F***ING SCRATCH

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  1. ilya1963

    ilya1963 Member

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    Sorry if the title comes accross too strong ...


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    I have a very important 8x10 negative that has a scratch , I have done all I could do to touch it up and have printed it and retouched it , but wonder what I could do to make a digital copy of this negative , is there anything i could read about this somewhere other then what I see when I do a Google search, I know that this huge brain trust has got to have someone that is in a know

    ILYA
     
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    Might it be possible to re-photograph the negative on a light-box, using a high-resolution digital camera?
    (I'm assuming that you're thinking of using software to digitally remove or retouch the scratch?)
     
  3. Michel Hardy-Vallée

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    In the olden days, retouching negatives was done using a variety of tools, such as the faithful lead pencil.

    Depending on the film, you can retouch either on the base or the emulsion side, or on both sides. I think you might be able to find quite a few good posts on hand retouching on APUG. After all, some people here actually did it when it was still current!
     
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    Without seeing the image to see how many elements of the pic are affected, you can work wonders in PhotoShop. I've used it a number of times to "restore" some old family pictures with a variety of flaws. It can be tedious depending on how bad it is, but it's surprising how much of an improvement you can make.
     
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    Ilya, speed thee over to hybridphoto.... sounds like a good candidate for an LVT.
     
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    find a flatbed scanner that takes the 8x10 neg, scan it in the high resolution (depends on your finial prints), then fix the scratch in Photoshop. This might be the easist way.
     
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    Scan it. Use the Photoshop healing tool.
     
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    I scan, fix and then ........ print?
    sorry,
    here it goes................. on what?

    are there different film bases available? do I need a special printer for this?

    Thanks guys , I am a dumb ass when it comes to this
     
  9. David A. Goldfarb

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    If you want to discuss making a digital negative, your best bet is to ask over on APUG's sister site, hybridphoto.com, since digital negs are off topic for APUG, and there is a vibrant discussion of this topic over there.
     
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