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Hewlett-Packard Official Scanner Handbook (Hewlett-Packard Press) Paperback – November 15, 2000

ISBN-13: 078-5555045668 ISBN-10: 0764535234 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Hewlett-Packard Press
  • Paperback: 478 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (November 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764535234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764535239
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,178,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

If you're wondering how grayscale differs from halftone, or whether you can tell the difference between an image scanned at 600 dots per inch (dpi) and one scanned at 300 dpi, the Hewlett-Packard Official Scanner Handbook will answer all your questions. This handbook shows you how to get the most out of your scanner by untangling jargon and helping you perform complicated tasks professionally.

The features and capabilities of various scanners are examined in language the layperson can understand. Even though the book mentions only HP hardware products by name, much of the advice presented applies just as well to other manufacturers' products.

A segment of the book tackles the question, "What do we do now?" It contains ideas for a series of scanner projects, including custom paperweights, mobiles, greeting cards, T-shirts, and tons more. These are real scissors-and-glue craft projects (with scanners and printers thrown into the mix) that would suit any adult-and-kid duo perfectly on the proverbial rainy day. --David Wall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Learn to scan directly to a Web page editor such as Microsoft FrontPage. equip your creativity No matter what brand or model scanner you're using, you'll find absolutely everything you need to know in this official guide from HP, now updated to cover the latest equipment and technologies.
* find the right scanner at the right price
* get set up in a snap
* produce high-quality scans
* work with image-editing software
* troubleshoot and fix scanner problems
* perk up presentations and other work projects
* create cards, decals, and party favors
Packed with practical tips, a glossary, and more than 40 fun projects, this authoritative guide is just what you need to make the most of your scanner. includes a unique "Resource Kit" appendix, which shows you where to find arts and crafts supplies for scanner projects and directs you to additional resources to help spark your creativity reader level: beginning to intermediate shelving category: peripherals/scanners www.idgbooks.com

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I wish I'd had this book when I started using my scanner. It clearly explains a lot of confusing terms and helped me correct a lot of the things I was doing wrong. The chapter that explained resolution was worth the price I paid all by itself. I disagree with the reviewer who says the book is a rehash of the material supplied with scanners. Half of this book consists of projects to apply to your scanning, something that I wish more vendors *would* provide with their products. The other half is detailed information about scanning that I wish had been supplied with my scanner. If I want a book on image editing with Photoshop, I'll buy one. I wanted a book on how scanners work and how to use them, and that's what the authors have done a good job in writing this handbook. Thanks!
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book does not live up to its title. There are generalities galore but a scanner is a specific item and the 'how to' is needed. For example "Use your software tools to erase all of the background...." and "...spice it up using the contrast and brightness controls on your scanner..." are meaningless for the starting user. The 31 color plates included are pretty but add no specifics. The book has a 1999 publication date but ignores most current HP models. The troubleshooting section looks as if it could be useful but who can tell until there's trouble. Since Hewlett Packard chooses to provide just one sheet of instructions with its scanners there is a real need for a handbook that does the job. Of the 460 pages in the book, only 172 deal with scanners. The rest covers such grade school projects as paperweights and napkin rings. The title and the on-screen blurb were misleading. Perhaps Amazon.com can come up with a way to browse a book for content before purchase. After all, the bookstores have always been that way.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Philip B. Menninger on April 21, 2000
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This book is full of great information about scanning. The reader will come away with a wealth of knowledge about scanning.
The problem I had was that I bought an HP 6300C scanner and since HP doesn't supply owner's manuals, I purchased this book to help me learn more about my scanner. There doesn't seem to be anything directly related to the 6300 scanner series and how to use the multifunctions that are a part of it - copying, faxing, e-mailing and filing.
I learned a great deal from this book about scanning, but very little about how to use my scanner since the ScanJetII they use for examples isn't like the newer HP scanners.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1999
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I've been using a UMAX scanner for over a year, and wish this book had been available earlier. Although it had "Hewlett-Packard" in the title, most of the information applied to my scanner, as well. I was able to use the tips the authors provided to really improve my results. The examples were great, and the color pages showed exactly what I was going to get. I use my scanner in my work, and this book was a life-saver in helping me solve a couple very thorny problems. The writing is very clear, and doesn't talk down to you. If all the Hewlett-Packard guides are this good, I'm going to check out their printer handbook next. Thanks, authors!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1999
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It's great to finally have an authoritative book available that covers scanners so completely. I liked that the book provided information for users of any brand scanner, rather than just Hewlett Packard equipment. Scanner models change so frequently anyway that advice on how to select and use the best one for your needs is more valuable than a feature-by-feature comparison of specific scanners. This book has just what I needed, without being padded out with how-tos you can find in any Photoshop book. The projects were great, too. I'm on my third scanner, and was delighted to see suggestions for interesting things to do with it. Good job, authors!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Donna Ford on June 15, 2000
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The first half of this book covers the same information I teach during the first half of my 3 hour scanning class at a local community college. The book provides troubleshooting info (I get many such questions) and basic scanning facts. It is geared to the type of students my class draws, rather than the graphic artist. The projects in the second half of the book, however, are not especially useful to the real estate agent and other small business person or librarians and geneologists who need specific information on working with old photos.
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