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    Slide Scan PP

    Well managed to get a film/slide scanner working and came out with these 3 pics of me as a baby - now im trying to work out how to pp them as im having problems working out how to use the colour cast thing in photoimpact :/

    So if people can give me tips on these ( minus the positioning of the slide lol yeah havent cropped them) on how can be improved?

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    Not knowing Photoimpact will make it difficult. The easiest way to remove a colour cast is if you have a eye dropper white balance tool. Pick the white eyedropper and click on part of the photo that is supposed to be white, then grab the black eye dropper and click a part of the photo that is supposed to be black. Maybe someone else with photoimpact might be able to assist further.
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    ok it said about a neutral colour but if i pick black or white it doesnt alter the colour wheel for me to correct :/

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    hmm maybe have worked out some of the colour cast?


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    Yep that is looking better.

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    'some more that i did try colour correction on... not very well lol






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    When scanning film its not about the post processing but how well you setup your raw scans for post processing at the scanning stage. Vuescan seems to be the best application. Remember that your slides with have a lack of shadow detail since most consumer scanners aren't bright enough to penetrate the rich shadows. It looks like your white point is way off the scale. With vuescan in manual operation its as simple as moving sliders till you see things coming into detail. Try to scan conservatively and then amp it up to reality in photoshop. This is the best way to avoid getting lost in a scale of messed up color balance. You will need to sharpen the scans too.
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    What type/brand of slide scanner are you using?
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    Thanks Kryzs, yeah agree on the white ... and Phil it's an Otek filmscan 35 I

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    Agree with Krzys - getting the scanner calibrated and working to its best will reduce the need for a lot of PP and give much better results with much less work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miaow View Post
    Thanks Kryzs, yeah agree on the white ... and Phil it's an Otek filmscan 35 I
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    Glen this one was abit more (wasnt on special this week)

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    ok, but the same unit as the one that was on special? I saw a similar thing in the Aldi weekly specials a few weeks back and briefly toyed with the idea of grabbing one.

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    no it wasnt - but now cause the other stopped working i do have the one that was on special - way better software can edit pics at time scan fpr colour etc - it also calibrates it each time (if want to)

    a couple of scans from this one



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    You are still killing all of the highlights. Don't let the software choose anything for you. Its dumb!

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    It chooses on the brightness and will let you colour correct at the time - i know it applied the info from calibration when it saves

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    Find software that lets you choose curves, levels, white point, black point ect at the stage of scanning. Make sure nothing blows or blocks up and find a reasonable level that isnt too vivid. Then amp it up in photoshop. As I said - keep the scan conservative.

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