I must say it is a relief to be able to photograph my beads anytime it is daylight. Actually the more even the light on the subject the better so light but no direct light seems to keep them even...then all I have to do is get the paper to white.
if you are using PSP7 then the first adjustment is hue and that is
SHIFT H. I adjust lightness up about to +12-14.
That generally just lightens the whole picture just a little.
IF I didn't mention, make sure you have absolutely no artificial light on anywhere...it will change your colors.
So after shift H, brightness is
Shift B again you MUST increase the brightness AND The contrast or you will just wash out your image.
Play with these.
Then Clarify is one ...a square with a thing that looks like a target in it...cross hairs... Circle with cross hairs...
the max on that is 5 ...play with it...it effects highlights ...I think...
then the last is Effects which is a WORD EFFECTS in the upper line
File Edit View Image Effects - SHARPEN... Take the first one...it will get grainy
if you go past the first level.
I finally feel like I have what it takes and am confident in all my photos.
And shooting iris beads seems to be the ultimate challenge