SilverFast: The Official Guide by Taz Tally

By Taz Tally

Your Key to raised Scans, attractive pictures, and stronger potency no matter if you are new to scanning or a pro professional, SilverFast: The professional consultant delivers the sensible wisdom you want to in achieving the absolute best scans and photographs utilizing any of the SilverFast items: SilverFast Ai, SE, DC, HDR, or PhotoCD. You get a radical creation to scanning fundamentals, in-depth guide in correction recommendations, and suggestions for utilizing SilverFast's complicated good points. Written through a generally acclaimed pictures specialist, with the whole help of Lasersoft Imaging, this can be the authoritative SilverFast source. insurance contains: * realizing answer * figuring out colour modes, areas, and concept * realizing scanner operation * establishing scanner defaults and workspace * Calibrating your scanner * creating a fast experiment * atmosphere complex concepts * picking out difficulties utilizing the densitometer and histogram * Correcting pictures selectively utilizing mask * elimination colour casts * polishing and descreening photographs * Scanning line paintings, slides, and negatives * utilizing colour administration profiles * Adjusting current pictures in SilverFast HDR, SilverFast DC, and SilverFast PhotoCD * utilizing batch scanning and task supervisor

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So you can see that it is important that you know which scale you are using and what the values represent. SilverFast provides value systems, including %K, RGB, CMY, Lab, HSL, HSB, and CMYK, to measure the internal grayscale and therefore the intended output color values. We will explore more fully these various measurement systems as we progress through the scanning exercises. The Resolution Concept SilverFast is a software program that aids in the capture and manipulation of bitmap (AKA raster or pixel-based) images acquired with a scanner or a digital camera.

It is the tonal ranges that we view and adjust when we capture an image. Tonal Areas There are five basic tonal areas: highlight, quarter tone, midtone, three-quarter tone, and shadow. 4 shows representative locales for these five tonal regions in an image. The five basic tonal areas represent the entire tonal range of grayscale values found in an image. qxd 5/30/03 8:22 AM Page 5 CAPTURE BIT DEPTH, CHANNELS, AND SHADES OF GRAY ■ It is important to note that there are two kinds of highlights, specular and diffuse.

There are missing data positions along the histogram on the bottom (after postscan editing). This is the type of data that also results from editing low-bit-depth images after the scan. Working with higher-bit-depth images will reduce or eliminate this type of image data degradation regardless of whether the image editing is performed during or after the scan. SilverFast allows us to capture images at the highest bit depth allowed by the capture device. Higher-quality devices provide higher bit depth.

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