Once again we come together to talk about
software, however this is no ordinary software, this is Photoshop
5.5. We are using this program to help improve images that you
have scanned for either use on the internet or to print out on
paper media. If you have the limited version of Photoshop do
not despair you are also working with some powerful tools. In
the limited edition there are very powerful features that will
help assist to correct flaws found in your scanned image. If
you are a student get the full version at educational prices,
it is worth every penny. If you are a professional you likely
own the full version already. The full version in Canada sells
for about $999.99 and if you own a limited edition maybe, the
cost to you will be 2/3 of the original you will need to check
this out for sure.
Your scanning software will come with a plugin,
this can be found by opening up your directory on the software
CD. You will need to remove this plugin and place it into the
folder in Photoshop 5.5 call plugins. After you do this you may
need to reboot your computer. Once your computer is operating
again and your scanner is on, open up Photoshop. In your menu
bar look for the 'File' menu and scroll down to 'Import' and
look for your scanning program in our case it is 'Vistascan'.
By clicking on Vistascan you will be opening up your scanning
software inside of Photoshop.
| File / Edit / Image / Layer / Select / Filter / View / Window / Help
Your now looking at your scanning software.
Follow the instructions in Part 3 of Scanning 101. After you
have completed the scan and it is open in Photoshop your ready
for the next step. Now the fun begins, cause here is where the
real creativity begins. If you had scanned your image at 300
dpi your file size in Photoshop will be around 12 megabytes.
This is to large of a file to work with unless you have a graphics
card with 16 or more (32 is better) Ram or a 22 inch monitor.
Other wise you will be waiting sometime after performing each
task to your image. Reduce your image down to something that
can fit on your monitor at 100% or under 1000K. Go to the menu
bar and look for 'Image' from there scroll down to 'Image Size'.
Once there reduce your image down to something that looks right
to you. Remember that in Photoshop 5.5 if you make a mistake
you can undo it. If you are using a previous version you will
have on undo under the 'Edit' menu. So after reducing the image
is not what you were after use the 'Edit - undo' or you may have
to scan again. After you have reduced your image down to a workable
size tasks ahead will not taxi your computer. Remember for the
best images and clarity always reduce the size of an image. If
you try and blow up or make the image larger from a small image
your picture will be more distorted. So start with big and reduce
to small image.
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The tools are where the power begins. First
you may want to clean up unwanted type, color, logos, and things
like that. Use the 'Eyedropper' tool to change the background
color. Make sure that the background color in the boxes on the
'Tools' menu is the same as your background. If not click on
the first square and it will switch to the second or background
color. Now with your 'Marquee' or 'Eraser' clean up areas that
you do not want. You can use your brushes to create a larger
'Eraser' if needed. Uses your 'Crop' tool found by holding down
your mouse over the marquee tool to further down size your image.
| Marquee / Elliptical
/ Single R ow / Single Column / Crop
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