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.

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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