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Choosing your weapon

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Let's discuss which kind of scanner tool that you would like to use. Basically we are going to choose our scanning weapon. Most of you or a lot of you will have two choices. The first choice is the manufacturer scanning application. And this is an Epson scanner that we are using here so the, Epson scanning-ware called Epson Scan is one tool you can choose. One of the challenges of working with scanners as supposed to working with something like Photoshop for image editing is a Photoshop is a fairly common and universal tools you have a standard interface.

Choosing your weapon

Let's discuss which kind of scanner tool that you would like to use. Basically we are going to choose our scanning weapon. Most of you or a lot of you will have two choices. The first choice is the manufacturer scanning application. And this is an Epson scanner that we are using here so the, Epson scanning-ware called Epson Scan is one tool you can choose. One of the challenges of working with scanners as supposed to working with something like Photoshop for image editing is a Photoshop is a fairly common and universal tools you have a standard interface.

With scanner manufacturers, each one has its own scanner interface. It's somewhat of a challenge to move from one to the other. Although, as we'll see a lot of the tools once you understand them are fairly common from one to another. Let's take a look at this scanner interface first and other manufacturers has similar kinds of scanning tools. If we first look at the Mode, which is a Full Automatic Mode, when you go in that you just click Scan, there is a Home Mode which is a relatively simple interface, in which you can choose from various kinds of documents and the scanning software is preconfigured to make certain choices.

Then as we move down you go to the Office Mode which will give you a few more choices and then finally into the Professional Mode. In this class we are going to be using the mode that gives us the most control which is the Professional Mode. We are not going to be using the Automatic Mode. If you use the Automatic Mode you really don't learn anything about scanning. To learn the most about scanning and to get the most control over your image, we are going to use the Professional Mode. Little bit later on, I'll give you some tips about how to configure Auto Mode and when you might want to use it from time-to-time but primarily this class is about working in a full manual mode.

In most of the interfaces when you go to a full manual mode like this, you'll have a variety of settings that are common from one to the other like assigning a name and choosing a document type, reflective or film for instance and various kinds of film holders. And where the document is coming from if you have the scanner that has multiple capabilities, and then exposure type and then image scanning modes, and resolution and document dimensions, these are all going to be fairly common. Then you'll have a Configuration Mode or Preference Mode that you will work in most scanning softwares.

So this is one tool that you could choose to use, and we're work in this a little bit. But what I'd like to show you now is a tool that I consider to be kind of like the Photoshop of the scanning world which is called SilverFast. It's made by a company called LaserSoft. LaserSoft makes SilverFast for a wide variety of different scanners. And most of the medium-to-higher quality scanners provide this as an option. And if you really want to have good maximum control, high-quality control of your images I want to recommend this software to you. And because it's a common scanner interface, as you move from scanner-to-scanner you'll have the same tool.

So you have the same advantages that you do working in Photoshop, complete manual control and a consistency of interface. Let's go take a look at that scanner interface and start working in that one. Here we are in the SilverFast interface. When you first look at it, oh my gosh, this is very complicated and indeed there is a lot that you can do in this software interface, and I am going to focus on the main tools that we are using in SilverFast that could give you the primary control over your images. Like the Epson software, it has some of the same basic set up characteristics.

In this case, we start in General where we select our device and the basic scan mode and whether it's reflective or film or not, and then we go and we set up Frame for the scan types and settings and names and dimensions and all that. So this is a tool that we are going to be use in throughout most of the scan course. There is an Automatic Mode here and it's this button right here, and when you choose something like one of the grayscale or the color modes, it's really a very sophisticated automatic mode. But again we are going to choose not to use that because you really don't know what you're doing to your image.

It's just a software making all the choices. So we are going to use SilverFast, throughout most of this course we will come back to the other interface once in a while, just to show you how things work there, and we are going to be working in Full Manual Mode. So you are going to learn the most about how to use this software.

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Scanning Techniques for Photography, Art, and Design

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  1. 6m 48s
    1. Welcome
      1m 11s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      3m 54s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 43s
  2. 1h 0m
    1. Scanners and digital cameras
      3m 6s
    2. Types of scanners
      5m 2s
    3. Scanner location
      3m 19s
    4. What scanners and digital cameras create
      7m 22s
    5. Understanding grayscale values and channels
      3m 19s
    6. Understanding pixels and vectors
      4m 1s
    7. Choosing pixels or vectors
      2m 27s
    8. Resolving resolution
      6m 32s
    9. Working with interpolation
      3m 31s
    10. Understanding the effects of compression
      2m 4s
    11. Evaluating and correcting images with histograms
      8m 26s
    12. Saving to different file formats
      7m 4s
    13. Color management
      4m 23s
  3. 33m 22s
    1. Cleaning your scanner
      7m 31s
    2. Cleaning your images
      7m 47s
    3. Calibrating your scanner
      9m 13s
    4. Creating and applying a color management profile
      8m 51s
  4. 20m 55s
    1. Evaluating your scan challenges
      9m 46s
    2. Reproducing vs. assigning colors
      6m 20s
    3. Recognizing continuous tone (contone) vs. dot pattern images
      4m 49s
  5. 36m 32s
    1. Understanding bit depth
      8m 49s
    2. Selecting a scan mode
      8m 20s
    3. Sharpening and its effects
      10m 40s
    4. Creating and assigning color management profiles
      8m 43s
  6. 2h 25m
    1. Taking the Tazmanian Oath!
      3m 38s
    2. Choosing your weapon
      4m 2s
    3. Setting up your scanning preferences
      12m 14s
    4. Performing a prescan
      2m 53s
    5. Assigning a scan frame
      5m 40s
    6. Determining scan resolution
      7m 57s
    7. Choosing a scan mode and bit depth
      5m 53s
    8. Naming images
      1m 49s
    9. Scanning simple logos and line art
      12m 21s
    10. Scanning complex line art
      7m 33s
    11. Scanning grayscale contones
      13m 22s
    12. Scanning color contones
      13m 54s
    13. Sharpening
      9m 39s
    14. Scanning printed/screened or patterned images
      7m 1s
    15. Scanning positive transparency film
      12m 33s
    16. Scanning negative transparency film
      9m 11s
    17. Capturing high dynamic range (HDR) scans
      1m 47s
    18. Setting up wet scans
      14m 29s
  7. 1h 48m
    1. Scanning, converting, and using simple line art
      5m 32s
    2. Scanning and using detailed line art
      10m 52s
    3. Scanning landscapes
      15m 50s
    4. Scanning product shots
      11m 58s
    5. Scanning combo/complex images
      9m 3s
    6. Adjusting distressed images
      11m 12s
    7. Scanning images with no neutrals
      11m 57s
    8. Post-scan touch-ups
      2m 7s
    9. Scanning images for multiple uses
      10m 44s
    10. Automatic scanning
      10m 40s
    11. Streamlining big jobs with batch scanning
      5m 22s
    12. Using your manufacturer's scanning software
      3m 14s
  8. 27s
    1. Goodbye
      27s

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