now becomes the color of the center cell.


Note:

You can also use the cells to the right of the adjustment area to change the brightness, if necessary.

Click the  Color Applicator button. Your cursor changes to a droplet.

In the Preview window, click on the color in your image that needs adjustment. The color change is reflected in your image.

If you want to continue adjusting the color, repeat steps 2 through 4.

    If you want to save the color for future scans, click the  Save button. The color appears in the selected box.


Note:

To load a previously saved color, select the color and click the  Apply to Palette button.

When you are finished adjusting the color, click the Close button to return to the EPSON Scan window.

    For further details on using the Color Palette feature, click the Help button.

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