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An image in which the tonal and colour values are reversed. Used to make a positive image, normally a print by projection.
A negative image is an image in which the values of light and shade of the original subject are represented in inverse order.
In a Black and White film image, light objects of the original subject are represented by high densities and dark densities are represented by low densities.
In colour negatives, colours are represented by their complementary colours.