Academic Computing Department Digital Imaging Center Introduction and Information
The Department of Academic Computing gratefully acknowledges the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation for its support of the Digital Imaging Center. Through a generous grant from the Foundation the College has purchased two digital scanners: one specifically for 35mm slides and film strips and a flat-bed scanner capable of scanning photographs as well as multi-page text documents. Also, a suite of Adobe® software products including PhotoShop®, Illustrator®, Premiere®, and Go-Live® has been purchased and installed for faculty use. These products have a two-year automatic upgrade maintenance contract to ensure the latest version will be available for the future.
The Imaging Center
Housed in the Instructional Technology
Development Center – B2-26:
Dell Pentium 4 PC with 1GB RAM
DVD/CD/RW combo drive
250MB ZIP drive
18” flat panel display
Minolta DiMAGE Dual Scan III slide/film scanner
Hewlett Packard ScanJet 5550C equipped with an automatic document feeder (35 page capacity) and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software
Hewlett Packard LaserJet 5
Recommended sequence of operation:
power on the scanner(s)
power on the computer
start the scanner utility software
start any imaging or text application software (PhotoShop or Word, for example)
operate the scanner
save your image or text file
open/import the image into the application software
close (exit) the scanner utility software
power down the scanner(s)
power down the PC
Scanner hardware With the scanner’s front door closed , turn on the scanner with the power switch. Start up the computer. When launching the utility software, the front door must be closed during initialization; the indicator lamp will blink when the scanner is initializing. Once the indicator lamp glows steadily, the scanner can be used. Power on/off Slide/film holder eject button
ScanJet 5550C Power on the ScanJet 5550C by pushing the small circular power button Power on/off
Computer Power on the PC by pushing the small circular button on the front of the tower unit. Power on the monitor by pushing the small circular button on the lower right front panel of the monitor. DVD – CD/RW player 3 ½ inch floppy disk drive On- Off Power USB port (under door)
When the Novell login screen appears, type the following into the username box: B226w2k and then press the <ENTER> key
If you are attempting to scan an image or document and wish to save it to your H: drive (networked home directory), you must now log in a second time
Click on the START button Programs Novell (Common) Novell login and this time type in your own username and password and press the <ENTER> key
When the message appears telling you that you are already logged in as B226w2k and asking if you want to still login with your name, click OK
EASY SCAN Utility for DiMAGE slide/film scanner
Easy Scan Utility is a simple, automatic scanning application for trouble-free scans. The utility works as a stand-alone program, and cannot be launched through another application
Simply follow the steps below to create trouble-free scans:
Turn on the scanner
Launch the Easy Scan Utility
Load the film holders
Follow the instructions in the Easy Scan window. The Easy Scan Utility wizard will take you through scanning procedure
Automatic settings with Easy Scan Utility
Auto-focusing with each frame when using both the slide and film holders
Index scan priority: speed setting
Color depth: 8 bit
No multi-sample scanning
Automatic cropping to inside edge
Auto exposure with all film except black and white slides
Film and film holder should be free from dust and dirt
Always work with processed film in a clean, dust free environment
Handle film by the edges or mount to prevent fingerprints and dirt marring the image area
Where is the emulsion?
When film is scanned, the emulsion side of the film should be down
If the image is orientated correctly when viewing the image, rather than a mirror image, the emulsion side is facing down
The emulsion is on the same side of the mount as the film manufacturers or processor’s name is printed
Loading mounted slides Up to four mounted 35mm slides can be inserted into the slide mount holder The slide mounts must be between 1 mm and 2 mm thick to fit the holder Glass mounts cannot be used; the glass refracts the light resulting in distorted and unevenly illuminated scans
Loading 35mm film strips Film strips of up to six frames can be loaded into the film holder
Launching the Easy Scan Utility
Turn on the scanner and close the scanner’s front door before launching the Easy Scan Utility.
When launching the utility, the scanner front door must be closed and the film holder removed.
Select DS Dual 3 (DiMAGE Scan Dual III) Easy Utility by clicking on:
START Programs Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual3.
When the indicator lamp glows steadily, open the front door until the top of the door is aligned with the 35mm film-holder mark.
Using the Easy Scan Utility
When the Easy Scan Utility is launched, the easy scan wizard appears
A screen requesting to insert the film holder appears.
When the holder is loaded, the scanner automatically detects the holder type.
Insert the film holder into the scanner in the direction indicated by the arrow. Hold the holder straight and level when inserting it into the scanner
Loading the holder
Carefully push the holder into the scanner until the arrow mark is aligned with the scanner door; the holder will be automatically fed into the scanner from that point. Never touch or hinder the holder when it is in the scanner
BMP: the bitmap image file type is used in Windows. This file type can be opened in the paint software installed in the Windows operating system. The file size is fixed allowing the retention of the original image quality.
JPEG: the image file can be compressed to reduce the file size. The compression ratio can be selected when saving. The higher the compression ratio, the smaller the file size, and the more deterioration to the image quality.
TIFF: this high-resolution bitmap can be opened on any computer platform. The color depth of this format can be selected in the preference dialog box.
PICT: this image file type is used in Macintosh. This file can be opened in the Simple Text application installed with the Macintosh operating system.
Turning off the scanner
When your scanning is complete
Close the utility software and press the power switch on the front of the scanner unit
More in-depth information regarding technical issues of the scanner and use of additional software such as Adobe PhotoShop Elements is available in the Minolta DiMAGE Scan Dual III manual
ScanJet 5550C Panel buttons
SCAN button: Scans the item into the HP Photo & Imaging software
SHARE-TO-WEB button: Scans the item and sends it to a website
SAVE DOCUMENT TO DISC button: Scans the document and saves it to a CD or to your hard disk in .pdf format
ScanJet 5550C Panel buttons
MEMORIES DISC CREATOR button: Scans the item to the Memories Disc Creator software, where you can create a photo show on a CD, along with background music and titles
COPY button: Scans the item and sends it to a printer to make copies
To start your scanning
From the panel buttons
See previous slide(s)
From the software:
Click on Start Programs Hewlett-Packard Scanjet 5550C HP Scanner Director
HP Scanner Director software
Original document placement
Place the original document on the scanner glass face down
The top-left corner of the document or picture should be placed near the small, engraved icon of a sheet of paper
This icon is located at the front-right side of the scanner glass
Automatic Document Feeder
If you are scanning a multiple page text document, place the pages face-up with the first page on top into the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF).
Specifications for ADF documents
standard media of letter, A4, and legal size
nonstandard media ranging in size from 88.9 by 127 mm (3.5 by 5 inches) to 215.9 by 355.6 mm (8.5 by 14 inches)
media weights from 60 to 90 g/m2 (16 to 24 lb)
media that is square-shaped or rectangular and in good condition (not fragile or worn)
media that is free of tears, perforations, or punch holes
media that is free of wet glue, correction fluid, or ink
Specifications for ADF documents
Remove curls or wrinkles; staples; paper clips; sticky notes; and any other attached material
Avoid multipart forms with carbon pages, transparencies, magazine pages, gum-backed pages, and light "onionskin" paper
Preview screen allows for cropping
Then click on Accept
Scanning pictures When scanning a picture the scanner will automatically scan the image into the HP Photo and Imaging Gallery. This software allows for multiple functions and manipulations of all of your images.
For additional information about any of the features of the HP Scanjet 5550c, please see the HP Photo & Imaging software Help
A users’ manual produced by Hewlett-Packard is also available. A hard copy of this manual may be found next to the scanner