... but I never use the Brightness / Contrast, command for making any adjustments to photos, and only ever use it for turning borders either white or black.
To achieve pure black or white, have you ever tried Image > Adjustments > Threshold?
Is taking these scannings, and then drawing a rectangle around the live area ( inverting it so everything else but the
live area is selected ), and then turning it black, so that I wind up with what you see on the right.
So the problem with Threshold is, that it will only make the black blacker and the white whiter, it will not enable me to turn both the
white and the black black.
Of course, Brightness / Contrast no longer will either - unless I remember ( each and everytime I open it ) to check Legacy.
An annoyance I was hoping to avoid.
Thanks, yes, I guess. I also just tried "Exposure" which also seems to achieve what I want.
Now I just have to retrain myself from a process I have probably done some 25,000 times, to accommodate another "Improvement".
Too bad there doesn't seem to be any way around the $#!tstorm they made out of the cropping feature.
What's that saying, if it ain't broke..... ?
Thanks for our reply in every case,
Now that I can see what you are trying to do :
Select the area you want
Shift + Ctr+ I to invert selection
Layer - Fill layer with Solid Color set to black
Doing it this way you can adjust the mask later if required, to resize or reposition it, and you can change the fill from black to white (or any other colour ) later if you wish.
You could also add an adjustment layer between those layers so you can adjust your image without affecting the border
I like it.
Especially the Ctrl - I
I am so slow to utilize those.
Remember it is Shift + Ctrl + I to invert the selection, just Ctrl + I will invert the layer image on the layer within the selection