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Posted 04 January 2006 - 02:23 PM

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<p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:18.0pt;color:black'>Scanning Turorial</span></b><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'></span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>Written for dvdcoverart (defunct)<br>
This scanning tutorial
is meant to cover the basics of scanning and cleaning up a cover for submission
to our site.&nbsp; It assumes you are using Adobe Photoshop as your image
editor, but the instructions are general enough that they can easily be adapted
for any other capable program, like Paint Shop Pro.&nbsp; This tutorial has a
fair amount of large images, so modem users <span class=GramE>be</span>
forewarned.</span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>&nbsp;</span><b><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:18.0pt;color:black'>Step One: Preparation</span></b><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'></span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>Make sure both the
cover and scanner surface are clean.&nbsp; If needed, spray a paper towel with
some Windex or similar, and wipe off any dust/dirt.&nbsp; Remember, any
dirt/dust particles on the cover/scanning surface will show up when you scan,
and will need to be removed later on.</span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>Flatten the cover as
much as possible before putting it in the scanner to avoid nasty curves and
reflections around the spine area.&nbsp; If scanning a snapper, be sure to
remove the cover from the plastic case by unhinging it at the back.</span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>Carefully align the
cover in scanner bed at a corner so the edges are straight (that way you don't
have to rotate it much if all later)</span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>If necessary, place a
heavy object on top of the cover to keep it as flat as possible (phonebooks,
3-5 laserdiscs work great here)</span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>&nbsp;</span><b><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:18.0pt;color:black'>Step Two: Scanning</span></b><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'></span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>Scan the image at
300dpi.&nbsp; Make sure any sharpening settings your scanner software may have
are set to the lowest setting (how much you can control this varies by scanner
software).&nbsp; If you scanning software automatically crops to the area it
thinks it should scan, make sure it isn't cutting off the edges.&nbsp; It's
usually best to back it out slightly and then crop as needed later.&nbsp; If
your scanner software has a 'descreen' option, you
may want to enable it, as it can do a good job of removing Halftone Dots
(covered later).&nbsp; Try scanning once with it on and once <span class=GramE>off,</span>
and see if the result is better or worse.</span></p>

<p><b><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:18.0pt;color:black'>Step Three: Cleanup</span></b><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'></span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>The first thing we
need to do is rotate the image to its proper orientation, and make any minor
rotation adjustments so the scan is level from left to right.&nbsp; As we can
see in the picture below, the scan needs to be rotated 90 degrees clockwise,
then <span class=GramE>a</span> another 1 degree or so to level it. Determining
how much adjustment is needed to get a scan perfectly straight is a tricky
thing, and requires a bit of trial and error. Sometimes you need to use
fractional degrees to get it just right.</span></p>

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<p><span lang=EN-AU><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
<p><span lang=EN-AU><img width=248 height=355
src="http://forums.freeco...g/image004.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1026"></span></p>
<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>
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<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>After rotation, the
image is now perfect straight.</span></p>
<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><![if !vml]><img width=359 height=250
src="http://forums.freeco...g/image006.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1027"><![endif]></span></p>
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<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>Next we crop any
excess from the edges, being careful not to cut off any of the cover.&nbsp; It
helps to zoom in on the cover to at least 100% when doing this.&nbsp; When you
go to crop you will be able to tell if you rotated the image properly in the
previous step, because if you didn't you will be cropping more at one side than
at the other when looking left to right or top to bottom to get</span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><![if !vml]><img width=344 height=232
src="http://forums.freeco...g/image008.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1028"><![endif]></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;
color:black'>If you look closely, you can see that there is still a little
white at the corners, since they are rounded.&nbsp; We will take care of that
later on.</span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Verdana;
color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p style='page-break-after:avoid'><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;
color:black'>Now we remove the appearance of halftone dots.&nbsp; Halftone dots
appear as a result of the processed used to print the original cover.&nbsp;
There are a few different ways of removing them - I will show the two most
common.&nbsp; The first is what I will call the &quot;blur + sharpen&quot;
method. </span></p>

<p style='page-break-after:avoid'><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-AU
style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>halftone</span></span><span lang=EN-AU
style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'> dots:</span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><![if !vml]><img width=304 height=376
src="http://forums.freeco...g/image009.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1029"><![endif]></span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>First we blur the
image slightly using the Gaussian Blur filter.&nbsp; The only adjustable
parameter here is the radius.&nbsp; What we want to do is remove the appearance
of the dots without loosing too much detail.&nbsp; I find a radius of around 1
pixel works best, but you may need to adjust it slightly depending on the cover
or scanner used.</span></p>

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<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>
Next, we sharpen the image slightly using the Unsharp
Mask filter, to offset some of the detail masked when blurring.&nbsp; Set the
amount to 50%, the Threshold to 0 levels, and the Radius to 2 times whatever
value you used for the Gaussian Blur above.&nbsp; The halftone dots are
slightly visible still, but will not be when printed.</span></p>

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<p><b><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>The second method
uses the Despeckle filter.&nbsp; Applying it
repeatedly will increase the effect, but if you aren't careful too much detail
could be lost.&nbsp; Usually applying it twice is what I would recommend.&nbsp;
This will leave a slightly &quot;processed&quot; look, which can be removed by
applying a very small amount of Gaussian Blur (Radius of about .4 - .6).&nbsp;
The first picture below shows the original at the top with Despeckle
applied twice; the second has a small amount of Gaussian Blur applied after <span
class=SpellE>despeckling</span>.</span></b></p>

<p><b><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:blue'>Next, we sharpen the
image slightly using the Unsharp Mask filter, to
offset some of the detail masked when blurring.&nbsp; Set the amount to 50%,
the Threshold to 0 levels, and the Radius to 2 times whatever value you used
for the Gaussian Blur above.&nbsp; The halftone dots are slightly visible
still, but will not be when printed.</span></b><span lang=EN-AU
style='font-size:10.0pt;color:blue'></span></p>

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src="http://forums.freeco...g/image019.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1034"><![endif]></span></p>
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<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><![if !vml]><img width=203 height=251
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<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>Next, fill in rounded
corners if necessary.&nbsp; Sometimes you can get away with just sampling a
nearby color and using the paintbrush tool, but for
best results I recommend using the clone tool instead.&nbsp; This insures a
uniform look because often times it can be hard to get the sampled <span
class=SpellE>color</span> to match perfectly.</span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><![if !vml]><img width=478 height=323
src="http://forums.freeco...g/image022.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1052"><![endif]></span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>Before and after
shots, using the top left and bottom right corners:</span></p>

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<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><![if !vml]><img width=122 height=152
src="http://forums.freeco...g/image028.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1038"><![endif]></span></p>
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solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'>
<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><![if !vml]><img width=122 height=152
src="http://forums.freeco...g/image030.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1039"><![endif]></span></p>
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<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>After shot of the
entire cover:</span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><![if !vml]><img width=473 height=324
src="http://forums.freeco...g/image032.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1053"><![endif]></span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>Clean up any dust,
scratches/scrapes that are visible on the cover, using either a sampled <span
class=SpellE>color</span> and the paintbrush, or the clone tool.&nbsp; The area
around the spine will probably need the most attention.</span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>Notice the wear marks
around the lower spine especially:</span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><![if !vml]><img width=642 height=432
src="http://forums.freeco...g/image034.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1054"><![endif]></span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>Little nicks like the
one below are bound to pop up everywhere.&nbsp; They need to be fixed though as
they will be obvious when printed out</span></p>

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<p style='page-break-after:avoid'><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;
color:black'>Spines will need lots of repair, even for covers in good condition.&nbsp;
The Clone tool is invaluable here.</span></p>

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<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><![if !vml]><img width=200 height=200
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<p><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>the</span></span><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'> big picture:</span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><![if !vml]><img width=642 height=432
src="http://forums.freeco...g/image048.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1055"><![endif]></span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p><b><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:18.0pt;color:black'>Step Four: <span
class=SpellE>Color</span> Correction</span></b><span lang=EN-AU
style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'></span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>Many image editing
tools have an auto color function which will
automatically adjust the red, green, and blue channel levels as well as the
brightness and contrast.&nbsp; Sometimes they work pretty well, but for best
results you will want to adjust these manually (Feel free however to use the
Auto Levels or Auto Color function and see how close
it comes to the actual cover.&nbsp; If it's spot-on, then you're home free).&nbsp;
Use the Levels tool to independently adjust the high and low <span
class=SpellE>cutoff</span> points for the red, green, and blue channels
individually.&nbsp; If necessary, adjust the hue slightly so that your scan
matches the actual cover.</span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>The <span
class=SpellE>colors</span> look pretty good, but the blacks could be darker,
flesh tones are slightly off, and the orange looks a little more yellow than it
should (compared to the cover)</span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><![if !vml]><img width=410 height=276
src="http://forums.freeco...g/image049.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1056"><![endif]></span></p>

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<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>Looking at the
histogram of the Red level, there are no sudden drop-offs, so we can leave it
be for now</span></p>
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<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>The Green level
histogram shows a large drop-off right around 20.&nbsp; So we drag the left
slider to bright the lower cutoff up to where the
drop-off begins.</span></p>
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<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><![if !vml]><img width=277 height=200
src="http://forums.freeco...g/image053.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1047"><![endif]></span></p>
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<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>The Blue level
histogram also shows a large drop-off right around 20.&nbsp; So we drag the
left slider to bright the lower cutoff up to where
the drop-off begins.</span></p>
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<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><![if !vml]><img width=279 height=200
src="http://forums.freeco...g/image055.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1048"><![endif]></span></p>
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<p><span class=GramE><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>after</span></span><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'> those adjustments, the black
level is now black (as opposed to dark grey), and the orange is orange.&nbsp;
Flesh tones are spot-on.</span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><![if !vml]><img width=345 height=232
src="http://forums.freeco...g/image057.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1057"><![endif]></span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>With this cover, the
changes weren't drastic, but they were noticeable.&nbsp; Depending on your
scanner hardware/software, the type of material the cover is printed on, etc,
you may need to do different amounts of adjustments.</span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

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</span></b>

<p><b><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:18.0pt;color:black'>Step Five: Resizing</span></b><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'></span></p>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>Resize the image to
3240x2175 (or as close as possible without distorting the image.</span></p>

<p><span class=GramE><b><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'>single</span></b></span><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'>: 3240 x 2175 pixels (spine: 170
pixels)</span></p>

<p><span class=GramE><b><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'>double</span></b></span><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'>: 3305 x 2175 pixels (spine: 235
pixels)</span></p>

<p><span class=GramE><b><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'>triple</span></b></span><b><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'> (slim)</span></b><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'>: 3384 x 2175 pixels (spine 314
pixels)</span></p>

<p><b><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'>4/5 disc</span></b><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'>: 3508 x 2175 pixels (spine: 438
pixels)</span></p>

<p><b><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'>6/7 disc</span></b><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'>: 3661 x 2175 pixels (spine: 591
pixels)</span></p>

<p><b><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'>ThinPak</span></b><b><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'> single</span></b><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'>: 3150 x 2175 pixels (spine: 80
pixels)</span></p>

<p><b><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'>ThinPak</span></b><b><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'> double</span></b><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'>: 3172 x 2175 pixels (spine: 122
pixels)</span></p>

<p><b><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'>Fox 5-Star
Collection, single width</span></b><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;
color:black'>: 3240 x 2175 pixels (spine: 170 pixels)</span></p>

<p><b><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'>Fox 5-Star
Collection, double width</span></b><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;
color:black'>: 3305 x 2175 pixels (spine: 235 pixels)</span></p>

<p><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><b><span lang=EN-AU
style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'>Columbia</span></b></st1:place></st1:City><b><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'> Tristar
Special Edition (Photoshop PSD format)</span></b><span lang=EN-AU
style='font-size:7.5pt;color:black'>: 3240 x 2175 pixels (spine: 170 pixels)</span><span
lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'></span></p>

<table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0
style='border-collapse:collapse;mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'>
<tr>
<td width=328 valign=top style='width:246.35pt;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'>
<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>As seen below, the
cropped scan came out pretty close to what we need, so only minimal
adjustment is necessary.</span></p>
</td>
<td width=328 valign=top style='width:246.35pt;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'>
<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><![if !vml]><img width=250 height=200
src="http://forums.freeco...g/image059.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1049"><![endif]></span></p>
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td width=328 valign=top style='width:246.35pt;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'>
<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>Making sure that the
Constrain Proportions box is checked, we first adjust the height to its
correct value, because it is close to its correct value than the width.&nbsp;
Doing this gives us a width of 3230 pixels (10.766&quot;). <span class=GramE>which</span>
is only 10 pixels off from what we want.</span></p>
</td>
<td width=328 valign=top style='width:246.35pt;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'>
<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><![if !vml]><img width=250 height=200
src="http://forums.freeco...g/image061.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1050"><![endif]></span></p>
</td>
</tr>
<tr style='mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'>
<td width=328 valign=top style='width:246.35pt;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'>
<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>Because it's only a
10 pixel difference, stretching it to 3240 pixels wide will not have a
visible impact on the cover.&nbsp; So we will go ahead and uncheck Constrain
Proportions and set the height to 3240.</span></p>
</td>
<td width=328 valign=top style='width:246.35pt;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'>
<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'><![if !vml]><img width=249 height=200
src="http://forums.freeco...g/image063.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1051"><![endif]></span></p>
</td>
</tr>
</table>

<p><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:10.0pt;color:black'>Hit ok, save the file
with minimal JPEG compression (Photoshop setting 11, PSP setting 1) and you're
all done!</span></p>

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 02:50 PM

Thanks Rob M8 biggrin.gif

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 10:45 AM

Nice.. Its good to know!!!

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 04:31 PM

May I add that it helps to brighten some covers a bit as some come out a bit dark.
This happens more so when scanning a CD or DVD label.

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 10:19 AM

Don't know how you feel about this but I never scan at 300dpi I tend to go for 321dpi or another odd number as I have found this tends to eliminate a lot of herring boning and other scanning problems, you may want to try this if you are still struggling to get a good scan.

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 07:19 AM

QUOTE
Resize the image to 3240x2175 (or as close as possible without distorting the image.


I don't want to master you, just suggest. I usually get very large pix when using the 300dpi option when importing a scann in Paintshop Pro, there is also an option if your scanner came with an software to choose the size your self...

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 01:55 PM

I have a little addition to Step 3. There is actually an option in Photoshop to get the image very straight without using trial and error. It is a bit hidden but it's there:

Under the Eyedropper tool (vertical toolbar) is the Measure tool. Click and drag it past anything in the image that you know is straight (a horizontal line, a line of text, etc.). Then go to Image > Rotate Canvas > Arbitrary... and you'll see that the exact figure is filled in the field. In hundredths of percents. I don't think it will rotate more than 90 degrees so you'll probably have to do a 90 cw or ccw first but after that it gets it straight in one go and in less than a minute. A lot better to do it this way because the image degrades every time you rotate it..

Great initiative to put a tutorial like this up here. Tnx smile.gif

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 03:14 PM

Are there pixel size recommendations for cd covers?

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 11:54 PM

Excellent mate thanks for this will be using this a lot.

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 03:12 PM

Hello,

When I try to print it, I get the html codes instead of the pictures. How can I solve the problem
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Posted 30 March 2007 - 02:58 PM

As an addendum to Max's excellent tutorial can I also point out that you should remove the covers from their sleeves (this applies to both DVD and CD style cases) before scanning. Also, if the cover has any stickers (you know the sort - Roy's discount video rental, Special offer-50% off - that sort of thing) either remove them (so they don't leave a mark) before scanning, or scan another cover!
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Posted 08 April 2007 - 06:42 AM

Thanks for an excellent tutorial... cheers.gif

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 09:39 PM

Not to be a pain but most of the pics are missing from this tutorial so it is a little hard to follow is it possible to repost it or to attach it in pdf format?

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Posted 07 June 2007 - 11:37 AM

Provos - are you still having trouble? It looks OK to me
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Posted 07 June 2007 - 02:22 PM

That's really strange - I can't get the images either, except one.
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Posted 07 June 2007 - 03:19 PM

Are you guys useing Firefox or one of the IE's?
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Posted 07 June 2007 - 03:25 PM

I have both.
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Posted 13 June 2007 - 06:44 AM

This is a very good tutorial which was made by Scott over at DVDCOVERART (not defunct)...............it is considered to be the best available!

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 10:40 AM

had a read of your tutorial (which was good and informative) but have you played with GIMP ? and open source imaging editor.

I am using Linux and not really some you'd call artistic at all.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 06:10 AM

It's interesting to read your tutorial. I do a fairly detailed scan myself, and my technique is slightly different but works very effectively.

1. Preparation:

Ensure a clean surface.

For amaray covers, put the cover in the case in reverse for a few seconds (closed case) and take it out. Be very careful to ensure the spine lines up exactly to prevent damage to the original cover. It will now be very flat.

Align the cover as straight as possible, using "preview" a few times (usually takes me 3-4 times) before scanning.

Make sure any filters like "unsharp mask" are disabled before scanning.

2. Scan

Scan at 600dpi. This makes it much easier to remove halftone dots.

Save image.

3. Cleanup

Load image in PSP, and apply filter "edge preserving smooth" - usually at a setting of "9". Then resize image "50%" using "smart size" and use filter again, this time on a lower setting (usually 4).

Sometimes this process will distort fine text, which must be replaced from the original image (resized by 50%).

A very light unsharp mask sometimes works well here. Your imae will *always* be softer than the source, so don't over-do it.

Split the image into Front (1535 x 2188), Back (170 x 2188) and Spine (1535 x 2188), and then ensure the applicable areas are centred. Straighten images and text if necessary using resize and distort tools available to you.

Most text (not over any images) can be restored by 1. converting to monochrome (using whatever source has the highest contrast be it "R" from RGB or simply "V" from "HSV"), increasing the contrast, and then recolouring the text (or background) to its original colour.

Solid backgrounds should have a solid colour.

Contrast may have to be adjusted, also some colour correction can be applied.

Recombine image, and save. In PNG format most covers should now be around 6-8MB in size, depending on how much images are used throughout.