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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.
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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