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In this course, photographer and scanning expert Taz Tally describes how to use the LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast software to scan photos, line art, film negatives, and other printed documents, while getting the highest quality scans possible from your scanner. The course begins with an overview of SilverFast, then takes a task-oriented look at the SilverFast automatic and manual scanning modes, showing numerous scanning projects from start to finish. The course also explores a variety of specialized scanning topics, such as removing color casts and scratches, High Dynamic Range (HDR) scanning, and wet scanning.
In this segment, I'd like to talk a little bit about managing your workspace, in particularly, working with your frame area inside your image. That's this area over here, where we have the frame where our image appears when we're scanning. So let's choose Source of photo and a Task of print, which is kind of a common one that we might use when we're scanning images for a variety of print uses. And let's go ahead and start and perform our pre-scan. And notice, our image occurs over here and here's our scan frame, and if we left the scan frame like this, it would scan the image and all of this background, which we can see over here would give us a 25 megabyte file, which is larger than we certainly need for this 5x7 image.
First thing to pay attention to is, depending upon which output task you've chosen, which scan dimensions and resolutions you have access to is going to change depending upon your choice. Since this is a common one, I want to show you this Fix scan frame to selected output format. So, depending upon the format that you choose here, if you check this on like this, when you go over here to try to adjust the scan frame it's going to stay in the same proportions of whatever you've chosen here. So, if we chose 5x7 for instance, that actually fits this image pretty well, because, well, it's a 5x7 image. But that may not always be the case.
So, if you want to choose a specific format, you can check this on. Your proportions will remain the same, and that actually can make things much easier. If you don't really have one that fits, and let's say that your scan frame is out here like this, the fast way to set your frame manually is just go upper left-hand corner, set that the way you want it, and then just go all the way down to the lower right-hand corner and move that up like this. And then both sides will be set pretty quickly. So, you can either maintain a certain proportion by clicking that Fix scan frame, or you can do it manually with a quick two-step process. All right! The next thing to look at is this magnifying glass.
Very often I can work just in this mode here, but notice sometimes it's nice to be able to magnify your image so that you can get a better look at the highlight or place the frame exactly where you want it. That's pretty handy to be able to do. But you'll notice when I did that, that my scanner had to go through a little bit of another pre-scan. Because by default, your scanner is set up so that you'll only get a low-resolution pre-scan at the default resolution that you see on screen. If you wanted to do that kind of zooming in on a regular basis, what I recommend that you do is go back to your preferences, and underneath the General settings, see the High Resolution Prescan.
Instead of having a 1x, if you put a 2x here and then close, notice when we return to our WorkflowPilot and we start our pre-scan, and then we bring our frame down like this--I've got the proportional frame here. Now when we click on the magnify, notice that it magnifies very quickly, and it doesn't have to do another pre-scan because we've already captured enough pixels to be used to magnify our image and still get good image quality.
Also, notice that I can take my frame and move it in on the picture. See, I didn't want to capture the entire picture. And when I zoom in like that, this time it magnifies just to that portion of the frame. So, keeping that set on 2x is a nice thing to have. And that's typically where I have mine set because I don't often need to zoom in too much more than what I'm doing here. But it's up to you. You can set that preference anyway that you like it. And finally, clicking on this again will take it back to full preview. And here we go. We'll just set out frame the way we like it. And typically if you just set one corner, then the other one is much easier to set for the other two sides.
And then finally, we have the Flip and Rotate. We have the clockwise rotation and counterclockwise rotation. Notice there're keyboard shortcuts for this: Cmd on Mac, Ctrl on Windows, 7 and 9 to rotate around like this. And then we have the ability to flip horizontally or vertically, notice, using Cmd or Ctrl+A and then Cmd or Ctrl+Shift+8, and that's if you wanted the image to be looking the other way for instance. So, there's basically controlling your frame area and being able to zoom in and adjust your frame with or without proportion, and then flip and rotate, and also setting your preferences that you do a little bit higher resolution pre-scan that allows you to zoom in and get a little bit tighter view on your pre-scanned image.
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