prints are very susceptible to image defects caused by routine
handling. Upon scanning, defects such as scratches, dust, over/under
expo-sure, and color fading are all captured in digital form.
Digital image-correction tools are available for repairing
such defects. However, these applications require significant training
and are very labor-intensive. Often the price of the corrected images
becomes prohibitive, particularly for the amateur consumer.
A dedicated team of photographers, scientists and engineers
at Kodak's Austin Development Center has developed technology to
automatically and economically restore dirty, damaged or faded images
without the need for specialized training or additional hardware. This
technology is incorporated into flatbed scanners to work automatically
and transparently during the scanning process.