Step 6 - Editing "Job" Images
Our next task is to select an image for optimising. This is relatively
simple to achieve since all we need do is mouse click the image in the
"Job-Manager" control window and then choose the "Edit"
button. The screenshot below shows this in red.
Selecting an Image for Editing in
Once the image is selected and the "Edit" button clicked the
image will be pre-scanned into the main SilverFast Prescan window. When the
pre-scan is completed we MUST crop the image. If the image is not cropped
the colour/contrast corrections will include the frame border within the
analysis and so a poor result will almost inevitably follow (especially the
case with negatives). Now we can use all of the SilverFast
colour/contrast/sharpen tools as required to optimise the image. Once
completed we simply select the "Save" button (circled red in the
screenshot below). Notice that the "Save" has replaced the normal
The optimised image is saved back into the "Job". We can now
proceed to the second image and repeat the above process of image selection,
however, this time we do not need to press the "Edit" button. A
quick check of the Job-Manager window below shows that Image 1 has been
cropped, colour corrected, gradation corrected and some Unsharp Mask (USM)
has been applied. Image 2 has also been cropped, colour corrected and
gradation corrected but no sharpening has been applied.
The above process is repeated until all images within the "Job"
have been edited.
Step 7 - Saving the "Job" Images
Once all the images making up the "Job"
have been edited we must "Save" the "Job"
so that it can be scanned at a later time. However, before we save the
"Job" we must tell Job-Manager that the editing
process has been completed. This is achieved by pressing the "Edit"
button so that it is released (see screenshot below).
Now we can choose the "Save" command from
the "Job" menu and give it a name, ideally one that
reflects the content of the "Job".
At this point it's also a good idea to choose the location
to where the scanned images will eventually be saved. However, make sure the
destination disk/folder has adequate space to hold the images. The file
sizes are show adjacent to the thumbnail so calculating the amount of space
required shouldn't present any problems.
Choosing the final location of
Even after saving the "Job" it is still
possible to re-edit any single or group of images making up the "Job".
It's simply a matter of selecting the image and pressing the "Edit"
button. However, this time round the scanner does NOT need to
the image since a copy of each pre-scan has been saved to your hard disk. Of
course, after re-editing we must again save the "Job".
Step 8 - Scanning the Images
Up until this point we have only pre-scanned our images and
carried out the cropping and edits, now we must actually scan the sequence
of images to our hard disk. Select each of the images by simply holding down
the Shift key and clicking the thumbnail. Selected images will be shown with
a "white" surround (see screenshot below). To begin the actual scanning
process simply press the "Start" button.
Scanning the Images
The process of scanning our sequence of images can take
quite a long time, especially if the edits included rotation and the images
are large. However, during this phase we can be doing something else as the
scanner need not normally be attended, at least not until we need to reload
the film carrier. We can also use the "Stop" button to stop
the process and thus allow reloading of the film carrier if that is
necessary. LaserSoft have provided some visual feedback to denote progress
through the "Job". This takes the form of coloured LED's
that are positioned on the right hand side of the Job-Manager control
window. The LED's have the following meaning:
Yellow - the image is currently being scanned
Green - the image has been successfully scanned
Red - Image has failed to scan
Grey - Image has not yet been scanned
If the "Job" is stopped at any point and then
restarted only those images that don't have green or red LED's will be
scanned. Those with a green LED have already been completed and those shown
with a red LED have failed. Always check the status of the LED's before
restarting the scanning process.
SilverFast with Job-Manager is an extremely powerful
and useful productivity tool. Hopefully this tutorial will have provided
sufficient insight as to how it works that you will decide to try it for yourself.