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Color Correction Look Book: Creative Grading Techniques for Film and Video by Alexis Van Hurkman

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Chapter 5. Cross-Processing Simulation

Cross-processing is a means of abusing the chemical development process by using the wrong developer for a particular type of film. The goal is a kind of Russian roulette of creativity: The mismatched developer creates strange and wonderful color channel interactions that can lend a haunting beauty to many subjects (Figure 5.1).

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Figure 5.1 Three examples of photochemical cross-processing

Colorists typically use three types of cross-processing.

Processing color reversal slide film using C-41 chemicals (which are intended for color negatives). The result is typically increased contrast and strong color casts ...

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