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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 video, I'd like to show you how you can streamline your scanning workflow, using Job Manager. So let's say you get to the point where you know how to use all these scanning tools inside of SilverFast and you're creating some very, very good high-quality individual scans. Your next move is probably to ask yourself, how can I speed up my workflow? And there's a couple ways to do this. Notice here we have three images that are on our scan bed and notice the numbers 1, 2 and 3 those are the three different scan frames in the order in which they were created. Well, one way that you can speed up your workflow is instead of just clicking the Scan button, which will just scan the individual active frame, you can click and hold and just choose BatchScan and that's a huge improvement all by itself.
And then if you choose BatchScan, then SilverFast will just scan the frames 1, 2, 3 in the order that you created them. But if you'd like a little bit more control over your batch scanning, there's a tool called Job Manager and that's located down here at the bottom of the Vertical tool panel and you click on JobManager and it comes up in the dialog box case is over here. You can float that dialog box like you can in the other and it's probably a good idea to do that. Just bring it out and bring it front and center so you can see it easily and manipulate it. You know you'll notice that the images in the frames that you see, over on the scan platen are located right here in the order 1, 2 and 3.
Couple of things you can do here. One, you can reorder the scanning order, if you want to, so that they'll scan in a particular order and then saved in a particular order onto your hard drive. And you'll notice that each of these images has the resolution that you've set and the file format, size and the name. And you can activate any one of these images just by double-clicking on it over here. And then you can see and make any adjustments that you would like to. If you want to just check and see, oh yeah, that looks good. That looks good. That looks good. Let me just check my histogram there. Yeah, for each individual image, so you don't have to go back over to your scan platen.
So just having everything nice in a tight group here makes it easy to work with. In addition, there are some other cool things you can do to help speed up your workflow. One is, let's say that you had a set of frames like this that you want to use multiple times. Say you're doing a scan set for a catalog and you might have the exact same location. And good example would be scanning film in the film holders, where you know the film holder is going to be in exactly the same location, and you want to scan hundreds of images. So you can actually save a frame set and that's this button right here. You can just click frame set, name it and then you can load that same frame set using this button here at any point in the future, which is terrific.
On the other hand, let's say you had multiple images up here and then you decide I really don't want to scan this one this time. You don't have to rid of it over on the scan platen, you just click it and get rid of it right there. That's handy all by itself. Another really nice feature, if you're scanning images that have the same lighting and the same corrections is, you can do the setup for one image, like this. And then you can just say I want to copy that. And you click on there and that will give you a list of corrections that you've made, like the Gradation and the Histogram. And you can choose which ones you'd like to use.
In this case we'll choose all of them. And you can even choose the same output path and name. And then after you click the Copy settings from the selected frame, then you can move to a new frame and then just paste the copied frame settings to the second image. And everything that you've selected will be copied to that other image. So it's very handy, very powerful and very easy to use as you can see. Then when you want to start the JobManager and the scanning process, you'll come over here and you can just click that button. Now before we do that, let me just point out a couple things that are going to occur. As JobManager proceeds through the batch scanning process, you'll see these little buttons right here is yellow or orange during the scan process and then they turn green when it's done.
You can also monitor the scanning process down here in the Scanner status dialog box. So let's go ahead and initiate that scan process and see what happens. Now, once the JobManager is done scanning all the images and saving them to the hard drive, then you can also take a look at each of these images if you want to by just clicking on the Open Image button. This is the same button basically that we've been using throughout the course. So if you want to take a look at this image, the scan results you just click there and then SilverFast will ask the application that you've set for opening in this case TIFFs or .PSD files and your image will be open inside of that designated application and which for me is almost always Photoshop.
So there's how you use JobManager to help really streamline your workflow.
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