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Re: RES: Scanning

Hi Ricardo,

Are there specific pre-scan adjustments about which you're concerned? If you list those things, maybe more will chime in with suggestions.

Many of the software controls are designed for commercial batch scanning, where you want every scan to be ready to go to press (size, dpi, color profile, etc.) without any futzing in Photoshop. Artistic types usually work in a different mode: the scan is the raw materials and you expect to do some tonal work (and retouching) before outputting your scan to some other from.

For negative scanning, I suggest that you scan (16-bit per channel please) to get good shadow and highlight detail. If you have information on those two ends, you can pretty much dial-in the midtones to your liking in Photoshop. Make sure you have any sharpening turned off during the scan; the worst scan I ever saw came from a high-end drum scanner that confused T-Max grain with important image detail. Yikes!

What I'm saying is that much of the "control" in the scanning software can be more trouble than it's worth unless you're in a production environment. Make sense?

Good luck!



On Aug 27, 2008, at 3:32 PM, Ricardo Wildberger Lisboa wrote:

My main concern is about pre scan adjustments.

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