I just got a new film scanner: a PlusTek 7300. It's basic, but I've been pleasantly surprised by the output, even my first attempt. Currently I'm scanning B&W negs, using B&W settings and grayscale output, both in SilverFast and VueScan (demo version). The tonality of my results is better than the lab results I've been getting.
However, when I import the resulting image (TIFF or JPEG) into Aperture (which I've used for years), I get some odd behavior. I can do "whole image" adjustments like contrast, levels, or sharpening. But I can't do any retouching (say, to heal/clone out some dust). My actions just seem to have no effect. Worse, if I try to take the image into Nik Silver Efex pro, Aperture crashes every single time. It doesn't seem to matter whether the scan is a JPG or TIFF.
I did do some experimentation and the following two independent techniques each prevented Aperture from crashing when subsequently launching SEP:
- Treat the scan as a color scan, import to Aperture
- Import a scan into Aperture, open in Photoshop (this doesn't crash), do my retouching, save and come back to Aperture.
Neither of the above is an attractive workflow for me. Can someone shed some light on what might be going on here?