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Presenting a nice blend of News, Tips and Tutorials from LaserSoft Imaging

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SilverFast now supports 4K monitors!

October 10th, 2016 · News, SilverFast

SilverFast now supports 4K monitors! – Starting with 8.8.0r6, SilverFast supports 4K monitors. The user interface is displayed correctly from this version on for the typical Ultra HD (UHD) resolutions of 4K monitors.

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SilverFast 8.8 supports macOS Sierra

September 28th, 2016 · News, OSX, SilverFast

SilverFast 8.8 supports macOS Sierra (10.12) – SilverFast 8.8 scanner and HDR software runs natively on Intel Mac systems from version OS X 10.7 (including macOS Sierra). With the release of version 8.8, the SilverFast System Requirements have been changed, 32 bit operating system support has been discontinued.

Here you find a list of all supported scanners.

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Visit us at photokina

September 14th, 2016 · News, Photography, Photography Business

The photokina fair, world leading fair for photo, video and the imaging branch as such takes place in Cologne from 20th to 25th September. Discover innovations and trends around the image from 10am to 6pm.

As partner at the Epson stand, LaserSoft Imaging presents its SilverFast Archive Suite: a flexible and safe to use complete solution for the digitization of photos, slides and filmstrips which doesn’t require any further processing in Photoshop.

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Over time, analog pictures lose quality and color; they even are at risk of fungal attacks (cf. Picture). As partner at the Epson stand, LaserSoft Imaging thus presents its SilverFast Archive Suite: a flexible and safe to use complete solution for the digitization of slides, filmstrips and photos which doesn’t require any further processing in Photoshop.

Bye, bye dust and scratches: SilverFast SRDx and Clone-Tool form a strong team against any type of defect. Dust, scratches and fingerprints present no difficulty to the combination of automatic and manual correction. SRDx thus is the ideal solution for all images for which the infrared-based dust and scratch removal is not available – even for images that have been scanned already without infrared-based correction.

Come and visit us at the Epson stand (hall 02.2, stand B011 & C012) at photokina 2016. We are looking forward to present to you our solution in the areas of scanning, processing and printing.

For more information on our trade fair presentations and demonstrations, please visit our photokina website.

We are looking forward to meet you!
Your LaserSoft Imaging Team

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PrinTao 8 for EPSON SureColor SC-P Series

August 16th, 2016 · News, Photography Business, PrinTao 8, Printing

PrinTao 8 supports new EPSON SureColor Large Format Printers:

24″ Printers: SC-P6000 and SC-P7000 (LLK)
44″ Printers: SC-P8000 and SC-P9000 (LLK)

With the new SureColor SC-P series Epson introduces four large format printers, which feature printing widths of 24″ or 44″ and are therefore optimally suited for the professional use in the fields of Fine Art, Photo and Proofing. A particular advantage is their ability to accurately reproduce a very large color space. The SC-P6000 and the SC-P8000 are using the Epson UltraChrome HD ink with eight colors, while the models SC-P7000 and SC-P9000 are using UltraChrome HDx ink with ten colors. The UltraChrome HD inks and the Epson PrecisionCore printhead guarantee consistent and high-quality durable prints that cover up to 98% of the Pantone color space.

PrinTao 8 – the Mac OS X printing solution that guarantees maximum print quality, while offering highly efficent handling and ease of use. PrinTao 8 takes over color management and all printer driver settings, allowing you to concentrate entirely on your images.

For more information on PrinTao 8, just click here.

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Scanning Color Negative Film – A Tutorial by Sebastian Schlüter

August 4th, 2016 · HowTo, News, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

Scanning Color Negative Film with SilverFast Ai Studio 8 and Adobe Lightroom

Sebastian Schlüter is a photography artist, who’s work can be described as a personal record of his observations. He would even call it an extension or a diversified document of all his encounters. His creative tool is photography, Sebastian’s style is pure, honest and calm. While he uses both digital and film cameras Sebastian has a preference for the subtle and simple style of film photography. SilverFast is his choice to transfer his analog images to the digital world.

He has now published an article about getting started with scanning color negative film: Video Tutorial: Scanning Color Negative Film. Sebastian introduces SilverFast’s NegaFix, Global Color Correction and Gradation tools. He also covers the basic settings and the challenges that come with scanning color negative film.

Sebastian Schlüter: « Make you own scans, your own interpretations, give the scans your artistic voice. That is what makes home scanning so fascinating. »

Visit Sebastian’s Website and check out many other great Scanning Tutorials.

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SilverFast-Workshops auf dem Oberstdorfer Fotogipfel 2016

May 31st, 2016 · analogue photography, Digital Photography, HowTo, Photography Business, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

Im Rahmen des Fotogipfels bietet der Fotograf und Produktmanager von LaserSoft Imaging Jan-Willem Rossée an zwei Terminen einen Workshop zum Thema “Einführung in das verlustfreie und zeitsparende Scannen anspruchsvoller Vorlagen” an. Melden Sie sich jetzt an, die Teilnehmerplätze sind limitiert.

Vom 09. – 14. Juni 2015 findet in Deutschlands südlichster Gemeinde Oberstdorf der 4. Oberstdorfer Fotogipfel statt. Das Angebot des Events, mit dem diesjährigen Thema “Mensch”, umfasst nahezu die komplette Bandbreite der Fotografie und richtet sich sowohl an Hobbyfotografen, die ihr Können verbessern, aber auch an Profis, die sich weiterentwickeln möchten.

Jan-Willem RosséeEinführung in das verlustfreie und zeitsparende Scannen anspruchsvoller Vorlagen. Nach einer kurzen anschaulichen Einführung in das wichtige Thema Farbmanagement wird anhand einfacher praktischer Übungen gezeigt, wie mit SilverFast und dem Epson® V850 Pro Scanner Dias oder Negative zeitsparend gescannt und gespeichert werden sollten, um diese anschließend im optimalen Farbraum verlustfrei zu archivieren oder an die Bildbearbeitungs-Software zu übergeben. Mehr Informationen zu den Workshops finden Sie hier.

  • Termine
  • Montag, den 13.06.16 / 09.00 – 18.00 Uhr
  • Dienstag, den 14.06.16 / 09.00 – 18.00 Uhr
  • Treffpunkt: 09:00 Uhr, Foyer Oberstdorf Haus
  • Kosten: 149,- €
  • Teilnehmerzahl: max.10 Teilnehmer
  • Um rechtzeitige Anmeldung wird gebeten: Anmeldung hier


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PROFIFOTO – Archiving for the Future

April 7th, 2016 · Reviews, SilverFast

SilverFast – Archiving for the Future

The quality analog originals is getting worse over time. Even under optimal storage conditions the ravages of time destroys slides, negatives and photos. Thus, there is an urgent need for action. PROFIFOTO, a German photo magazine, introduces an effective way to to save the photographic media – the SilverFast Archive Suite.

The SilverFast Archive Suite is a comprehensive solution for creating digital image archives. Scanner software, image processing software, scanner calibration and an integrated color management – all in one package. Suitable for professionals and beginners alike.

The PROFIFOTO magazine introduces the Archive Suite to the reader and explains some of SilverFast’s manifold features. The patented Multi-Exposure, which increases the Dynamic Range when scanning film media, iSRD and SRDx for removing dust and scratches and the WorkflowPilot as a step-by-step assistant. Furthermore, the concept of 64bit HDRi RAW data is illustrated – scan today, process tomorrow.

PROFIFOTO: « No compromise on Scanning: The combination of 64bit HDRi data format and SilverFast Multi-Exposure fully taps the power of the scanner and the potential of the image original and provides an excellent data base – also for future applications. […] In terms of quality and productivity, nobody puts something across the Archive Suite. »

You can find the complete article in the current PROFIFOTO issue (#4, April 2016).

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LaserSoft Imaging at the CeBIT – Daily Demonstrations<

March 7th, 2016 · News, Photography Business, SilverFast

LaserSoft Imaging at the CeBIT – Daily Demonstrations

From March 14th to March 18th this year‘s CeBIT trade fair will take place in Hannover, Germany. Of cause, LaserSoft Imaging AG will be present for showing a wide range of applications and solutions.

As in many previous years, we will present not only hardware and software but also complete solutions for concrete problems in cooperation with our partners. We will be at the Epson booth (Hall 7, A39) to inform you about special solutions in the area of ID card creation, Medical Scanning and Cultural Heritage. For example, we will demonstrate, why the use of specialized hardware and software is necessary for printing ID cards.

Our main booth is located on the community area of​the Schleswig-Holstein booth (Hall 5, D34). Here we present the SilverFast Archive Suite and solutions for Medical Scanning and Cultural Heritage. Visit our live demonstrations and learn how to quickly create a high-quality digital archive of analog image and object originals, how to revive old photographies and learn about the secrets of image quality.

More info, free tickets and demonstration schedule.

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SilverFast 8.8 Review & Tutorial by Lon Seidman

March 3rd, 2016 · Scanner, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials, Video

SilverFast 8.8 Review & Tutorial by Lon Seidman, Part 1

How to Scan Film Negatives Using SilverFast Software

This is the first in a series of videos Lon.TV will be doing on photo archiving, with an emphasis on bringing in old film negatives. Therefore, Lon is using a Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II. He considers SilverFast as the best choice for scanning negatives. This video is a great tutorial for beginners, showing how to quickly adjust basic settings and batch scan film strips. In addition, he introduces and explains SilverFast’s dust and scratch removal tools – the infrared based iSRD as well as the new software based SRDx.

Lon.TV « This first video shows how you can efficiently scan negatives using a flatbed scanner and SilverFast software. It can be as easy as loading them up and just a few mouse clicks. But SilverFast is also very good at finding and removing dust and scratches that might be on your negatives. Removing them at the time of scan means you’ll have less to do later. Also important to note that the concepts covered here also apply universally to scanning in general. »

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Mac & i – SilverFast “Against Decomposition”

February 29th, 2016 · News, Reviews, Scanner, SilverFast

SilverFast “Against Decomposition”

Digitizing Photos, Slides and Negatives, Part 1

“Winter time is best to recover analog image treasures and to store them digitally in high quality or to make them available to others. The instruments therefore have never been more varied, sophisticated and less expensive.” (Jeremias Radke)

This article introduces different approaches for digitizing photographic material. A particularly detailed focus is put on “Scanning with SilverFast”.

Mac & i « Everyone, who needs quality scans, can hardly avoid SilverFast. Post-processing the scanned images using an additional image editing software is usually unnecessary, because SilverFast already features important editing functionality for color and brightness correction, for noise reduction, for sharpening, and for dust and scratch removal. »

However, a small inaccuracy has slipped into the article: The article states, any dust and scratch removal is always accompanied by a loss of sharpness. That is correct in relation to many common tools, but does not apply to SilverFast iSRD and SRDx. And that is exactly what is exceptional with our dust and scratch removal tools iSRD (infrared channel based) and SRDx (software based): Both do not blur the images; therefore, the basic detail sharpness remains fully intact.

The complete article (German) can be found in the current Mac & i issue (# 1/2016) or for downloading from the heise archive (as PDF for 3,29 €).


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