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How to Digitally Color Correct Slide Film Using Camera Raw

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Open Bridge and Camera Raw

First open Bridge, find where you image(s) are located. You can select one image or more than one image. To select all your images, hold down your CTRL and A key together. If you only want to select a few images, hold down CRTL and with your mouse click on the ones you would like to color correct.

You are now ready to open your images in Camera Raw.

Click on Camera Raw button shown in the picture here. This will open those images up in a different window.

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Rotate Image(s)

The first thing you will want to do is rotate your image if needed. If you look at the screen in the upper left hand size the last two icons will rotate your images different directions. Click until your image is in the correct orientation.

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Color Correct

The easiest way to start color correcting your image is to change the white balance from "as shot" to "auto". This does a pretty good job and fixing most color problems. Picture will show where your white balance setting is located. You will notice below that there are two bars with color settings, drag those each direction if you color isn't what you are wanting yet. Below that is your exposure, fill light, black, brighness etc. Those are great for contrast issues. You can slide those back and forth as well to get it where you want. Black and Fill light are my favorite for darkening and lightening an image.
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Save Your Image

You are now ready to save your image. Shown in the picture is where the "save image" button is located. If you have editing more than one image you will want to wait until you are done with them all, hit CTRL and A which selects them all and now you are going to hit the "save image" button. This will bring up another window which you will want to set your quality settings. It will remember these so you will only need to do this once. Instructions below.

Quality Settings | Larsen Digital

 

Quality Settings

It doesn't save over your original file so you will want to have the first box say "Document Name" and the box to the right of it have an _1. The next step is choosing the file type that you want to save your image in. If you would like JPEG choose that. You will now need to change the quality tab from 10 Maximum to 12 Maximum so it doesn't compress your image. The box you need is shown in the picture. You have now fixed up your faded images!

Once you are back into Bridge your image that you worked on will be highlighted. You can delete those once the new version has been saved and shows up.

*Please note, if you are saving it as a different file format next time you will need to change your quality settings again. So if you save it as a JPEG today but next time a TIFF you will need to adjust your quality settings.

Before Color Correction | Larsen Digital

  After Color Correction | Larsen Digital