Adobe Photoshop/Filters in Essentials

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I have Photoshop Essentials 10. I am working with a 4x5 B/W negative and am trying to apply the Old Paper filter. I can't get it to work. It worked fine a few days ago, but now most of the filters I try either do not work or they pop up a message saying they are not currently available. Some pop up a message saying Hue/Saturation is not currently available. Most of the filters that do come up, only lighten the picture and wash out the blacks. I have tried going to "Image>Mode>RGB color" as some sites have suggested and I have tried the Grayscale also, neither makes any difference. Do you have any suggestions as to what the problem might be and how to solve it?  Thank You....Gene

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What exactly did you use to scan the negative? I'm wondering if you have the scanner settings on an unusual setting. Maybe your scan is corrupted. I suggest you re-scan and make sure it is in 8-bit. PSE does not handle 16-bit color well. Maybe you can attach a small version of file.

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