T.O.P. Endorses: NEGPOS
by Olaf UlrichI'd like to draw everyone's attention to a little piece of software that deserves a free endorsement IHMO. It's the "NegPos" filter plug-in for Photoshop from C F Systems. It makes the transition of scanned negatives (B&W and color) into positives a piece of cake.
With the scan software provided with my scanner (a Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 in my case), processing color negatives always was a pain in the...rear end. Not anymore.
The user interface of NegPos is, um, typical for a software originally made by a technician for his own use, and reading the manual (provided as a PDF document) definitely is not optional. But then the basic functionality is quick and easy to use, and the results are excellent.
You can download a free 30-day trial version. The licence key for the unrestricted version is $67 US + VAT. I have no connections to C F Systems besides being a satisfied customer.
By the way, besides the plug-in, the website has very much thoughtful reading for the digital photographer and digital photo processor. Highly recommended.
Posted by: OLAF ULRICH
Featured Comment by Alkos: I started to use this plugin more than year ago after long and unsuccesful quest (Vuescan, Silverfast) for perfect scanning software to use with my Minolta Elite 5400 II. I use it for B&W only—no other software comes even close to it with highlight control and overall tonality...Here's my workflow in PS:
1. Minolta Scan software—as B&W positive, auto exposure, 16bit linear (!), no corrections.
2. Negpos—settings always like here: http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/42/negpos9vj.gif,
(yes, I've tried to play with values a lot, but this setting works just the best)
4. Crop (margins only)
6. Curves to taste
7. Voila! Meal is ready :-)
...all above bound into action with ctrl+f12 assigned :)
I strongly suggest you try it: if you find a better workflow, please let me know!