You have to try this software. Potentially, it could save you a ton of time in post processing your analog images. Polaroid put out, in 2002, an amazing little Photoshop Plug-In/Application, called Polaroid Dust & Scratch Removal. While the application is no longer available through the “New” Polaroid website, I was able to locate it, and download it from the “Old” Polaroid, via the following Internet Archive Wayback Machine link-http://web.archive.org/web/*/www.polaroid.com/service/software/poladsr/pdsr1_0.exe
Mac users can find it here-http://web.archive.org/web/*/www.polaroid.com/service/software/poladsr/pdsrmac1_0.sit
After installing it, I went to work. I hate “workflows”. This is supposed to be fun, not work. That said, I am not a big fan of post processing, and Photoshop, at all. It is a necessary evil of the digital age. But in scanning black and white Polaroids, one can end up with tons of little “white dots”, or dust, especially in the darker areas of the scan. So, after making a levels adjustment, grayscale conversion, and light sharpening in Elements to my scanned *tif, I saved it, and opened it in the Polaroid DSR application. The results are fast, and astounding. Here is a “before”-
And, here is an after, pretty much of the same scene, after dust removal. This only took a few seconds after applying the mask, and telling the software which parts not to clone out. This saved me minutes, and in some cases, hours. And, I think, works better than the Dust And Scratches filter in Elements, with less loss of detail. I tried to “zoom in” here. White specks gone-
Of note, this software will work on positive AND negative scans. You can tell it if the dust is white (positives), or black (negatives). I plan on using it on the 35mm and 120 negatives that I scan in. A huge time saver. and, a lot of fun. Here is the final result. I took this shot near my college, at Coggshall Park, Fitchburg, MA, on 2/17-
Give this little Polaroid application a shot. It is free, and, a lot of fun.