Using the Flatbed Scanner

Using the Flat-bed Scanners with Adobe Photoshop

  1. First, make sure both the scanner and the computer are off, so that they can be turned on in the correct order.
  2. Turn on the scanner. The on/off switch is located in the back of the unit on the lower right hand side.
  3. Next, turn on the computer. When it has finished booting up, click on the VueScan icon in the dock.
  4. Raise the cover of the scanner, and place the image to be scanned face down on the object glass, as if you were using a photocopier. Align your image with the top edge of the object glass, where the light is.
  5. Lower the cover.
  6. Make sure the scanner's Ready light is on and is steady, then click on Preview on the bottom left corner to see how the image will scan. After a (sometimes lengthy) pause, you will see your image appear in the window.
  7. Select the scan mode, media type, and bits per pixel that you want.
  8. Adjust the resolution by changing the dpi. (dpi or dots per inch determines the resolution of the image-the higher the resolution the clearer the image. For color or grayscale images, 600 dpi is good, but for something simple like line art, 300 dpi should be sufficient. Keep in mind the more dots per inch, the longer it will take to scan, and the larger the file will be.)
  9. Select the portion of the image you wish to scan with the gray square in the middle of the preview box. To change the size of the square, pull at its corners with the mouse, making sure your mouse icon is the arrow. In order to move the square, click the mouse down in its center and drag it to where you want it. If you wish to scan the entire image, be sure that the entire image is inside the gray square.
  10. When you are ready to scan, click on the Scan button. Then wait while your image is scanned.
  11. Your image will automatically open in Adobe Photoshop once it is scanned. It will also be saved on the desktop, though you must click on the desktop to make the icon appear.
  12. Don't forget to turn off the scanner after you have finished using it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this odd pattern superimposed over my image? ;:If you're scanning in a photographic print, you are probably observing a moire pattern. This interference pattern results from the interaction of the overlapping grids of print and scan pixels. Under the Input menu, there is a media tab with a list of image types (color photo, B/W photo, line art, text, magazine, newspaper). Select the most appropriate and try scanning again.