The VueScan Bible

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VueScan is the world's most widely used software interface for digitizing film and prints on flatbed and film scanners. This powerful yet affordable program supports over 1500 scanners and 321 digital camera RAW file types, and is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.

Much more than a simple scanner program, VueScan allows you to perform functions such as color restoration, adding sharpening filters, adjusting white balance, rotating images, and batch scanning multiple images. It also provides output to a variety of formats including TIFF, JPEG, and searchable PDF files (even all three simultaneously). The Pro version outputs to the RAW format and provides options for color adjustments, and more.

Despite its popularity, the documentation for VueScan does not provide enough information to use the full power of the system and makes it difficult to get started. The VueScan Bible is the missing manual for new, experienced, and prospective users of VueScan.


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The VueScan Bible
Sascha Steinhoff
The VueScan Bible Everything You Need to Know for Perfect Scanning
Sascha Steinhoff (www.sascha-steinhoff.de)
Editor: Gerhard Rossbach Copyeditor: Cynthia Anderson Layout and Type: Steffen Kulpe Cover Design: Helmut Kraus,www.exclam.de
Printer: Golden Cup Printed in China
ISBN: 978-1-933952-69-7
1st Edition 2011 © 2011 by Sascha Steinhoff
Rocky Nook, Inc. 26 West Mission Street Ste 3 Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2432 www.rockynook.com
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Steinhoff, Sascha, 1975-
e VueScan bible : everything you need to know for perfect scanning / Sascha Steinhoff. -- 1st ed.
 p. cm.
ISBN 978-1-933952-69-7 (soſt cover : alk. paper)
1. VueScan. 2. Photography--Digital techniques. 3. Scanning systems. I. Title.
TR267.5.V84S74 2011
621.36‘7--dc22
 2010051180
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is book is printed on acid-free paper.
Contents
Preface 1 Using this book 2 1– Look and Feel 3 VueScan 1.1 Field of application ________________________________________ 4 CMOS scanners ____________________________________________ 4 Drum scanners and Imacon/Hasselblad ________________________ 4 1.2 Compatibility and license issues ______________________________6 Flexible licensing regulations _________________________________ 6 Standard vs. Professional edition ______________________________ 7 Try before you buy _________________________________________ 7 1.3 VueScan GUI _____________________________________________ 10 Guide me - Beginner’s mode _________________________________ 10 Advanced/Less — Extended mode ____________________________ 10 Advanced/More — Full display of all options ___________________ 10 1.4 Dependencies - Automatic GUI changes ______________________ 12 Dependencies are the key factor ______________________________ 12 Frequent GUI changes _____________________________________ 12 1.5 Saving and restoring options _______________________________ 14 Reset to default values ______________________________________ 14
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Initial Setup 15 2.1 Download and setup ______________________________________ 16 2.2 Color management in a nutshell ____________________________ 18 2.3 Defining monitor color space _______________________________ 22 Sofware vs. hardware calibration _____________________________ 22 Monitor color space ________________________________________ 22 2.4 Scanner profiling for positives ______________________________ 24 2.5 Desired vs. actual colors: Scanner profiling ___________________ 26 Before and aſter profiling ___________________________________ 26 2.6 Printer profiling for true color output ________________________ 28 Film profiling for color negatives _____________________________ 29 Embedding existing ICC profiles _____________________________ 29
Resolution and Scanning 31 3.1 Talking about resolution: SPI, DPI, PPI, and absolute pixels ____________________________ 32 3.2 SPI: Adjusting sampling quality _____________________________ 32 SPI is the correct denomination ______________________________ 32 Determining the original size ________________________________ 33 Selecting scanning resolution ________________________________ 33 Avoid interpolated resolution ________________________________ 33 3.3 DPI: Output size in print ___________________________________ 33 3.4 PPI: Output size on screen __________________________________ 34 3.5 Relative output size does not matter: 300 dpi vs. 72 dpi__________ 35
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File Formats 37 4.1 RGB, grayscale, and infrared ________________________________ 38 8/16-bit vs. 24/48-bit _______________________________________ 38 Black-and-white scanners ___________________________________ 39 Index file — All images in overview ___________________________ 39 4.2 TIFF – Lossless but capacious _______________________________ 42 OutputTIFF multi page___________________________________ 43 OutputTIFF size reduction ________________________________ 43 OutputTIFF compression _________________________________ 43 4.3 JPEG – Compressing images ________________________________44 High compression results in visible quality decline _______________ 44 Good choice for economical scanning _________________________ 44 JPEG 2000 _______________________________________________ 45 4.4 PDF – Versatile document format ____________________________46 Facsimile vs. archival scanning ______________________________ 46 e perfect electronic document _____________________________ 46 4.5 RAW files – Storing internal scanner data _____________________48 Traditional scanning workflow _______________________________ 48 RAW scanning workflow ___________________________________ 48 RAW scanning from disk is fast ______________________________ 49 Limitations of RAW _______________________________________ 49 Always focus before you scan ________________________________ 49 4.6 DNG vs. RAW TIFF _________________________________________ 50 Viewing Raw-TIFF ________________________________________ 50 Color depth in RAW _______________________________________ 50 How and when to use RAW _________________________________ 50 RAW in daily use __________________________________________ 51 Lightroom and Aperture ____________________________________ 51 File size comparison _______________________________________ 52
Scanning Media Types 53 5.1 Transmissive media – Color slide (E6) ________________________ 54 5.2 Transmissive media – Kodachrome slide (K14) _________________ 56 5.3 Transmissive media – Color negative (C41) ____________________ 58 5.4 Transmissive media – Black-and-white negative _______________60 5.5 Reflective media – Paper documents _________________________ 62 Skipping color information for smaller files _____________________ 62 5.6 Reflective media – Scanning paper prints _____________________ 63 Rasterization in books, magazines and newspaper scans __________ 63 5.7 The originals: To dump or not to dump? ______________________64 About the value of analog originals ___________________________ 64
Special Scanning Techniques 65 6.1 Multiscanning ____________________________________________66 6.2 Multi-exposure ___________________________________________68 HDR for scanners _________________________________________ 68 2x multiscan automatically included __________________________ 68 6.3 Scanner exposure ________________________________________ 70 6.4 Descreening _____________________________________________ 71
7 Scanning Workflows 73 7.1 General workflow suggestions _____________________________ 74 Input tab ________________________________________________ 74 Crop tab _________________________________________________ 74 Filter tab ________________________________________________ 75 Color tab ________________________________________________ 75 Output tab _______________________________________________ 75 7.2 Clever use of output size reduction __________________________ 76 Image editing: VueScan vs. Photoshop _________________________ 77 7.3 Generic RAW scanning workflow ____________________________ 78 Archiving in RAW ________________________________________ 78 Mandatory configuration steps before scanning RAW ____________ 79 7.4 Paper documents – Scanning text ___________________________80 7.5 Newspapers – Scanning text and pictures in black-and-white ____ 82 7.6 Magazines – Scanning text and pictures in full color ____________84 7.7 Photo prints – Scanning printed images ______________________86 7.8 Color slides – Scanning E6 and K14 transparencies _____________88 7.9 Color negatives – Scanning C41 negatives ____________________ 92 7.10 Black-and-white negatives – Classic and chromogenic film ______ 92 893 Reference – Input Tab 9109– Crop Tab  Reference 10117– Filter Tab  Reference 11127 Reference – Color Tab 12137 Reference – Output Tab 13147– Prefs Tab  Reference 14155Buttons, and Shortcuts  Menus, 14.1 File menu _______________________________________________ 156 14.2 Edit menu ______________________________________________ 157 14.3 Scanner menu ___________________________________________ 157 14.4 Profile menu ____________________________________________ 159 14.5 Image menu ____________________________________________ 159 14.6 Page menu______________________________________________ 161 14.7 Help menu ______________________________________________ 163 14.8 Troubleshooting _________________________________________ 164
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Preface
Dear Reader,
First, I would like to say thank you for giving me your trust by pur-chasing this book! I owe and dedicatee VueScan Bibleto my readers. It was your feedback that convinced me to write another book about scanning. Aſter publishing my successful book,Scanning Negatives and Slides, that describes all scanning processes in detail, I received loads of letters via my website,www.scanguru.info. Along with giving me use-ful feedback, readers frequently demanded even more soſtware-specific guidance—and VueScan was at the forefront of those readers’ interests. So, here we go!e VueScan Bibledesigned to help both begin- is ners and experienced users get the most out of their VueScan-powered scanners. While it includes all the basic scanning know-how you need, VueScan-specific workflows are the center of attention. Scanning is not rocket science, but you simply have to know certain things; otherwise, you will waste a lot of time and effort. is is especially true when you use soſtware as powerful as VueScan. Despite its rich features, VueS-can is a remarkably lean scanning program that has been continually improved by its inventor, Ed Hamrick, for more than a decade. I want to express my gratitude to Ed Hamrick, who has been supporting this book project from the very beginning. VueScan was the first scanning soſtware ever to provide sophisticat-ed features, like RAW data scanning functionality, that live up to their promise. And it runs on Mac, Windows and Linux computers alike. Whether you are a techie-loving pixel peeper or just an average user who wants to work quickly and efficiently with the soſtware—you must get used to VueScan’s tricks and traps for the best scanning results. is book provides you with everything you need to know to convert your analog negatives, slides, documents, and photo prints into high-quality digital files.
Best Regards
Sascha Steinhoff Bangkok, April 
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