Elements: Convert negative film to color print?

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Hey guys/gals, here's a question : I'm using elements 10 and I have some film negatives from, you know, back in the old days. So, is it possible to scan the negatives to ps and then convert the negative to a positive color image then print? Thank you!!
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Chris Cox

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Yes... but not directly.

The simple version:

Invert the image.
Use Curves with sort of a stretched S shape to compress the highlights and shadows plus boost midtone contrast. (you could also invert with the same curves, but most people have trouble doing that all in one adjustment)
Then you can use curves or another adjustment to remove the remaining color cast (resulting from the yellow/orange backing needed in negatives).

To scan and convert negatives well, you really need a scanner and software designed to work with negatives. (the conversion could be done in Photoshop, but it's far from obvious unless you know the details of how film and print paper work).
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There are some tutorials out on the net as well: