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Make Your Scanner a Great Design and Production Tool Paperback – Oct 1998

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891348417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891348412
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,499,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb. 1999
Format: Paperback
Michael Sullivan's book about scanning is an outstanding example of an easy to read, yet compact and complete handbook. It advances logically from basics to more advanced practices and contains a load of useful tips and tricks. There are also numerous pictures and other examples which demonstrate the issues at hand in a very informative way. Mr. Sullivan's casual writing style makes the book a pleasure to read - he doesn't preach and yet makes his point very clear. The book has been of great help in my own work.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Review by Scanning Basics Teacher 14 Jun. 2000
By Donna Ford - Published on
Format: Paperback
For four years now I have made reference to Make Your Scanner a Great Design & Production Tool, and it's previous version, in my Scanning Basics non-credit classes at a local community college. I refer to the page for finding the sweet spot on your scanner because it explains how "noise" can be introduced into a scan. That, and some other technical information, has been useful to me in preparing for my class. The target audience of the book is graphic artists/designers; I believe it meets the needs of that group. However, my classes are attended by family members doing geneologies, librarians, or small business owners who want to scan for the internet. The book does not contain enough examples geared to their needs.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Advanced intermediate to advanced scanning tips. 1 Jun. 1999
By Jay Coffsky - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was disappointed in this manual as I expected more of a level suitable for a beginner. I felt like a beginner skier on an advance slope. Not much fun and lots of levels of usefullness not appropiate for beginners. I wished the reviewers had a way to indicate the level of usefullness. Prehpas in a year or two I will feel the way the excellent reviews the manual got which promtede me to purchase it. If you are a beginner this is a higher level manual then I found useful.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
70% brochure--20% information--10% useful 27 Dec. 1998
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was quite dissapointed to say the least. 160 pages of large type stuffed with manufacturer's brochure data and pereferal disscussions bouncing from beginner to expert equiptment and outputs with only a few direct pieces of information for those of us who have decent equiptment and need to make them work better. The Waite's 'Photoshop 5 How To' has more practical information--and no brochures!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The best scanner book I've seen so far. 22 Nov. 2000
By P. Sahlin - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have several books on scanners and scanning, and I don't think any of them come close to matching this one in the clarity of the text and the illustrations used to make the point. The only drawback I could find was that I do wish the authors would all get together and use the same terms when talking about dpi, spi, lpi, and ppi. It makes it pretty difficult for us right-brain folks to be able to sort it all out. However, I still consider 'Make Your Scanner a Great Design Tool' to be very useful and a worthwhile investment, particularly if you are getting into doing any sort of image-tweaking for optimum results. I have recommended it to several artists who want to scan their work.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of the Most Useful Books on My Shelf 22 Sept. 2000
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Format: Paperback
I reference this book every time I scan a difficult photo. I think it is an excellent guide for designers, especially those working with small clients who can't afford professional photography. The book has advice on how to work with common "problem photos", which is a great help when you need to get a usable image out of a snapshot with poor lighting.
I see the other reviewer's point about too much space being taken up by discussion of various types of scanners. It would have been nice to see less about scanner types no one uses and more space devoted to techniques for improving scans. Still, the information that is there is very useful.
The information is directed at print designers, but many of the tips are useful for the Internet in a general sense. It would be nice to see specific advice for online images, but maybe that's for another book. All in all I found it a very valuable resource and have recommended it to several other designers.
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