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    Retouching negs

    Any recommendations for what to use to retouch negs? I have the occasional dust-spot on some favorite negs and would like to minimize or eliminate them before printing.

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    Eric Biggerstaff
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Denver, Colorado

    Retouching negs

    Try Spot Tone with a VERY fine brush. Lay the neg on your light box and use a magnifying glass. Use the smallest brush you can get.
    Eric Biggerstaff

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    Join Date
    Sep 2003

    Retouching negs

    Back in the days when we routinely retouched 8x10 b&w negs destined for contact printing, we used a drafting pencil. The heavy lead was extended about an inch, spun and twisted between fine sandpaper folded over into a sandwich. This produced a needle point. The film had a tooth, designed to accept pencil marks. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that enlarging retouching is not a good thing...

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    Abuser of God's Sunlight
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    brooklyn, nyc

    Retouching negs

    would it make sense to make an enlarged copyneg, and work on that?

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    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Brookings OR

    Retouching negs

    Another technique is to put a 6-penny nail in a drafting pencil holder and grind to to a needle-sharp point. Use it as an abrading tool on the film BASE side under magnification. This creates a white spot on the print that can be dyed back in with Spotone. I prefer to cut off all the bristles but one of a 0000 sable brush for very small areas.

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