How To Fix Faded Slide Scan Colours So They Look Natural Using Photoshop

Here are two simple steps to make your slide scan colours look natural...

Remove "Filmy" Look Of Your Slide Scan

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How to fix slide scan colours using Photoshop

If you look closely, the natural scan is a bit blue and flat. To fix this is quite easy.

Open your scans(s) in Photoshop, and here's the commands...

Photoshop commands when fixing slide scan colour

Command: Image -> Auto Color

That's it!

And it doesn't matter if your slide scan is too blue, green, or red... this command works on any colour issues like this. All this stuff is called Color Balance. Have a quick look...

How to use Color Balance when fixing slide scan colour

To open the Color Balance Tool, click Ctrl + B.

You see, every image is made up of 3 colours: Red, Blue, Green. And whenever your scan is too blue, green, or red, it's because one colour is DOMINATING the others.

So what Auto Color does is, it evens out all 3 colours. So no one colour is dominating the others.

Next Step: Adjust Exposure Levels

Wait. We're not done. Colours are fine. But if you notice, the image looks a bit bright or washed out. You can fix this by adjusting the exposure.

In the next step I'm going to show you how too do this...

After you fixed colour, I'll show you how to fix slide scan exposure using Photoshop

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