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SCANNING HARD COPIES TO PDF

Daniel Silva offers advice on how to easily scan your documents or book pages directly to formatted PDF files.

(cc) 2010 UC Regents, Daniel Silva, October 29, 2010.

Scanning documents to PDF files can be useful, especially when you need to email electronic copies of

your important documents or save pages from a certain source for future referencing. Please abide by all

copyright policies when scanning any intellectual property.

CHOOSING A SCANNER BY SOURCE

There are two types of scanners located throughout Instructional Computing facilities:

located throughout Instructional Computing facilities: HP ScanJet 5590 Auto feeder and Flatbed Scanner Epson

HP ScanJet 5590 Auto feeder and Flatbed Scanner

facilities: HP ScanJet 5590 Auto feeder and Flatbed Scanner Epson Perfection 3490 or 2480 Photo flatbed

Epson Perfection 3490 or 2480 Photo flatbed Scanner

For printer paper sized documents, double or single sided, and containing multiple pages, it is

recommended that you use the auto feeder on the HP scanner. For documents not from printing paper,

such as pages from a book, photos, it is recommended to uses the Epson or the HP’s flatbed scanner.

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Auto Feeder Scan Tips:

Be sure pages don’t exceed 8.5”x14” size printing paper

Load sheet face up in the feeder. For multiple pages stack pages from top to bottom. Feeder will grab top page first (one at a time until empty)

Use documents that aren’t crumpled, folded or creased in a way that might jam the feeder. For a page that is too badly crumpled, consider using the flatbed scanner

Adjust the side rails to fit the paper’s width to ensure that document feeds straight into scanner

Flatbed Scan Tips:

Set pages face down on glass

Be sure to close lid when scanning

Any part of the scanning glass not touching the lid or page will show up as black smudge on the image

When scanning books press down firmly on the lid to make sure entire page is pressed to the glass

SCANNING WITH ADOBE ACROBAT

There are many formats or programs which you may scan to on IC computers. However, Adobe Acrobat for scanning is recommended for quality. This guide will walk you through using Acrobat with these simple steps:

Opening Adobe Acrobat

From PC: go to [Start] ! [All Programs] ! [Graphics and Publishing] ! [Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro]

! [Graphics and Publishing] ! [Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro] • From Mac: Select the spotlight icon

From Mac: Select the spotlight icon in the top right corner and search “Adobe Acrobat”

icon in the top right corner and search “Adobe Acrobat” Create PDF • From the top

Create PDF

From the top left corner: [Create] ! [PDF from Scanner] ! [Configure Presets…]

[Create] ! [PDF from Scanner] ! [Configure Presets…] CONFIGURING THE PRESETS Most of this part can

CONFIGURING THE PRESETS

Most of this part can be left at default unless you have a particular document that needs advanced settings (i.e. color photos, different paper size, etc.)

settings (i.e. color photos, different paper size, etc.) • By default, Scanner : is always set

By default, Scanner: is always set as “Please select a device”. You should select either Epson or HP scanner, depending on which one is connected to the station next to it

For Presets: you should select based on the type of document you are scanning. Below are the types and recommendations

o Black & White – text documents, or images with no shades between black and white

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Grayscale – for images with different shades of black and white, or photos you wish to convert from color to gray

and select the “Scan more pages (sheet #)” radio button

o

Color Document – text or image documents with color lettering or graphics

If using a double sided document, select “Scan reverse sides (reverse of sheet #)”

o

Color Image – High quality photo images

Once your scan is complete, Adobe Acrobat will generate you file. Verify that all your documents scanned properly

Sides: For auto feeder scans, you can select “Both Side” for double sided documents in scanner will allow both sides to be read. For single-sided documents, select “Front Side”

Resolutions: The standard is 300 dpi, which generally works for most scans, However if you think the pdf image is too grainy at that setting, you can raise it

Paper Size: By default the paper size is “Automatic.” This is usually fine, unless you wish to print it later in a specific sized paper, in which you may select that size in this option

Make Searchable/Run OCR: Select this option if you have formatted text that you wish to allow selectable by the mouse for highlighting, copying, word find, etc

Note: If the button below says “Scan” you can click that to begin scanning. Otherwise, if it says “OK”, click it to save configuration, and go back to [Create] ! [PDF from Scanner] ! then select the type of document you wish to scan

SCANNING YOUR DOCUMENT

The scanner may take a minute to warm up, please be patient.

The scanner may take a minute to warm up, please be patient. • After the document,

After the document, or set of documents, is scanned, the option above will prompt you

In this case, if you have no more documents to scan, then select “Scan is Complete”

If you wish to add more pages to the Auto Feeder or the Flatbed scanner, then do so

OTHER HELPFUL TIPS

Be sure to name your file and save it to a flash drive or attach it by email. All data gets erased as soon as our computers are shut down

If you scanned any personal documents or images, such as a passport, credit card, bank statements, or anything that could compromise your personal information, it is recommended that you delete your file and empty it from the recycle bin. You can also erase it by restarting the machine.

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