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Digital Collection Projects

This guide is designed to assist students with completing digital collection class projects.

Digitization Workstation

  • Digitization and Repository Services is located in TFDL 329. Exit left from the elevators and go past the Student Success Centre to Lab NEXT. You can go through Lab NEXT to the back or continue down the hallway, around the corner and knock on our door (we have a sign with our room number).
  • This is our copy stand and book cradle setup. The camera is suspended on a tower, pointing down towards the book cradle that is topped with glass. Two studio lights stand on either side.
  • The book cradle has adjustable panels where each side of the book rests. These panels are weighted, so they adjust depending on where you are in the book. The space in between the two panels is also adjustable, allowing the spine to rest in the middle without pressure being applied to it.
  • The camera is controlled by a computer with the software ControlMyNikon.
  • We will be walking you through the following steps when you come in to digitize your selections.

Digitization Steps

  1. When the camera is turned on, go in ControlMyNikon and press Connect. Then click Live View (located above Connect). You will now be able to see the camera’s live view to adjust the placement of the book.
  2. Adjust your camera and file settings.
    • Select the save folder. You can save your images on a USB or portable hard-drive, or to the desktop folder Moonstone (and move them to your OneDrive later).
    • Input your file name for your images. Suggested: Last Name_Moonstone_Book Title_Page Number
    • The rest of the camera’s settings are set under the saved Moonstone profile.
  3. Place the book on the book cradle reversed (bottom of the book closest to the wall). The camera view is reversed with this setup.
  4. Adjust the panels on the book cradle, looking at the live view on the computer to make sure the page you need is in view and is straight. Allow the spine to rest between the panels.
  5. Once the book is correctly placed, lift the lever on the left side of the book cradle to raise the panels.
  6. Lower the glass. You can then bring the book a bit closer to the glass with the handle on the front of the book cradle.
  7. On the computer, focus the camera by double clicking the red box on the page you are digitizing. The box will turn green, telling you it is focused.
  8. To take the image, press the forward slash key.
  9. Repeat until you have digitized your selection. Make sure to edit your file name.
  10. If you are saving your images to your OneDrive, make sure to copy the images there.

Editing with Photoshop

1. Open Adobe Photoshop CC.

2. If you need to straighten the image, there are several ways to do so:

  • Go to Image > Image Rotation > Arbitrary. You can then enter values to rotate it slightly. Or,

  • Select the crop tool, located on the tool bar on the left. A cropping box will appear. Hover over a corner handle and a rotate icon will appear. Click and hold, straightening the image. To commit your changes, hit enter.​

3. To crop the image, open the crop tool. A cropping box will appear. Crop by dragging the edge or corner handles of the box. To commit your crop, hit enter.

4. Save your image. If it is a jpeg, do not save higher than a quality of 10 to keep your image a manageable file size.

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