When printing BW prints from scans is it better to scan RGB then convert to BW, desaturate or is it better to scan in grayscale and then print? I have tried both and what I have found is it varies either way depending on the image scanned, but have has better luck getting the tones I want just scanning in grayscale mode. I do know for the most part scanning in the RGB mode gives a certain amount of control over the range, but is easy to end up with a colorcast. Many say use al the color inks to get the tones you want. What have you all found in your experience? Monte Johnson.
I too have had varied results, but generally prefer to scan in greyscale, then convert to 16-Bit RGB in Photoshop for editing purposes. (Be sure to convert back to 8-bit RGB or Greyscale before printing)For printing, I have had great results with MIS UltratoneII B&W inks on my Epson 890. (www.inksupply.com)
Thanks, many times I have scanned in greyscale then coverted to RGB for editing and also got some good results. Here lately have just editied in 8 bit greyscale with pretty good results. I used to scan always in RGB then convert after editing, but my results were not very reliable. What paper do you use? Monte Johnson.
You might check out an article published in 2002 on B&W Negative film scanning.