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Understanding SilverFast's scanning workflows

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Video: Understanding SilverFast's scanning workflows

In this segment, I'd like to show you a little bit about the various scanning workflows that are available to you in SilverFast. When you first launch SilverFast, this is the interface that you see. And this is the full manual mode. There are two other modes. There is Automatic and Semiautomatic, and I would like to show you all three workflows. So let's start with the Automatic workflow. And to get to the Automatic workflow, you click up here where it says WorkflowPilot. We go to WorkflowPilot, the first thing you see is, wow! This is a lot simpler interface, and you might be encouraged to use this interface because of the simplicity--and there's some advantages to it. But ultimately, I think I want you to move towards using the Manual workflow--little bit more on that later.

Understanding SilverFast's scanning workflows

In this segment, I'd like to show you a little bit about the various scanning workflows that are available to you in SilverFast. When you first launch SilverFast, this is the interface that you see. And this is the full manual mode. There are two other modes. There is Automatic and Semiautomatic, and I would like to show you all three workflows. So let's start with the Automatic workflow. And to get to the Automatic workflow, you click up here where it says WorkflowPilot. We go to WorkflowPilot, the first thing you see is, wow! This is a lot simpler interface, and you might be encouraged to use this interface because of the simplicity--and there's some advantages to it. But ultimately, I think I want you to move towards using the Manual workflow--little bit more on that later.

In the Automatic workflow, basically use this by answering a couple of questions that SilverFast poses to you. Over here, on the left-hand side, you'll see it says Source and Task. This is basically input and output, where you choose the type of input. In this case we'll choose Photo and then the Task or output. How do we intend to use this? And we're going to choose Color and then Intensity, and I'll get into more of these choices little bit later on in the course. This is just to show you how the workflow works at this point. Then you select your Bit Depth that you see here. You just take the basic Default Bit Depth, and then you click the Start button. And then what SilverFast does is it does a quick overview scan so that you can see the image that you're about to adjust and capture with your scanner.

And regardless of which workflow you're working in, you're going to set your frame as you see me do here, over in the Frame Section. You just select which portion of the image you want the SilverFast program to capture, and then you click Continue and it does an automatic correction--as you can see here, increasing Saturation, Brightness and Contrast. And then click again and it moves you through the Histogram, the Selective Color Correction. And then you click on File, in which you can name your image and place it, and then you just click Continue and it performs the scan.

That's the fully automated method. And based upon what Source and Task input and output you have selected here, SilverFast will select a set of tools that will automatically apply. So that's the fully automated method. You let SilverFast make all of the decisions. In the Semi-automated method, it's just a little bit of a variation on this. And let's just step our way back here to Resolution. When you get to the Resolution step in the Fully-automated method, you can have some control over your resolution. For instance, you choose 1200, 2400 and 4800--more on that in the next movie.

And then as you move forward--for instance, when you go to the Histogram you can make some adjustments over here in the dialog box. For instance, you can adjust overall brightness by adjusting the midtone. The challenge here is you really don't know how much adjustment you're supposed to make, because there's no other feedback. You just have to do it visually. But still, it's some adjustment control. Then when you click Continue, you can go to Selective Color Correction. Again, you have some adjustment of this tool. For instance, I can de-saturate the image and take it all the way down to grayscale if I want to, as you can see over here.

So, again, there's some manual control or semi-manual control over this. And then you just proceed on with the file and the scan. So that's the Fully-automated and then Semi- automated methods, in which you get some control. Now the full Manual method--that's the original interface we saw--we have all these different tools from which you make all your basic selections here, and then you just proceed from left to right. You do your pre-scan, your correction, but at each one of these steps, the tools that you have access to--for instance the Histogram tool, the same one we saw before--but instead of just having the Histogram tool, we have something called, for instance, the Densitometer, known in Photoshop as the Info tool, which allows us to numerically evaluate our image and help us make choices.

So we have lots more control over each one of these tools. And as we step through, we can make corrections in each one of these, Global Color Correction, Selective Color Correction, and we have, again, the Info panel to help us make our decisions about how we're going to adjust our tools. In addition to that, we have all these advanced tools down here. Now I've realized and understand that it's a little bit intimidating to have all these tools, but hopefully by the time you're done with this course, you'll know how, when, and where to use these tools. You don't have to use all of these tools on every image. So there are the three basic workflows: Automated, Semi-automated, and Full Manual.

I think you can see very clearly there's a lot more control and, therefore, a predictability when you work in Manual mode. In the next movie, which is kind of a companion to this one, I would like to dig in just a little bit deeper and talk about the advantages and disadvantages of working in these three basic modes.

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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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