The Complete Guide to Scanning
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Want to know how to digitally repair a damaged picture? Need to choose a scanner, but don't know what the differences between them really are? Why are pictures different sizes on the screen and on the printed page? How can I bring out detail in dark shadow areas? What resolution settings should I use when scanning? Good questions.... and all the answers are in this book!

We've just updated the book for our 4th edition.  There is new material on scanners, cameras, and printing.  Plus a whole new project has been added showing how to correct an image with a difficult contrast problem.  

The Complete Guide to Scanning is a practical, hands-on introduction to scanning. It is written in a light, easy-to-read style, avoiding technical jargon, and has over 80 figures and photos.

The book covers the following topics in clear, concise, non-technical language.

  • How scanners work
  • What are the different types of scanners, and what is each type good for
  • Choosing a scanner to purchase
  • How digital cameras work
  • Features to look for in a camera
  • System requirements
  • Installing a scanner
  • Image editing software
  • What file formats to use
  • How to use image compression to reduce file size
  • How to scan for the best print quality
  • Explanation and comparison of printing technologies
  • Enhancing the appearance of a digital image
  • Repairing damaged pictures
  • Color-correcting old yellowed photos
  • Color-tinting grayscale images
  • Adding an oval vignette to a picture
  • Correcting a photo with a difficult contrast problem

Before and after pictures from project 3.  Takes just 20 minutes or so following the detailed instructions.  

Six Scanning Projects
Give Step By Step Guidance.

Six different scanning projects are given in step-by-step detail. The projects use different scanners and image processing software packages.

  • Basic scanning and photo optimization including inserting a digital image in a text document
  • Repairing a damaged picture using image editing software.
  • Color-correcting a faded, yellowed image.
  • Tinting a grayscale image, and adding an oval vignette to an image
  • Repairing a picture which has been completely torn in half.
  • Enhancing an image with a difficult contrast problem.


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