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  1. #1

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    Aug 2004

    scratch on otherwise (almost) perfect negative...

    I have what looks like a small, crescent-shaped cut/scratch on a negative which I wou love
    to make a limited edition of. I have tried Edwal no scratch on the negative as well as the same and spot tone on the negative as well as the print. Nothing seems to work. What I have gotten
    is a large paling area around the cut/scratch, which makes it even more obvious. Nose grease just makes a disgusting mess on the negative in my experience.

    This black mark appearing on the print is driving me nuts...I really want to save this image. It looks sooooo good in silver paper; it would be a shame to scan and print it digitally.


  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jan 2001

    scratch on otherwise (almost) perfect negative...

    Make yourself a copy negative (just for insurance), and have it retouched/airbrushed by a professional retoucher. It won't be cheap, but sometimes using an expert is the best way to go.
    Wilhelm (Sarasota)

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Jul 2005

    scratch on otherwise (almost) perfect negative...

    contact print the neg to new neg(positive) and then conatct print new (positive) to new neg(neg). That will get rid of the physical damage to the neg surface. Then apply more spottone or masking rubber so that you get white in the print and not black. Then you can correct print with spottone. Tedious I know.

    Alternatively digitize it, make corrections, send digi file to lab with a film burner to make a new neg.


    digitise it, make corrections, output to OHP film and contact print.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Mar 1999

    scratch on otherwise (almost) perfect negative...

    Kodak used to make a product called New Crocein (or Crocein scarlet) which was meant for retouching - you could try to hunt for that. You apply it to the neg, get a white area on the print which you spot out with Spotone or charcoal. Alternatively, if Crocein is unavailable, I know Porter's Camera had a similar product ( However, retouching requires some skill and you might be better served by getting aprofessional retoucher to get the job done. Good luck. Cheers, DJ

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Aug 2001

    scratch on otherwise (almost) perfect negative...

    my own expirence is that spot tone is not dense/opaque enough on the negative.

    i have used some makeup from on Walgreens that worked pretty well and it was easy to wipe off. i don't remember which particular kind. you can expriment with them by yourself.

    the only problem was that I wasn't great with spot tone on the print, but it worked well overall.

  6. #6

    scratch on otherwise (almost) perfect negative...

    I am to the point now where I would just leave it there, and not sweat it. I just saw the "Keeping Shadows" traveling exhibition, and again was struck by the number of dust specks, scratches, and bad burning/dodging in some of the world's most famous images.

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