So you been waiting to learn about how your
software can improve or even create the bases after you scan.
Well I'm going to touch upon the program that came with the scanner.
Likely it is a program that lets the scanner see an image or
text and put it into your computer. Usually the scanner will
be bundled with either a limited version or the full version
of an imaging or OCR program. The programs that come just for
the scanner can sometimes be limiting in touching up and saving
your images later.
The software that will control the scanner
into scanning the images gives limited control over the final
image. You can use this software inside an imaging program by
importing a plug in from the scanners software and placing into
the imaging software. The advantage of doing this is now you
can activate the scanner from with in your imaging software.
For demo I am using Photoshop 5.5. From the file menu you go
to the Export submenu and look for your scanning start button.
Either there will be a manual scan and an automatic scan which
the scan is done automatically with all color and light changes
made for you. The more accurate and most often used is the manual
Now your inside the scanning software and
although each manufacture has there own program they all do roughly
the same thing. At the top of the page in the Umax software version
1.0.8 you will see "Settings", "Mode", "Image"
and "Info" These are set to a default upon installing
the software for the first time. The "Settings" give
you control over do you want a quality scan or not. Do you want
a color preview. If you are using more than one scanner with
this software which one do you want to use. This setting is the
most important and that is how large do you want the scanner
to move in preview, say the maximum and you likely wont be going
into this area again. The mode translates to do you want your
scan to be in:"color" or " lineart" or "halftone
gray color" or "RGB color"(for web safe) or "CMYK
color" (Paper and printing safe)or in"256" (colors
safe for Mac and Win).The Image button is used for setting gamma,highlight
shadows, flipping the image or inverse and adding filters. I
recommend leaving in the factory mode and play with it later
if your interested. However I like to use Photoshop to added
to the image at a later date. The last button is Info which will
tell you if it is SCSI what channel or model of scanner and if
it is for color or not.
There are a few movable graphs further down
that will allow for some fine tuning the scan. First you need
to tell the scanner if you are using a reflective, transmissive
hood attachment. Or if you will be using it for slides or ADF.
Most smart software will know if the attachment is on the scanner
and that part of the software active where the other is a dull
Set your dpi (dots per inch) with arrange
on most home scanners between 25 dpi to 9600 dpi or your own
custom setting. Just remember the higher the number the more
ram memory you will need and the larger the image file will be.
Also the lower the dpi can cause some images to look more out
Set your image size from 10 per cent to 400
percent or your own custom setting. If the above setting don't
need altering don't. Let the scanner get the best scan which
is often arrived from the factory default settings and let your
imaging software like Photoshop fix things later if need be.
Last but not least is the bars for changing
the whites in the image. How light do you want the image to show
up on the final scan. Or the second bar allows for how dark the
image will scan. Followed by a how bright and how much contrast
or not do you want. My best advise is to go with the defaults
At the bottom of the page are three buttons.
The first button is the preview. The preview does just that it
scans the image plus more. This means that you can have several
images on the scanner and they will all be scanned. The second
button is the Scan button. After the preview you are able to
capture the image that you want to be actually scanned by squaring
it off in a square of marching ants. The scan will only scan
in between those marching ants or where the marquee is. This
saves on ram and captures on the image that you want. The last
button is cancel which stops where ever and from whatever the
scanner was doing.
Given the limited space here I will
be able to explain the next step more extensively.
In 2 week I will talk about using
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