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On completing the settings associated with the "General" dialog you should end up with it looking something like that shown below.


SilverFast set-up for Batch Scans into Photoshop


The final part of this step is to return to the "Frame" tab.


Step 5 - Nearly Home!

As the title implies, we're almost at the point of beginning the series of scans. But there are still a few housekeeping issues to sort out.

I mentioned above that there are two types of correction that can be applied during batch scans. The first is "manual correction" the second being "fully automatic". I also mentioned in Step 1 that high-bit scanning and later correction using SilverFast HDR was a good option. HDR is the quickest and safest option in terms of what SilverFast will do during the scan process, since it does nothing other than capture the "raw" image.

"Manual correction", as the name implies this form of image correction allows the user to make a correction to contrast/tone/colour/brightness/etc. as they see fit. The sting in the tail is that any correction made on the prescan image becomes the "default" correction for the whole series of images. You don't need to be a genius to realise that this isn't really a smart choice, it's probably best not to make any corrections.

"Fully automatic correction", means that each and every frame is individually analysed by SilverFast and adjusted in accordance with the predefined settings of the "Auto" settings dialog or those chosen by the user in the "Image Type" pop-up window (see below for options). To be honest I think sticking with the default "Standard" setting is the safest choice when the film carrier contains images of different subject/lighting conditions, etc.

Before "Fully Automatic Correction" will work it is necessary to turn it "ON". Click the "Option" button and choose the "Auto" tab, now place a check mark against the selection labelled "Automatic with ADF" (ADF = automatic document feeder).



Choosing the Image Type for Automatic Correction



Set-up for Fully Automatic Image Correction


Leaving aside my personal preference for correcting batch scans using SilverFast HDR I think the fully automatic option is the best choice for most users wanting an easy life. The images will be full range and any inherent colourcast such as sunset/sunrise will be left untouched.

Step 6 - Making the scan

This is it; the scanning process can begin. I assume that the image is now rotated correctly, the exposure setting is set for manual or auto and that batch scan mode is selected. If you chose to scan into Photoshop then just press the "Scan Batch" button and sit back (go for tea or coffee would be better) and let things happen. If on the other hand you chose to save each scan individually then after pressing the "Scan Batch" button a "Save" dialog will appear. You can choose your own file name convention and number sequence. You can also change file format from the default "Tiff" to Jpeg, etc. but it's probably best to leave it at "Tiff".



"Save" batch file dialog (Mac platform)

Once the series of slides or negatives have been scanned you should eject the film holder using the special "Eject" b4 button. Pulling the carrier out by hand has a real nasty habit of making SilverFast forget that you had it in to begin with, so be warned. You can now begin reloading the film strip/carrier ready for the next series of images.


If you change ANYTHING in SilverFast, and I emphasise "anything" for good reason and personal experience, then you should return to Step 4 and reselect "Document Feeder", that is EVEN if it "appears" that it is already selected. Nine times in ten a change will have not caused any ill effect, but on that odd occasion it can make SilverFast forget that it was batch scanning using the "Document Feeder" even when it still says/thinks that it is.

Hopefully you will find the above methodology proves as successful for you as it has for me and the other testers I've used. However, if you come up with a method that you think is shorter, quicker, easier then "please" don't tell me, I don't want to know :-)


A Stitch in Time



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