For those who have not worked with a scanner before, here is a very basic introduction to get started, a brief overview of how it works and how you would actually "use" a scanner.
The flatbed scanner is very much like a copy machine, to the extent that it has a glass plate under a lid, and a moving light that scans across under it. The exception being that scanners can do great color and have more controls possible.
We must use software to operate the scanner. Some scanner software can operate by itself, and some cannot. (i.e. of scanner software would be Umax VistaScan or MagicScan and/or Epson Smart Panel) If you are unable to use the scanning software provided, most image editor programs (i.e. Adobe PhotoShop or JASC Paint Shop Pro) will work. You need to look for the TWAIN option. Under File >> Import or File >> Scanner or File >> Acquire you will find the TWAIN option.
The scanner would be used like this:
Step One - Open Scanner or Image Software
You can use the scanner software provided or an image editor (i.e. scanner software - VistaScan, i.e. image software - PhotoShop). You would open them by going to theStart Menu >> Programs >> "Scanner or image software"
Step Two - Placement of Document/Photo
Place the document face down, in the proper corner of the scanner. Some go in the right corner, some in the left; look for the 0's and place the document/photo in that corner.
Step Three - Importing the Image
If you are using an image editor you must import the image. For example, in PhotoShop, under the File Menu >> Import, "click" on TWAIN 32. This opens the scanning software that's installed on the computer and necessary for scanning images. Ignore this step if the Scanning Software is already open.
Step Four - Preview and Crop
In the Scanner software dialog box, "Click" on the Preview button. After the image appears, use the cropping tool to crop the image.
Step Five - Selecting the Settings
In the scanner software dialog box there are many settings. Selecting the correct settings can be very important. You may have options like: Type of document, Scan Mode, dpi (dots per inch). For all of these you will want to select the choices that best describe your image and what you want to do with it. (i.e. Black and white document, Type=Document, Scan Mode=B&W) For dpi the web standard is 72, to avoid big files always select 72.
Step Six - Scan and Save
"Click" Scan, when the scanner stops, save image. *If you are using a image editor such as PhotoShop, the image is now opened there and should be saved in PhotoShop.
For Print or the Web?
Scanning documents for print is different than scanning for the Web. Know the difference.
TWAIN? What is it?
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