Chemical Photoshop for Emulating Film and 100 year old processes

In summary, Autochrome is a photography technique that combines two layers on glass - an RGB screen and a BW emulsion - to create color photographs. By separating the image with an RGB filter, the BW emulsion records the tones and creates a color photograph when developed. To create a software that can emulate this process, one needs to understand the curves of the dyes and BW film, as well as the chemicals and emulsion sensitizers used. One suggestion for achieving this is to look into creating a custom photoshop plug-in through Adobe's plug-in API.
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Mustafa Umut
Autochrome is a photography technique which all details forgotten 50 years ago but counted as the best color photograph technique.

There are two layers on glass , one RGB Screen and second , a bw emulsion. When RGB filter separates the image , bw all color sensitive layer records the tones. Than all developed and you can see whatever RGB filter and bw emulsion recorded as color photograph.

I worked on subject and learned the dye numbers , their ratios and bw panchro film details.

The important thing is to know the curves of these dyes and curves of bw film.

I thoght if I could learn many chemicals and emulsion sensitizers spectrums , I could make a photo engineer software. every curve would tell the colors and their ratios and emulsion sensitizers would result as process emulating software.

What do you advise ?

Thank you ,

Mustafa Umut Sarac

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A custom photoshop plug-in could probably do that. You should look at the Adobe website for their plug-in API.

This is vaguely akin to "Sepia" filters only a bit more sophisticated.

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What is "Chemical Photoshop for Emulating Film and 100 year old processes"?

"Chemical Photoshop for Emulating Film and 100 year old processes" is a digital editing technique that mimics the look and feel of traditional film and photographic processes from the early 1900s. It involves using various chemical filters and adjustments in Photoshop to achieve a vintage or aged aesthetic in photographs.

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