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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 movie, I would like to chat with you a little bit about setting up your workspace in terms of SilverFast, and also a little bit about how you can use the WorkflowPilot as a learning tool. First, this is how your workspace looks in SilverFast when you launch it, and it goes automatically to the manual workflow. And remember, the workflow really starts over here, and goes from left to right. Typically you'll use these four tools first, and then this tool over here. And the size of your window that you have here, the whole setup really depends upon your monitor, and you can adjust the dimensions of this workspace any way that you want to.
By the way, the larger the monitor, the better, because it's easier to see things, so you can adjust the size and dimensions of your entire workspace. And notice, if we pull this in and out like this, it adjusts the size of your framing space. And typically -- and let's just go ahead and do a Prescan, just so we have an image up on screen -- the largest area that you're going to be working with is this frame area over here, and if you're working with larger images, then it's nice to have a larger frame space to work with. Now, some of the areas of the interface are going to be set, like these four tools here, and these tools that are up here, are pretty much set in terms of their location.
But remember, all these tools over here, such as this Scan dimensions, and the Densitometer, and the Navigator: these are all tools that you can pull out, and off to the side. And two tools that I'd like to recommend to you, that you might want to have off to the side when you're working are the Densitometer, and the Navigator. By the way, if you're used to working in Photoshop, this is called the Info panel in Photoshop; set up exactly the same way. And previously I told you about the Histogram tool as being pretty much the same as the Levels tool in Photoshop. And Gradation tool that I'm clicking on here, and showing up over here in the dialog boxes; that's very much like the Curves tool in Photoshop.
So if you're little intimidated by the word Histogram, or Gradation, don't be, because if you have worked in Photoshop, you're already very familiar with those tools. So taking the Navigator off to the side, and the Densitometer, are really good ideas, and the reason for this is that we're going to be placing sample points in our images, just like we do in Photoshop, and having your Densitometer/Info tool up here is great, so that you can monitor your RGB values consistently. You don't have to constantly be coming over here to see the Densitometer, or to activate it. So these two are nice to do that way, plus, notice as we move our frame in, like this, and if we magnify our image, and we move in even more like this, you can see exactly where you are in your image.
It's nice on your Navigator, particularly if it's an image with which you are unfamiliar, so you can see exactly where you are in your image. And remember, you can put any of these away at any time that you want to. So if you don't want your Navigator up there, you can always just go boom, like this, and then click again if you want to bring it back in. So that's mainly what I wanted to talk to you about, in terms of the two tools that it's nice to have off to the side: the Densitometer, and the Histogram. And you can manage any tool that's currently active; it will automatically activate over here. And if you want to take one of these tools -- let's say that you're working in tight, and you don't want to keep having to move back and forth like this, just take the Histogram tool, and just put it right up next to the image that you're working on, and you can also take your Densitometer, and move it right down underneath that tool there, so everything is working right in together.
So it's nice to be able to have access to those tools. And finally, I wanted to just chat with you a little bit about the WorkflowPilot. In the automatic scanning portion of the course, we used the WorkflowPilot. Let's go ahead and go over to that tool by clicking on the red orb that's up here. And this is really the automatic workflow tool, and the WorkflowPilot steps you through the sequences in your scan steps. I don't recommend you use this in manual mode, because you really only access this when you're in the automatic mode, but what this is good for is, in the learning phases, when you're learning the manual tools, if you are kind of fuzzy about which order you should set them in, or exactly what the tools are used for, you can move over to the WorkflowPilot, and let's say we just set this on Photo, and then when you go to something like Presentation, and then Full HD, you can see the set of tools in the order in which SilverFast generally recommends that they be used.
The nice thing about the way SilverFast is set up is that you'll notice that the Prescan, Resolution, Auto, Histogram, Gradation, Selective tool, regardless of which mode they are in -- whether you're in automatic or manual scanning mode -- you see the tools in pretty much the same order. And the tools laid out here are, generally speaking, the order in which you might want to use them. There are some exceptions, for instance, one in particular, like the Unsharp Mask tool; that's going to be a tool that we're going to want to use, generally, at the end of the process, or maybe not during the scanning process at all.
So, you can use the WorkflowPilot tool as a training tool, but you don't want to use it as a manual tool, and after you've scanned for a couple of months, and you're used to all these tools, you won't need the WorkflowPilot anymore. You will be able to make your own decisions as you move along. So there's setting up your workspace, there's some tips about how to work with your workspace, and how you might use the WorkflowPilot as a training tool.
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