There are several things that film scanner software do whiich are difficulat
if not impossible to do with post scanner image editing programs such as
1. Many scanner software permits the user to do multi-pass scans which may
enable one to capture additional detail in the shadow areas of positive
films or the highlight areas of negative films.
2. Many scanner software packages have digital ICE3 provisions which rely
on the scanner's hardware based infrared channel, which would otherwise not
be available from progframs like Photoshop.
3. With respect to color negative, scanner software frequently has
facilities to remove the orange masking from color negatives which is not
possible in the case of programs like Photoshop.
In addition, I would use 16 bit linear or raw scans for the scanning of
positive transparancies but not with color negatives since the 16 bit scan
does not permit one to eliminate the effect of the color negative's orange
masking from the outputted file.
> I think what I'm trying to get at is: Given a person with good
> skills, is it an easier path to simply scan the neg in and modify it
> Photoshop vs tweaking it in the scanning program and modifying it
> with the
> scan software?
> I'm coming from the viewpoint that the scanning software, be it
> Minolta's, Silverfast Ai, or vuescan, just is doing a crappier job of
> modifying the
> file POST scan, just as I could do with Photoshop in a better way.
> I've read reports to that effect.
> So, I'm asking if either of the above software packages modify
> anything PRE
> scan. If they don't, then:
> - does it matter what software package you use with the 5400,
> - what is the best setting to get the neg (both color and bw) scanned
> bit, 16 bit linear, positive, whatever).
> -David Ray Carson
> web: http://www.davidraycarson.com/
>> At 01:46 AM 8/18/2004, you wrote:
>>> Ok, my head is swimming here. I've read elsewhere that the Minolta
>>> 1.1.5 software (actually, any software, silverfast and vuescan too)
>>> just modifies the scan at the software level, not the hardware
>>> level. I'm talking about 'exposure compensation' tab and 'image
>>> correction tab.'
>>> Also, for background, I'm a very competent Photoshop user, and I
>>> don't have a problem modifying the scan with PS levels, curves,
>>> hue, etc. I'm a newbie at scanning. So, my question to you guys is
>>> what is the best way (fastest, highest quality file) to use the
>>> 5400, especially with color neg:
>>> - scan in 16 bit color neg, or
>>> - scan in 16 bit linear color neg, or
>>> - scan in as color positive, either 16 bit or 16 bit linear
>>> - And what about black and white film?
>>> - Will either of the two commercial scanning software packages
>>> (silverfast or vuescan) give me better results if you look at my
>>> I just can't seem to find the resources anywhere for these
>>> questions. Will the resultant file be a sort of 'digital neg' in
>>> the same fashion a RAW file is for digital cameras?
>>> I figure since PS CS can manipulate 16 bit files, it's faster and
>>> easier for me to adjust things like color balance, leves, etc in PS
>>> rather than dither away my time in whatever scanning software I'm
>>> -David Ray Carson
>>> web: http://www.davidraycarson.com/
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