I am new to photoshop element 10. I purchased for the purpose to process color negatives. ie convert negatives to positives. I am copying the originals using my CamCorder to photograph the film. I am not getting what I want using the "invert" process. I have taken the tutorial but it did not cover my subject. Some of my negatives are over 30 years old. Please help or direct me to where I can find my answers.
If you have a lot of film negatives, it would be worth your while to invest in a film scanner. You'll get better quality images than from a CamCorder (?!?), and the software included with the scanner should have settings for automatically converting the negatives into positives.
I will have to find out how to do that. I am not that good on how to post. Just downloaded Element 10 from Apple. I have an IMAC and I love it. I was a PC guy for many years. I have been dealing with photography since I was 12 years old. (Now 73) Was in charge of Periscope photography on one of our Nuc Submarines.
I thank you for your attention and hope to hear from you again.
Bill Miller (George is my middle name) call me Bill
Even if you don't have a film scanner, check the software that came with your scanner. It may have a way to remove the orange mask. Also, if you google "color negatives to positives Photoshop Elements" you'll find some tutorials using various methods.
I have an Epson 4990 Photo scanner, which has the capability to scan color negatives. I just started using this feature today, even though I have had the scanner for over 6 years. I am finding that you have to set the scan resolution very high to get a crisp result. I am assuming that this is due to the fact that we are scanning a very small target (the film negative), so when you enlarge the resulting photo, it gets pixilated unless you scan at a high resolution. I am currently using 2400 dpi as a scan resolution and am getting reasonable results. The resulting JPEG files are around 4.5 Mb in size.
I am going to experiment with some higher scan resolutions and see how much improvement in image quality I get, and, to see how much the file size increases.
Not being the professional here and thus not knowing what I "can't" do, but rather just going ahead and playing with Elements 10 on my Mac, can on occasion be somewhat gratifying.
For anyone interested I will follow through on my above comment using the two sets of examples below, same procedure for both:
Using a homemade sunlight box and my little Panasonic Lumix Camera (sharp pics from 2 about inches away) I snapped the pictures of the color negatives and then I brought the now digitalized color negatives into Elements 10.
cropped the negative image to desired size.
Hit COMMAND I (This inverts the image with a strong cyan color cast)
then go to:
LAYER -> duplicate layer (always a good habit to get into)
ENHANCE -> Auto Color Correction ...or... -> Adjust Color -> Remove Color Cast ...or.... Adjust Color For Skin Tones (or just play with it.. have fun with it.. see what can be done and what can't be done for real.)
and finally ENHANCE -> Adjust Lighting -> Brightness/Contrast to your personal preference.
Then either save for the web to put onto a CD or DVD or print it out. It may not professionally perfect, nor work as good as a $700 scanner, but it certainly works well enough for me.... Good luck to all. bill
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