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BIG NEWS! I’ve managed to greatly improve the quality of a scan. Here’s how: the plate’s glass side is thoroughly cleaned with mild soap and then with isopropyl alcohol; the emulsion side is gently rubbed with silicone oil.

All three scans were processed with the same settings, even the Photoshop curve was the same. Here’s a gif (made by Alin — thanks, bro!) to easily spot the differences:

All three scans

All three scans

The downside is i cannot use this procedure on damaged plates (with emulsion flakes or broken glass). Also it takes a very long time to prepare the plates, so expect reduced output in the future.


Number of plates digitized 32
Size on disk 938.160.336 bytes (894 MB)
Total area scanned 1776 cm²