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Hisun wrote: >Dan, I have getting good result from the PS5 Action. But I cannot apply >the curve, otherwise the light tones will be gone. I simply do not use >any curve. =20 > >The black channel is not selected after the Action is completed. If it >is not, the printed image is not as black. Is there a way for me to >change the Action so that the last step is change to "Multiply" and >select the Black Channel as well? Hello Hisun, If using the final curve adjustment "*layer* in the first action makes the final CMYK file too light then undo the steps of the action (using the history palette) and run it again. This time when you load the curve called "B-16 bit sep curve b.ACV" make it a bit darker by dragging the curve a bit. It may take a little bit of adjustment to get the curve right for your images. I've preadjusted the CMYK composite curve to preserve shadow detail and for some images you will need instead to preserve highlights more. You might want to save a few versions of this curve for different image types. If you *never* use this first curve, however, you will not have a very well separated set of channels. The first curve is necessary or you will really not have much more than four exact copies of the original grayscale file with some light inks removed from the dark tones. This will print but it will not eliminate the dark inks from the light tones and you will have black ink spots in the highlights. This first curve is essential to eliminate this. The second curve (the curve layer used after the action is complete) is entirely optional and is sometimes not necessary. But if you use it you should adjust each channel separately, not use the CMYK composite curve. The image at this point has been separated into tonal zones by ink density and if you want to darken the highlights you would use the Cyan channel (25% ink) all by itself, or with a little bit of the yellow (50% ink) darkened as well. If the total ink gets too high however, you may have to add another adjustment layer (channel mixer) to remove some more of the light inks from the dark channels or drop the dark side of the black or magenta channel inks to lighten the overall image. On some images it can get rather complex trying to optimise both highlights and minimize total ink. With this type of image it is easiest to use a paper like Sommerset Enhanced which can take a rather heavy ink load. For the second action (which converts the CMYK file into an RGB (K) file) I haven't quite yet figured out how to make it select Multiply for the right layer in the action. It is definately still a Beta copy. Somehow I made it so that it sets the opacity of the background layer to 25% instead of the Background Copy layer. In fact, it seems to do something different every time it runs! But selecting Background layer after the action has ceased and resetting it to 100% and then selecting the "Background Copy" layer and then setting the mode to multiply and 25% is fairly easy. Whenever I fix this I'll resend the action (probably Rev C by then!). Dan Culbertson - Please do not include an entire message in your response. Delete the excess. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.