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Old 08-15-2005, 08:43 AM
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problem with black and withe photo

I have a big problem with this photo. I thought it would be as easy as adjusting levels and setting a new black and white point, but its not. When i print it out for one the ladies suit is all blotchy along iwth the man's pants. Also the top of his pants and her waist and up is lighter black too. Another problem is that the white especially at the top is all grainy and is like grey or white with black dots on it. The whole thing overall looks crappy when printed. I think i've wasted so much ink all ready. Even though it looks ok on the monitor it still prints out bad.

I scanned it this time at greyscale at 300 dpi. I only increased the size a tad with the resize wizard. Any help i would aprreiate it. Thanks!
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Old 08-15-2005, 08:52 AM
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Here is the original.
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Old 08-15-2005, 09:51 AM
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Jen it appears with the photo that if you wind up the contrast too far it fragments quite substantially, I found that I did not get the same amount of contrast however by copying the base layer applying it as a screen and then adjusting the brightness (down quite a bit) and upping the contrast (quite substantiallY), whilst not as bright, it did not fragment until I over revved the contrast
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Old 08-15-2005, 10:06 AM
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Cassidy,
Isn't the bottom of the picture too dark then? I tried that and you couldn't tell the difference between the pants and her skirt. Unless i did it wrong. So think my problem is is that i have too much contrast? Thanks for the info!!
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Old 08-15-2005, 10:13 AM
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Agree you do lose some definition however, the main focal point of the photo should be the faces I'd think, the lack of definition in the lower part of the photo should also help with preventing the fragmentation as close inspection shows a light tweedy pattern on the suit and numerous hairs, speckles on the pants
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Old 08-15-2005, 02:04 PM
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Does anyone else have any ideas with this one?
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Old 08-15-2005, 02:18 PM
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Here's my attempt. There was a lot of dust on the dark clothes. I got rid of some with dust & scratches, but there's still some. I got rid of most of the posterization with dodging, burning and blurring. There doesn't seem to be any detail left near the shoes and on the shirt.

Maybe cleaning the original before rescanning would help?

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Old 08-15-2005, 02:58 PM
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Hi jenjen.

I think the problem with printing is because your whites are too white and your blacks are too black. Prints look blown out where there is no ink and printers struggle to get to pure black.

Try reducing your output levels a bit. I think this will help. See attachment.


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Old 08-15-2005, 03:32 PM
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is it wise to use the eyedroppers in the levels adj layer to set the black and white points? IT seems that when i do that that is when there clothes looks funny.

Thanks for your help everyone, i guess that makes sense. I'll give it a try.
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Old 08-15-2005, 04:00 PM
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How is this one. I tried a combo of what you guys said. Do you think that would print out right. I did a little tooooo much burning on her dress.
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