Scanning with SilverFast
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Calibrating your scanner


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Scanning with SilverFast

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Video: Calibrating your scanner

In this movie, I'd like to show you how to calibrate, or create a custom color management profile for your scanner. The reason for this is, when we create a custom profile, it improves the accuracy and consistency of your scanning. I mentioned in the previous video, the one on setting up preferences, that setting up preferences, and doing calibration are kind of related to each other, and that's because we're going to be creating a custom profile using this target, and then our goal is we're going to be moving into the Color Management section of the Preferences. In the last movie, we chose the generic profile for the Epson; this reflective profile.
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  1. 5m 19s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      43s
    3. Taking the Tazmanian Oath
      3m 38s
  2. 19m 14s
    1. Launching SilverFast
      4m 2s
    2. Touring the SilverFast interface
      3m 35s
    3. Understanding SilverFast's scanning workflows
      4m 28s
    4. Using automated vs. manual scanning
      4m 31s
    5. Getting help as you use SilverFast
      2m 38s
  3. 32m 46s
    1. Touring the SilverFast 8 automatic scanning tools
      6m 7s
    2. Preparing for automatic scanning
      4m 6s
    3. Arranging your workspace
      4m 23s
    4. Setting up color management
      4m 43s
    5. Setting scan frame and resolution
      3m 55s
    6. Adjusting, naming, formatting, and locating an image
      8m 24s
    7. Previewing scan settings with the info tool
      1m 8s
  4. 1h 7m
    1. Scanning simple line art
      8m 7s
    2. Scanning detailed line art
      8m 9s
    3. Scanning grayscale photos
      11m 43s
    4. Scanning color photos
      11m 17s
    5. Scanning a color photo as a grayscale image
      12m 15s
    6. Scanning a positive piece of film
      6m 53s
    7. Scanning a negative piece of film
      8m 39s
  5. 26m 1s
    1. Touring the manual scanning tools
      7m 19s
    2. Setting preferences for manual scanning
      10m 0s
    3. Calibrating your scanner
      3m 40s
    4. Arranging your workspace
      5m 2s
  6. 1h 35m
    1. Scanning simple line art and changing it into vectors
      7m 38s
    2. Scanning simple line art and keeping it as pixels
      5m 42s
    3. Scanning detailed line art
      8m 18s
    4. Scanning grayscale photos
      14m 5s
    5. Scanning landscape color photos
      15m 51s
    6. Scanning color portrait photos
      13m 56s
    7. Scanning color product shots
      9m 29s
    8. Scanning a color photo as a grayscale image
      4m 31s
    9. Scanning a piece of positive color film
      5m 52s
    10. Scanning a piece of negative color film
      9m 56s
  7. 1h 0m
    1. Should I use SilverFast or Photoshop?
      4m 9s
    2. Making global color corrections
      4m 37s
    3. Bringing out shadow details
      4m 28s
    4. Making a selective color replacement
      3m 21s
    5. Sharpening in SilverFast
      7m 15s
    6. Working with target-based corrections
      4m 55s
    7. Color correcting with neutrals
      10m 19s
    8. Exploring automatic color correction in manual mode
      3m 35s
    9. Scanning a printed image
      5m 49s
    10. High-bit-depth and HDR scanning
      5m 29s
    11. Removing noise and patterns
      3m 32s
    12. Removing dust and scratches
      3m 30s
  8. 7m 3s
    1. Batch scanning images
      1m 29s
    2. Using the JobManager
      4m 16s
    3. Exploring SilverFast 8 shortcuts and tips
      1m 18s
  9. 1m 29s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 29s

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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.

Topics include:
  • Arranging your workspace
  • Setting up color management
  • Setting scan frame and resolution
  • Calibrating the scanner
  • Performing grayscale and color automatic scans
  • Performing a negative color film scan
  • Scanning simple line art and changing it into vectors
  • Scanning photos
  • Making global color corrections to a scan
  • Sharpening
  • Removing noise, dust, and scratches
  • Batch scanning
Subject:
Photography
Software:
SilverFast
Author:
Taz Tally

Calibrating your scanner

In this movie, I'd like to show you how to calibrate, or create a custom color management profile for your scanner. The reason for this is, when we create a custom profile, it improves the accuracy and consistency of your scanning. I mentioned in the previous video, the one on setting up preferences, that setting up preferences, and doing calibration are kind of related to each other, and that's because we're going to be creating a custom profile using this target, and then our goal is we're going to be moving into the Color Management section of the Preferences. In the last movie, we chose the generic profile for the Epson; this reflective profile.

What we're going to do is replace that with a custom profile, again, to improve our consistency, and color accuracy. You'll notice that there is a bunch of profiles that have already have been placed in here during the installation, and if you have problems locating the profile folder, you can search for the word profile, or you can search for one of these profiles, and when you find the folder where the profiles go, you'll see these different names from the SilverFast profiles, and then you'll know that you're in the right place. So that's where we're headed, and that's why we're doing it. First step is to do a prescan. You can just click on Prescan after you put your target down, and remember to clean your scanner; clean your target. The prescan is done, and then the next step is to generally place the frame inside of the target here Get it kind of close, and then we're going to move down here, and click on the IT8 calibration icon.

And then, remember, we talked about the Auto IT8. We had it turned off. Even if you have it turned off, you can turn it on here if you wanted to, and typically I don't like to do that; I like to do it manual. If you think you can place these small squares inside all the colors, and inside all the grayscale areas, you can get close there. Or if you can't really quite see it, you can click here, and then when it starts to run, you can just click this button here to stop the process, because you'll get an enlarged view. Although we did a pretty good job, by golly, of putting it up there, even with a pretty small view.

So you just want to make sure that all these squares are inside of the color swatches, and all these rectangles are inside of the grayscale, and then you can start the process. And then, what the software is doing is it's measuring the color values, and creating a custom profile. If it's successful, it'll give you this dialog box here. It says it succeeded in the DeltaE equal to 1.0, which means everything is cool. And then it's going to ask you to name and save the calibration profile. My recommendation is to put your EPSON Perfection, and you can shorten it up, so it's easier to see; call it the 750, and then you might want to put a date.

If you're going to do this, like, say, once a month, then you can go 02.12. If you do this once a week, then you can put in the week that you did it as well. And notice that we're putting it in, in this case, it's in the Macintosh; it's in Library > ColorSync, which is the color management software that's being used, and Profiles. And SilverFast should find this folder automatically, whether you're working on a Mac or Windows machine. If it doesn't, you may have to look for this folder, and you may have to do the search outside of the software; you may have to do through your OS to find it, and then navigate to here, and click Save. There we go.

So we've created our profile, and the last step is to go back to our Preferences, and go to the Color Management, and then find our EPSON Perfection profile. Notice that it's been automatically placed there for us, which it should do, but I recommend that you just check to make sure that the profile has been automatically selected, and if it hasn't, you can just click here, and then you can go find it. And there's the date. By putting the date, it's easier to distinguish it from all these, plus, it's a good idea to do this at least once a month. So there's setting preferences in the previous movie, and that kind of works hand in hand with setting up your color management system to give you more color accuracy, and color consistency.

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