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What you should know before watching this course

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Let's chat about what you should know before you start taking this class. First, the good news is, no scanning knowledge is expected. We are going to start right from the fundamentals and move up from there. You should know however this course is really optimized for dedicated scanners. Rather than the multipurpose scanners, printers, and fax machines, a home and business course is really optimized for that. So if you're taking this course you should probably have a dedicated scanner such as the flatbed scanner that you see on the left here that may or may not have transparency scanning or automatic document feeder capabilities but you should have a good flatbed scanner with a glass platen or the dedicated film scanner that you see here on your right.

What you should know before watching this course

Let's chat about what you should know before you start taking this class. First, the good news is, no scanning knowledge is expected. We are going to start right from the fundamentals and move up from there. You should know however this course is really optimized for dedicated scanners. Rather than the multipurpose scanners, printers, and fax machines, a home and business course is really optimized for that. So if you're taking this course you should probably have a dedicated scanner such as the flatbed scanner that you see on the left here that may or may not have transparency scanning or automatic document feeder capabilities but you should have a good flatbed scanner with a glass platen or the dedicated film scanner that you see here on your right.

Having access to basic image editing applications such as Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and some basic knowledge of how to open images and access menus in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements is certainly going to be helpful. And to maximize your compatibility and minimize problems that you might have with operating your scanner it's a real good idea before you start the course to go ahead and update your scanner drivers and your software, and here let me just show you how to do that on a couple of different websites for some of the more common scanners and drivers and software. The primary scanning application we are using during this course is SilverFast software from LaserSoft.

We are using this software for two fundamental reasons. One is, it's very, very high-quality software with lots of sophisticated controls, and two, the company that makes the software LaserSoft make SilverFast for a wide variety of medium -to-high quality scanners. So it's kind of like the Photoshop of the scanning world if you will. Gives you lots of controls and it gives you a standard interface. So if you don't have SilverFast and you might want to go to the site and here's the website here www.silverfast.com, and if you don't already have it or you don't have the most recent version, click on the Download button and then you can click on Demo Versions and you can buy and use the demo version and it's fully functional as far as manipulating it, you won't get the high-quality scans without some text on top of it.

And then notice they have a wide variety of different softwares here. We are using SilverFast for scanners so click on that, and then just select your manufacturer and here we'll get down and we'll choose Epson. It's one of the scanners we are using here. And then the Perfection scanner and we are using the V750 Pro and English and then choose your Operating System, and we are doing Mac 10.6 on this particular computer. And then you want to download either SilverFast AI or SilverFast AI Studio, one of those two.

You can just click on the Download and then you just put in your name and your country and your email address and tell them, yes absolutely, you want them to send your emails every single day and then basically you are just adding your name to their database but I would not check that. then register and then download the software. So that's from the SilverFast site and get it for your particular scanner and you will be glad that you did. From the Epson site one of the more common scanner manufacturers and we are using one of their scanners here for this course. You go to Drivers & Support and then go to Scanners and we will click on Epson Perfection Series and V750 Pro and then Drivers & Downloads and you can just click on Macintosh or Windows 32 or 64-bit whichever one you're using.

Then just scroll down once you get to your version of the page and here it's the Macintosh. You are working on Windows you will get to a Windows list and then just find your version of the specific version of the operating system that they are offering here and download the Scanner Driver. And then there is the Epson Scan Installer. This is the actual scanning software itself, notice this is 10.4-10.6. So whichever manufacturer you have it's going to be a similar type of download circumstance to this. If you don't have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements I would encourage you to get one of the other.

There are some really good essential training that's available here on the Lynda.com site. Well, let's go scanning.

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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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