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SilverFast Scan to Flickr

May 5th, 2007 · No Comments · Flickr, HowTo, Processing, Quicktips, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

If you are using Flickr as your favourite photo sharing service and SilverFast there is a great way for uploading some of your analogue photography. This is a very easy method and applies to SilverFast SE and/or Ai in combination using Flickr Uploader (Flickr login required).

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Start SilverFast via the standalone SF Launcher. In the SilverFast Options go to the General tab and tick the “Show processed image” option. This option will open the scan in the default viewing application. Also, while you are there, in the CMS panel choose sRGB as your working space in order to make your images look color correct in all browsers. Click “Ok” to save the changes. With this SilverFast will call the default viewing application for the particular file type after scanning the image. If you are using Mac OSX this is very probably the Viewer app. In order to scan directly to Flickr with SilverFast we need to change the default viewing application to our Flickr tool.
The default viewing application can be changed individually. The Flickr Uploader expects JPEG as uploads to Flickr. Switch to the Finder and click on any JPEG-image in your images folder. Enter “apple+i” to open the info panel and choose the Flickr Uploader via the “Open with” option. Don’t forget to hit the “Change All” button. From now on JPEG-files will be opend with the Flickr Uploadr by default. Switch back to SilverFast and perform a Prescan. Proceed as usual by selecting the image to scan in your preview area but choose the appropriate pixel dimensions for your output. For a landscape image this could be 1024 pixels in width, which is more than enough for viewing images on the screen and will keep the upload small. You may want to apply the automatic image optimization or optimize the image with the SilverFast tools, like Selective Color Correction. Also apply some unsharp masking in order to make the image look crisp on the screen. Hit the Scan button and choose JPEG as your file type and 65% quality under options. Press Save, and the images will come up automatically in your Flickr Uploadr application after SilverFast has finished the scan. Now the scan is ready to be uploaded to Flickr!
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