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Scanning 35mm negative film with SilverFast Ai Studio 9

March 24th, 2022 · News, Reviews, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

SilverFast Ai Studio 9 is introduced on the Japanese website of Kansai-Syashinbu SHARE, which is based on the concept of “creating fun and sharing it with everybody”.

The blog article features an interesting comparison of SilverFast version 8 and version 9.

Some great advantages of SilverFast Ai Studio 9:

  • Faster scanning speed.
  • User interface has been improved and is more user-friendly.
  • New scanner profiles have been added.
  • License management through new MySilverFast portal.
  • Up to two scanner changes allowed per license.

Kansai-Syashinbu shows his workflow with SilverFast Ai Studio 9 and an EPSON Perfection V850 (GT-X980) for scanning 35mm negative film. His conclusion: The software is easy to understand for first-time users and includes detailed instructions on how to install and use it.

The article contains many pictures illustrating the workflow and also comments on the free demo software.

Kansai-Syashinbu SHARE

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We wish you a Happy New Year!

December 30th, 2021 · Distraction, SilverFast

Dear customers, partners and interested photo lovers,

We hope you had a wonderful 2021 and we like to wish you all the best, luck and above all health for the new year.

Charles Dickens: « The New Year, like an Infant heir to the whole world, was waited for, with welcomes, presents, and rejoicings. »

Best Regards from your Team LaserSoft Imaging

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Happy and Peaceful Holidays!

December 21st, 2021 · Distraction, News, SilverFast

Dear customers, partners and interested photo lovers,

We wish you a happy holiday season and we keep our fingers crossed that you again find rest for a moment in these turbulent times. Maybe you can use the days for looking at some old photos with your loved ones and indulge in wonderful memories.

With confidence we look forward to next year and we really hope, you can look optimistically into the future too. Always keep your courage and continue to be loyal to photography.

Best Regards from your Team LaserSoft Imaging

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NEW: The SilverFast ExpressScan for Flatbed Scanners

December 15th, 2021 · News, Processing, SilverFast

« If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality. »

Benjamin Franklin

Our brand-new SilverFast ExpressScan feature is an intelligent scanning method that can save you a lot of scanning time. If several images are in the correct position on the flatbed, time savings of up to 75% are possible while maintaining the same image quality. The German patent application pending ExpressScan is included with our SilverFast Archive Suite from version 9.1 and it is automatically activated for batch scans, JobManager scans and SAC scans (Single Archive Command), if the position of the scan frames allows it. Our example measurement with the Epson Perfection V850 illustrates the potential of this new functionality:

ExpressScan Time Comparison
(all slides scanned in landscape orientation)

Benefit now from the ExpressScan Speed ​​Boost

The SilverFast ExpressScan feature is included with our SilverFast Archive Suite from version 9.1. The SilverFast Archive Suite is our PREMIUM archiving solution, a package that contains scanner software SilverFast Ai Studio and image processing software SilverFast HDR Studio. Here you can find more information about the SilverFast ExpressScan and a list of all supported scanners. You can purchase the SilverFast Archive Suite with ExpressScan in our Online Store, also as a discounted upgrade if you already own a copy of SilverFast.

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SilverFast 9.1 now also for the Plustek OpticPro A320E

December 8th, 2021 · News, Scanner, SilverFast

Benefit from our ExpressScan for this large A3 flatbed scanner

The Plustek OpticPro A320E is ideal for graphic artists, publishers, archives and libraries, and educational institutions with the highest demands on resolution and especially wherever high-quality, large-format originals have to be digitized.

Our new ExpressScan feature included with the SilverFast Archive Suite 9.1 should be very interesting for customers who own the OpticPro A320E. It speeds up scanning very impressively for many flatbed scanners.

Sample measurement OpticPro A320E, 6 photos, 600dpi

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SilverFast IT8 Targets for Film Strip Scanners from Reflecta and PIE

October 20th, 2021 · News, Scanner, SilverFast

Experience color fidelity on a whole new level with our Advanced SilverFast IT8 Color Calibration

Since the beginning of the year, SilverFast is supporting the two film strip scanners Reflecta PF 135 and PIE PowerFilm. Using our brand-new PIE PowerFilm, you have now the possibility to calibrate these two devices – for perfect colors. Film strip targets are only available from LaserSoft Imaging. These two devices can only be calibrated with SilverFast and our targets!

For the IT8 Calibration you will need the software edition “SilverFast HDR Studio + PF 135-Scan” or “SilverFast HDR Studio + PowerFilm-Scan” and the new 35mm film strip calibration targets.

Both devices are able to automatically scan ten 35mm film strips or 60 images with just a single click. This makes them particularly suitable for digitizing large collections of film strips within a short period of time.

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Silvergrain Workshop: Correctly Enlarging and Scanning Negatives

September 3rd, 2021 · HowTo, News, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

Two-day workshop on October 23rd and 24th in Bad Nauheim, Germany. The Silvergrain Academy Workshop “COACHING – Correctly Enlarging and Scanning Negatives” is aimed at beginners and advanced users who want to learn and master the various possibilities of digitizing slides and negatives in the best possible way. This workshop systematically deals with the theoretical basics and utilizes different types of scanners and DSLR cameras in the practical part.

Content of the workshop – Host: André Eikmeyer

  • Color depth, density, subject contrast
  • Sharpness, acutance, resolution, original size
  • Advantages of IT8 device profiling (color fidelity)
  • Compared to the craft of exposure (color correction)
  • Possible ways of creating a profile
  • Offer profiling as a service
  • Select appropriate individual equipment / software
  • DSLR / film scanner / exposure advantages and disadvantages
  • Vintage scanner vs. modern (Scsi, Firewire, USB)
  • Hardware purchase recommendations

More info on the workshop and subscription
here on (German)

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SRDx Photoshop plug-in for Apple’s new devices using the M1 chip

June 23rd, 2021 · analogue photography, News, OSX, Photoshop, Processing

Experience our popular tool for dust and scratch removal

NEW: Our SRDx Photoshop plug-in is now also compatible with the latest iMacs and MacBooks which are using the ARM architecture M1 system on a chip. SRDx is of course still available for Intel Macs and Windows computers.

About SRDx: The SRDx plug-in is a tool for removing defects that, unlike most other tools, does not use any blur effects and thus keeps the sharpness of your originals.

SRDx even shines on images with a large number of flaws like dust particles, specks, small scratches and also finger prints without having you to spend a lot of time manually correcting all defects with a stamp tool.

You can find more information on our SRDx plug-in website.

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SilverFast raises the benchmark another bit higher

May 12th, 2021 · analogue photography, News, Photography, Reviews, SilverFast

Connected Magazine (NL) – SilverFast 9 in the test

In its photo section, the Dutch entertainment and lifestyle magazine “Connected” has reviewed the up-to-date SilverFast 9 software.

The testers complimented on the large number of supported scanners and the many extensive options for saving even heavily discolored slides and negatives. they also mentioned the Multi-Exposure feature, which significantly increases the dynamic range a scanner can capture.

Connected Conclusion:
« The possibilities are endless, but you need a good software like SilverFast 9 for this. »

Cover Connected

Are you curious about SilverFast 9? Please fell free to test our free demo software now.

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Japanese photographer Fujimura examines SilverFast 9

April 28th, 2021 · Reviews, SilverFast

Fujimura praised unprecedented excellence in dust removal and tonal richness of SilverFast scans

Daisuke Fujimura, Japanese photographer, took a very close look at SilverFast 9, especially the functions iSRD & SRDx (dust removal) and Multi-Exposure.

iSRD & SRDx (dust removal functionality):
« Until now, I used to use editing software to check for scratches and dust while zooming in on the image after scanning, and then manually erase them using a copy stamp tool each time. However, SilverFast can remove dust and scratches from the entire screen at once by simply pressing the iSRD and SRDx icons, which greatly improves the efficiency of the process. The accuracy is also excellent.

The dust and scratches are separated from the subject and removed as if they were sorted by the human eye. For example, it can remove thread dust, even if it is on a fine line pattern such as grass or trees. I was surprised at the accuracy of SilverFast, even though other software has the scratch/dust removal function. This function is also available as a plug-in for Photoshop (SRDx Plug-in). »

Multi-Exposure function:
« Even in cases where the image would have been blown out or blacked out in the past, SilverFast reproduces the image with rich tones.
The comparison picture on the right clearly shows how SilverFast’s reproducibility is high. It also reduces the noise that tends to occur in low-light areas, so you can digitize with peace of mind. »

You can find more photos from Daisuke Fijumura on his web page.

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