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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 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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