default format for scans in SilverFast is "vertical"
and that "horizontal"
scans will take considerably longer to process, especially those being
saved to file, so I suggest that you set SilverFast to scan
vertically. By this I mean the image should be configured in the Preview
window as shown below. Use the rotation
to get the image into the correct orientation. Don't go making the
mistake of using the horizontal/vertical flip
or you could end up with images that are reversed. Also remember to
choose your scan resolution.
your image in vertical format makes for a quicker overall scan
This is the point were
SilverFast can become slightly confusing. Select the "General"
tab and the following dialog will appear. The two pop-ups that I have
identified with a "yellow
spot" are the ones that are important.
the type of Batch scan
SilverFast can batch scan
directly into Photoshop or save each image to file, the latter choice is
actually the better. SilverFast can also produce two types of batch
scan, "fully automatic
"manual correction". I'll explain each of these latter two
options in a moment, but for now we will concentrate on whether to scan
into Photoshop or save to file.
To scan directly into
Photoshop (not a good idea as it uses lots and lots of memory) you
simply select "Batch Mode"
in the "Scan Mode"
dialog. Alternatively, to save each scan to file you select "Batch
scans into Photoshop
Now for the option that most
folk seem to overlook or just can't find. In the pop-up labelled "Original"
you MUST choose "Document
Feeder". Keep in mind this sentence; it's critical to
successful batch scanning. If you don't then you will return to it time
and time again, I promise!
I don't know how often I've
been contacted and asked why the "Document Feeder" option isn't available. The answer is of
course simple; the user jumped the gun and didn't do as they were
instructed in the SilverFast (the one on the CR-ROM) manual -
"Insert the film holder before
opening SilverFast", hence my comments at Step 1 above. The film
holder MUST be inserted
before opening SilverFast otherwise it won't be found, period! The
dialog may say different, you might even read different, but no matter
what the dialog reads or "you"
think it won't "really"
have been found unless it was in the slot before you opened SilverFast.