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Old 02-05-2006, 08:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Greetings

Haven't posted in a long time, with the moved to Germany and a new baby, its been nuts.

Anyway, I need advice from the experts.

I finally have the time to scan my negatives. In the tool palette of Nikon Scan what should be the proper color neg settings? And what do you change when you scan B&W negatives.

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Old 02-05-2006, 10:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Bob,

There are 2 areas where you need to make choices on settings, the scanner settings in the main menu and the tool palette settings.

First, make sure your main menu settings are approprite for the film media you are scanning, e.g. slides, negatives, color or B&W. Refer to the manual if there are any questions here.

On the tool palette, no one can tell you what settings to use because it is determined by your image to be scanned. One rule I can tell you is never scan a B&W negative with ICE or DEE on, it will come out very poor. I have found the best process is to preview scan and then use the tool pallette settings to adjust as necessary while watching the effects under the modified tab. I have also found it much more preferable to do image adjustments in Photoshop rather than the Scan software.

Good luck, it's a long process.

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Old 02-05-2006, 11:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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What do you put as your standard output setting?
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I always save as tiff files. They are much larger but give great detail. I always start with the default settings and then as suggested previously use the tool palette to tweek. I never convert to B&W in the scanner - always use PS for that.

Hope this helps - mark
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Hi

I only save in TIFFs, learned that the hard way.
What I mean by output settings is that Nikon Scan gives me the option of width and height.
What should the output size be, 5x7, 8x10 or ??.
With as many negs I got, I don't want to get half way though and find that there was a better way.

And about not using ICE with B&W, you all were right on the money.
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I leave my images at the default 4000 dpi size as I want as much resolution and as many printing options as I can get. It depends on what you are printing to I would suppose. Perhaps someone else has a more efficient way.

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I also left size at 4000 ppi for the best resolution and flexability on printing. The downside is that you will quickly begin to choke even large hard drives as each tiff will run 50-110Mb depending on your settings. In hindsight, I would output at 4000 for only my best images and the rest I would save at the 300 ppi resolution. I have since gone back to anything less than an "A" image and resized in PS, a step that you can avoid.

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