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SRDx – New Dust and Scratch Removal

February 3rd, 2016 · HowTo, News, Scanner, SilverFast

SRDx – New Dust and Scratch Removal – Specially suited for Epson scanners that do not have an infrared channel

A manual correction or retouching of dust, scratches and other image defects is an extremely time-consuming task. In the professional field, it sometimes can take 1-2 night shifts to optimize a single image. When it comes to removing such image defects from a mass of images, an automatic optimization tool is mandatory for reasons of effectiveness.

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SilverFast iSRD (infrared Smart Removal of Defects) is a proven method to get respectable results in a short time through using the information of the infrared channel, which a variety of scanners have built-in. Unlike, for example, its equivalent ICE, iSRD is continuously further developed and improved.

But what, if your scanner does not feature an infrared channel? Previously, you had to time-consumingly edit manually in Photoshop or in another image editing software. And you had to be carefully doing this, because these programs often blur the images, which always results in a loss of sharpness. Therefore, you may benefit from the new SilverFast SRDx functionality, especially for the following Epson scanners, which do not feature an infrared channel:

A4 scanners: Epson Perfection V10, V100, V200, V30, V300, V33, V330, V350, V37, V370, V500, V550 und V600

A3 scanners: Epson Expression 10000XL und 11000XL

Read more about SilverFast SRDx for Epson scanners in this PDF (using the example of the Epson Expression 11000XL).

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digit! SilverFast 8.8 including new Features

January 11th, 2016 · analogue photography, Digital Photography, News, Processing, SilverFast

SilverFast 8.8 including new Features

The digit!, a German professional’s magazine for digital images, introduces the new SilverFast version

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With its current December/ January edition, the digit! devotes an article to the newly released SilverFast software version 8.8. This article focusses particularly on the new dust and scratch removal SRDx. Attention is also paid to the new History feature and the ColorServer Edition, which greatly simplifies the processing of very large amounts of images, for example, in production environments.

digit! « The most innovative change should be the SRDx tool […] he automatic setting is able to detect image defects quickly and reliably. In addition, the premium versions Ai Studio 8.8 and HDR Studio 8.8 contain supplementary tools, which greatly simplify the editing. »

« The new ColorServer is recommended for all users who need to convert a large number of images. It provides automatic processing according to the user’s specifications. The adjustment possibilities are almost endless … »

The complete article can be found in the latest digit! magazine issue or here as a PDF file.

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LaserSoft Imaging is a Premium Partner of the WTSH

December 21st, 2015 · News, SilverFast

WTSH – Business Development and Technology Transfer for Schleswig-Holstein, Germany’s northernmost State

There are numerous world leaders and “hidden champions” among the small and medium-sized enterprises in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany’s northernmost state – they are particularly flexible and agile in mind, innovative and in close cooperation with universities and research institutions.

The WTSH includes LaserSoft Imaging to these innovative and successful companies in Schleswig-Holstein and to the premium partners of the “Schleswig-Holstein. Germany‘s True North.” partner program. We are delighted to be seen as a figurehead for our state.

More information can be found on the WTSH websites: Schleswig-Holstein: the true diversity.

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SilverFast 8.8 introduces new Feature Highlights for Your Scanning Workflow

December 4th, 2015 · HDR, News, Photography Business, Processing, Scanner, SilverFast

SilverFast 8.8 presents new Features and the ColorServer Option

SilverFast 8.8 contains our new features SRDx for an effective dust and scratch removal even for black-and-white images as well as the History functionality (for Ai Studio, HDR Studio and the Archive Suite), which makes it possible to perfectly retrace individual editing steps.

In addition, we have a new ColorServer Option for SilverFast 8.8 (for HDR Studio and the Archive Suite), which represents an ideal tool for production environments and for automatic processing of large image volumes. Further architecture optimization speed up the working with the current SilverFast version. During the introduction period we offer a discount of 25% on all IT8 Targets and SilverFast Versions (except SilverFast SE).

Buy now or learn more about our new SilverFast 8.8

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SilverFast Training at Computer Advantage

October 30th, 2015 · HowTo, News, Scanner, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

Saving Your Precious Memories

Scanning and Archiving Your Old Film and Photos – Simply Explained, Demystified & Demonstrated

Boris Bischof and Darren Vena from LaserSoft Imaging, will demonstrate the principles of scanning and image reproduction using todays scanners from leading manufacturers such as Epson, Canon and others. Learn how to create beautiful images using SilverFast in a professional setting at a comfortable pace. Now is the time to save those images before they are lost to fading and other degrading elements forever.

Location: Computer Advantage, 7810 N Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243

Here you find more information & registration form. (sold out)

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SilverFast 8 SC2G® Selective Color to Gray

October 23rd, 2015 · HowTo, News, Quicktips, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

SilverFast 8 – Rediscover Black and White Images!

Effortlessly create brilliant Grayscale Images. Our SC2G Movie tells you how.

Using the tool SC2G (Selective Color to Gray), which is included in every SilverFast 8 scanner and HDR software, you can directly control the conversion of primary and secondary colors into shades of gray. A conventional color to black and white image conversion transfers different colors (e.g. red and blue) of similar brightness in very similar shades of gray. As a result, they can be hardly differentiated. With SC2G you have some slider controls to determine, to which gray tones your colors get converted. Thus, a lot more image details remain recognizable and your black and white images look clear and crisp.

Original Photo Using Standard Conversion Using SC2G (Blue -148)

Image Example: The sky appears too dark with the standard color to gray conversion. Using SC2G the sky can be selectively made brighter, without changing the brightness of other objects of the sample. After changing into Grayscale mode and activating the SC2G tool, click into the sky of the sample. Now we want to make the gray representing the sky brighter by using the marked slider control in the SC2G dialog.

More Information on the Feature Website.

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SilverFast 8.5 supports Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

October 13th, 2015 · News, Scanner, SilverFast

SilverFast 8.5 supports Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan – SilverFast 8.5 scanner and HDR software runs natively on Intel Mac OS X systems from version 10.7 (including El Capitan 10.11). With the release of version 8.5, the SilverFast System Requirements have been changed, 32 bit operating system support has been discontinued.

Here you find a list of all supported scanners.

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PrinTao 8 Software Review by Vineet Suthan

August 19th, 2015 · Photography, PrinTao 8, Printing, Reviews

DUBAI | Vineet Suthan – PRINTAO 8

Professional Photographer Vineet Suthan introduces PrinTao 8 for Epson and Canon Large Format Printers

Vineet Suthan is a portrait and fashion photographer based in Dubai & Oman. His work appears in numerous publications and has won several international awards. His commercial work includes food, beauty, fashion and product photography. Vineet is always working on new ways to share his passion and knowledge with others, and he hosts photography workshops on a regular basis all over the world.

For digital imaging, Vineet is a big fan of LaserSoft Imaging software products. Recently, he has published a nice PrinTao 8 product review on his blog. PrinTao 8 is a printing solution for Epson and Canon Large Format Printers.

Vineet Suthan: « The reason why I love this product is because you can handle the interface window without ever needing a manual. Now, my prints have different shades of color, improved dynamic contrast, better aliasing and much smoother gradients. […] I can say with sincerity that I highly recommend this product and I encourage you to download a Demo Version today and try it out. »

You can read the complete product review here at

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Visitors at LaserSoft Imaging

August 12th, 2015 · News, Photography Business, SilverFast

Save Photographies for the Future

State Secretary Economic Affairs Dr. Nägele and the newspaper Kieler Nachrichten are visiting LaserSoft Imaging

Copyright: Kieler Nachrichten

KN: What has made it into the archive of a museum or a library, normally should be preserved for all times. However, humidity, light and dust often damage the archival material or even destroy it completely. The software manufacturer LaserSoft Imaging, located in Kiel, Germany, supports cultural institutions all over the world which are scanning their collections of analog image material.

For State Secretary Economic Affairs Frank Nägele the Kiel-based company has a role model character: « Karl-Heinz Zahorsky and his team show us how much potential there is in this country. […] This is the quality of the ,True North’. »

The article of the Kieler Nachrichten can be found here online (German).

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SilverFast SE Plus 8.5 – Printer Calibration

August 6th, 2015 · News, Printing, SilverFast

Available now: Printer Calibration for SilverFast SE Plus 8.5

Maximum Color Precision and Printing Quality for your Inkjet Printer!

SilverFast can create an individual profile for every printer, ink and paper combination. The Printer Calibration always brings out the maximum quality of your originals. Avoiding the high costs of expensive hardware, SilverFast’s new Printer Calibration utilizes an existing scanner as a measuring instrument.

For the release of the SilverFast SE Plus 8.5 printer solution, LaserSoft Imaging has tied up a very special introductory package. The full SilverFast SE Plus edition incl. Printer Calibration is available for only 149.00 Euro. Until end of October, each package* also contains a free Fuji Target (complying international IT8 standards, worth 59.90 Euro).

More Information on the Feature Website.

* When buying within the promotional period you will receive a high-quality 5×7″ reflective Fuji IT8 target for free (RRP 59.90). You only pay shipping costs. This target can be used for calibrating the scanner’s reflective mode.

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