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From Photons to Pixels

No matter how good a job you do of capturing the image, you'll almost certainly need to massage it some more using Photoshop's own tools. If your scanner has allowed you to capture the image as close as possible to the way you want it, the tweaks you make in Photoshop will be small and subtle, so you'll run far less risk of losing valuable image data, and introducing poster-ization and artifacts. Plus, you'll preserve the shadow and highlight detail that make the difference between a so-so image and one that leaps off the page and grabs you.

Go back and revisit Chapter 6, Tonal Correction Fundamentals, and Chapter 7, Color Correction Fundamentals. Given a little ingenuity, almost all the techniques we discuss in those chapters can be applied during the scan itself. You'll get better results, and you'll have less work to do in Photoshop after the scan.


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