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Scanning Techniques for Photography, Art, and Design
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Using your manufacturer's scanning software


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Scanning Techniques for Photography, Art, and Design

with Taz Tally

Video: Using your manufacturer's scanning software

Throughout most of this course, we have been using SilverFast as our scanning software and I think I mentioned early on that SilverFast is kind of like the Photoshop of the scanning world and consider that for two reasons. one, it provides us with a common interface, we can use to drive a lot of different scanners because LaserSoft, who manufactures SilverFast, makes this software for a wide variety of scanners. Plus it has a high level of sophistication, numbers of controls, depth and breadth of tools. Once you have learned how to use the SilverFast software when you migrate to or you are interfacing with manufacturer software tool, like here we have EPSON Scan, you will recognize a lot of the similar types of tools.
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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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Scanning Techniques for Photography, Art, and Design
6h 53m Intermediate Oct 11, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Understanding grayscale values and channels
  • Evaluating and correcting images with histograms
  • Saving to different file formats
  • Managing color
  • Cleaning the scanner and images
  • Reproducing versus assigning colors
  • Recognizing contone versus dot pattern images
  • Understanding bit depth
  • Scanning logos and line art
  • Scanning transparent film, positive or negative
  • Capturing high dynamic range (HDR) scans
Subjects:
Design Photography Scanning
Author:
Taz Tally

Using your manufacturer's scanning software

Throughout most of this course, we have been using SilverFast as our scanning software and I think I mentioned early on that SilverFast is kind of like the Photoshop of the scanning world and consider that for two reasons. one, it provides us with a common interface, we can use to drive a lot of different scanners because LaserSoft, who manufactures SilverFast, makes this software for a wide variety of scanners. Plus it has a high level of sophistication, numbers of controls, depth and breadth of tools. Once you have learned how to use the SilverFast software when you migrate to or you are interfacing with manufacturer software tool, like here we have EPSON Scan, you will recognize a lot of the similar types of tools.

Again, the manufacturer software may or may not have the breadth of the depth of the controls, but it will have a lot of the fundamental ones. Let's just take a quick tour of the EPSON Scan software and let's see what it means. Again, we are going to be working in Professional mode which gives us the greatest range of control, working in the EPSON scan. You can set Settings down here which we will talk about, and you can save those settings and recall them. You can choose Reflective, where you can work with the Film, a Film Holder. You can choose the Document Table or you can choose a Film option if you have a film. Transparency scanner top on it, your Auto Exposure Type for either Photo or Document and a lot of the manufacturer scanner software have a variety of different choices for documents as well as photos.

Some of this down here will be really familiar to you when you choose Image Type. the 24-bit, the 48-bit, the 16-bit, the 8-bit and then the 1-bit Black & White that uses a little bit different terminology, but all the basic bit depth in terms of scan modes are here just like they were in SilverFast and you set Resolution, you set your Document Size. There is a Preview scan, there is a Scan button and as you move down, you will find some other tools as well. There is an Automatic Adjustment tool here that you can use for auto exposure of images, there is a Histogram and Levels.

There is also a Tone Curve and there is a Color Saturation for controlling Brightness and Contrast and Saturation all together. You can do Color Balance, there is also Descreening capabilities and notice, these are not as sophisticated which you have in SilverFast, but there is still the basic capabilities and it's helpful and useful and now you know what they are. You also find some tools. they are just kind of automatic correction tools like Color Restoration or Backlight correction and Digital Ice which is also part of LaserSoft which we haven't covered here. A lot of scanning manufacturers have it, but some do not.

But you are familiar with these tools. So once you have learned SilverFast moving into the manufacturer software, I think you will find it easy to sort out and underneath the Preview mode over here, you create a marquee. You can automatically find an image where you can adjust the marquee, you can do that manually. All right, there is Densitometer here just like we had in SilverFast and it's not as sophisticated as the one with SilverFast, but still you have the same ability to measure your images. So I think you will find that once you have learned how to use SilverFast, I think you'll probably be a little bit frustrated working in this trade manufacturer software because the capabilities a lot of times are not there in terms of the editability and the depth of control.

But if you are faced with just using a manufacturer scanning software, the SilverFast is not available of what you've learnt here certainly give you the capability to sort out and use a more fundamental software that the scanner manufacturer supplies.

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