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Sunday, July 09, 2006

T.O.P. Endorses: NEGPOS

by Olaf Ulrich
I'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The user interface of NegPos is, um, typical for a software originally made by a technician for his own use, and reading the manual (provided as a PDF document) definitely is not optional.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:,
(yes, I've tried to play with values a lot, but this setting works just the best)
4. Crop (margins only)
5. Auto-contrast
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!


Blogger David Emerick said...

Windows only! Sheesh it's a big Mac world of photogs out there!


8:40 AM  
Blogger Olaf Ulrich said...

Oh yes, I forgot to mention: Windows only, no Mac version available. On their website, C F Systems say they use Windows PCs and simply don't get enough requests for Mac versions of their plug-ins, so they cannot justify the expense of acquiring a Mac developing machine and the time and effort to do the work. But if enough Mac users contact them and ask, who knows ...

-- Olaf

9:39 AM  
Blogger Olaf Ulrich said...

The latest news about the NegPos filter plug-in:

C F Systems plans to release the successor to NegPos next week: ColorNeg. Basically that's NegPos with an improved user interface. And while the initial version will be for Windows again, a Mac version of ColorNeg already is in the pipeline.


-- Olaf

6:57 AM  

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