How to Convert negative film to digital picture using Photoshop
Converting negative film to digital picture using Photoshop can be achieved in many ways – the simple formula below can white balance a negative and get to a satisfactory levels / contrast output in about 1 minute.
You could also use a more advanced routine involving taking an additional picture of the film mask and incorporating it into the workflow – this undoubtedly gives even better result but triples the time to convert even one frame.
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The steps are as follows:
- First of all, invert the image.
- Make a levels adjustment layer.
- For each colour channel (R, G, B) hold down the alt key and slide the histogram tabs until the image just starts to clip.
- You then make a curves adjustment layer.
- In the curves palette, click the top-right menu button and select “Auto Options”
- Next, select the “Enhance Per Channel Contrast” option, and check “Snap Neutral Midtones”.
- Set Shadow Clip and Highlight Clip to 0.05 but experiment.
- Finally, when you’re done, flatten the layers.
The results of this are more than adequate – certainly better than using the inbuilt Nikon D850 digitizer.