Place your slide (or mounted negative) in the Scanner
- if you are not sure
of the orientation, you can fix that later
- make sure it is
clean - dust shows!
Open Scanning Software
- Using Adobe Photoshop,
Launch Photoshop, Go FILE on the Menu, then Down to IMPORT,
and select appropriate scanning software. (Nikon Scan)
You are using an interface that temporarily takes you OUT
of Photoshop and into a "Plug-in" Software. Every
Scanner uses a slightly different interface,
- By going through
Photoshop to use the Scanner, your scan will automatically
appear in Photoshop as a new Document.
- Open the Scanning
Software Directly in Applications. To later manipulate this
in Photoshop or Painter, you will need to Launch the Application
and open the image under "File"
if you get a message like the one below, just hit "OK"
and keep going
Setup Scanning Preferences
(find options by pressing on little arrows)
Settings: use Factory Default settings to start
- later you can save your own
- Choose "Positive"
(positive for slides, negative for negatives!)
- Choose RGB
(only use CYMK -if you are advanced and understand
Choose the Size for your scan
Set the SIZE of the Scan
- Leave the image
at 100%, unless you have a reason to change it.
- If you plan to crop,
preview the image before choosing final size, so that you are
selecting the size of the actual scan area.
- To figure the DPI
and total image size, refer to this size
- Use the Percentage
bar to increase the scale.
PREVIEW the image
- If it is not in
the right way, you can change it in Photoshop unless the image
is being cut - (if so - just pop out the slide and put it in
the right way!)
- If you are doing
a series of scans of identically sized slides, you really only
need to preview once, as the Preview is time consuming. Just
be sure to put the other slides in the same way.
- Images can be flipped
and rotated in Photoshop without loss of quality.
CONTRAST, LEVELS, COLOR BALANCE -- Advanced Skills
- Set Contrast, levels,
color balance to Default or Mid-Points unless
you have a reason to change them.
- Because you have
access to Adobe Photoshop, you can make many adjustments in
- Often information
that you do not see in Preview is there
- Photoshop offers
many possibilities for subtle manipulation color -- more
than scanning software
- If Image is very
Dark or Light, adjust accordingly - but only if you really
- The Eyedroppers
for "Levels" will allow you to scan with white points
and black points -- (not necessary for beginners)
Scanning Software is written so that it can be used without Photoshop.
Since you have access to Photoshop, make most adjustments later.
SCAN the image
SAVE -- the image is not yet SAVED
- Under FILE,
go Down to SAVE.
- The first time that
you SAVE, you need to be sure to save in YOUR FOLDER
- Give your image
a nice easy SHORT name.
- Choose the right
format: PSD or TIFF should appear after the name.
- Never save as a
jpg, eps, or pdf unless you have a reason to do so.
Transfer the image to your own computer
- Go out of Photoshop
and out to the Finder by going to the Finder icon in the upper
right (under the Photoshop icon)
- Look for YOUR
FOLDER in Temporary Work.
- Put your ZIP disk
into the ZIP drive and copy the image onto your ZIP
- Under the Chooser,
select the Transfer Station. Login as a GUEST, and then Copy
as you would to a disk.
- Under the Chooser,
select Academic_02. Login with your name, put in your password,
and then Copy as you would to a disk.
- Return to your own
computer to manipulate the scanned image.
10. Now you are ready to make adjustments!
Here for Filters
Here for Distortions
Here for Cropping for the