Reference Guide


Scanning Basics / Basic Scanning Procedure

Scanning an Image

Step.1 Turning on the scanner
Step.2 Placing your materials on the document table
Step.3 Starting the software and scanning an image
Step.4 Saving the result as an image file

EPSON Scan provides three modes for you to make any scanning settings; Full Auto Mode, Home Mode, and Professional Mode. This section describes how to scan an image in the Full Auto Mode. The Full Auto Mode lets you scan images using automatically-adjusted settings. For more details, see Choose a Scanning Mode in EPSON Scan.

  • You cannot scan an image with a size that exceeds the available memory or disk space. If you try to scan the image, an alert appears on the screen.
  • Most illustrations shown in this section are for the Perfection 1670 Photo, so they may be different in appearance from the Perfection 1670 and Perfection 1270. The instructions are the same, except as noted.

Note for Macintosh users:
Most illustrations shown in this section are for Windows, so they may vary in appearance from what actually appears on your screen. The instructions are the same, except as noted.

Note for Perfection 1270 users:
The Perfection 1270 does not support Macintosh.

Before starting the following steps, make sure that all the necessary software including EPSON Scan has been installed. For details about how to install the software, see the Start Here poster.

Step.1 Turning on the scanner

Before turning on the scanner, make sure the transportation lock is turned to the unlocked position and the scanner is connected to your computer.

The transportation lock is located on the bottom of the scanner on the right side. To release the lock, lift the scanner straight up and then slide the lock to the unlocked position.

Do not turn the scanner over; this may damage the scanner.

Turn on the scanner. The Start button light blinks, and then stays on in green, meaning the scanner has completed its initialization.


Step.2 Placing your materials on the document table

You can scan two types of materials: reflective documents (like photo or paper) or transparent materials (like film). See the appropriate link below to set your materials on the document table.

Note for Perfection 1670 users:
If you use the optional document cover, you can also scan transparent materials.

Note for Perfection 1270 users:
The Perfection 1270 does not support transparent materials.
Placing Photos and Documents on the Document Table
Loading and Setting Film on the Document Table


Step.3 Starting the software and scanning an image

Note for Mac OS X users:
Depending on your application, you may not able to start EPSON Scan as described here.

You can start EPSON Scan in the following ways.

This section provides you how to start EPSON Scan from ArcSoft PhotoImpression. For details on another way to start EPSON Scan, see Start EPSON Scan Software.

Start ArcSoft PhotoImpression.

For Windows users:
Click Start, point to All Programs (for Windows XP users) or Programs (for Windows Me, 98, or 2000 users), and select ArcSoft PhotoImpression 4. Click PhotoImpression 4.

For Macintosh users:
Double-click the Applications folder in Macintosh HD, and then double-click the PhotoImpression folder. Finally, double-click the PhotoImpression icon.

Click the Get Photo button and then click the Camera/Scanner button on the main screen.

Choose EPSON Perfection 1670 or EPSON Perfection 1270 from the Select Source list and click the Acquire button (for Windows users) or the OK button (for Macintosh users). EPSON Scan starts.

Note for Windows XP users:
Do not choose WIA-EPSON Perfection 1670 or WIA-EPSON Perfection 1270 from the menu to select the scanner. If you select it, you cannot use the Epson scanner function fully.

EPSON Scan automatically previews the image, and recognizes the document source and type.

If you want to make more settings, click Pause and then click Options to open the Options dialog box. For more details on settings, see the online help by clicking the Help button in the Option dialog box.

After EPSON Scan has previewed and recognized the document type, the following window appears. You can see the document type in the window.

EPSON Scan automatically locates the target images and modifies their skew, and then starts scanning.

Be aware that clicking Cancel on this screen terminates EPSON Scan.

The scanned image is sent to ArcSoft PhotoImpression.

  • Depending on the image you want to scan, you may not get the expected scanned image. In this case, scan the image in the Home Mode or Professional Mode.
  • For information on further editing of the scanned images, refer to your application's documentation.


Step.4 Saving the result as an image file

After scanning an image, be sure to save it, following the steps below.

Click the Save button on the ArcSoft PhotoImpression's main screen.

Click the Save As button.

Type a file name, select a file format, and then click Save. See the following section for the file formats.

File formats

The following table lists some common image file formats. Select an appropriate format supported by your image processing application when you save image files.

Format (File extension)


BMP format (*.BMP)
(Windows only)

BMP is a standard image file format in Windows. Most Windows applications including word processor applications can read and treat images in this format.

EPS format (*.EPS)

EPS is a PostScript file format. Most illustration and DTP applications are compatible with EPS.

JPEG format (*.JPG)

JPEG is a compressed file format, which allows a choice in compression quality. However, if the compression is too high, the image quality deteriorates. The image quality also deteriorates every time the image file is saved in JPEG. If you edit an image file after saving it, the original image should be preserved in a file format other than JPEG.

PICT format
(Macintosh only)

PICT is a standard image file format for Macintosh. Most Macintosh applications including word processor software can read and prepare images in this format.

TIFF format (*.TIF)

TIFF is a file format which is designed for data exchange between applications such as graphics software and DTP software.


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