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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 show you where you can find some help resources when you're working inside of SilverFast. The first place to look is actually on your Installation Disk. If you look inside your disk, you will find a folder called Resources, and inside that you'll find a bunch of ZIP archives that have PDF documentation and movies. And they are in various languages, as you can see here. And you can just copy the appropriate ZIPs for whatever language you want and put it anywhere on your drive that you want. The same resources are available online, as I'll show you in just a moment, but if you can't get online, or you're traveling and you want access to some help and some documentation, there it is.
These resources are not necessarily installed on your computer when you installed SilverFast, so go ahead, back to your disk and just drag these over, maybe put them in your SilverFast folder if you want to. So that's one source that you don't need to go online to get that help. The next source is actually in SilverFast itself. When you launch your SilverFast application, before you click the Start button-- if you can click up here on the WorkflowPilot-concept or the SilverFast Features-- there is some basic training on just what's inside of SilverFast and what the WorkflowPilot is all about.
So if you are very new to SilverFast, that's a great place to start just to get oriented. Once you're inside the interface, there is really two primary areas that you can look to for help. The first one is actually the Help menu. Well-named. Here you can go to Documentation, and these are basically PDF files, and this will take you to the SilverFast web site, where you can download a variety of different PDF files. Or also from the Help menu, you can go to Movies--also take you to the SilverFast web site--in which you can download movies for various instructions on various portions of the SilverFast interface.
And finally, when you're working your way through the actual interface itself and using the various tools, you'll find access to both the PDF documentation here and/or the QuickTime movies here, where you can just click on to access information for that particular tool. So for instance, here you'd click on QuickTime movie. A movie will come up, which you can then click and listen to the movie. So lots of educational resources available to you through the SilverFast interface. In addition to the SilverFast-specific training from LaserSoft, if you want some additional training on scanning in general and/or if you are working in an earlier version of SilverFast, you can check out some of my other scanning courses I have on lynda.com at www.lynda.com/Taz-Tally, and we have Scanning Techniques for Photography, Art, and Design. And if you're a business or home user, I've got courses for scanning techniques for business and home Users.
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