Fix Negative Scanning Colour Using GIMP, Free Scan Tips

Free tips on how to fix negative scan colour using GIMP

Are You Getting Dull Looking Negative Scans? Here's How To Fix Faded Colours In GIMP...

Here's what you'll after reading these free tips...

  • In two steps you'll learn how to make negative scans look better
  • Simple system to make colours look more natural, vibrant, and less flat
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Fire up your scanner... open your negative scan in GIMP... and let's go!

Step 1. Remove The Glare (Colour Cast)

Remember I told you about "colour cast"? If not, it's the glare that comes off your negative film. That glare is also scanned. Your scanner will also scan the light coming off your negative film

So, it doesn't matter how old your negatives are... or how well you kept them safe... your scans will look flat.

But in GIMP, there's a very easy way to fix this. Here's what to do, the command is...

  • GIMP > Colors > Auto > White Balance
How to use white balance in GMIP to fix negative can colours

The White Balance tool will automatically adjust all the colours so they don't look so flat.

The next part needs a bit more work. But once you get it, the rest will be easy.

Step 2. How To Make Colours Pop

The next step is to use the "Hue and Saturation" tool. Here's the command...

  • GIMP > Colors > Hue and Saturation

When you open the Hue and Saturation tool, you'll see "Saturation" Like so...

Use the Hue and Saturation in GIMP to make negative scan colour brighter

When you open the Hue and Saturation tool, you'll see "Saturation" Like so...

Move the Saturation slider to the right. I went to 100, but adjust yours accordingly.

If your scan is too red or green, click on any primary colour (see, "Select Primary Color To Adjust"). Then, move the slider below zero. That way you're taking away too much reds, and balancing the colours out.

That's it for colour fix!

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