I just developed a roll of film today testing my new Canon EOS 3 film SLR I'd brought. The pictures are here
I'm pretty happy with it all, could have pushed the sharpness a bit more and perhaps not scanned them beyond my scanners resolution again (3200dpi).
The main issue is that after scanning them (with my epson 4490) in epson scan, I had a set of 16bit b&w compressed tiffs for each picture. I went in and attempted some basic clone brushing out of the noise and marks from my film processing efforts.. immediately upon selecting a picture to work on from within ACD See and opening it in Photoshop I noticed that straight away all the tones were immediately a lot brighter.. too bright and grey in fact.. I then started using some autolevels and was generally happy with the look of them within photoshop.. saved out and converted into jpgs I noticed they looked darker in ACD See... having just finished uploading them onto flickr I now see that some especially are just too dark!!!
I borrowed a calibrator from work and so my monitor is reasonably well calibrated.. I've printed a few shots and they do look reasonably close on print to what they do look like in ACD See and i guess within my web browser..
Looking in photoshop under its calibration stuff I see that my working spaces are
RGB - Adobe RGB
CMYK - US Web Coated
Gray - Dot Gain 20%
Spot - Dot Gain 20%
My tiff files (16bit b&w as set in epson scan) load up and look too light, is this the Dot Gain 20%? My jpegs made in ACD See load up and photoshop complains about the profile being invalid.
I remember trying to set the profiles up to use my calibrated profile but then photoshop seemed to start wanting to embed that profile into the images, wasn't sure if that was what i wanted or not..
I'm just wondering, did the auto level operation take place with respect to this overly light look that b&w files have in photoshop or was that operation performed regardless of the colour space on the file itself. ie. was the autolevels command a mistake anyways in making it too dark.
Basically I'd really like the images to look in photoshop like they do in ACD See, and how they'll look in a browser.. also how they'll look when i print them or when i send them off to be printed.. I'm not talking 100% perfect but at least in the same kind of ball park.. at least then I'll be less likely to make some of the pictures as overly dark as the ones linked above.
Help from you gurus would be really appreciated.