Color Hybrid Workflow

We got Ourselves a Layer Cake!

We got Ourselves a Layer Cake!


This weekend, a fellow photographer asked me about my hybrid workflow. I didn’t really have time to answer him, so this is for you, Mr. D., and all who might be interested.
I’ve written about home-developing your C41 film, and I still do it this way, only now with a Tetenal kit. I scan my films with a Super Coolscan 500 ED for 135 and Epson 4990 Photo scanner for 120, 4×5 and 8×10. The latter surely doesn’t get all the information off the film that you could get with desktop scanner, to say nothing of a drum scanner.
Let’s assume you’ve color-calibrated your monitor. We’re going to be making judgements about color at the monitor, after all.
What follows is a kind of Comic (sic!) Strip about the workflow that follows these preliminary steps. When I wrote it down, I was surprised how many steps in Adobe Photoshop® were involved. In real time, schedule about an hour for it. Not much has changed, that’s about the same time you’d spend inside the darkroom for a good print.
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Choosing the TIFF File in Bridge

Choosing the TIFF File in Bridge


Photoshop CS 2 Opening, Sorry, I'm Old-School

Photoshop CS 2 Opening, Sorry, I'm Old-School


Here we have it in a Window

Here we have it in a Window


Press F and get a Nice Medium Gray Background

Press F and get a Nice Medium Gray Background


But First: Remove that Microscopic Hair

But First: Remove that Microscopic Hair


Bandaid Brushstroke

Bandaid Brushstroke


And Gone!

And Gone!


Changing the Size to the one You Want to Print

Changing the Size to the one You Want to Print


Fit to A3 Paper

Fit to A3 Paper


Input Sharpening with Photokit Sharpener Plugin

Input Sharpening with Photokit Sharpener Plugin


Parameters for Medium Format Negative

Parameters for Medium Format Negative


Some Layers when it's Done, View at 100%

Some Layers when it's Done, View at 100%


Input Sharpening Layers Off, for Comparison

Input Sharpening Layers Off, for Comparison


Creative Sharpening, Parameters depend on Size of Detail

Creative Sharpening, Parameters depend on Size of Detail


Layer comes with an Opaque Layer Mask

Layer comes with an Opaque Layer Mask


Drawing on the Layer with a White Brush to Sharpen the Leaves

Drawing on the Layer with a White Brush to Sharpen the Leaves


Another Creative Sharpening Layer

Another Creative Sharpening Layer


Softening with Fog Brush, Layer is Opaque

Softening with Fog Brush, Layer is Opaque


Big Brush Diameter, White, on the Second Window from Left

Big Brush Diameter, White, on the Second Window from Left


A Curves Layer to Light Up that Window

A Curves Layer to Light Up that Window


Getting Rid of the Layer Mask

Getting Rid of the Layer Mask


Putting in an Opaque Layer Mask

Putting in an Opaque Layer Mask


On the Base Layer, with the Magnetic Lasso, Selecting the Window

On the Base Layer, with the Magnetic Lasso, Selecting the Window


New Layer Mask showing only the Window in White

New Layer Mask showing only the Window in White


A Bit Unsubtle

A Bit Unsubtle


Attenuating the Layer Density

Attenuating the Layer Density


We got Ourselves a Layer Cake!

We got Ourselves a Layer Cake!


Collapsed the Layers, Saving a Version

Collapsed the Layers, Saving a Version


Output Sharpening

Output Sharpening


Highest Degree of Sharpening for Hahnemuehle Photo Rag

Highest Degree of Sharpening for Hahnemuehle Photo Rag


It SHOULD look Oversharpened, Inkjet Dots Diffuse Out!

It SHOULD look Oversharpened, Inkjet Dots Diffuse Out!


Adjusting Paper Size

Adjusting Paper Size


Mind the Orientation!

Mind the Orientation!


Switching to Proof View

Switching to Proof View


Paper Profile Downloaded from Hahnemuehle's Site

Paper Profile Downloaded from Hahnemuehle's Site


Print with Preview

Print with Preview


Color Management by Photoshop MUST be OFF!

Color Management by Photoshop MUST be OFF!


Mac OS X Print Dialogue

Mac OS X Print Dialogue


Here Too, Color Management MUST be OFF!

Here Too, Color Management MUST be OFF!


Looks a Bit Dark

Looks a Bit Dark


No, it Just Needs Light

No, it Just Needs Light



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