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Real World Scanning Halftones Paperback – March, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0201696837 ISBN-10: 0201696835 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Real World
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 2nd edition (March 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201696835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201696837
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,129,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

This highly useful, detailed guide helps desktop-publishing and other design professionals produce the best possible scans and halftones from their images. The first section focuses on scanning, first featuring explanations of such terms as spi (samples per inch), bit depth, optical and interpolated resolution, and dynamic range. The authors even advise you on buying and cleaning scanners. Next they detail the elements of good scans and how to fix less-than-perfect ones, helping you figure out what sort of file formats and resolutions to use in your work, how to do tonal and color corrections, and how to sharpen and compress images. Finally, the discussion turns to Web and printer output and to OCR technology and PhotoCD images.

The section on halftones teaches you how to produce decent halftone images, first by explaining how halftones work and then by explaining such issues as frequency, gray levels, spot variation, spot gain, spot shapes, and the role of printers and software in creating halftones. There's also a discussion of stochastic screening and how to create blends and reduce moiré and other patterns. The last chapters here help you fine-tune your halftone settings and learn a bit about PostScript operators for halftones and scanning.

The third and last section focuses on using image applications to work with scans, tonal and color corrections, and halftones. This discussion includes Adobe Photoshop, Micrografx Picture Publisher, Corel Photo-Paint, Ulead PhotoImpact, Equilibrium's DeBabelizer, Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia FreeHand, CorelDRAW, Adobe PageMaker, and QuarkXPress. The authors also look at a few scanning applications and offer tips on using them.

Throughout the book the authors provide plenty of images and screen shots to illustrate their points, and a full-color section helps bring some of these examples to life. There's lots of technical discussion, but since each chapter builds on the previous ones and the basic terminology is put forth clearly, you can leave off wherever you wish and still have a lot of new knowledge to apply to your scans and halftones. --Kathleen Caster

Review

"Editor's Pick! Here's the book we've all been waiting for! You read about the original edition of this book several years ago when it brought sage advice on producing top-notch scans and halftones....They're back! Now the three best-known experts in desktop publishing bring you the latest and greatest in the world of making your scans kick butt!" -- The Design and Publishing Center

"I must tell you that your book is the easiest to understand on the subject." -- Jennifer H.

"It's a real pleasure to find something so well written. I think you people may have written 'the' standard reference! Your clarity of expression and technical precision is wonderful....I couldn't put it down because it reads so well." - -- Robert B.

"One of the best technical books I've ever read!" -- Jeffrey R.

"Thanks again for your fantastic book. Clear writing, logically layed out, and just what the doctor ordered for someone like me." -- Andy F.

"Wow! A very worthy successor to a great classic. This book is simply a 'must-have' for anyone doing any kind of commercial reproduction work." -- Wayne Fulton, author of "a few tips on scanning" book and Web site

"[This] is one of those books which seldom makes it back to the bookshelf, it's always on a desk." -- Format Newsletter

Newly revised and updated for the modern era, Real World Scanning and Halftones, Second Edition is better than everand that's good! David Blatner, Glenn Fleishman and Steve Roth have taken a great book and made it even better. When Real World Scanning and Halftones (the first edition) was published back in 1993, it was focused primarily on scanning and printing grayscale images, since at that time there weren't that many people doing a lot of color work on the desktop. Nowadays, of course, just about every color image you see in print (and all you see online) has been processed digitally -- and probably in Photoshop. So the Second Edition covers desktop color in much more detail, as well as adding sections on web graphics, output to todays color printers, stochastic screening, and other contemporary technologies.

The materials covered address the things that every Photoshop user (and everyone else working with digital images) needs to know. That includes some things that you would expect, plus some welcome surprises: for example, how to get decent output from today's inexpensive inkjet printersthis is information which you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere; most neophytes who buy a non-PostScript inkjet printer (can you say Epson?) don't realize that they're not based on the traditional CMYK print model.....but 100 years of printing technologies -- as well as the digital advances of more recent years -- typically assume that you are printing to a CMYK device. So if you've got an RGB printer, or something that uses it very own proprietary six-color process (can you say Epson?), in some respects you are in deep, uncharted waters, where many things that are usually taken for granted may no longer apply. You'll find useful information on this and other modern digital conundrums in this book.

The material covered applies to anyone working with digital images -- and if you're working in Photoshop, that's you, regardless of whether you use a Mac or a Wintel PC. There's no CD, but the book does have an associated web site. Real World Scanning and Halftones, Second Edition is an invaluable resource that will help you understand and take control of your digital images, from input, through your adjustments, to your final output. If you own a scanner and you want to get good output, this is a book you'll want to have. In fact, nobody should be allowed to walk out of a computer store with a scanner under their arm without a copy of Real World Scanning and Halftones, Second Edition to go along with it.

-- Copyright 1998 David Herman. Review originally appeared on the PhotoBooks site, the definitive resource for review of books relating to and about Adobe Photoshop.


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This book also has clear explanations of technical issues.
Jim Kennedy
This is an excellent book if you want to understand resolution when scanning images for the web or print.
SteveO
This book has confirmed some of the things I have learned on my own.
T. White

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Harry Kelley on October 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am a Vice President of Graphic Services for one of the largest ad agencies in the world. I can't recommend this book highly enough for anyone starting a study of scanning and image processing (Photoshop...). I frequently find that if my retouchers are having problems they haven't read this. It's a must.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 1998
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Newly revised and updated for the modern era, Real World Scanning and Halftones, Second Edition is better than ever and that's good! David Blatner, Glenn Fleishman and Steve Roth have taken a great book and made it even better. When Real World Scanning and Halftones (the first edition) was published back in 1993, it was focused primarily on scanning and printing grayscale images, since at that time there weren't that many people doing a lot of color work on the desktop. Nowadays, of course, just about every color image you see in print (and all you see online) has been processed digitallyand probably in Photoshop. So the Second Edition covers desktop color in much more detail, as well as adding sections on web graphics, output to today's color printers, stochastic screening, and other contemporary technologies.

The goal of this book remains to "provide step-by-step, type-in-the-numbers instructions for getting great-quality images out of your scanners, laser printers, and imagesetters, using a variety of software." This is great stuff. It's not mind-numbingly complicated, but it's not brain-dead simple, either, especially if you have no background in the field. Even if you're a scanning and halftone veteran, you'll find lots of practical, useful information and advice in this book.....
(Review originally appeared on PhotoBooks Web site, (c) 1998 David Herman) END
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kajpust@tardis.svsu.edu on June 4, 1998
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This 2nd edition improves on an already very good book on scanning. It adds more information on color, using web graphics, and adds more scanning software explanations.
If you think you need a 1200 dpi scanner for web work, check this book out and find out why you probably don't. The book will save you time and money and show you how to improve your graphic outputs. It's well worth the money.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By RED LECAIN on April 4, 2000
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When the author suggested that the proper way to read this book was cover to cover. I thought sure every author wants you to hang on every word. What I found was in reading cover to cover was little insights from page to page created a new model about halftones and how they relate to image setters and laser printers. I continually got "so thats why". I recommend this book to all my customers as a definitive source for scanning and output. It takes a subject that is a mystery to us printers born or trained before 1980 and clearly mates our analog knowledge with the digital world we now work in. I'm 60 and run an answer line for digital plate distributors.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Ken Rockwell on October 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought the book sight unseen based on the glowing reviews here.
I wanted to get specific, detailed insight to which scanners worked well, and how to get great and consistant color out of them.
I got none of that. There was no detailed instruction on how to make and use color profiles with scanners.
They talk "about" scanning quite a lot, but give no hard specifics. Often the advice is that "more expensive scanners work better." That's something that I didn't need the book to tell me.
It does cover a great deal of basics for first-timer users, but little for people who already know how to pump pixels.
Every time I thougt it might get into some of the details I wanted, the chapter ended.
It is written too casually for me. It appears to be written by a few guys who have been around publishing. It reads like a collection of casual "shop talk," more than hard info. The authors occasionally get in over their heads technically and make some mistakes trying to explain things that they admit they don't understand, like how JPEG compression works.
I returned my copy, a great thing about Amazon. I got nothing out of it. One cool trick they suggested for Photoshop didn't even work. (c) 2000 kenrockwell.com
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kajpust@tardis.svsu.edu on October 13, 1997
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I found the book to contain much valuable information on graphics procedures. I'm just learning about scanning and image processing and this book has told me more in one evening than I've managed to dredge up in the last month. I'm really looking forward to a new edition. After all, 4 years in computer years is a looong time. Yet even saying that, the information is still invaluable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SteveO on May 5, 2009
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This is an excellent book if you want to understand resolution when scanning images for the web or print. It gets to the technical side of frequencies (DPI, LPI)for output to imagesetters. It also gives you a window of understanding in the areas of cells within a dot (platner's rule of 16). This is hepfull when dealing with halftones and process color images (CMYK). You will be able to comprehend why these four transluecent colors when blended together can give you such a wide spectrum of color by utilizing shadow dots,highlight dots and midtone dots.
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