1) Launch Nikon Scan. Two windows will appear as follows:2) Under Unsharp Mask: click on the little page icon with the down arrow at the right and select ALL at the top of the menu list and then enter these numbers in the fields in the lower right:
NOTE: it took us a day to learn that you had to HIT RETURN after entering each number in the field to actually enter the field value!
3) Under Digital Iced Cubed:
4) Under scanner extras:
To batch scan select IMAGE at the top of your window and then select slide feeder at the bottom of the pull down menu. Enter a number greater then the number of images being scanned so the last scan will come out. We then check all the boxes in the next dialog box. Then we enter the subject code for the image prefix and select the hard drive where you want the images to go, we use TIFF, and then hit OK and off you go!
After we are done scanning we open each file in PhotoShop and crop. At 100% we check for "ghosts" (funny little fuzzy areas left over from a large dust area) and scratches. The ICE feature is great for removing DUST but NOT scratches, you will need to check for these and remove them in PS at 100%.
We usually at this point also apply one application of Unsharp mask to make the image just a little bit sharper (if the image is a detail you might want to apply this twice). Go to FILTER>SHARPEN>UNSHARP MASK and enter the following:
We then apply curves and fix the skew accordingly.
OK, that's a run down. Here are a few final notes:
1) As with any scanner, the results are dependent on the operator and how much skill and knowledge is applied, both in understanding the various software controls and the type of film being scanned, mounts used, etc.
2) It is suggested that sharpening is applied during the scanning process and in the Unsharp Mask feature provided in the software (and not just in PS). You will need to determine the right setting based on your images and individual results, however a setting in all channels at 100 / 6/ 0 is suggested as starting point.
3) 8 bit scanning is fine for most multi media applications, 14 bit is recommend for images going to press.
4) Some people have reported a degradation in the sharpness towards the edges of the image. This may be a hardware problem or an issue with the slide mount, e.g. warping of the mount.
You can reach Nikon at 1.800.645.6689 with any technical difficulty.
If you have specific questions about any of our settings please email Scott Gilchrist at scottİarchivision.com and I will be more then happy to TRY and help. Again, remember, your results may very depending on your computer set-up, type of film, the mounts you are using (you can't use the ICE feature with glass mounts) and so on.
Best of luck!Scott Gilchrist, B. Arch, M. Arch. photographer ARCHIVISION INC. 2858 Chamonix Nord Montréal, QC H4R 3B7 CANADA toll-fee: 1.877.655.9855 fax: 1.514.332.1445 email: url: www.archivision.com