ColoPerfect Raw Linear Scans

In this mini video series, I go through some of the things I have learnt when using ColorPerfect to convert my black and white film negatives into a positive when scanned as a Linear RAW scan with VueScan.

ColorPerfect Interface

ColorPerfect User Interface

I produce a Linear RAW scan TIFF file of the negative using VueScan and then let ColorPerfect take control of the conversion.

Why ColorPerfect?
For many years I have used either VueScan, Epson Scan and SilverFast and all three have given good results but I found that in order to get what I wanted, I had to work hard with the individual scanner software controls.

What I was looking for was some way to produce a scan without having to use the scanning software as an editor so I turned to ColorPerfect.

Why The Mini Video Series?
Although I am the first to admit that ColorPerfect does give me the results I am looking for, I have found that like most software there is a learning curve to getting the most from it and for some people this can be a daunting challenge.

The user interface at first glance looks complicated and some of the controls do not seem that intuitive but what I have learnt is that for dealing with black and white negatives, fortunately, we only need to familiar ourselves with just a few of them.

Having now gained an understanding of the the controls we need for black and white negative films, I have put a short video series together to demonstrate how I use VueScan to produce the Linear Raw Scan and then ColorPerfect to convert this negative into a positive digital Tiff file.

ColorPerfect Photoshop Dashboard

Included with the mini video series is a Photoshop Plugin I have made which gives you quick access to ColorPerfect and also three Contrast Boost presets.

The Contrast presets are a good starting point for giving the converted image a base contrast level from which you can then use your editing skills to selectively increase the contrast in the parts of the image you see fit.

Note:
To use the dashboard plugin, you will need a working copy of ColorPerfect and also Photoshop CC 2020 or newer and either Mac or Windows Operating system.

ColorPerfect Mini Videos Introduction

ColorPerfect Black And White Linear Scans Mini Videos 1
Video Title Duration Format
1. Introduction 7 Mins 50 Seconds MP4
2. ColorPerfect Controls 10 Mins 17 Seconds MP4
3. Shadows & Highlighs 1 Min 37 Seconds MP4
4. Take Control of Shadows & Highlights 17 Mins 40 Seconds MP4
5. Photoshop Plugin Introduction 1 Min 32 Seconds MP4
6. Installing Photoshop Plugin 4 Mins 58 Seconds MP4

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