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Q1:Why do some old photos get such weird colors? I have a batch of prints made from slide film in the early 1960’s and they are all purple.
A1: Well, it was the 60s. I seem to remember a certain purple haze myself.... But seriously, it could have been bad processing, or a bad lot of printing paper, or that the pictures were stored somewhere too hot. All those things can cause color shifts. If you still have the slides somewhere, see how the color is. Otherwise, scan that purple print and fix it!
Q2:How do you use the histogram to tell whether there’s detail in the shadows?
A2: You look at the peaks and valleys. If there’s a good cluster of lines in the area representing darks, you’re all set.
Q3:If I screw up my adjustments in one of these dialog boxes, is there anyway to revert, rather than just canceling and starting again?
A3: You can always undo one step backward within a dialog box. If you press the Option/Alt key, the Cancel button changes to Revert and brings you back to the status when you first opened the dialog box.


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