On a related note…
I’ve brought some old negatives back with me that I’ve been meaning to have digitized for some time. I could just drop them off somewhere to have them scanned, but would like to try it at home first.
Problem: I don’t have a dedicated film scanner. My Epson Stylus does a good job, and the resolution is more than adequate, but negatives have an orange mask that I’m having trouble compensating for in Photoshop.
I imagine that solution to filtering the orange mask is similar to what Rascal would have to do were he to scan and filter out the blue. Any ideas on how to best go about this? Automatic adjustments won’t do it and I’m consistently missing the sweet spot.
Try using levels and curves in Photoshop. Just hit ctrl-L if PC, or cmd-L if Mac, to bring up the levels window. Click on the white eyedropper (the right most one) and then use it to click on something in the image that should be white. Do the same for the black eyedropper (the leftmost one) and find something that should be black in the image. Then hit OK.
Next hit ctrl-M (cmd-M) to bring up curves. Use this to fine tune until it looks right. The best way is to click in the center of the grid to create a center point, then also in the bottom left quarter and top right corner. This sets your anchor points. Then, hold the top right anchor point and just move the curve around as needed - up and right to brighten, down and left to darken. Repeat with the bottom left anchor point, then finally, use the center point to adjust the midtones and contrast.