Scanners for Dummies

ISBN-10: 076456790X
ISBN-13: 9780764567902
Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)
Authors: Mark L. Chambers
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Description: 'Scanners for Dummies' provides several categories of information for both PC and Mac users. The book covers the trade-offs between various kinds of desktop scanners when making a purchase decision.

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Book details

List price: $24.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/7/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144

'Scanners for Dummies' provides several categories of information for both PC and Mac users. The book covers the trade-offs between various kinds of desktop scanners when making a purchase decision.

Introduction
What's Really Required
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
The Scam on Scanners
Let's Get Digitized!
"Okay, I'll Bite--What's a Scanner?"
What Can I Scan, Mr. Spock?
Different Breeds of Scanner
Examining the Innards
Scanning Explained (for Normal Folks)
Resolving Resolution
How Deep Is Your Color?
The Joys of Buying a Scanner
A Game of Five Questions (Actually, Just Three)
Have I Got an Interface for You!
TWAIN (Not the Tom Sawyer Guy)
Scanner Features to Covet
Software You've Just Gotta Have
And the Winner Is
"Should I Buy on the Web?"
Supporting Your Local Hardware Hut
Surviving the Installation
"Will That Be Parallel, USB, or FireWire?"
The Plug and the Play
Before You Begin
Docking at the Parallel Port
USB or Bust (and FireWire, too)
Don't Forget Your Driver!
And Then There's SCSI
The Way Things Should Work
Look Out, It's the Terminator, er, Governor of California!
Can I See Some ID, Please?
Installing Your SCSI Card
Connecting Your SCSI Scanner
Uh ... It's Not Working
Installing the Extra Stuff
Installing Your Scanner Software
Pile On an Image Editor
"Do I Need More Storage?"
Printers, Printers, Printers
Testing the Whole Doggone Thing
Bread-and-Butter Scanning
Just Plain, Basic Scanning
Before You Scan
Lining Things Up
Make with the Settings
Previewing on Parade
Choosing a Chunk
Doing the Scan Thing
Look, Ma--One Button!
Examining Your Original: The Sequel
So What's the Difference?
Line Art
Color and Grayscale Photographs
Halftone Images
3-D Objects
Text
Attack of the Fine-Tuning Monster
Are All These Advanced Settings Really Necessary?
Setting Your Resolution
Colors and Bits, Colors and Bits
The Light and the Dark
Size Really Does Count
Making Green Bananas Yellow
Basic Filters 101
Flipping and Rotating: The Scanner Dance Craze
Let's Invert
Image Editing the Easy Way
Introducing the Tool of Choice: Paint Shop Pro
Opening a File
Shall We Browse?
Cropping a Scanned Image
Sharpen That Line, Mister!
It's Just Too Big!
Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall
The Light and the Dark
Wouldn't a Frame Look Nice?
Removing Uncle Milton's Red-Eye
Rotating 101
Who Needs Color, Anyway?
A Little Alchemy: Changing Image Formats
The Lazy Expert's Guide to Advanced Scanning
So You Want to Be an Internet Graphics Guru
GIF Isn't a Snack Food, and JPEG Isn't Spelled Jaypeg
What the Sam Hill Is a PNG?
Choosing Color Depth for Web Images
Compression in the 21st Century
That Color Doesn't Look Right
What Size Is Best for the Web?
Sending Your Scans through E-Mail
Wait a Second: Is This Legal?
Should I Keep This to Myself?
Advanced Image Editing 101
Making Magic with Scanned Images
Introducing Filters and Effects
Going Wild with the Effect Browser
Let's Hear It for Plug-Ins!
Editing Tiny Pieces of Your Images
Imaging Tools You Can't Resist
Maintaining the Scanner Beast
Calibrate Your Way to Happiness
The Right Way to Clean Your Scanner
Hardware Nightmares and How to Fix Them
Software Nightmares and How to Fix Them
Help!
Scanner Projects for Crafty People
Creating a Custom Wine Label
A T-Shirt with a Personal Touch
Creating a Slide Show CD
Using an OCR Program
Faxing a Scanned Image
The Part of Tens
Ten Tips and Tricks for Better Scanning and Editing
Investigate New Software
Experiment!
Thanks for the Memory
Update Everything
Avoid the Edge
Toss Your Mouse
Hard Drive Tips and Tricks
Know Thy Scanning Software
Defragment Your Hard Drive
Splurge on Your Monitor
Ten Things to Avoid Like the Plague
The Pentium II and the PowerPC 60x
Printer Cartridge Scanners
Serial Scanners
Old Printer Cables
Refurbished Hardware
Scanning Copyrighted Work
Windows 95 and System 7
Obscure Image Formats
Small-Capacity Hard Drives and Floppy Disks
Materials That Should Never Be Scanned
Ten Signs of a Good Scan
Keeping Things Straight
Crop 'Til You Drop
You're Looking Sharp
Flat Is Nice
That's, Like, So ... Transparent
Your Original Is Your Friend
Favor the First Generation
Size Does Matter
Colors That Balance
A Finely Tuned Format
Ten Favorite Effects
Introducing the Sample Scan
Fur
Texture
Buttonize
Page Curl
Ripple
Sunburst
Glowing Edges
Rotating Mirror
Punch
Brush Strokes
Appendixes
Scanner Hardware and Software Manufacturers
Hardware Manufacturers
Software Developers
Glossary
About the CD
System Requirements
Using the CD with Microsoft Windows
Using the CD with Mac OS
What You'll Find on the CD
Troubleshooting
Index
End-User License Agreement

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