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Touring the SilverFast interface

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Video: Touring the SilverFast interface

In this segment, I would like to describe and demystify the SilverFast 8 interface. What you see here is typically the interface that you will see once you launch SilverFast. And I've got to admit, this is a pretty challenging-looking interface. It can be very confusing if you don't understand it. First thing to know about SilverFast is it's a very sophisticated scanning program. And what that means is it has a full range of scanning tools that you can use to tackle just about any scanning challenge that you have. Well, the challenge for that is that there's lots of tools here, and it's hard to know even where to start.

Touring the SilverFast interface

In this segment, I would like to describe and demystify the SilverFast 8 interface. What you see here is typically the interface that you will see once you launch SilverFast. And I've got to admit, this is a pretty challenging-looking interface. It can be very confusing if you don't understand it. First thing to know about SilverFast is it's a very sophisticated scanning program. And what that means is it has a full range of scanning tools that you can use to tackle just about any scanning challenge that you have. Well, the challenge for that is that there's lots of tools here, and it's hard to know even where to start.

Well, in this interface, typically we are going to move from left to right. We start in the upper left-hand corner here. We see some basic scan setup tools. These four tools here, you will set these up first, and then you just continue on left to right. For instance, one of the tools that you'll use in any scan that you perform is the Prescan tool. And when we click on that, we perform a pre-scan on the scanner, and the image that we're about to capture and adjust appears over here in the Frame area. And then we just continue on from left to right, adjusting all of these tools here.

These are the basic image adjustment tools. If these aren't enough, that's when we move to this vertical set of tools here. These are the more advanced tools, such as Unsharp Mask and Dust and Scratches. And then if we're selecting tools here-- or even the basic image adjustment tools-- they will appear over here. For instance, let's click on the Unsharp Mask tool. Notice that it appears here, and with this little tick mark that you see on the left-hand side, we can hide or display the contents of any tool that we have selected.

And each of these tools gives you full manual control over adjusting that tool. SilverFast 6 users will love this. Not only can we hide this, or put it away, but notice we can also float these dialog boxes and place them anywhere that we want to in the interface. Or we can put them right back here and dock them right over there and then hide the display. In addition to the basic and the advanced tools and their displays that we see over here, we also have access to tools from menus. There's a couple of tools, such as BatchScan and PrinTao, that we access primarily through the menus.

But most of the other tools that we see from the menus, such as the Frame menu here--with Settings and FrameSet and Duplicate--these are the alternative ways to access these tools that we see down here. Notice when we click on the Frame tool > Settings > FrameSet > Duplicate, or underneath the tools menu, where we see Filters and Scanner, notice the SRD, which is the Dust and Scratches--or the IT8 Calibration tools--these are the same tools that we access right here through the Advanced tools section, SRD and IT8. So there's really not a lot new underneath the menus, just alternative ways for accessing whichever way you prefer.

That's an overview of the interface that appears to you when you launch SilverFast. But there is another whole workflow method that SilverFast offers you, and that's the WorkflowPilot. And we access the WorkflowPilot right up here in the upper left-hand corner, where the red ball is. When we click on the WorkflowPilot, the first thing you see is a totally new interface. And initially what you'll recognize is this is a lot simpler interface. That's because the WorkflowPilot is a more automated interface. And with this interface you answer a few questions on Source and Task--which is basically input and output--you choose Bit Depth and you click the Start button, and then SilverFast just marches you through making most of the adjustments and decisions for you.

In the next video, we're going to dig in a little bit deeper on the automated and the manual interfaces and show you the differences between those two.

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Scanning with SilverFast

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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 6s
    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 52s
    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 41s
    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 28s
    11. Removing noise and patterns
      3m 32s
    12. Removing dust and scratches
      3m 30s
  8. 7m 2s
    1. Batch scanning images
      1m 28s
    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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