Re: [OxLUG] Dull scanner colour with scanimage

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Author: Philip Allen
To: Oxfordshire Linux User Group Discussion List
Subject: Re: [OxLUG] Dull scanner colour with scanimage
Thanks ael, Colin,


1. Cleaning the internal glass helps. The pictures come out slightly
less dull.

2. Adding "--brightness 1 --sharpness 2" to the scanimage instruction is
also a good idea.

3. Most importantly, don't try to colour match photographic prints by
artificial light. When I looked at them in the sunshine, it turned out
that the V700 was a much better match than the HP MFP.

4. Having said that, the V700 library (sane-epkowa) supports arguments
like "--color-correction "User defined" --cct-8 -0.15" which improved
the colour balance further.

5. In theory there is an EPSON ICC file which can be applied - but I
couldn't find one so I decided not to go further in that direction.

6. I could find no evidence that the bulb was going off.



On Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 10:17:51PM +0000, ael wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 09:14:27PM +0000, Philip Allen wrote:
> > I have been scanning some old family photos on an Epson v700 using
> > scanimage. Nice resolution, but the colour is a bit dark. For
> > instance, scarlet comes out almost maroon. Scanning on a newish HP
> > printer/scanner gives perfect colour (but limited resolution).
> >
> > Is this a calibration issue or is the v700 bulb going ?
> I have only used xsane directly, but as I recall that offers a variety of
> colour calibration options which might throw some light.
> ael

Philip Allen
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