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Review the scanning techniques graphics professionals and photographers use, while delving into workflow considerations and the advanced image-quality controls available in most scanning software. Author Taz Tally explains the core concepts, such as how resolution and interpolation affect scans; introduces the industry-standard SilverFast scanning software; and shares the settings to achieve the best results from a scan. The course also covers keeping your scanner and its parts clean and free of dust, and includes a variety of start-to-finish scanning tasks.
Well, by now, I think you're really getting the hang of how to evaluate images and how to use the tools and how to get real good quality scans, and it takes some time to get there. You've got to learn, you're going to make some mistakes and then come back and redo things. But after you've learned the tools and you're ready to scan and ready to go, now you really want to start working on your efficiency. And as I showed you earlier in this chapter when we did both the grayscale landscape, and the RGB landscape, you can set up two images at one time just like we have here. Here, I've got the GF photo, and we've got the Moose photo.
Once you create a frame, all the parameters that you assign here are saved with that frame, and assigned to that frame like this is RGB and we've got their corrections up here with the histogram and the curves. I click on the Moose, it changes the Scan Type from RGB to Grayscale, the resolution is different, the names are different. Wouldn't it be nice if you had 4, 5 images on there that you could just get them all to go and scan automatically? And in fact we can do that, and then various software applications do it in different ways and not all scanning programs offer this, but SilverFast is a really good one, and it's called Job Manager and it's right here.
See where I'm clicking. It brings up this JobManager window and it's very easy to use. If you assign your parameters, you create your frames, then you can come down here and you can just, you can add one job at a time if you want to or you can click on this one that allows you to add all the Current frames that you've got. Now previously, we talked about doing automatic scanning, if you want to, you can have SilverFast just make its own automatic adjustments, look at the images and decide what to do for itself. But you'll have to choose an Image Type as we talked about. And this is dangerous if you use images that are very different such as these two.
I can't tell you, and I've never used this. So I don't think I have. But it's available to you and if you have images that are very similar and you've got some automatic settings you think work well on, then have at it and do it, but we're going to turn that off because we're going to use the parameters that we've set. Notice these images are added here. It gives you a rundown of what's been set. There is the name, Auto Sharpen. It gives you the dimensions, gives you the percentage of scale, gives you the linear resolution, the size of the file. Here is Tina_RGB, no filter, gives you the dimensions.
You see the size of the file, 74 megabytes, 300 pixels per inch, and it shows you what tools have been used and assigned to this. Once they are here, if you want to edit them, you can. You can just click on it and then just click right here and then you can go in and make a correction. For instance, I notice that the Moose is at 600. Ooh! That's detail line art, I really want that to be at 1200 instead of 600, and then you click it again, you say Yes, you save changes and then it will update. Notice that it says 1200 there. So just because you added it to the JobManager doesn't mean that you can't edit it.
So it's great. Let's move the pipettes out of the way here, and then you can copy the assignments that you have here and apply them to other images if you want. This allows you to select all the images there. Then when you want to get ready to actually perform the scans, you click on Output Settings, and then you can designate a folder, and we'll call this the GF and Moose folder, and then you can tell it what kind of file format you like to save each of these in. Typically, it's going to be TIFF. For instance, it offers JPEG, PDF, JPEG 2000 and EPSF which is Encapsulated PostScript.
But we're going to save all these out in TIFF uncompressed format, and then you can, if you were doing a lot of images, and doing a lot of large jobs, then you can assign indexes all the way up to 5 digit indexes, and we're just going to do a couple of images, so we just go with 1 Digit and it shows you a sample of what that file is going to look like, and then it says, Reset for every batch scan for the Index, and that would depend upon whether you had 100 images, and you wanted them to all be sequential, in which case you would be doing multiple jobs and then you'd just be adding on the numbers, or if you reset for each one, each one would start at 0.
You can do padding with 0 if you haven't quite got up to the maximum number. We don't need this since it really doesn't apply to us because we're only doing two images. You can say Ignore existing frame names, which I don't want to do. I'm going to keep the existing frame names. So there we go, and then you just click Save, and then you're ready to go. You can just click Start and you can walk away. JobManager will take care of scanning however many images that you have framed up there and included in your JobManager, and it will apply all the corrections and all the settings and dump them in the folder that you've designated.
Then either before you click Start or after you've finished the Batch Scan, you can come up to this menu here, and just click on it and choose Save, and you can name that job if you want to, and you can keep it in the list and you can rescan it again if you want to. So it's very handy, very easy to set up, and you can see it's very intuitive. You can go start packing your kayak and get ready to hit the water. So there are two images that are put in the folder where we designated them, the GF and Moose folder, and let's just finish up by just going back to our JobManager.
Because we want to save this, we can choose Save, and also you can use the keyboard shortcut, and we'll just call this Family, click, boom! That becomes a job and we can then open that job at anytime. We can make multiple lists of jobs and come back to them later on if we want to. So that's JobManager and SilverFast, and again, other scanning programs have other types of batch functions that work in a similar fashion.
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