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RE: filmscanners: 12bits or 8bits?


In the scan tab there are three bit selections. It sounds like you are using the “raw” option which will give you the data just as it comes from the CCD which is dark  and this is normal. Without going into the gory details do not use this selection until you have more experience in knowing when and how to us it. If you are on a PV the raw selection is the last of the three available. Use the one above it.

Regarding the profiles, for most use’s the monitor profile will be O.K. but as you get more experience and grasp a understanding of the ICC workflow(chromes only) you may want to scan into a profile that has a wider gamut such as Adobe RGB.. I whole concept of ICC workflow, scanner profiles, monitor profiles, and managing them with Photoshop can be a little daunting. Just remember that before Photoshop 5.5 with it’s ICC color workflow people were generating great images. A good place to start is www.scantips.com and www.computer-darkroom.com



-----Original Message-----
From: Sisk98@aol.com [mailto:Sisk98@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, October 26, 2001 8:03 PM
To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
Subject: filmscanners: 12bits or 8bits?


Hi everyone.... Is it best to scan at 12 bits or 8 bits using the Polaroid sprintscan 4000 Polacolor Insight software? When I do scan at 12bits and is sent to Photoshop the image is dark. Is this normal? Setting the white and black points is very difficult. Does it make any sense to do any corrections with Insight if I'm scanning at 12bits? Also, on the "profiles-display" box in Insight, I have it set at "monitor, PC." Should I be using a different profile? I, m using the monitor that came with my Gateway computer. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank-you. Stephen S.


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