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The VueScan Bible

Book Description

VueScan is the world's most widely used software interface for digitizing film and prints on flatbed and film scanners. This powerful yet affordable program supports over 1500 scanners and 321 digital camera RAW file types, and is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.

Much more than a simple scanner program, VueScan allows you to perform functions such as color restoration, adding sharpening filters, adjusting white balance, rotating images, and batch scanning multiple images. It also provides output to a variety of formats including TIFF, JPEG, and searchable PDF files (even all three simultaneously). The Pro version outputs to the RAW format and provides options for color adjustments, and more.

The VueScan Bible is the missing manual for new, experienced, and prospective users of VueScan.

Table of Contents

  1. The VueScan Bible: Everything You Need to Know for Perfect Scanning
    1. Preface
      1. Using this book
        1. The entries of the menu bar
        2. The tabs of VueScan
        3. Keys and Buttons
      2. A note on VueScan updates
    2. 1. VueScan – Look and Feel
      1. Contents
      2. Field of application
        1. CMOS scanners
        2. Drum scanners and Hasselblad scanners
      3. Compatibility and license issues
        1. Flexible licensing regulations
        2. Standard vs. Professional Edition
        3. Try before you buy
      4. VueScan GUI
        1. Guide me – Beginner’s mode
        2. Advanced/Less – Extended mode
        3. Advanced/More – Full display of all options
      5. Dependencies – Automatic GUI changes
        1. Dependencies are the key factor
        2. Frequent GUI changes
      6. Saving and restoring options
        1. Reset to default values
    3. 2. Initial Setup
      1. Contents
      2. Download and setup
      3. Color management in a nutshell
      4. Defining monitor color space
        1. Sofware vs. hardware calibration
        2. Monitor color space
      5. Scanner profiling for positives
      6. Desired vs. actual colors: Scanner profiling
        1. Before and after profiling
      7. Printer profiling for true color output
        1. Film profiling for color negatives
        2. Embedding existing ICC profiles
    4. 3. Resolution and Scanning
      1. Contents
      2. Talking about resolution: SPI, DPI, PPI, and absolute pixels
      3. SPI: Adjusting sampling quality
        1. SPI is the correct denomination
        2. Determining the original size
        3. Selecting scanning resolution
        4. Avoid interpolated resolution
      4. DPI: Output size in print
      5. PPI: Output size on screen
      6. Relative output size does not matter: 300 dpi vs. 72 dpi
    5. 4. File Formats
      1. Contents
      2. RGB, grayscale, and infrared
        1. 8/16-bit vs. 24/48-bit
        2. Black-and-white scanners
        3. Index file – All images in overview
      3. TIFF – Lossless but capacious
        1. Output ‣ TIFF multi page
        2. Output ‣ TIFF size reduction
        3. Output ‣ TIFF compression
      4. JPEG – Compressing images
        1. High compression results in visible quality decline
        2. Good choice for economical scanning
        3. JPEG 2000
      5. PDF – Versatile document format
        1. Facsimile vs. archival scanning
        2. The perfect electronic document
      6. RAW files – Storing internal scanner data
        1. Traditional scanning workflow
        2. RAW scanning workflow
        3. RAW scanning from disk is fast
        4. Limitations of RAW
        5. Always focus before you scan
      7. DNG vs. RAW-TIFF
        1. Viewing RAW-TIFF
        2. Color depth in RAW
        3. How and when to use RAW
        4. RAW in daily use
        5. Lightroom and Aperture
        6. File size comparison (4000 spi scan of 35mm slide, 24 x 36 mm)
    6. 5. Scanning Media Types
      1. Contents
      2. Transmissive media – Color slide (E6)
      3. Transmissive media – Kodachrome slide (K14)
      4. Transmissive media – Color negative (C41)
      5. Transmissive media – Black-and-white negative
      6. Reflective media – Paper documents
        1. Skipping color information for smaller files
      7. Reflective media – Scanning paper prints
        1. Rasterization in books, magazines and newspaper scans
      8. The originals: To dump or not to dump?
        1. About the value of analog originals
    7. 6. Special Scanning Techniques
      1. Contents
      2. Multiscanning
      3. Multi-exposure
        1. HDR for scanners
        2. 2x multiscan automatically included
      4. Scanner exposure
      5. Descreening
    8. 7. Scanning Workflows
      1. Contents
      2. General workflow suggestions
        1. Input tab
        2. Crop tab
        3. Filter tab
        4. Color tab
        5. Output tab
      3. Clever use of output size reduction
        1. Image editing: VueScan vs. Photoshop
      4. Generic RAW scanning workflow
        1. Archiving in RAW
        2. Mandatory configuration steps before scanning RAW
      5. Paper documents – Scanning text
      6. Newspapers – Scanning text and pictures in black-and-white
      7. Magazines – Scanning text and pictures in full color
      8. Photo prints – Scanning printed images
      9. Color slides – Scanning E6 and K14 transparencies
      10. Color negatives – Scanning C41 negatives
      11. Black-and-white negatives – Classic and chromogenic film
    9. 8. Reference – Input Tab
      1. Contents
      2. Reference – Input tab
        1. Input ‣ Task
          1. ‣ Scan to file
          2. ‣ Copy to printer
          3. ‣ Profile scanner
          4. ‣ Profile printer
          5. ‣ Profile film
          6. ‣ Make IT8 target
        2. Input ‣ Source
        3. Input ‣ Files
        4. Input ‣ Mode
        5. Input ‣ Media
        6. Input ‣ Descreen dpi
        7. Input ‣ Microfilm zoom
        8. Input ‣ Media size
        9. Input ‣ Quality
        10. Input ‣ Bits per pixel
        11. Input ‣ Make gray from
        12. Input ‣ Threshold
        13. Input ‣ Batch scan
        14. Input ‣ Batch list
        15. Input ‣ Multipage
        16. Input ‣ Frame number
        17. Input ‣ Frame offset
        18. Input ‣ Frame spacing
        19. Input ‣ Preview resolution
        20. Input ‣ Preview dpi
        21. Input ‣ Scan resolution
        22. Input ‣ Scan dpi
        23. Input ‣ Rotation
        24. Input ‣ Auto skew
        25. Input ‣ Skew
        26. Input ‣ Mirror
        27. Input ‣ Autofocus
        28. Input ‣ Focus
        29. Input ‣ Auto scan
        30. Input ‣ Auto save
        31. Input ‣ Auto print
        32. Input ‣ Auto repeat
        33. Input ‣ Auto lamp off
        34. Input ‣ Auto eject
        35. Input ‣ Number of samples
        36. Input ‣ Number of passes
        37. Input ‣ Grain dissolver
        38. Input ‣ Frame alignment
        39. Input ‣ Fine mode
        40. Input ‣ Multi-exposure
        41. Input ‣ Lock exposure
        42. Input ‣ RGB exposure
        43. Input ‣ Infrared exposure
        44. Input ‣ Red/Green/Blue analog gain
        45. Input ‣ Lock film base color
        46. Input ‣ Lock image color
        47. Input ‣ Default options
    10. 9. Reference – Crop Tab
      1. Contents
      2. Reference – Crop tab
        1. Crop ‣ Crop size
          1. ‣ Manual
          2. ‣ Auto
          3. ‣ Maximum
          4. ‣ Specific sizes
        2. Crop ‣ X/Y size
        3. Crop ‣ Auto offset
        4. Crop ‣ X/Y offset
        5. Crop ‣ Multi type
        6. Crop ‣ Multi crop
        7. Crop ‣ X/Y images
        8. Crop ‣ X/Y spacing
        9. Crop ‣ X/Y padding
        10. Crop ‣ X/Y linked
        11. Crop ‣ Show multi outline
        12. Crop ‣ Auto rotate
        13. Crop ‣ Crop orientation
        14. Crop ‣ Lock aspect ratio
        15. Crop ‣ Aspect ratio
        16. Crop ‣ Border (%)
        17. Crop ‣ Buffer (%)
        18. Crop ‣ Preview area
        19. Crop ‣ Preview X/Y offset
        20. Crop ‣ Preview X/Y size
        21. Crop ‣ Focus X/Y offset
        22. Crop ‣ All frames
        23. Crop ‣ Default options
    11. 10. Reference – Filter Tab
      1. Contents
      2. Reference – Filter tab
        1. Filter ‣ Infrared clean
          1. Manual vs. automated correction
          2. How it works: Infrared channel
          3. Scanner light source and scratches
          4. Infrared Clean with black-and-white film
          5. Infrared Clean with Kodachrome
          6. Configuring Infrared Clean
        2. Filter ‣ Restore Colors/Fading
        3. Filter ‣ Grain reduction
        4. Filter ‣ Sharpen
        5. Filter ‣ Default options
    12. 11. Reference – Color Tab
      1. Contents
      2. Reference – Color tab
        1. Color ‣ Color balance
          1. ‣ None
          2. ‣ Manual
          3. ‣ Neutral
          4. ‣ Tungsten
          5. ‣ Fluorescent
          6. ‣ Night
          7. ‣ Auto levels
          8. ‣ White balance
          9. ‣ Landscape
          10. ‣ Portrait
        2. Color ‣ Neutral red/green/blue
        3. Color ‣ Black point (%)
        4. Color ‣ Black point red/green/blue
        5. Color ‣ White point (%)
        6. Color ‣ White point red/green/blue
        7. Color ‣ Threshold
        8. Color ‣ Invert
        9. Color ‣ Curve low/high
        10. Color ‣ Brightness
        11. Color ‣ Brightness red/green/blue
        12. Color ‣ Film base color red/green/blue
        13. Color ‣ Slide/Negative/B/W vendor/brand/type
        14. Color ‣ Scanner color space
        15. Color ‣ Printer color space
        16. Color ‣ Film color space
        17. Color ‣ Show IT8 outline
        18. Color ‣ Output color space
        19. Color ‣ Monitor color space
        20. Color ‣ Scanner/Printer/Film/Monitor ICC profile
        21. Color ‣ Scanner/Printer/Film ICC description
        22. Color ‣ Scanner/Printer/Film IT8 data
        23. Color ‣ View color
        24. Color ‣ Pixel colors
        25. Color ‣ Clipped black color
        26. Color ‣ Clipped white color
        27. Color ‣ Out-of-gamut color
        28. Color ‣ Infrared defect color
        29. Color ‣ All frames
        30. Color ‣ Default options
    13. 12. Reference – Output Tab
      1. Contents
      2. Reference – Output tab
        1. Output ‣ Default folder
        2. Output ‣ Printed size
        3. Output ‣ Printed width/height
        4. Output ‣ Printed dpi
        5. Output ‣ Magnification (%)
        6. Output ‣ Auto file name
      3. Output ‣ TIFF file
        1. ‣ Output ‣ TIFF file name
        2. ‣ Output ‣ TIFF size reduction
        3. ‣ Output ‣ TIFF multi page
        4. ‣ Output ‣ TIFF file type
        5. ‣ Output ‣ TIFF compression
        6. ‣ Output ‣ TIFF DNG format
        7. ‣ Output ‣ TIFF profile
      4. Output ‣ JPEG file
        1. ‣ Output ‣ JPEG filename
        2. ‣ Output ‣ JPEG size reduction
        3. ‣ Output ‣ JPEG quality
        4. ‣ Output ‣ JPEG black/white
        5. ‣ Output ‣ JPEG profile
      5. Output ‣ PDF file
        1. ‣ Output ‣ PDF file name
        2. ‣ Output ‣ PDF size reduction
        3. ‣ Output ‣ PDF multipage
        4. ‣ Output ‣ PDF file type
        5. ‣ Output ‣ PDF compression
        6. ‣ Output ‣ PDF paper size
        7. ‣ Output ‣ PDF profile
        8. ‣ Output ‣ PDF OCR text
      6. Output ‣ OCR text file
        1. ‣ Output ‣ OCR text filename
        2. ‣ Output ‣ OCR text language
        3. ‣ Output ‣ OCR text multi page
        4. ‣ Output ‣ OCR text RTF format
      7. Output ‣ Index file
        1. ‣ Output ‣ Index filename
        2. ‣ Output ‣ Index frame
        3. ‣ Output ‣ Index width
        4. ‣ Output ‣ Index height
        5. ‣ Output ‣ Index margin
        6. ‣ Output ‣ Index across
      8. Output ‣ Raw file
        1. ‣ Output ‣ Raw filename
        2. ‣ Output ‣ Raw size reduction
        3. ‣ Output ‣ Raw file type
        4. ‣ Output ‣ Raw output with
        5. ‣ Output ‣ Raw save film
        6. ‣ Output ‣ Raw compression
        7. ‣ Output ‣ Raw DNG format
        8. Output ‣ Description
        9. Output ‣ Copyright
        10. Output ‣ Date
        11. Output ‣ Log file
        12. Output ‣ Log file max size (MB)
        13. Output ‣ Default options
    14. 13. Reference – Prefs Tab
      1. Contents
      2. Reference – Prefs tab
        1. Prefs ‣ Language
        2. Prefs ‣ Font size (pt)
        3. Prefs ‣ Crop units
        4. Prefs ‣ Printed units
        5. Prefs ‣ External viewer
        6. Prefs ‣ Viewer
        7. Prefs ‣ External editor
        8. Prefs ‣ Editor
        9. Prefs ‣ Browser
      3. Prefs ‣ Graph type
        1. ‣ Raw
        2. ‣ B/W
        3. ‣ Curve
        4. ‣ Image
        5. Prefs ‣ Button 1/2/3/4 action
        6. Prefs ‣ Auto refresh
        7. Prefs ‣ Display Raw scan
        8. Prefs ‣ Display positive
        9. Prefs ‣ Splash screen
        10. Prefs ‣ Histogram type
        11. Prefs ‣ Animate crop box
        12. Prefs ‣ Thick crop box
        13. Prefs ‣ Add extensions
        14. Prefs ‣ Substitute date
        15. Prefs ‣ Warn on delete
        16. Prefs ‣ Warn on overwrite
        17. Prefs ‣ Warn on not ready
        18. Prefs ‣ Warn on no scanner
        19. Prefs ‣ Exit when done
        20. Prefs ‣ Beep when done
        21. Prefs ‣ Beep when auto eject
        22. Prefs ‣ Use temp file name
        23. Prefs ‣ Anti-alias text
        24. Prefs ‣ Anti-alias image
        25. Prefs ‣ Enable density display
        26. Prefs ‣ Enable raw from disk
        27. Prefs ‣ Disable scanners
        28. Prefs ‣ Enable sliders/spin buttons
        29. Prefs ‣ Enable popup tips
        30. Prefs ‣ Calibration period
        31. Prefs ‣ Image memory (MB)
        32. Prefs ‣ Window maximized
        33. Prefs ‣ Windows iconized
        34. Prefs ‣ Window x/y offset/size
        35. Prefs ‣ Default options
    15. 14. Menus, Buttons, and Shortcuts
      1. Contents
      2. File menu
      3. Edit menu
      4. Scanner menu
      5. Profile menu
      6. Image menu
      7. Page menu
      8. Help menu
      9. Troubleshooting
        1. VueScan will not detect my scanner in the Input tab; why?
        2. The scans of my slides look dull; what is the reason?
        3. My scans are less sharp than the images of my DSLR; why?
        4. I have weird colors in the Preview/Scan. What happened?
        5. Preview/Scan is not working at all. What is the reason for this?
        6. My scans are too small/too big. What went wrong?
        7. I have 40,000+ slides. How can I scan them fast and in good quality?
        8. My RAW scans look dark in Explorer View. What can I do about it?
        9. My scans have artifacts. What is the reason?
        10. Infrared Clean wipes out the details. Why?
        11. Some of my slide scans are out of gamut. How can I avoid this?
    16. A.
    17. About the Author