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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 discuss the various methods and ways you can access the SilverFast 8 application on both Mac and Windows. The first and most direct method is to go to the application itself or to install it on your computer. And on a Macintosh--which is what you see here--it's inside the boot drive, inside the Applications folder, and then you find a folder called SilverFast Application and then the SilverFast 8 folder and then the application itself. It's very similar on Windows. Instead of the Application folder, it's called the Programs folder, and you go through a similar sequence of folders to actually find the application. And then you can just double-click on that icon.
And notice it goes right to the SilverFast application startup screen. So that's one way to do it. But that gets a little bit tedious to have to do that all the time, so let's go ahead and quit the application and talk about a couple of easier ways to go ahead and launch the application. One is: on both Mac and Windows you can create something called an alias on the Mac--or shortcut on Windows--and we can access that by right-clicking in Windows or Ctrl+Click on the Macintosh. And on the Mac you choose Make Alias; on a Windows you choose Make a Shortcut. And notice it puts the word alias when you're working on the Macintosh. And I just back that up--just leave one little space there so it doesn't conflict with the name of the application.
What that creates is a little pointer file that points back to the original application. And then you can drag this pointer file anywhere you want to, in this case the Desktop. Then you can just double-click on that, and it goes right back to the original application and then launches exactly the same window. So that's easier to do that. And we've got some other options here as well. And notice on the Macintosh, when I double-click on this alias here, watch here in the Macintosh dock what happens. Little SilverFast 8 icon comes up. And if you click and hold on that application icon for just a couple of seconds and go up to the Options and choose Keep in Dock, then if we go up to SilverFast 8 and we quit the application, notice that the application icon stays right on the dock. And then all we have to do is just click right on it and it launches that same interface for launching SilverFast 8.
So that's nice. That's easy. On Windows you can do something somewhat similar. That is you can go to the Start menu and then go into Applications and find the application. It's not quite as slick and easy, but probably the most universal thing that works on both Mac and Windows is creating that alias or shortcut and putting it on your Desktop. And there's one other way that you can access this, and it's one that I use quite a bit is from working inside of another application, for instance your image editing application-- which for most of us is Photoshop. So if we go to Photoshop, notice that Photoshop is launched here, and we come underneath the File menu and go to Import and then go to SilverFast 8.
That same dialog box comes up that we've been accessing all along. And the reason why you'd want to do this is, if you're like me, I work back and forth between my scanning application and my image editing application. I don't have to leave Photoshop and go to the desktop or the dock or anything. I can just go right to that File menu and launch my scanning application. And typically my next step is going to be come back into Photoshop to maybe do some compositing or whatever with the image that I've just scanned. So multiple ways to access SilverFast 8, depending upon your workflow. You'll notice in the upper left-hand corner of the Start menu, you'll see a Welcome to SilverFast 8 and a WorkflowPilot- concept and some SilverFast Features, and these are all part of the training features that are built into SilverFast 8. And I've got another whole section on all the ways you can access training and information throughout SilverFast 8 a little bit later on in the course.
One other thing to show you is down here on the left-hand corner is if you have multiple scanners like I do--like I'm working with EPSON Perfection V750 for my Flatbed Scanner, and then I've got my Plustek OpticFilm scanner, my 7600i for scanning film. So once you get to this dialog box, you can launch either Scanner. So that's very handy as well. And then all you do is just click the Start button, which takes you right into the SilverFast interface to begin your scanning projects. So there are some multiple methods for accessing SilverFast 8, and you can choose the one that best suits your workflow.
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