View Full Version : how to make scan images of 400CN really black and white
i recently just bought the coolscan V
i noticed that scanning the 400CN negs gives a slight orangish light image.
based on using the nikon scan 4.0 software, how do you sort of make it more black and white ....
i selected "Neg (mono)" option and its not that great still...
I have a Nikon Coolscan, and use SilverFast software. Works perfectly good for me! You can try that.
I sometimes get different tints out of this film. To cure, I usually convert it to black-and-white in PhotoShop.
Try "desaturating" the image in SilverFast or Photoshop. Leave the image as RGB and go to the saturation control - set it to its lowest setting (0 for my scan software or -100 for Photoshop). This tends to preserve more detail than converting to grayscale. YMMV...
Use Vuescan. IMO much better than NikonScan, at least for my LS-4000:
(yes, not as intuitive at first, spend 20 minutes in the Help pages of Vuescan, WELL worth it)
For c41 BW I scan as colour. Then import into PS and 'remove color'. Works well for me.
With Photoshop, I usually tweak the Curves (R,G and B individually) to remove the colour from a tinted B+W scanned image. Alternatively, I use the Hue/Saturation option and pull the slider to the left until the image sufficiently desaturates. Somehow, "desaturate" doesn't work so well for me.
Some of the tints are kind of cool and subtle, so I leave them in.
What Gregg said; desaturate. Particularly helps in Photoshop if you have layers with color and B&W mixed up because you remain in RGB mode for everything.
My god, you shouldn't have to install silverfast or vuescan to accomplish something this trivial.
The easiest way to get true grayscale scans out of nikon scan, for any type of film, is to pick "Grayscale" from the last drop-down box instead of "Calibrated RGB."
So, scan as a color negative, but do it in grayscale.
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