Thursday, January 7, 2016


Scanning has some quirks, and simply doing a default scan will result in a poor image. The Art Department faculty will be reviewing your work on a projector, and will be viewing digital images. If your image is poorly scanned, it will impact their response. These are instructions on how to get a high quality image. Also note, for you art majors, I recommend learning how to scan. It will improve your portfolio that is submitted for scholarship applications (talent awards). It is important for drawings that the auto correction values are shut off, most default settings are for text documents to create a pure white background. For drawing scans, we should be able to see the value of your paper (which is not pure white), if it adjusts the exposure automatically you will lose detail.
Scanning instructions for all Benchmark projects:
  1. Open EPSONscan
  2. At the top, change the “Mode:” to “Professional Mode.” It is a drop down menu.
  3. Click the “+” button to the left of “Image Type:” and make sure “Scanning Quality” is set
    to “Best”
  4. Select “48­bit Color” for the “Image Type”
  5. Change the “Resolution” to 300 dpi.
  6. Put your drawing into the scanner and select “Preview” at the bottom.
  7. Click the “Configuration” button located at the very bottom. A new window will pop up.
  8. Go to the “Color” tab, and make sure “ICM” is selected instead of “Color Control.”
    Change the “Target” to be “Adobe RGB.”
  9. Change the “Auto Exposure Level” to Low.
  10. Click “OK” to get back to the main window.
  11. Under Adjustments, click the Histogram button (Which looks like a mountain), one
    button from the far left. A new dialog box will come up.
  12. Change the “Output” to “0” on the left hand side, and “255” on the right hand side.
    Alternatively, you may slide the triangles to the far left, and the far right, respectively.
  13. Change the “Input” to “0” and “255” as well.
  14. Click Close
  15. Make sure “Unsharp Mask” is NOT selected.
  16. IMPORTANT: If you do not save this as a new setting, you will have to re­adjust all
    these histogram settings (steps 11­14) every time you click “Preview” to do a new scan. This is because with every scan done, the program reverts to the defaults of the current setting. To create a new setting, click “Save” up at the top under “Settings”.
  17. You’re all set to SCAN! Select the area surrounding your paper you wish to scan, and click “Scan.”