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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.
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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