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HowTo: Scan

Monitor Calibration

Don't trust your eyes - The most important reason to calibrate any display is to achieve consistency between the source of the content and the device used to display the content. This article describes how to calibrate a monitor.


Flatbed Scanner

Generally Epson and Canon have been known to manufacture the best consumer grade scanners. It is important that the scanner have a CCD sensor and not a cheap CIS sensor. 1200dpi, 36 or 48-bit and the larger the flatbed the better; also the more expensive.


Scanner Setup

Prepare Scanner
  1. Ensure the glass is clean
  2. Place artwork facing down on the flatbed
  3. Place a piece of black cardboard at the back of the artwork. This is to help with bleed through.
  4. Place a large heavy book on the black cardboard. Ideally it is the same size as the glass on the flatbed. This help with any folds or creases which can lead to distortion.


Scanning Software

It's best to have the default Windows application do the scanning. Third party software can add effects (eg descreen) which can negatively impact the image.


Scanner Settings

Press the win-key and type “scan

From “Scanners and Cameras” select “Scan Profiles

From “Scan Profiles” choose “Add…

Use the these settings and click “Save Profile

Now choose “Properties

Use the these settings and click on the “Color Management” tab

Choose “Color Management

Ensure an ICC Profile is loaded for your scanner. If not click “Add…” and add the colour profile (icm file) that came with your scanner.


Scan

To scan, press the scan button on the scanner. In Windows this will save the image in the default Images folder. An unedited scanned image is sometimes referred to as a raw or raw image.

See this wiki page for more information on how to backup files.


This wiki page covers how to edit black and white line art in Photoshop.