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Automated Color Correction Software?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by Tomtheman70, Aug 11, 2012.

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  1. Tomtheman70

    Tomtheman70 Thread Starter

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    Hello all,

    Going through my dad's old sets of slides and have found that a lot of the sets either have a slight blue or red tint to them (I'm guessing it's because of the types of film he was using at the time + the age of them). I was wondering if there was perhaps some way to have a completely (Or at least semi) automated color correction done to the photos after they've been scanned?

    Just as a note I'm scanning the slides in 28MP with a Canon Pixma MG8120 and the software that came with it doesn't seem to have any kind of color correction built in.

    Here's an example of one of the slides that has a blue tint to it:
    https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B2Wq3OStzT_mVTB1NEsxUjk2QkU

    Thanks!
     
  2. etaf

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    thats a lot more than a tint - what do the slides look like when you hold up to the light ?
    do they look like the scan

    also on a slide film you have a correct way around - slightly glossy side and a matt side - i wonder if that makes a difference to the scan

    what software are you scanning with - is this a canon software - normally they are quite good at this type of automation and adjustment
    and what editing software do you have
    photoshop
    photoshop elements
    gimp ?
     
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    After playing with this one, I'd say no. It's tricky and fairly time-consuming to recover even this much (in Photoshop).

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Tomtheman70

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    I don't think we have a slide projector anymore, but holding them up to the light they do look a little faded (At least this set). I'll try flipping them around and see if it does any good.

    As for the software, all I do is load the slide onto the flatbed and hit Film and then "Color" and it scans over to my computer. So there really isn't any software that comes into play. :/ Perhaps I'm missing something on Canon's website about slide recovery as it scans but at least the way I'm doing it there's no way to edit the scan coming in.

    I have a CS6 trial right now, and might be considering buying it if I'm actually going to get serious about this and color restore my dad's old slides. I think he'd really love it. Otherwise I'll probably just use GIMP, seeing as how it's free. ;)
    Holy. :eek: Would you be willing to share the .psd of that so I can see how you did that? I would love to be able to do that to all of them, but I feel like I'm just working in the wrong direction.
     
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    Thanks so much! I shared the image you edited and he said it brought back some awesome memories.

    I'll look into how you did it and see if I can figure out how to do the rest of them. :)
     
  7. Tomtheman70

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    I set up a script that kind of does the same thing you did to that picture and it seems to have done a lot of the grunt work for me. :)

    I'll probably end up buying CS6 and keep fiddling around with the other rolls and see if I can get similar results.

    https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B2Wq3OStzT_mQzZUMWRYUWRwdzQ

    Thanks a bunch!
     
  8. etaf

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    thats a very expensive program - you may want to look at Elements or Gimp
    and see if it does what you need
     
  9. Tomtheman70

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    With a student discount it's more than half off the price so I figure I should probably grab it while I've still got the discount (There's no way I'd buy it if it was the full $699.99 price.)

    I think I'll certainly give GIMP a try though.
     
  10. Noyb

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    I'd suggest looking at Adobe Photoshop Elements v10 .. (like etaf mentioned)
    It has about 99% of the Image Editing tools found in CS6 for about 10% of the price ...
    and a couple more tools than Gimp.
     
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