Re: Scanning Class information??


I have been seeking out a scanner operator class with no
luck (all
that I found are on-site and product-specific classes). I did find
one in
the UK but being on the west coast, that's a little further than I
care to
travel. I have not seen any such course offered by
Sterling-Ledet but am
assuming such information is available to them. I'm hoping for
a more
general (if possible) class, and since I am not currently
"on-site" is not an option. Hopefully with a class of this type
added to my
resume the dry market might dampen up.
If you have attended one of Dan's colour correction workshops -
then I presume that you are at a certain level of experience in pre
press or photography etc. One would not presume that you are
rank amateur (unless you had generous employers or some
spare money to throw around).

This should be a good thing to note on the resume.

Now I guess that you are not referring to traditional horizontal
PMT drum scanning.

In Australia, graphic repro apprentices specialised in this field
and learned the craft over a four year period - from experienced
and knowledgeable tradespersons.

If you are talking of high to medium end flatbed scanning, then
this would not require the same sort of background.

There is not much in the hardware side to learn. Cleaning
originals is not rocket science. Mounting originals is usually very
straight forward as well. Some flatbeds have oil mounts, and I
have heard of some custom hacks as well - but this is not the
norm for most flatbed users. Oil/gel mounting is messy and
requires more time and work, but the results are probably worth
it...when I think of how much spotting time this removes - not to
mention much better transmissive scans.

What is left is learning the controls of the scanners software and
how they apply to various originals etc - and how to edit by the
numbers or visually with ICC or other methods.

So without devaluating the whole art of scanning too much - if
you are proficient with Photoshop, RGB, LAB and CMYK editing
and have broad production experience in print or imaging etc,
then most of the learning curve is probably covered.

It would depend on the setting you were aiming for...

A traditional by the numbers scanner operator whose main
concern is CMYK and print is one type user employers are after.

An ICC fluent operator who knows RGB and colour management
and scans raw, flat untoned high bit images for high bit editing in
Photoshop for archival is another position.

Even though both are scanner operators - they have very different
outlooks and experience. This is not to say that they are mutually

Since clients do their own scans these days - professional
scanning is more a side issue, for most shops.

As you rightly state - another skill can be a big asset to your

If my hunch is right about your experience, you are probably most
of the way there now - even if you have not used a scanner.

I can supply some links off list if you would like, which may be of


Stephen Marsh.

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