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Old 03-30-2008, 05:56 PM   #11
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wow thanks everybody for those great hints
They basically confirmed my philosophy (les is more...) but still I learned some some helpful details!

You can cehck out my work in this thread, feedback and tips on how I can improve my technique would be highly appreciated:
http://vintage-erotica-forum.com/sho...t=22567&page=1

Thanks, keep it up guys!!

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[begin rant]

Funny how people seem to not read the original question with its information. This thread contains several "hints" to image altering/authoring software, including Photoshop, Paint, Paintshop Pro, ACDSee etc. All of which are useless to the first poster, since...

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Ok, here's how I scan:
1) I scan from The Gimp using a Canon Canoscan ScanLide 90

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Hartwig, there are several tutorials around the web for imageretouching using GIMP. GIMP itself is very powerful to do all that is needed for the photos to look great. It is not easy to use (nor is Photoshop), but practice makes perfect. Read the manuals and go "trial-and-error", after a couple of hours you will master GIMP in a way that satisfies you. I have taken the pain to learn, and it does pay off.

Retouching:
http://gimps.de/en/tutorials/gimp/pi...mage/index.htm

GIMP also has batch processing of images, but I have not tried it.

Happy scanning!
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Sadielover's tips are all good. I also use black card between pages. The only things I would add are to scan at a reasonably high resolution, like 300dpi. If you then reduce this in an editor to, say, 150 dpi, in order to save space, you usually don't notice the difference on a monitor and it will look much better than if the original scan is at 150dpi. I like to end up with 150dpi scans because I turn magazines into pdfs and my pdf maker doesn't like higher resolutions.

Secondly, a cheaper alternative to Photoshop is Paint Shop Pro. It's a more basic program but has all the filters you really need, including the fantastic Clone tool for getting rid of tears and creases. I've tried Gimp and I think psp is a lot easier to get to grips with. Using filters is always a judgement call, sometimes they look better and sometimes they don't. If I use anything at all, at most it'll be a basic colour correction and sharpening.

Lastly, not everyone does it, but it's a nice touch to crop and rotate your scans if your scans are like mine and often not quite square
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Secondly, a cheaper alternative to Photoshop is Paint Shop Pro. It's a more basic program but has all the filters you really need, including the fantastic Clone tool for getting rid of tears and creases.
Absolutely. I use Paint Shop Pro for every aspect of post-scanning (stitching, cleaning, repairing etc) and it's better than any substitute prog. The browse function is fantastic also, probably the best picture viewer in its own right that I've come across.
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Old 04-19-2008, 09:39 PM   #15
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Ive got a basic a4 ? scanner
I wish it was bigger as newspaper (and mag) pics are
often bigger and I have to chop off legs and feet.

The settings are pretty basic

I set the pixels to 300 dpi

I set the contrast to + 35

I set the brightness to - 30

and that is basically it
It usu gives good results.

the settings may seem a bit crazy , but they
work, give them a try

the files are big say 1.5 meg so I use
windows resizer to get them down to around 100 k.

(you don t seem to lose any pic quality )


I ve often thought there must be scanners out there with
more elaborate software that can give better results.

So many people are scanning around the world, day after
day, you d think there be a range and some rolls royce
models somewhere, but Ive yet to find them.

They could make scanning a pleasure and an art instead
of a drudge , which is what it is with only a small window
to see the preview of a scan... things could be so much
different with full screen prieviews and options to
change a range of settings.

Instead all I have is contrast and brightness

A scanner with wings or edges would be good too
to give support when scanning pics in books etc
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Ive got a basic a4 ? scanner
I wish it was bigger as newspaper (and mag) pics are
often bigger and I have to chop off legs and feet.
Me too, I also got an A4 scanner, so I scan the single pages and assemble them afterwards, sometimes that works really fine, sometimes not. Most of the time the pictures do not use both pages and are separate anyway.


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I set the pixels to 300 dpi

I set the contrast to + 35

I set the brightness to - 30
I gotta give that a shot, thx!


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A scanner with wings or edges would be good too
to give support when scanning pics in books etc
I use books with the appropriate thickness to cover that.
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Old 04-21-2008, 04:31 AM   #17
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*SADIELOVER'S PRO SCANNING TIPS*


...Line the back of the page you're scanning with a thick, dark card or plastic. Most porn magazines have pretty shitty paper quality, being thin and transparent, and the light from the scanner will likely add images from the reverse side to the scan. Putting a dark, non-reflective, opaque layer directly behind the page will ensure no ghosting of the opposite side. The only downside of this is that your scanned image will lose some contrast, but this can be fixed in any paint prog.
Use a completely black piece of paper on the opposite site of the image you want to scan,
as Sadielover suggests. It has to be mat and not glossy!
Glosssy paper will reflect the light and send it back through the paper and light up the opposite side.

It is common logic that black paper will absorb the light rays and not reflect.


When we speak of colors and light everything in this world is made of 'filters'.
A flower is red because it keeps the blue and yellow light - and sends the red color back.
A leaf on a tree is green because it keeps the red light and sends back the yellow and blue light to your eyes.


There are only three colors in this world:
Blue, Red and Yellow.
All other colors are made of these three, mixed to the nuance you see.

White has all three colors. Black has none of them.
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Old 08-02-2008, 09:44 PM   #18
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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)


Hello.

I'm a bit late to this thread so I most likely will be talking to myself. Anyhow I downloaded this picture the other night and spent a little bit of time doodling with it.

Scanning and picture restoration is my bag so to speak. Better results are possible with an original scan.

http://img196.imagevenue.com/img.php..._123_416lo.JPG

I'll take a look through the messages in this thread and see if there is anything I can add.

Apologies for the picture not showing. It is there though. I have problems with Imagevenue.

Regards.

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Old 08-03-2008, 06:31 PM   #19
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Nice work! How much time did you spend to get that quality?
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Old 08-04-2008, 12:51 PM   #20
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Use a completely black piece of paper on the opposite site of the image you want to scan,
as Sadielover suggests. It has to be mat and not glossy!
Glosssy paper will reflect the light and send it back through the paper and light up the opposite side.

It is common logic that black paper will absorb the light rays and not reflect.
Your colour theory is sound, but in practice it isn't that simple as the page being scanned acts as a "filter" between the scanner's light source and the card. Thus both dark and light areas can be over exaggerated, i.e. too much or too little contrast.

A black sheet of paper (I use thin card) is far from ideal in my experience from scanning. I usually use two different sheets of coloured card. One slate grey sheet for black and white pages (both sides), and one brown sheet like milk chocolate brown (mustn't be reddish or yellowish) for all colour pages. Both sheets strike as much of a neutral ground as possible to minimise "ghosting", in fact the brown sheet works a treat for me for both B/W and colour pages. Try it.
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