Scanning Sheet Music
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Scanning Sheet Music
- Open Epson Scan. --Be sure to scan sheet music with the following settings in Epson Scan (once you set each of the tabs, your settings should be saved, but always check after you login):
- Mode: Professional Mode
- Document Type: Reflective
- Document Source: Document Table
- Auto Exposure Type: Photo
- Image Type: 24-bit Color
- Resolution: 600 dpi
- Adjustments: None of the tabs listed should be checked (Unsharp Mask, Descreening, Color Restoration, Backlight Correction, and Dust Removal). Uncheck them if they are checked.
- Configuration Tab: Click on "No Color Correction"
- Open the Sorted Sheet Music excel file:
- Click on Share Drive
- Click on Digital Projects
- Click on Digital Coll-in progress
- Click on u0004_Sheet_Music
- Click on SheetMusic-Metadata
- Click on sheet_music_sorted.xlsx
- Once open, the Sorted Sheet Music excel file can be left open for the duration of the scanning (unlike Tracking Files).
- You will add file names (in column C) and note how many pages were scanned (in column K) for each piece of music you complete. The file name is always the next number in line, even if that piece of music is missing from the box. If a piece of music is missing, type in the file name (SM0436, for example) and under Notes in column K, type SM0436 NOT FOUND IN BOX.
- Be sure to save your additions to the file.
- Scanning Sheet Music
- Before scanning a piece of sheet music, compare the title, composer, and call number to the Sorted Sheet Music excel file. (The call number is especially important! It must be identical to the entry in the excel file.)
- Wearing gloves, remove the sheet music from its plastic cover and place in the middle of the flatbed scanner.
- Under Epson Scan, click the Preview button.
- Once the preview is finished, create a border around the image by clicking and dragging the mouse. Be sure to leave extra space on all sides of the image, because you will need this space in Adobe Photoshop later. This marquee border can be moved or made smaller or larger for each subsequent image. (This border is very important because it cuts down on the scanning time. If the scanner scans the entire flatbed, the process takes longer.)
- After previewing the image and setting the border, click Scan.