Color Space for scans

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Ken60 Senior Member • Posts: 2,224
Re: Need to know to convert! Also ...

In a similar way, an 8-bit TIFF is every bit as good as a 16-bit TIFF for printing. The extra bits are only helpful if you will perform edits that substantially change the color and/or lightness.

In fact the fastest route to 8 bit banding is to play with the contrast curve and compress it .  Try Ctrl + L in Photoshop and bring in the low and mid sliders a tad. Save and reopen your 8 bit file.   Now look at the levels ( Ctrl + L)  and note that it has changed from a curve to a bar chart.

Printing , especially to large dimensions  where all sins show, often requires exactly this manipulation of the tone curve more notably on art papers.

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Gear ... what I need to get the job done , after all you don't see mechanics listing their brand of spanner as a qualification .

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