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Old 09-07-2009, 12:16 PM
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Unhappy Color Correcting a Pencil Drawing

I've got a client who brought me a digital photo taken of her original pencil drawing on a natural colored canvas. I pulled her photo of the artwork into Photoshop CS4 and adjusted the levels only. Then I printed a proof copy for her on my Epson 7600 using Ultra Chrome inks onto white archival paper. The print came out looking too dark in the shadows and midtones, which is no problem to fix. But, not knowing what the original drawing looked like, I didn't want to modify it any further until I showed it to my client. My client picked up the proof copy and took it to compare to the original. She soon returned with the proof and the original and said they didn't match at all. The proof copy printed in cool greys on white and the original had more warm greys on the natural looking canvas. My client wanted the natural color of the canvas to be the highlight color. She also wants a 2" border all the way around the drawing to also be the natural color. What would be the best way to achieve this effect. I tried creating a new document using a natural white as the background color and then placing the drawing file on top of it, but the highlight in the drawing layer still came out the color of the paper - white not natural. Can any one help me with this?
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Old 09-07-2009, 12:32 PM
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Re: Color Correcting a Pencil Drawing

Have you tried to open the picture as Camera Raw? The Exposure, Tint and Temperature sliders may come in handy.

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Old 09-07-2009, 03:06 PM
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Re: Color Correcting a Pencil Drawing

I've never worked in Camera Raw before, but I'll give it a try. Thanks!
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Old 09-07-2009, 04:21 PM
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Re: Color Correcting a Pencil Drawing

I was creating a wedding brochure for my niece on green stock. She wanted a photo on the front, and try as i might, the photo kept coming out the color of the paper. Thats when I found out that commerical printers cannot make a distinction, the paper will win. In order to have the photo printed naturally, with no influence from the paper, I would have had to have it professionally printed. You may be stuck with the same problem
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