Remember I told you about how your scanner is going to also scan the gloss off your negative? Well, using Auto Color is going to help get rid of that "filmy" look.
Here's what to do: open your digital images in Photoshop, and find Auto Color...
Command: Image -> Auto Color
And this is what will happen...
2. Brighten Up Your Colours
In most cases Auto Color will do the job. But if you feel your colours still look too dull, you can use the Colour Balance tool.
To open the Color Balance Tool, click Ctrl + B or Image -> Adjustments -> Color Balance
And you'll get something like this...
Now, in my case (see image above), the colours are a bit dull. So what I did was, see those 3 gray arrows in the middle in the Color Balance tool? I moved them closer to Red, Green, Blue.
Now, you're scan is going to be different. If your scan is way too red, then move the arrow toward Cyan. Or what if your blues look purple? Then you can slide the arrow closer to Green away from Magenta.
You see, it all depends on each scan. And hopefully Auto Color does the trick for you. If not, you'll have to use Color Balance. Sure, it takes time. But if you're serious about quality scans that you'll one day give to your grandchildren, then I think the time is worth it!
Here's what I did...
If you're still struggling with getting natural colours, often fixing the Exposure levels will help a lot.
That's next...Click Here For Full Tutorial On How To Fix Exposure Levels
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