Not Through a Glass, Darkly Tips and Tricks forOptimal Scanner SettingsMary Van Court University of WashingtonHealth Sciences Library
Before you start… What do you want to scan? What kind of digital file do you want? Do you have the right software?
Do you want to scan a photo or a multipage document?
Photos are usually scanned asJPEG or GIF files Use JPEG for complex images > 16 million colors Not as sharp as GIF Use GIF for line art or logos Sharper than JPEG 256 colors
Multipage documents are usually scanned as PDF or TIFF files Most people are more comfortable with PDF Some applications require TIFF (such as Ariel for Interlibrary Loan) Lots of programs to convert between theme.g. DocMorph from the National Library of Medicine (http://docmorph.nlm.nih.gov/docmorph/).
Look at the software The software that came with your scanner will usually do a good job of scanning photos, but will it do what you want?
Every scanner/software combination is different