Flatbed scanning

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''We no longer use flatbed scanners on a normal basis, as our overhead camera setups are much faster and make smaller files. Potentially, a flatbed might still be used to capture extremely high quality scans of flat materials. This information is retained for that eventuality.
 
''We no longer use flatbed scanners on a normal basis, as our overhead camera setups are much faster and make smaller files. Potentially, a flatbed might still be used to capture extremely high quality scans of flat materials. This information is retained for that eventuality.
  
'''Types of flatbed scanner attachments'''
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Instructions for use
# Standard: opaque materials materials, fragile/non-fragile (photos, letters, etc.)
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# Batch feeder: letter sized non-fragile materials (typed transcripts, corolla pages)
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# Transmissive light: transparent materials (slides, celluloid negatives, lantern slides)
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'''Instructions for use'''
 
 
#Make sure scanner is turned on.  
 
#Make sure scanner is turned on.  
 
#Open Epson Scan software.  
 
#Open Epson Scan software.  
#Check default settings.
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#Check default settings
#If you are unsure of the proper naming convention for the project you are working on, check the name in the Tracking Filenames spreadsheet located in the Organization folder on the Shared Drive. For more information on file naming conventions, see [[File naming schemes]].
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#* '''Document Type''': Reflective
#Before beginning scanning, set up a folder where the scans will be saved. On the Local (C:) Drive on your computer, chose the Digital Programs folder. From here you can make a new folder to save your scans.
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#* '''Document Source''': Document Table
#To begin the scanning process, place the document on the scanner and close the lid. Click the preview button in the Epson Scan software.  
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#* '''Auto Exposure Type''': Photo
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#* '''Image Type''': 24-bit Color
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#* '''Resolution''': 600 dpi (or higher)
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#* '''Document Size''' will vary based on your preview scan
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#* '''Target Size''': Original
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#Place the document on the scanner and close the lid.  
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#Click the preview button in the Epson Scan software.  
 
#When the preview has completed, use the marquee tool in the preview area to choose only the portions of the scanner the document covers with a bit of space on each side. The more space to be scanned, the longer the scan will take, so this step helps us to make the most efficient use of our time.  
 
#When the preview has completed, use the marquee tool in the preview area to choose only the portions of the scanner the document covers with a bit of space on each side. The more space to be scanned, the longer the scan will take, so this step helps us to make the most efficient use of our time.  
 
#When you have chosen the area to be scanned, click the Scan button in the Epson Scan software.  
 
#When you have chosen the area to be scanned, click the Scan button in the Epson Scan software.  
#Before the scan begins, a window will pop up to confirm file save settings.  
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#Before the scan begins, a window will pop up to confirm file save settings.
#*Where to save scans: Choose "other" and browse for the folder you have already created on the C: drive.  
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#*'''Location''': This is where to save the scans. Choose "Other" and click "Browse..." to navigate to a folder on the C: drive where you usually save pre-optimized scans.  
#*Filenames: Set prefix and start number. Note that the "start number" field is limited to 3 digits, so you will have to consider this when setting the prefix. For example, the prefix would need to be u0003_0000753_0000004_0 and the start number would be 001, so when put together, the filename would appear as u0003_0000753_0000004_0001.  
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#*'''File Names''': Set prefix and start number. Note that the "Start Number" field is limited to 3 digits, so you will have to consider this when setting the prefix.  
#*Image format: Should be set to TIFF.
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#*'''Image Format''': Should be set to TIFF (*.tif)
#*When these settings are correct, click OK.
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#*If shooting multiple images with the same settings, you can uncheck the box for "Show this dialog box before next scan." This will allow you to skip this menu for subsequent scans. If you need to get back to this menu, click on the folder icon at the bottom right corner of the main screen.
#Once the scan is completed, it will open automatically. Drag the image into PhotoShop for optimization. Previously created PhotoShop actions are used in optimization. More information about actions can be found.
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#*When these settings are correct, click "OK."
#Once optimization has been completed, the scan will be saved.
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#Once the scan is completed, it will open automatically. Drag the image into Photoshop or for optimization, or open through Bridge's Camera Raw editor and follow normal procedures.
 
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Because scanning time on the flatbed scanners can run anywhere from 3 to 6 minutes per scan, it is ideal that you optimize one scan while another is scanning. This provides for the most efficient use of time.
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Revision as of 15:27, 18 August 2014

We no longer use flatbed scanners on a normal basis, as our overhead camera setups are much faster and make smaller files. Potentially, a flatbed might still be used to capture extremely high quality scans of flat materials. This information is retained for that eventuality.

Instructions for use

  1. Make sure scanner is turned on.
  2. Open Epson Scan software.
  3. Check default settings
    • Document Type: Reflective
    • Document Source: Document Table
    • Auto Exposure Type: Photo
    • Image Type: 24-bit Color
    • Resolution: 600 dpi (or higher)
    • Document Size will vary based on your preview scan
    • Target Size: Original
  4. Place the document on the scanner and close the lid.
  5. Click the preview button in the Epson Scan software.
  6. When the preview has completed, use the marquee tool in the preview area to choose only the portions of the scanner the document covers with a bit of space on each side. The more space to be scanned, the longer the scan will take, so this step helps us to make the most efficient use of our time.
  7. When you have chosen the area to be scanned, click the Scan button in the Epson Scan software.
  8. Before the scan begins, a window will pop up to confirm file save settings.
    • Location: This is where to save the scans. Choose "Other" and click "Browse..." to navigate to a folder on the C: drive where you usually save pre-optimized scans.
    • File Names: Set prefix and start number. Note that the "Start Number" field is limited to 3 digits, so you will have to consider this when setting the prefix.
    • Image Format: Should be set to TIFF (*.tif)
    • If shooting multiple images with the same settings, you can uncheck the box for "Show this dialog box before next scan." This will allow you to skip this menu for subsequent scans. If you need to get back to this menu, click on the folder icon at the bottom right corner of the main screen.
    • When these settings are correct, click "OK."
  9. Once the scan is completed, it will open automatically. Drag the image into Photoshop or for optimization, or open through Bridge's Camera Raw editor and follow normal procedures.
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