The Multi-Crop feature greatly improves productivity as it allows multiple images with a specific crop each to be automatically created from a single capture.
This feature is particularly valuable with high-volume archives where multiple crops can be made in the same position, such as when scanning film (particularly small format), or when digitizing postcards or similar. With books, for example, both pages can be cropped into two separate images, leaving the original capture complete with an Object Level Target (OLT).
The resolution of the original capture will obviously dictate the number and size of crops, but the feature can greatly speed up workflow. Note that this feature needed a script to run on earlier versions, but this is no longer the case.
1. Connect the interface cable from the Phase One digital back or iXG camera and make an initial capture.
2. Select this primary image in the thumbnail Browser, right-click and select New Variant or use the keyboard shortcut F2.
3. Add a crop on the variant with the Crop cursor.
4. Repeat the process from Step 2 for each crop of the subject that is required. If there are eight postcards per capture, for example, you will need eight variants with each their specific crop. The original image (Primary) can be kept unaltered for reference, with the OLT.
5. In the Next Capture Adjustments tool located in the Production tool tab, make sure that Copy Variants from Last is selected in the All Other drop-down menu. If the cropped positions should be copied from another set of selected variants, choose Copy Variants from Primary instead.
6. Hold the Cmd key (Mac) and select each of the variants where the crop position should be copied from.
7. Make sure the On Capture box is unchecked (deselected) in the Auto Crop tool, located below in the same Tool Tab.
8. Capture another image. The same number of variants are now duplicated with their specific crop positions alongside the new capture (primary image). Manual fine-tuning of crops is possible if required. Click on the selection with the Crop tool and adjust to suit.
NOTE: Raw files are not duplicated, the different variants are instead virtual copies with their own distinct adjustments that take up only a few kilobytes of disk space.
TIP: When combined with Styles, this feature can be used to automate the application of preset adjustments to new captures, for example, when applying one of the Cultural Heritage Film Scanning Styles.