Flatbed Scanning on a Mac
Welcome to the Fine Arts Library Media Station! This tutorial is designed for the Mac scanning station and will guide you through scanning documents or images.
Items Necessary to Use This Station
- Material to be scanned
- Storage for your images (CD-R, flash drive, Webspace, etc.)
Scanning Your Material
Open the cover of the scanner and place your document face down on top of the glass. Make sure that the document is flush with the top left corner of the scanner. Then close the scanner.
The scanner menu should automatically open on the computer desktop. If it doesn't, you can open it from the "IMAGE CAPTURE" icon on the dock. (You may need to select the scanner from the devices menu, or to click on the "SHOW DETAILS" button if it is not giving you the scan options.)
First, choose the image type: use color (for color images or photos), grayscale (for black and white images or photos), or black and white (for text or rough scans).
Under size, choose auto-detect. The scanner will automatically detect the scanned image and choose the appropriate size.
You will also be asked to select your desired resolution. The highest resolution available is 1200 DPI. We suggest using 300 DPI.
You will be asked to choose the location where your scanned image will be saved. The media station computers will not save anything once you have logged off of them, so we recommend saving to the desktop, then transferring the file.
You will select the image format in which you would like to save your scan. Your options are BMP, JPEG, TIF, and PDF. We recommend using JPEG for images and PDF for text document.
A selection window or marquee will appear over this image in the form of a flashing dotted line. Using the mouse, drag the marquee to surround the area you wish to scan and click the "SCAN" button.
Your image will be scanned. If you selected to save your scanned image to the Desktop, the scanned image will appear on the Desktop. From here, you may transfer your image to your storage device or edit it as necessary.
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