As soon as we had the first prototype of the Smartphone Scanner in the office I wanted to use it. But back then we didn't have an application so I started looking around and finally settled on these two options: Photoforge 2 (unfortunately not free, but well worth the money) and Photoshop Express (free).
For this quick walkthrough I picked an old roll of film taken in Toronto. It’s a cross processed film – basically the steps are the same for pretty much any film but slide film. And for black and white the color adjustments are not required of course.
If you haven’t installed Photoforge 2 yet you can find a download link on their website. The first photo in the gallery is how the final result will look like, right below I guide you through all the steps.
- The final result – see the image in full resolution here
- First I’ve selected the crop tool
- Pick the area you want to crop to and then hit OK
- Next I picked the Negative filter
- As the photo looks a bit pale I used the levels next
- I wouldn’t go too crazy here, but play around a bit and see what works for you
- The photo was a bit on the blue end, so as last step I wanted to shift the temperature a bit by changing the White Balance
- Now the photo looks a bit warmer
The steps in Photoshop Express are pretty much the same – as mentioned before you can download it for free. The first photo in the gallery is again the final image and the tutorial steps are after this.
- The final result (this time with less warm colors) – see the image in full resolution here
- First I picked the crop tool again
- Again select the area you want to use in the next step
- Then I picked the Negative filter
- There is no level feature, but Brightness & Contrast does the trick as well
I hope this tutorial is helpful to you – let us know if you have any more questions!