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Old 03-13-2008, 04:53 PM   #1
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Default How to Scan Magazines - A discussion

First of all: Mod, please move this discussion as I didn't know where to put it.
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Hi everybody,

since I started scanning my mags and came across some difficulties of improving the result while keeping the quality good over a whole magazine I wanted to ask you about your tricks to do so.

Ok, here's how I scan:
1) I scan from The Gimp using a Canon Canoscan ScanLide 90
2) I pin down the master using heavy books with a hard cover book as the lowest layer to straighten out the pages -> I've got to keep the scanner open
3) That's why I avoid light within the direct area of the scanner
4) I make a couple of test scans per mag using 400dpi to find out what color correction I get the best results with

-> And 4 bears the problem: When I preview e.g. page 1 the color optimizations will almost never lead to a good result on e.g. page 6 because the color bias changes with the developing of the series.

- How do you scan to achieve the best results?
- If I scanned without color correction, are there any cool tools to batch correct brightness/contrast/satuation

Looking forward to your replies

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Basic retouching software:

ACDSee (well, I used) basic retouching

Retouching software more complex:

Paint Shop Pro (which I own)

Adobe Photoshop

Looking a bit, you should find it on the net .....

Now when you scanned an image the détramer

This avoids tapes and photos on the square

Greetings

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sorry for english.....
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Basic retouching software:

ACDSee (well, I used) basic retouching

Retouching software more complex:

Paint Shop Pro (which I own)

Adobe Photoshop

Looking a bit, you should find it on the net .....

Now when you scanned an image the détramer

This avoids tapes and photos on the square

Greetings

Jobart

sorry for english.....
Hey Job, if this scan is from you you're DA MAN for me
http://img230.imagevenue.com/img.php...07_123_5lo.jpg

GREAT!! The colors are good but most of all the contrast and crispyness is fucking awsome! What exactly were your scanner settings and what filters did you use?

Thx!
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I place a piece of black or dark gray cardboard behind the page geing scanned.
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I use an old HP ScanJet 3300C



Within the HP PrecisionScan LT Software,
is a helpful tool called "Descreen Printed Originals / Slow Speed"....

If this is not selected, well that is how those nasty yellow lines appear.
Chroma damage - Horribly lame results.
Everyone must have seen those before, when viewing posts.

Select that option, to get rid of them using this particular device.


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After scanning I use exclusively Adobe Photoshop for any or all enhancements.
Currently running versions 4.0, 5.5, and CS.

Unlike many of my old pals scanning for the newsgroups, I do not like the AP 'unsharp mask' filter.
Although it is still something to consider, because it eliminates artifacts, especially in beat up old magazines.

I basically re-position for symmetry, perhaps increase contrast
and a bit of luma, (brightness) but not too much,
and depending on the print, reduce or increase (chroma) saturation.

If the image is not clear enough, possibly add a bit of sharpening.
[Sharpen is still found in filters in AP.]
Again not too much as print already includes reproduction degradation
from the photo-to-print process.

Usually full page images are so large in size that image reduction might be an option.
All in an effort to try and keep it as original as possible.

Original Scan:




Modified Scan:




My work is not professional by any means. It passes as acceptable.
For years I struggled with the basic mechanics, the original image.
If I could get that scanned without damage, that was more than half the battle.

Once the image is scanned acceptably, without flaw in a decent manner, and it is time to process.....
the eye of the artist should not overstate the eye of the photographer.
(i.e.; less is more)


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Hi hartwig,

moved the discussion here the section where you posted is for step by step explanations.

Don't have much knowledge about scanning but when you don't have Photoshop there are freeware alternatives:

Gimp
Free open source graphics program very advanced like Photoshop.
Runs on Windows 2000 and above, Mac and Linux.

http://www.gimp.org/



Paint.NET
http://www.getpaint.net/index.html



Small free open source graphics program. (1.6 MB)
Little brother of Gimp but got some nice features, enough for all your basic and bit more advanced image editing needs.

Runs on Windows XP SP2+/Server 2003 SP1+/Vista
You will need .NET Framework 2.0 but that is probably already installed, if not you can get it at the Windows update website in the Custom updates/Optional section.
http://www.update.microsoft.com/
or on this page:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/r...DisplayLang=en

You can download it here:
http://www.getpaint.net/download.html
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I use an old HP ScanJet 3300C

Original Scan:


I have some badly damaged magazines like yours.

But you can restore it. Look at this:



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I have some badly damaged magazines like yours.

But you can restore it. Look at this:



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Tuffy,
That's amazing!! What did you do to get your image so clean???

cheers -ww2k
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Tuffy,
That's amazing!! What did you do to get your image so clean???

cheers -ww2k
Thanks ww2k and trip.

I used the Rubber Stamp tool in Photoshop.

The rubber stamp tool lets you paint a copy of color into the same image.

The Clone options of the rubber stamp tool make a sample, and paint an exact duplicate of that image.

So I choosed the color pixels from a clear area and cloned over the damaged area.

It's very time consuming work at the first time, but you can learn fast how to do it.

I can say today that it's very easy to do and you get very good results.

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Thanks ww2k and trip.

I used the Rubber Stamp tool in Photoshop.

The rubber stamp tool lets you paint a copy of color into the same image.

The Clone options of the rubber stamp tool make a sample, and paint an exact duplicate of that image.

So I choosed the color pixels from a clear area and cloned over the damaged area.

It's very time consuming work at the first time, but you can learn fast how to do it.

I can say today that it's very easy to do and you get very good results.

Tuffy
Very nice! You are a true master of that technique. I use the stamp tool for simple removal, like the lines of the centerfold in the last scan of my post. However I could not imagine the hours it would take to do that old magazine. Outstanding work, thank you.
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