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Avoiding the Scanning Blues : A Desktop Scanning Primer

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Overview

The experts rave!

"The most accurate information on this subject that I have seen published. Extremely comprehensive."
— Frank Romano, founder, Electronic Publishing magazine
"...A voice that communicates technical information without 'jargonizing' readers. Taz is an insatiable learner and trainer."
—Howie Fenton, Senior Technical Consultant, Graphic Arts Technical Foundation

Get perfect scans—on Mac or PC—every time!

Stop struggling with your scanner! In this book, Dr. Taz Tally—the electronic publishing industry's coolest consultant—will show you exactly how to get fantastic results, no matter what platform, software, or output medium you're using! With Avoiding the Scanning Blues, you'll find professional-level explanations, real world examples, and step-by-step instructions for making the most of every scanner and every scan!

  • Covers PC and Mac scanning—for print and Web output
  • Includes Dr. Tally's Top 100 line art and B&W photo scanning tips
  • Advanced calibration and color techniques
  • Exclusive 16-page color section demonstrates powerful techniques for enhancing scanned image quality
  • Based on Taz Tally's world-renowned scanning seminars!

FREE PHOTOGRAPHS FOR SCANNING INSIDE!

Look in the back...those are real Contone images-real photos! Use them to practice the scanning techniques outlined in the book. See if you get the same results that Taz gets. No other scanning book offers such a great resource!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130873224
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 9/26/2000
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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PREFACE:

PREFACE

The title of this book, Avoiding the Scanning Blues, tells the tale of what this book is about: preventing as many problems as possible when it comes to creating, viewing, and printing images that are created and edited with desktop publishing equipment and software. The keys to good quality images involve using the proper tools and techniques both prior to, during and after an image is scanned.

One of the fundamental tools explored and developed in this book is a technique I call "visualization scanning:' This involves previsualizing how a scanner will recreate an image. To effectively use this technique, you must be thoroughly familiar with the images a scanner can create and the building blocks of those scanned images. If you know where you want to take an image, and the steps it takes to get there, you will be able to make the best decision when setting up a scanner for image capture, or deciding how you want to alter an image after it is scanned.

Fundamentals through the details

In this book you will first get a solid grounding in the fundamentals of scanners, scanned images and the techniques of scanning. You will learn about the building blocks of scanned images and the challenges that face us when we want to scan an image. These fundamentals will give you the necessary information to help you understand why you perform a technique rather than just teaching you a technique. This critical background information will not only provide you with confidence when you scan, but will also help you troubleshoot problems later on.

After covering all the necessary background information, youwill learn all the critical tools and skills to accomplish professional-level scans of your images. You will learn to calibrate your scanner, evaluate and set highlight and shadow points, and properly control image brightness and contrast. You will also learn advanced techniques for applying unsharpmask and avoiding color casts. You will learn how to scan poor quality images and images that have been previously scanned. You will learn to scan all types of media including reflective, positive transparencies and negative transparencies.

This book even covers techniques to use in the post-scan environment in image editing applications such as Adobe Photoshop. Here you will learn how to protect your images during image editing and even improve upon images that were poorly scanned with techniques such as post-scan color correction.

Real-world images for real-world scanning!

Included with this outstanding step-by-step scanning book are real images to be scanned. These sample images include line art, a variety of detail images, images to be corrected, contone photographs, and screened images. So, rather than just learning general principles, you have the opportunity to work with the same real-world images used as examples in this book.

Real-world practice images included in this book

  • Actual practice images for scanning
  • Black-and-white and colored line art images
  • Simple and complex images
  • Low-quality images to be corrected
  • Grayscale contone photograph
  • Color contone photograph
  • Screened images
  • Practice with the same real-world images used in this book

The truth about desktop scanning

I has been often asserted that good quality images cannot be produced with a desktop scanner. While this was once true, it is no longer. Today's desktop scanning equipment and software rivals the best made. It only falls to us, the operators, to learn how to use these tools to their best advantage. This book is designed to do just that! Enjoy!

Taz Tally
2000

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Table of Contents

I. INTRODUCTION TO SCANNING.

Challenges. Learning the Fundamentals. Output Knowledge. Scanning Tools.
Scanning Challenges.
Visualization. Goals of Scanning. Scanning Variables.
Scanned Image Fundamentals.
Computerese Defined. Image Building Blocks. Resolving Resolution. Creating, RIPing, and Printing Images. Digital Terminology.
Printing Scanned Images.
The Postscript RIP. Image Reproduction: Screening Technology. Output Resolution Comparison.
Scanning Tools.
Scanning System Requirements. System / Station Recommendations. Software Overview. Part I Review.

II. SCANNING STEP BY STEP.

Step-By-Step Introduction.
Scanning for Use. Visualize the Process.

Line Art Step by Step.
Line Art Scanning.

Step-By-Step Grayscale Photos.
Grayscale Photo (Contone) Scanning. Grayscale Contone Scanning.

Color Contones Step by Step.
Color Photo (Contone) Scanning. Color Contone Scanning (Reflective).

Transparencies Step by Step.
Transparency Scanning. Transparency Scanning (Positives). Transparency Scanning (Negatives). Transparency Problems.

Screened Images Step by Step.
Previously Printed/Screened Images.

Color Management.
Automated Color Matching and Correction.

Miscellaneous Scanning Issues.
Contone Scanning Resolutions. Dot Gain. Multiple Scans. Scans for Web Images. Technical Support. Training Support. Scanning Environment. Scanner Maintenance and Safety. Part II Review.

III. AFTER THE SCAN.

Part III. After the Scan.
After the scan.

Line Art Editing.
Pixel-to-Vector Conversion. High-Detail Line Art Editing.

Geometric Manipulations.
Geometric Manipulations.

Correcting Scanned Images.
Introduction. Adjusting Image Brightness. Adjusting Image Contrast. Adjusting Image Sharpness. Fixing Color Casts.

Preparing for Output.
Introduction. Dot Gain Correction. RGB to CMYK Conversion. Converting Images for Web Use. Part III Review.

IV. APPENDICES.

Appendix A. Scanning Glossary.
Appendix B. Taz's Top Ten Scanning Tips.
Appendix C. Resolution and Grayscale.
Line Screen, Resolution, and Grayscale. Halftone Dots, Image Spots and Shades of Gray.

Appendix D. File Format Guide.
File Formats.

Appendix E. Resources.
Books. Periodicals. Web Resources. Special Calibration Target Offer. Educational Resource Order Form. Taz Tally Seminars. Taz Tally Training & Consulting. Other Prentice Hall Books by Taz. Companion Website Resource List.

Index List.
Author Bio.
Color Plates.
Practice Images.
Images to Scan.
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Preface

PREFACE:

PREFACE

The title of this book, Avoiding the Scanning Blues, tells the tale of what this book is about: preventing as many problems as possible when it comes to creating, viewing, and printing images that are created and edited with desktop publishing equipment and software. The keys to good quality images involve using the proper tools and techniques both prior to, during and after an image is scanned.

One of the fundamental tools explored and developed in this book is a technique I call "visualization scanning:' This involves previsualizing how a scanner will recreate an image. To effectively use this technique, you must be thoroughly familiar with the images a scanner can create and the building blocks of those scanned images. If you know where you want to take an image, and the steps it takes to get there, you will be able to make the best decision when setting up a scanner for image capture, or deciding how you want to alter an image after it is scanned.

Fundamentals through the details

In this book you will first get a solid grounding in the fundamentals of scanners, scanned images and the techniques of scanning. You will learn about the building blocks of scanned images and the challenges that face us when we want to scan an image. These fundamentals will give you the necessary information to help you understand why you perform a technique rather than just teaching you a technique. This critical background information will not only provide you with confidence when you scan, but will also help you troubleshoot problems later on.

After covering all the necessary background information,youwill learn all the critical tools and skills to accomplish professional-level scans of your images. You will learn to calibrate your scanner, evaluate and set highlight and shadow points, and properly control image brightness and contrast. You will also learn advanced techniques for applying unsharpmask and avoiding color casts. You will learn how to scan poor quality images and images that have been previously scanned. You will learn to scan all types of media including reflective, positive transparencies and negative transparencies.

This book even covers techniques to use in the post-scan environment in image editing applications such as Adobe Photoshop. Here you will learn how to protect your images during image editing and even improve upon images that were poorly scanned with techniques such as post-scan color correction.

Real-world images for real-world scanning!

Included with this outstanding step-by-step scanning book are real images to be scanned. These sample images include line art, a variety of detail images, images to be corrected, contone photographs, and screened images. So, rather than just learning general principles, you have the opportunity to work with the same real-world images used as examples in this book.

Real-world practice images included in this book

  • Actual practice images for scanning
  • Black-and-white and colored line art images
  • Simple and complex images
  • Low-quality images to be corrected
  • Grayscale contone photograph
  • Color contone photograph
  • Screened images
  • Practice with the same real-world images used in this book

The truth about desktop scanning

I has been often asserted that good quality images cannot be produced with a desktop scanner. While this was once true, it is no longer. Today's desktop scanning equipment and software rivals the best made. It only falls to us, the operators, to learn how to use these tools to their best advantage. This book is designed to do just that! Enjoy!

Taz Tally
2000

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