reducing bright spots in transparencies : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

Hello, i am using Marshalls Retouch Liquids to remove some yellow/white lights relected in a dark window in a large transparency...can anyone offer some suggestions or antoher type of dye. The transparency will eventually be printed. I am not having any luck reducing the brightness of the lights also the dyes seem to alter the emulsion and not disappear as i had expected. thanks, kate boykin

-- kate boykin (, January 21, 2001


Hello Kate. My recommendation would be to convert the transparency to a digital file and do your retouching very easily and precisely in Photoshop.

-- Jim (, January 21, 2001.

Hi Jim, thanks for the suggestion but the problem is if i convert in photoshop i will need to return it to transparency form again so i would like to do it with retouching dyes to eliminate that step and expense. The spots are a little to big for spotting per se. Marshalls liquid dyes are supposed to be for transparencies but seem to leave a residue and i cant seem to reduce the glare..thanks

-- kate boykin (, January 21, 2001.

I have to agree with Jim. Have a drum scan done at 800-1000dpi, retouch in PS have if you need a tranny, have one put out on a Fire 1000 or another similar system. Then you have both a high end digital file (although such exposure devices as the Fire 1000 usually require an RGB file and not a CMYK) and a transparency.

-- William Levitt (, January 21, 2001.

I have two solutions, first use the Ilfochrome retouching dyes instead of the Marshalls. The Marshalls seem to pith and leave rings on the transpariencies. You can layer with the Ilfochrome dyes and there seems to be no pithing. Or make a dupe, in the past the duping works fine because the film seems to be lower in contrast. Hope this helps.

-- jacque staskon (, January 22, 2001.

Hi Kate, What are your requirements as far as the final print is concerned? How big, quality etc...

-- Jim (, January 22, 2001.

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