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darlingm
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« on: September 04, 2012, 12:39:58 AM »
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For those digitizing artwork through scanning or photographing...

(1) Do you scan or photograph?

(2) If the artist (you or someone else) want to get as close to not being able to tell the difference between the original and the print, how long do you often spend working on the color correction?  I'm looking for times using various correction methods as needed, including masking layers when necessary... Not just doing a few simple corrections.
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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2012, 09:17:22 PM »
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Any thoughts?  Smiley  I know there's not an exact answer, just looking for some feedback.

Welcoming statements like, "I always spend at least 30 minutes correcting color in an image to match an original", or "Sometimes I spend hours correcting color in an image to match an original", or "I have my process so down that I never spend more than 10 minutes correcting color".
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2012, 10:02:22 PM »
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Usually between two and ten minutes. It all depends on the art. Curves, Hue/Sat and Selective Color are all that are ever needed and it just doesn't take very long even with the pickiest do clients.
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2012, 10:09:27 PM »
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Any thoughts?  Smiley  I know there's not an exact answer, just looking for some feedback.

Your question is really unanswerable...the biggest variable is skill/talent. Color/Tone correction? Minutes...retouching and cleanup? Could be minutes to hours–depending on what you need to end up with. Perfect is a tough thing to attain.In terms of scans, if you globally optimize the scan, local adjustments should not take much time at all. Spotting on the other hand can be very, very tedious. Nature of the beast...
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