I have just scanned a color negative into photoshop and lo and behold it comes up on screen as a color negative. How do i now convert it to a positive so that I can work with it.?
The Invert command will typically not do the job on its own for a color negative. This is because color negatives have an amber mask that will become a blue color cast after inverting, so the inverted color negative will not have the proper colors.
The best place to convert a color negative is usually at scan time with the scanning software. Many scanning applications have a good color negative conversion feature built in, and some have profiles for specific types of color film to remove the amber mask more effectively. This is the preferred method because the image comes into Photoshop positive and ready to use.
If your color negative is already in Photoshop, you can invert it as a first step, and then use a Curves adjustment layer to eliminate the mask color using a curve in each channel. You can find various tutorials for this around the web. But it takes a lot more time than getting it right at the scanner.
Trevor: For some oddball reason,your Google link defaults to the Google New Zealand home page from here in the US.
Using "google.com" in the address works here. (Sorry,my html skills are sub par)
https://www.google.com/#output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=photoshop+scann ed+color+negatives&oq=photoshop+scanned+color+negatives&gs_l=hp.3..0i2 2i30.5801.18053.0.1822.214.171.124.126.96.36.1995.8112.2-21j2j1j7-1.25.0...0. 0...1c.1.17.psy-ab.PXHmyu7r0iU&pbx=1&fp=1&biw=1920&bih=1047&bav=on.2,o r.r_cp.r_qf.&cad=b
Try it now, idb52345 Trevor is a well known expert in these forums and would never intentionally give you the Google main search page.
So would I, Dennis. I wonder what the Google.com link shows up as in New Zealand?
It brings up exactly the same links as the Google.co.nz one I posted back up the thread. I can open both in seperat tabs, and toggle between them and they are entirely identical. That's not to say that you would see the same thing as me.
Here's one to practice with
Load, and copy BG layer
Copy inverted layer
Filter > blur > Average
Invert the averaged layer
Change its blend mode to Color, and drop its opacity to suite.
It ends up undersaturated, so you need to add a Hue/Sat or Vibrance layer
Actually there is a sort of double negaive thing going on there, but I tried doing it in less stepps and failed.