On Sun, Jan 31, 2010 at 12:50 PM, John Mills <johnmi...@speakeasy.net> wrote:
> All -
>
> I don't know if this makes conceptual sense, but ...
>
> I am printing a scanned image onto a slightly toned surface (heavy
> watercolor paper), and I would like to precompensate somewhat for the
> effect of printing onto this warm toned medium. How can I correct the
> image before printing to approach the same colors as a print on white
> paper, at least in the darker areas?

I suggest trying this:

1. Create an image full of the color of the paper.
2. Look at the RGB values of the color you chose (my test color was
244, 242, 219)
3. Open up the 'Levels' tool. select Red channel, type the appropriate
value (eg 244) in the rightmost field under the 'input levels'
histogram+gradient. select green, type appropriate value (eg 242),
select blue, type appropriate value (219), OK.
4. The canvas should now be completely white #FFFFFF / 255, 255, 255,
and you should have an appropriate Levels preset stored to apply to
your pictures; you may want to save the preset permanently with the
'+' button next to the preset selector (after first selecting it)


Note:
This method will clip out detail of colors that are as bright or
brighter than the real paper color. This is basically unavoidable
according to your description of the problem.

HTH,
David
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