confocal system creates several different types of images (extended-focus composite, depth-colored, contour enhanced, and SurfaceScope™.
Extended-focus composite (EFC) images are based on optical sections of only in-focus data. This is the standard confocal mode in which all the in-focus optical sections are combined so that there is no out-of-focus
data. (The hair fiber image above 'Biological Brightfield' is of this type.)
Depth-colored images take the EFC image a step further by adding color when recombining the optical sections. This method provides additional Z-dimension information through color.
Generally the highest features are colored red down in rainbow fashion to the lowest which are colored blue. (The leaf image below 'Biological Brightfield' is of this type.)
Contour enhanced images are an alternative to depth-colored. This method provides greater depth information by way of a caricaturization of the data. The colors are more separated to make
finer depth judgements visually. (The sandpaper image above 'Industrial Miscellaneous' is of this type.)
SurfaceScope™ images are created with the