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Slide Scanner Instructions

Power Slide 3650 Scanner—CyberViewX Software

Best for scanning large amounts of slides.

Minimum number of slides: 80 slides, up to 100 per carousel.

 

1. Turn on Power Slide 3650 (switch on the back left-hand side of the machine), and let it warm up.

 

2. Placing carousel in Power Slide 3650: Remove the top cover towards the front of the scanner. Pull out the black locking mechanism in the front. Place carousel horizontally into the open slot on top of the scanner with the bottom of the carousel facing toward the front of the scanner. Make sure that the first slide (they are numbered on the carousel) is the one put into the slot to be scanned. Push the black locking mechanism back into the scanner.

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You MUST use the all white carousels that have 100 slide slots (other carousels will not fit in the scanner).

 

3. Open CyberViewX software.

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4.  Select “Scan”>>“Prescan”>>“Prescan Current Frame” to produce a preview of the first slide to be scanned. Do this to make sure that you have put in the carousel correctly and check the settings. Prescan as many as you might be scanning in order to adjust the image frame.

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Select the “Select” tool on the left hand toolbar (the box of dotted lines). Adjust the scanning frame to fit the image(s).

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5. Select “Scan”>> “Scan”>> “Scan Current Frame to File”. When scanning an entire carousel or selected slides from a carousel, select the “Scan Selected to File…” or “Multi-Scan to File…” options.

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6. Saving to file:

 

Select where you would like to save it using “Browse” (it is often useful to make a new folder for a specific project).

 

Write in a “Base file name” for the project (could be project number, name of course, name of professor, etc.).

 

Select “Trailing index after base file name” and set “Digits” to three.  Also enter a “User defined start number” based on where you are in the project.

 

Set the “File type” to JPG and JPEG quality to “Good”.

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Click “OK.”

 

7. Edit images using the same basic Photoshop instructions.

 

8. To remove the carousel from the Power Slide 3650, pull out the black locking mechanism and carefully remove the carousel from the top of the machine. Replace the cover and turn the unit off.

Microtek ArtixScan M1 Slide Scanner – SilverFast Software

SilverFast is the most popular scanning program for digitization in higher education. This scanner is better for one-off digitization of slides. Scans up to 12 slides at a time.

 

1. Turn on scanner and wait for it to fully boot. The software will not open if the scanner is off.

 

2. Start SilverFast: “SF Universal Launcher”.

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3. Click center button to launch SilverFast with the Microtek flatbed: “SilverFast (MicrotekSDK)”.

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4. Pull out slide tray from the front of the scanner and your slides in the slots.

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Use the reverse-mirror image of the slide to guide how you are to put the slides in the tray. Also, make sure that you align the red arrows on the tray to make sure the slides scan properly.
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Insert the tray back into the scanner.

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5. Now that the program is open, look to the large settings box on the left that says “SilverFast Ai studio.” Before scanning anything, select “General” menu and in the “Original” field select “Transparency,” not “Reflective.”

 

Reflective” activates the flatbed scanner.

Transparency” activates the slide scanner.

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6. Select the “Frame” menu and click “Prescan” to get an initial scan of your work.

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So now you will have a scanned image(s) to work with:
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7. Now you will have to make an image frame around each slide image. To do this, simply click in the corner of a slide and drag a new box across the image. Adjust each one to fit the slide image, leaving a small border around each.

 

8. All of the following instructions are for selecting the appropriate scan settings. Note that settings must be set for EACH IMAGE FRAME.

 

First setting is the resolution, which depends on what is being scanned and for what use. The appropriate DPI settings are listed below. Never set the DPI higher than 1200 as it will take FOREVER to scan and the file will be unspeakably large.

 

Resolutions:

 

Normal scan/If unsure:            400 dpi

Beautiful High Resolution:            600 dpi

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NOTE: At the end of these instructions is a helpful guide for resolution that Jeff has put together.

 

9. Select the “Scan Type.” For color images use “48 Bit Color” and for black and white use “16 Bit Grayscale.” Only use one of these two. More often than not, the image will actually be color, even if it looks black and white, so go with “48 Bit Color” if you are unsure. This setting must be done before any Histogram adjustments.

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10. Adjust the brightness levels in the Histogram. Click the Histogram button in the left menu box. In the Histogram pop up, adjust the “Shadow” and “Highlight” levels by moving the limits on either side of the graph: left adjusts the shadow, right adjusts the highlight. Play with them to get a feel. Always adjust a little less than what you think looks good to make sure the integrity of the image is not compromised.
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13. Select the number of passes the scanner will make to composite into a single quality scan. To do this, simply click the MultiScan button on the left-side tool bar on the scanned image. For a standard scan, select 2 scans. For a quality scan, select 4 scans.

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14. Name the file. If scanning an image for the database, use the accession number.

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15. Scan and save the file. Save to the Macintosh HD. If scanning multiple images, make a new folder for the project. If this project is for the database, name the folder the project code. Scanning can take a very long time with this machine, so have some patience.

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16. Adjust the scanned image in Photoshop as needed. Such adjustments include inserting a black boundary, straightening the image, cropping it, color restoration, and (light) use of the healing brush.

 

PHOTOSHOP NOTE: For a more detailed account, see the “Basic Photoshop Instructions.”

 

17. Do not forget to turn off the scanner after exiting SilverFast.