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Streamlining big jobs with batch scanning

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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.

Streamlining big jobs with batch scanning

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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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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