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==What is Optimization?==
 
==What is Optimization?==
  
"Optimization" is our way of referring to the minimal editing we do to raw scans, in order to deliver them online. Since we are delivering a faithful representation of the archival materials we scan, we do not seek to enhance images (for example, making a blurry photograph in focus). Our goal is to
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"Optimization" is our way of referring to the minimal editing we do to our initial digital captures in order to deliver them online. Since we are delivering a faithful representation of the archival materials we capture, we do not seek to enhance images (for example, getting a blurry photograph in focus or brightening a dark piece of paper), only to enhance the quality of our capture.
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Our goal is to
  
# ensure even exposure and contrast
 
 
# apply proper white balance
 
# apply proper white balance
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# ensure even exposure and contrast
 
# align for presentation and readability
 
# align for presentation and readability
 
# crop evenly, leaving a small border of background around the object
 
# crop evenly, leaving a small border of background around the object
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==Using Adobe Bridge==
 
==Using Adobe Bridge==
  
===Process===
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===Procedure===
  
 
Open files in Camera Raw
 
Open files in Camera Raw
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*Select the file(s) you want to edit
 
*Select the file(s) you want to edit
 
*Right-click and choose '''Open in Camera Raw...'''
 
*Right-click and choose '''Open in Camera Raw...'''
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Edit files
 
Edit files
 
*See Tools and Special Tips below
 
*See Tools and Special Tips below
Save files
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Export files
 
*Select the files you want to save from the thumbnail bar on the left
 
*Select the files you want to save from the thumbnail bar on the left
 
**Use the '''Select All''' button at the top left to choose all the files
 
**Use the '''Select All''' button at the top left to choose all the files
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*Click the '''Save Image...''' button
 
*Click the '''Save Image...''' button
 
*On the menu that pops up
 
*On the menu that pops up
**choose the destination folder
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**choose the destination folder (choose '''Save in New Location''', and browse to the C:\tiff_scans folder or the appropriate folder on the S: drive)
 
**set the filename (choose '''document name''' if you want to retain the name already on the file)
 
**set the filename (choose '''document name''' if you want to retain the name already on the file)
**select type of file (always choose '''.tif''')
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**select type of file to '''.tif''' (unless you're exporting files for some other purpose)
 
*Click the '''Save''' button
 
*Click the '''Save''' button
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Exit Camera Raw
 
Exit Camera Raw
 
*To exit at any time without saving changes, choose '''Cancel'''
 
*To exit at any time without saving changes, choose '''Cancel'''
*To exit with changes saved, choose '''Done''' -- this DOES NOT EXPORT the files in the proper format, just retains the changes you've made to the raw file
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*To exit with changes saved, choose '''Done''' -- this DOES NOT EXPORT the files, just retains the changes you've made to the raw file
 
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===Tools===
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===Basic Tools===
  
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[[Image:CameraRawTools.jpg]]
  
 
===Special Tips===
 
===Special Tips===
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*Selecting more than one file from the thumbnail bar allows you to edit multiple files at once, whether it's all the files (especially useful for white balance) or just some (for example, you want to crop all the files from one item or all the files with the same size object).
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*If you haven't selected multiple files but want to apply edits from one files to others
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**select the edited file first then the others you want to edit,
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**click the '''Synchronize...''' button,
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**check '''Crop''' (for cropping) and/or '''Local Adjustments''' (for color and exposure), and
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**click '''Okay'''
  
 
==Using Adobe Photoshop==
 
==Using Adobe Photoshop==
  
Note: These procedures are no longer part of our regular workflow
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Go to [[Using Adobe Photoshop | this page]]
 
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===Macros===
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Photoshop Action Files
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#Photo
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#Sheetmusic
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#Multi image batch optimization (file and procedure)
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#[[Polyborder Image Opt]]
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==Other workflows==
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# [[optimizing Sheetmusic workflow|making PDFs of Sheet Music]]
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Latest revision as of 14:33, 11 September 2013

Contents

[edit] What is Optimization?

"Optimization" is our way of referring to the minimal editing we do to our initial digital captures in order to deliver them online. Since we are delivering a faithful representation of the archival materials we capture, we do not seek to enhance images (for example, getting a blurry photograph in focus or brightening a dark piece of paper), only to enhance the quality of our capture.

Our goal is to

  1. apply proper white balance
  2. ensure even exposure and contrast
  3. align for presentation and readability
  4. crop evenly, leaving a small border of background around the object

[edit] Using Adobe Bridge

[edit] Procedure

Open files in Camera Raw

  • Browse to the correct folder in Adobe Bridge
  • Select the file(s) you want to edit
  • Right-click and choose Open in Camera Raw...

Edit files

  • See Tools and Special Tips below

Export files

  • Select the files you want to save from the thumbnail bar on the left
    • Use the Select All button at the top left to choose all the files
    • Use the Shift key to choose a range of files
    • Use the Ctrl key to choose random files
  • Click the Save Image... button
  • On the menu that pops up
    • choose the destination folder (choose Save in New Location, and browse to the C:\tiff_scans folder or the appropriate folder on the S: drive)
    • set the filename (choose document name if you want to retain the name already on the file)
    • select type of file to .tif (unless you're exporting files for some other purpose)
  • Click the Save button

Exit Camera Raw

  • To exit at any time without saving changes, choose Cancel
  • To exit with changes saved, choose Done -- this DOES NOT EXPORT the files, just retains the changes you've made to the raw file

[edit] Basic Tools

CameraRawTools.jpg

[edit] Special Tips

  • Selecting more than one file from the thumbnail bar allows you to edit multiple files at once, whether it's all the files (especially useful for white balance) or just some (for example, you want to crop all the files from one item or all the files with the same size object).
  • If you haven't selected multiple files but want to apply edits from one files to others
    • select the edited file first then the others you want to edit,
    • click the Synchronize... button,
    • check Crop (for cropping) and/or Local Adjustments (for color and exposure), and
    • click Okay

[edit] Using Adobe Photoshop

Go to this page

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