User's Guide



About the Scanner Software

TWAIN-compliant applications
Accessing EPSON Scan


Your product is controlled by your computer via a TWAIN-compliant driver called EPSON Scan.

EPSON Scan directly controls all of the features of your Epson product. With this software you can scan images in color, grayscale, or black and white and obtain professional quality results. This program is the standard cross-platform interface between your product and most applications. You can access it from any application that supports the TWAIN standard.

Note for Mac OS X users:
Depending on your application, you may not be able to access EPSON Scan from the application.


TWAIN is a standard for the application program interface (API) between image input devices (such as scanners) and applications controlling the image input devices.

Using a TWAIN-compliant application and a TWAIN-compliant scanner with a TWAIN-compliant driver enables users to operate any scanner in the same manner.


TWAIN-compliant applications

This product is a TWAIN-compliant device. You can scan images using a TWAIN-compliant image processing application.

The following TWAIN-compliant image processing applications are included in your product's package. Use the one appropriate for your purpose.

You can also scan images using common TWAIN-compliant applications such as Adobe Photoshop.

While in a TWAIN-compliant application, when you select a scan command to scan an image, EPSON Scan starts and scans the image with the specified settings.



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Command for
scanning an image

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While the TWAIN-compliant application may appear to be controlling your product in the scanning process, it is EPSON Scan that is actually doing the job.

You can use the EPSON Scan screen to specify various settings for scanning.

You can operate EPSON Scan in the same way on both Windows and Mac OS X. This guide explains the operation procedure using Windows examples.


Accessing EPSON Scan

From the TWAIN-compliant applications

This section provides you how to start EPSON Scan (Home Mode) from Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Note for Mac OS X users:
For details on Adobe Photoshop Elements, refer to its web site.

Start Adobe Photoshop Elements.

For Windows users:
Click Start, point to All Programs (Windows XP) or Programs (Windows Me, 98, or 2000), and click Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0.

For Mac OS X users:
Double-click the Applications folder in Macintosh HD, and then double-click the Adobe Photoshop Elements icon.

Select Import from the File menu, and then choose EPSON AL-CXXX.

Note for Windows XP users:
Do not choose WIA-EPSON xxxx from the menu to select the product. If you select it, you cannot use the EPSON scanner function fully.

EPSON Scan starts and the scan setting window appears.

Using EPSON Scan directly

If you just want to save scanned images without any editing needs, start EPSON Scan directly. Scanned images are automatically saved as files in the specified folder.

Start EPSON Scan.

For Windows users:

You can also start EPSON Scan in the manner shown below.

For Mac OS X users:

Click the EPSON Scan icon in the Applications folder.

EPSON Scan starts and the scan setting window appears.


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