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The EPSON Perfection 2480 with the screen removed
and the frame for transparent originals placed on the bed


This photo of the Perfection 2580 is an excellent illustration
of the basic differences between the two models

There are “quick start” buttons on the face panels of the two scanners. They launch the scan program with preset parameters to send the images to the printer, by email and so on. The interface of the scanner’s driver remained the same – the Perfection family’s hereditary standard – and offers the user three basic scan modes: Full Auto Mode, Home Mode and Professional Mode. This approach allows selecting a scan mode that best suits your needs and experience. By the way, I can’t pass by the exceptionally efficient batch-scan function that allows scanning numerous originals in a single pass. Interestingly, the driver can automatically identify the boundaries of the originals, even if they are scattered on the glass in no particular order, or even positioned aslant.

Dust Removal and Color Restoration technologies are realized in the driver for both scanners. These intelligent functions are both activated in the driver’s control panel, and are off by default.

The software Dust Removal technology helps to solve the problem of mechanical defects in the digitized image. Taking little of system resources or additional scan time, it can identify and eliminate dust particles in transparent originals. Dust Removal works with all types of film, including black-and-white negative films, which were so popular just a few years ago. The user can enable this technology when necessary (again, it is off by default).

The Color Restoration technology can do good things to faded photographs that have lost their original color. The main effect of this technology is in increasing the color temperature of the digitized image. You can actually do almost the same by using a color management system or correcting colors in an image-processing program. Anyway, I guess this function will be found useful by some people, especially those who are not much versed in digital image processing. Take care, though, as sometimes this technology results in unnatural colors. The work of Color Restoration is illustrated by the next snapshot:

 
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