Three Stage Colour Correction

The colour correction process at PiciScan breathes new life into old memories.

As photos, slides and negatives get older, the colours in them will fade. Some slides will start to get a bluish tinge to them. If left out in the sun, photos will become bleached. And negatives, even if stored away from moisture and in the dark will degrade eventually. But, with our colour correction processes - carried out as standard on every scan - these colours can be restored to their original lustre.

Technology's brilliant but...

Our scanners are wonderful. Day in, day out, they produce high quality scans at great resolutions. But, they're not fantastic at producing vibrant colours. For this reason, every scan performed by PiciScan goes through a three stage colour correction process. It starts with the original scan.

Example of raw scan

Original image - straight from the scanner

Stage one - Adjusting for exposure

Long before software on digital cameras automatically adjusted for light levels, this process had to be carried out by hand on every photograph taken. The photographer had to adjust the exposure on their camera before taking a shot. Anyone being photographed had to be little patient, and, the results weren't always perfect.

Sometimes a photo might have been under-exposed: the camera won't have taken in enough light when the photo was taken, so the colours were too dark. Sometimes the photo was over-exposed: too much light, so the colours come out too bright.

We take this into account at PiciScan. Each scan is individually checked and, if necessary, the brightness levels are adjusted.

Scan adjusted for under exposure

Stage one - this photo has been adjusted for slight under-exposure

Stage two - Auto colour correction by software

Colour correction carried out by the software is, in itself, actually a three stage process. The software first checks for light levels and contrast, making any adjustments necessary. It will the make automatic adjustments to colours. The software's brilliant, carrying out its own scan of the photo and fine-tuning as required in under three seconds, but it's not always perfect.

Scan after software colour correction

Stage two - the software's finished its job

Stage three - Final adjustments carried out manually

Before any of the images are copied to disc, even after this process has been completed, each scan is checked to make sure the colours are up to our exacting standards. If not, we will return to the original, raw scan and start again.

Scan ready for disc

Stage three - checked by eye, then if needed, manually colour corrected

At PiciScan we truly care about your receiving the best possible results. This is what we do to as part of our scanning service, on each and every scan. As one of our customers put it,

The colour rendering in some of [the scanned slides] is far better than the originals.

Does the scanning service you were considering offer this? And as standard on all scans for the same low price as PiciScan?