Alo Photo Scan 5.0 is a software designed to manipulate images of objects that are as big as the A4 format. The software has one interface for three main fuctions:
Alo Photo Scan 5.0 provides users with an image manipulation tool that is quick, powerful, and easy to use. The standard process of image acquisition, image post-processing and image cutting can take anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes. Instead of waiting the standard time, using Alo Photo Scan 5.0 makes it possible to get high quality images in 20-60 seconds!
Before installing Alo Photo Scan 5.0, make sure your PC system meets the following minimum system requirements:
It is reccomended that you have wide band internet connection, both to download the periodic software updates and to reference to our guide online.
***IMPORTANT*** This program does not run in Terminal-Server
To install Alo Photo Scan 5.0, start the installer software You can choose your prefered language and the folder where you would like your files from Alo Photo Scan 5.0 to go. Follow the setup wizard and wait until the end of the installation process.
Alo Photo Scan 5.0 has a Live Update system. If the Internet connection is active, when Alo Photo Scan 5.0 starts, it connects automatically to our web site alosolutions.net and checks to see if any updates are available. If so, it downloads and installs them automatically. The program can be updated manually by going to Support, then Live Update . (see Support )
Alo Photo Scan 5.0 can coexist with the previous version. To use your previous catalogs, export all the articles from Alo Photo Scan 4.0 and import again in Alo Photo Scan 5. Set again the path to the image folder. (see part Catalogue configuration).
Your Canon digital camera will not need a driver in order to work with Alo Photo Scan 5.0. This is because our software has an internal driver provided by Canon for USB cameras. It is very important that the connected camera is properly recognized by Microsoft Windows. It is also important that the USB drivers controller are properly installed onto your system. To check it, go to the Windows Hardware Panel and make sure there are not any hardware conflicts or problems. Note: Alo Photo Scan 5.0 operates with Canon and Nikon digital cameras only.
The installation procedure automatically creates a new icon on your desktop and in your Start Menu.
When you start Alo Photo Scan 5.0 for the first time, it will run the trial version. The trial version gives you access to all the features of Alo Photo Scan 5.0 for 30 days.
After this period ends, you will be prompted to register the software by inserting an activation code (This is the licence code your receive in your invoice after purchasing the software). You can register to gain limit free access of Alo Photo Scan 5.0 before the end of the 30 day trial.
Note: After the trial period has expired, the program will stop working until you enter a valid activation code. However, you will not have to worry about losing access to your data during this time. Alo Photo Scan 5.0 will save it!
The registration procedure is shown in the following figure: Fill in all fields, then click Register.
To register, the license type Alo Photo Scan Move 5 +APS Move, must be selected.
Note: It is recommended to restart the program after registration is complete.
Catalogue is the Alo Photo Scan 5.0 plug-in for catalogue management. You can try this feature out during the trial period, for up to 30 days. The catalogue will print a watermark on the background until you purchase the catalogue plug in. Note: Because this is a feature with a fee, it will require another registration.
To register the catalogue plugin, click on the menu catalogue, then Register
For the catalogue management (see part catalogue management).
Note: It is reccomended to restart the program after registration is complete.
To set some features of Alo Photo Scan 5.0, push the button on the upper left and then select Settings . Below is a screenshot of where you will modify the general settings:
Through these settings, you will be able to set the following features :
To put your chosen settings into effect, click on OK or Apply.
The quick access toolbar is located in the upper left, next to the key . Through this you can have quick access to some functions. There are 4 keys used to save data, as well as the Undo and Redo Button. You can personalize the tool bar by adding or eliminating some keys. To add buttons to the toolbar, right click on any button and select Add to Quick Access Toolbar. To remove a button, right click on the particular button and select Remove from Quick Access Toolbar. You can also display (or hide) a button by pushing the key and selecting the button to display (or hide) from the list. Pushing the button , allows you to display the tool-bar above or below the menu or maximize/minimize the menu. To maximize/minimize the menu, you can quickly click twice over one item of the menu.
Before starting Alo’ Photo Scan 5.0, make sure to connect your camera to the PC via USB cable . Once Alo Photo Scan 5.0 is starts, the main window will be displayed:
On the upper portion of the window, there is the main menu and toolbar. The main menu is used for opening and saving files. Most of the buttons located here can even be activated by right clicking on the image that you are working on. In order to work with multiple images simultaneously, you can pass from one image to the other by clicking over the file name under the main menu. On the upper right there is the selection mask window. A mask is useful for linear image cutting, which keeps the real objects dimension (1:1). Masks can be freely coded in the proper table. Providing data such as description mask, width (mm) and mask height (mm) is permitted. On the upper left hand corner there is the toolbar with the selection instruments, the image modification, zoom, and the tools needed to write texts on images. On the lower left hand corner there is the quick equalizer. This is useful for previewing equalization filters on the images before applying the changes. Below there is the status bar. This shows some information, such as the progressive percentage of saving or the value of the colour scale of the image’s pixel. In the title bar of the window, there is some information about the open image, such as the kind of image (RGB, YCbCr, levels of gray, etc…).
An Innovation of Alo' Photo Scan 5.0 is the Quick Help, which is activated by clicking the button high on the left: . It will automatically open a window below on the right, containing the various operations that can be done in the software.
There are two ways to exit from Alo' Photo Scan 5.0 1. Click on the key “x” high on the right in the title bar of the program; 2. Click on the key in the upper left hand corner then on Exit .
Note: If the modified images are not saved, the program warns you before closing.
Alo' Photo Scan 5.0 allows users to get images from various sources such as :
The Scanner menu allows you to select the scanner or the standard WIA devices (ex: Webcam) from which you can take the images. Select the Scan window if you want to use the scan window owing the scanner. Otherwise if you want to receive the image directly, do not select it. Clicking on the button 'Acquire' will start the scan.
To open a previously saved image you have two options:
- Going to the menu above on the left and clicking on .
- Clicking on the button in the upper left corner then selecting the button Open.
To create a new image, click on the button , then on.
In the box Name, introduce the name you will save the image with. From the box Preset, choose the predefined image dimension (“Clipboard” if you want an image from Windows© notes). In the other boxes you can set the dimensions, the units of measurement, and the resolution in DPI (“Dot Per Inch”). This procedure is very useful for inserting an image in Windows© notes.
Clicking on File, then selecting the Camera option, will take you to the following figure:
SelectingDigital Cameras allows you to see the list of the cameras supported. You can set some parameters of the connected camera such as stopping preview, seeing preview, locking/unlocking auto-focus, setting time, and the 1:1 calibration.
Make sure your equipments are set up properly.
Pushing the button and Camera allows you to set up camera profiles :
A previously saved profile can be reused by selecting it from the drop-down menu Profiles. To set a new profile, choose your preferred settings, then push Save. To erase a profile, select it, then push Cancel.
To set other parameters, previously introduced in the form, select Okay or Apply.
Above on the right of the window there is some information about the camera, such as the battery status, etc.
Important: some Canon cameras, especially reflex cameras from EOS series, do not support PC live preview. In this case, the preview window will contain the last taken shot.
To start the camera push on Start Camera . If the autoplay function is activated, the camera will start automatically and you should see the video coming from your camera, as shown in the following figure:
In the center of the window, the object the camera is pointing on will be visualized in real time. To acquire the image, push on.
The three options (from top to bottom):
Note: In old studios, it is recommended to set the first parameter to 1/160 in order to avoid having too much light reflection on the image
Here are some brief regulations:
The image can be modified in real time. Here is a list of the available functions:
Placing products in the centre gives the image better focus and sharpness.
Click and drag to change the focus area.
The software will let you know if the object is focused or not.
This virtually rotates the preview by setting a value between 0° and 360° or doing directly 0°, 90°, 180°, or 270° pushing one of 4 buttons
Open the Equalization windows to modify the image as aoon as you shoot it
Select a predefined shot profile. This allows the software to memorize the setting, such as exposure time, aperture, ISO, and the function of the type of objects that are inside the studio and the background
Recording a Video:
Pushing the button Codec allows you to set the video compression codec (DivX, Xvid, ffds, etc…) and the compression parameters. Pushing Record, starts recording. You can pause it by pushing Pause, make it start again by pushing Restart and stop it by pushing Stop. As soon as the video is recorded, the directory containing it will open (the name of the video will be the current date and time) and then the video will be sent to the multimedia reader to be reproduced.
Clicking on Focus Stacking button and selecting some parts of the jewel in the preview, the software is able to focus the multiple selected parts in the picture.
Clicking the drop down arrow in Focus Stacking displays two options:
After selecting the points in the object, click on Get Picture button . This allows the camera to take a photo, while focusing at every selected point from the image preview:
The software combines each photo taken and shows the final image.
To create a predefined mask in the image, double click on the chosen box inside the following mask selection window (clicking on the column’s title, you can order the list alphabetically) :
The new mask will be visualized in the upper left corner and will be moved by keeping the mouse pushed while dragging the selection to the chosen point. To crop the selection, right click on the mouse and "crop selection" (or push Ctrl + R).
Along with this, you can change the dimensions by dragging the sides or the corners, or modifying the Width or the Height in the the Masks panel. (See figure below)
Note: The varied masks will not be saved on the catalogue module.
Pushing Lock you activate or deactivate the little yellow squares at the sides of the selection.
To deactivate the selection, push the right key of the mouse on the selection an click on Deselect .
Below the area in which you can change the dimensions you can also change the image resolution, in DPI, inside the selected area.
The selection masks can be modified, added, deleted, through the following toolbar :
- Sliding between the masks :
- Add/modify/delete the masks :
- Create/search bookmarks :
Among the available effects, Alo’ Photo Scan 5.0 gives users an option for getting their desired results efficiently. Below a operative sequence that is often very effective.
Predefined operative sequence :
Note: The Quick Equalize allows only a partial equalization of the image, so the best option is using EQUALIZATION
The EQUALIZER allows you to improve the image further. After you have chosen and applied the mask, go to Menu, Home, and select Image. Push on Equalize
Moving the left cursor from 0-255, will allow the dark tone to be adjusted;
Moving the cursor from 255-0 allows the light tone to be adjusted. Generally, it should be moved after the highest peak of the darker selection, in order to get the an absolutely white color, while removing background noise.
To apply changes, push Apply. To come back to the original setting, select Reset, or Undo .
Once the image is acquired, it’s shown in a new window inside the main area, next to the mask selection and the toolbar.
The palette includes some tools for selecting portions of the image:
When the Rectangular Selection tool a dashed dot line outling a rectangle will appear on the image, based on the width and height of the current mask. You can manually change the dimensions or select another mask from the list (see part 3.1 - Mask selection).
When you select a part of an image, you can move it going ito the selected area and keepin pushed the mouse’s button. After pug in the right position, you can apply some filters to improve the image.
You can also (or push Ctrl+C), (or push Ctrl+X) or select (or push “Del”) and go straight to the main menu to a new image.
To select the entire image, go to the menu, press image, and select.
To select the inverted area, go to the menu, image, then select.
To select the selected part, go to the menu Image | Crop Selection . If the selected area is not rectangular, the cutting is performed following the smallest rectangle enclosing the selected area.
To cut a selected area, while leaving the chosen background, click on Image and select New Layer .
The new layer can selected by the mouse and dragged to the desired position. The layer can also be resized dragging the little squares at the sides or at the corner of the selection. Once posicioned and resized, the layer can be inserted in the image by selecting image, then .
To deselect a previously selected area, go to Image, then Deselect .
Note 1: Most of the parts from the previous operations can be performed with a right click on any point of the image too.
Note 2: All the operations of photo retouching featured in this guide can be applied both to the whole page and to a selection.
You can undo an operation done executed on an image pushing once or more Undo high on the left. Instead to redo your last operations, undone with Undo, push once or more on Redo .
If you are not satisfied with the results, click on the filters button to use a set of digital effects to apply in order to improve the image. On the left, the window will display the original image and on the right window will display the image with the filteration.
Clicking on allows you to remodify the image.
Selecting the Control Box Lock Preview allows you to view the previewed image on the right side of the screen. You will not have to select preview manually when you check Lock Preview.
Contrast : Move the cursors to change contrast and brightness values.
HSV : Move the cursors to change Hue(H), Saturation(S) and Brightness(V) values.
HSL : Move the cursors to change Hue(H), Saturation(S) and Lightness(L) values. It is very useful with steel objects.
RGB : Change values for the primary colours Red(R), Green(G) and Blue(B).
User Filters : Changing the values in the matrix you can obtain various effects. You can use some of the presets in the list: Blur, Edges, Emboss, High Pass 1, High Pass, 2, High Pass 3, Low Pass & Low Pass 2. You can save or charge a particular filter value configuration through the buttons Save and Charge.
Equalization : Changing the histogram cursors you can equalize light and dark tones.
Bump Map : This applies a suffused light, of the selected colour, in the indicated position. It is used to simulate holes, protrusions and roughness.
Lens : It applies a lens effect on the picture. You can change width, position and refraction factor.
Wave : It applies a wave effect on the picture. This filter lets you change its amplitude, length and phase values.
Morphing Filter : There are the following filters: Maximum, Minimum, Open e Close. It is possible to set the morphing window dimension.
Rotation : It permits you to rotate the canvas image. (not only 90°).
FFT : It allows you to apply a quick Fourier transformation to decompose an image in its sine and cosine. The elaborated image represents the image in the domain of the frequency (or of Fourier). Instead the input image is the equivalent one in the spatial. For more information go to the following address .
Gamma Correction : It permits you to modify the colour gamma of the colours of the image, as previously seen.
Sharpen : It is used to improve the image contours. Acting on the bar you can increase or reduce the effect and the dimension of the application window.
Resize : It allows you to change the pixel size and / or scale percentage of the image
Soft Shadow : It is allowing you to create shadows around the image, depending on the position chosen.
Auto-Enhance : It improves the images.
Crop : It crops the image, setting the measures for the four sides
The transparency can be applied from the menu by selecting image, then Transparency.(See Figure):
With this function you can remove the background completely. You can set the colour, which has to become transparent (white is the default one). from the palette clicking on “…”, or from the drop-down menu. You can also set the colour tolerance (the default value is 15 %).
By clicking the trasparency is applied to the selected area (if you have not selected any area, the transparency is applied to the whole image)
To remove transparency, click on Undo in the quick access toolbar.
In the example below, the transparency is applied only in the selected part of the image :
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To keep the file transparent while you are saving to file, it’s necessary to use GIF, PNG or TGA extension to support it. Otherwise transparency will be replaced with background colour (white is the default one).
To set opacity go to Menu, Image, then select Blending and set the blending percentage :
To remove it, reset the percentage to 0 %.
With Alo’ Photo Scan 5.0 you can apply shadows to images. Go to the menu, image, then select shadow.(see figure):
Shadows are applied with the following settings:
To apply the shadow click Apply
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To put text over image, click in the toolbar. Then select the area where you want to insert the text. In the menu below, the following strip to modify text will be visualized :
You can set font, dimension, alignment an colour of the text.
You can also resize or move the text area by clicking on .
Pushing you can apply the modification, in the meantime pushing you can cancel the operation before applying the text over the image definitively.
To remove the text once applied click on Undo high on the left.
For changing the image Background Color of the image:
Image with different background color:
Resizing an image means to save space on disk.
Go on Menu, Home, then Image and click on Image Resize .
Choose your desired percentage of the resized image by writing it or selecting it from the list. The software will show you the new dimensions an the occupied space. Instead of indicating one of the dimension, you will see the resizing percentage and the occupied space. Along with this, you can chose a different way of sampling or creating a completely new image, without modifying an existing one.
You can modify the canvas’ dimensions going to menu, Home, then selecting Images. Click on Canvas .
If you would like to add new canvas’ dimensions, select the unit of measurement, then click on the arrows to insert the image in a bigger or smaller canvas. You can also create a completely new canvas.
To rotate your image of 90° clockwise or counter clockwise, go to menu, Home, then select Image. click on: .
To apply a vertical or horizontal reflection on your image, go to menu, Home, then select Image and click on: .
Clicking on menu, home, the This is useful for looking at other functions.
Rulers : (Inches or CM)
To add the reflection, click on Gadgets, then Add Reflection. The program automatically creates a reflection over the object, based on the space present in the background. Otherwise do a rectangular selection on more than half of the object and click Add reflection.
After applying the changes you may now do the following:
1. Save the whole image:
2. Save Your Image for the Web:
The file is saved with the name used to save the dimensions of the image. You can select more formats through the control box: Through this control box, you can add/delete and modify the image. This way, you can save the images with the selected dimensions.
If you select Stretch, the image will be resized. If you don’t select it, the image will be cut;
3. Save Image for the Catalogue:
It is reccomended that you save the image in Jpeg (.jpg), even if other formats are supported. Jpeg allows you to keep a good quality image while reducing the dimension of the file on the disk. To optimize the file you can reduce the image even more .
To print an image click on and then click on Printer :
Right click the image you are working on, so you can go to the contextual menu. (See figure below) :
With this contextual menu you can perform various operations in a quicker manner: