Answered By: Darcy Gervasio
Last Updated: May 02, 2017     Views: 1836

The Library provides the following scanning options:

  • three book scanners, two in the Reference Area; one in the Music Collection.
  • several image scanners (Epson), in in Lab 1004B and the DMZ 1015 labs (Lab 1015A and/or 1015B) (work with macs)
  • several portable document scanners (CanoScan LiDE 100 by Canon). These are located in the DMZ, but occassionally migrate to the Reference Area and computer labs 1004B, C, & D. You can connect these portable scanners with a USB cable to any public computer and scan your documents as PDF, JPG, or PNG files.

To learn about our stationary large-format book scanners, Scanley Tucci, Feedie Falco, and Scan Deacon, please see our Scanners FAQ. The portable scanners and image scanners are a good alternative when the book scanners are in use or if you need to scan lots of documents into a specific program such as Photoshop. See directions for operating portabale scanners below. For image scanner directions, see the image scanner FAQ.


How to use a portable scanner: (PC instructions)

Tip:  Do not use the buttons on the portable CanoScan scanners. They don't work. You must use a software program like Photoshop or Windows Fax & Scan.

1. Connect the scanner to a PC with the USB cable. You may have to wait a few seconds for the appropriate drivers to download automatically before the scanner is ready for use.

2. Place your document face down in the scanner. Align the top edge of the paper with the arrow on the scanner.

3. Open "Windows Fax & Scan" from the Start Menu.

start screen with fax & scan application

 

4. In Windows Fax & Scan, click on "New Scan" on the main toolbar.

5. A dialog window pops up. Make sure "Flatbed" is selected as the Source. The name of the scanner (CanoScan LiDE 100) should appear at the top of this box automatically.

6. Select your preferred file type (JPEG, PNG, TIF) and resolution (300 dpi is recommended)

7. Click "Scan" to scan the document. 

screenshot of scan dialog box

 

8. Once your document is scanned, choose "Save as..." from the toolbar to rename and save the image file to your computer or USB flash drive. You can also email the document to yourself.

screenshot of the save as button

 

 

How to use a portable scanner: (Mac instructions)

Tip:  Do not use the buttons on the portable CanoScan scanners. They don't work. You must use a software program like Photoshop.

1. Connect the scanner to a Mac with the USB cable. 

2. Place your document face down in the scanner. Align the top edge of the paper with the arrow on the scanner

3. Open Adobe Photoshop from the dock (or the Applications folder).

 

4. Go to File Menu. Select Import and choose "Images from device."

5. A dialog box will open with a preview of your scan. Canoscan should appear under "Devices."  Resize the selected scanning area as needed by moving the dotted lines.

6. Choose your scanning preferences for Resolution (300 dpi recommended), "Scan To" location (desktop is recommended), and File Format (JPEG, PDF, TIFF, etc).

6.  Click "Scan."

7. Your scan should appear in your chosen save location. You will also see a copy appear in Photoshop. If you can't find your file, check the "Pictures" folder. You can also go to File>Save As to save a new copy of your scan from Photoshop. Make sure you save your final scan to a USB flash drive or email it to yourself as an attachment.

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