This worked well for us, and should be more than enough to compensate for most mis-mounted slides. Surprisingly, HP didn’t find any need to do this, and the scanner produced remarkably consistent results from one type of film to another, with variations between emulsions and brands being less than we were accustomed to seeing in conventional photo prints from the different types. Has anyone tried these? While high resolution is important for achieving sharp edges when scanning “line art” text or drawings , anything beyond about dpi is really wasted on photos. The downside of the device is that it is very slow. The USAF target results showed a maximum resolution of

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This is extremely photsomart, based on our experience in testing a wide range of different scanners. Thus far, the machine itself is reliable though somewhat particular when feeding slides in. About this product Product Information The HP S20 is an exceptional scanner that captures accurate colors and detail in bright as well photowmart dim areas. The earlier version of the program offered a dramatic improvement on our dark “Train” slide relative to the HP software.

My “bar” might be lower than a professional’s or a true archivist’s but if you’re looking to save and safeguard a similar collection of family memories, this unit is a great tool for the purpose regardless of its age!

HP PhotoSmart S20 Photo Scanner

The new PhotoSmart software encourages a more “random helwett approach to the scanning process, as shown in the screen shot of the Image Adjustments window, shown below. I don’t think you can use it with newer versions of Windows.

There is one caveat to record in our enthusiasm for the PhotoSmart sharpening function: All the film-handling mechanics are built into the unit itself, and you simply select among the three media types with a front-panel push-button.

Phohosmart we mentioned earlier, while the “nudge” controls give you pretty fine adjustments, we would have liked them to be a bit finer yet.


HP PhotoSmart S20 Photo Scanner – video dailymotion

Some scanners focus their optics automatically, while others scanneg the user to do so, generally with the help of some feedback from the scanning software. Imagine our surprise then, when we came to the honest if reluctant conclusion that the PhotoSmart software’s sharpening function produced better results than we could achieve in Photoshop!

We also found the software of the new unit to be more functional, and the color fidelity and general image quality much improved over its predecessor. Cropping is set in the main Image Adjustments screen shown earlierby grabbing the corners of the “frame” around the preview image and dragging them until the desired portion of the subject is showing.

HP Photosmart S20 Scanner. The manual advises to make adjustments with the “midtones” slider first, as it affects highlights and shadows as well. These times are somewhat longer than those for the previous SCSI-connected model, but the increase to 12 bits of digitization and the ease of installation with the USB interface more than make up for it. For prints, a wide slot is hewoett, which narrows for slides.

Referring to the histogram curve again, you want the curve to extend over the full horizontal range, and not just be clumped up in the middle, with nothing at the ends.

HP PhotoSmart S20 – flatbed scanner – desktop – USB Overview – CNET

The only possible catch is that you’ll need USB ports on your computer to use it, which means you’ll need a fairly recent motherboard at the fearliest, preferablyand a machine that shipped with at least the “OSR2” release of Windows As you’ll see in our analysis on the pictures pagewe were consistently surprised amazed? They’re a good compromise between providing the control needed to do useful work, but not burdening the user with unnecessary complexity.

This is a function we frequently use in Photoshop’s TM “levels” control panel. The PhotoSmart Scanner calibrates itself automatically when scanning slides and negatives, but requires a separate calibration procedure for print scanning.


Once this is done, the “Size” window shown at right will display the pixel dimensions of the selected area, based on the basic scanning resolution chosen in the initial Preview Scan window.

We’ve yet to have an installation problem with a USB device on our Windows ’98 machine, a claim that’s pretty rare for Windows hardware packarx We were always able to correct for any sloppiness in print-feeding with the software rotation control though.

If there isn’t enough RAM to hold the image data as well as any “scratch” information the software needs to create, data must be shuffled back and forth to disk in order to make room as the processing progresses. Ed’s original VueSmart scanning application offered many extensions beyond the capabilities of the HP software, and his new version has both photosmartt features, and full support for the S20 version of the PhotoSmart scanner.

When its low cost is factored into the equation, the PhotoSmart S20 is practically a “no brainer” for photo enthusiasts wanting to bring their film-based images into their computers!

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Hewlett-Packard S20 PhotoSmart Film Scanners

In calibration mode, these shadows were interpreted as csanner in which black is “blacker” than other regions. Once connected, the PhotoSmart Scanner is controlled by an excellent scanning program that we’ll describe below. We’re happy to report that HP responded hewkett this need in the new version of the PhotoSmart software, providing what they call “filters” to hold combinations of image-adjustment settings.

This often means stretching the tonal values so that they cover the full brightness range.