Re: Re: Scanner problems

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Posted by Chuck Tribolet on April 07, 2006 at 18:36:36:

In Reply to: Re: Scanner problems posted by Steven C on April 07, 2006 at 18:06:01:

If you really care (and if the OP has a $100 scanner, he doesn't
care THAT much), you need to calibrate the montor+video card, and do it
monthly. Just have the calibration for an average monitor of your
type has two problems: 1) it's an average monitor, not YOUR monitor
in YOUR room at YOUR temperature. 2) it doesn't consider the video
card, which is another variable in the pipe from digital bits to
photons. I use a Pantone Spyder2Pro. I was amazed at what it
could do. I have two LCD displays on my desktop machine at work.
One's always been a bit yellowish. I'd dinked around with the
setting, and made it better, but not RIGHT. The Spyder got them
the same on the first try.

And if you really care, you don't use an LCD display. They are
too variable depending on the exact viewing angle. They are much
better than they used to be, but still not as consistent as a

But since the OP can get good results from scanning prints, and
not from scanning slides, I'd suspect the problem lies in the
scanner setup. And he should also understand that these are
print scanners that can be twisted into scanning slides, but they
are first and foremost print scanners. And a look at the manual
indicates that is definately a "for dummies" scanner -- there
don't appear to be any adjustments (whada expect for $100)

Do you have the latest drivers and firmware? There are some
updates on HPs website.

And are the colors off relative to the slide? Or to what you
would like them to be? If the slide is off, the scane will be
off on an inexpensive scanner. A serious slide scanner will have
Digital ROC (Restoration Of Color) which is really good at undoing
the fading of time.


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