Epson Scan lets you control all aspects of scanning and includes three modes.
Full Auto Mode lets you scan quickly and easily, without selecting any settings or previewing your image. This is the default mode in Epson Scan.
Full Auto Mode is best when you need to scan documents or photos at 100% size and you do not need to preview the images before scanning. You can restore faded colors or remove dust marks by clicking the Customize button.
See Using Full Auto Mode for instructions on scanning in this mode.
Home Mode lets you customize some scanning settings and check their effects with a preview image.
Home Mode is best when you want to preview images of photos, film, or slides before scanning them. You can size the image as you scan, adjust the scan area, and adjust many image settings, including color restoration, dust removal, Digital ICE Technology (for color film and slides only), and backlight correction.
See Changing the Scan Mode for instructions on switching to Home Mode.
See Selecting Basic Settings for scanning steps.
Professional Mode gives you total control of your scanning settings and lets you check their effects with a preview image.
Professional Mode is best when you want to preview your image and make extensive, detailed corrections to it before scanning. You can sharpen, color correct, and enhance your image with a full array of tools, including color restoration, dust removal, Digital ICE Technology (for color film and slides only), and backlight correction.
See Changing the Scan Mode for instructions on switching to Professional Mode.
See Selecting Basic Settings for scanning steps.
When you see the File Save Settings window, you need to select the location, name, and format of the scanned image file you want to save.
Full Auto Mode
In the standby window, click the Customize button, then click the File Save Settings button. (If you started Epson Scan from a program like Adobe Photoshop Elements, this button doesn’t appear.)
Home or Professional Mode
Click the File Save Settings button to the right of the Scan button. (If you started Epson Scan from a program like Adobe Photoshop Elements, this button doesn’t appear.)
If you want to select another folder, click Other, then click Browse (Windows) or Choose (Mac OS X) and select the folder. If you want to save your image on the desktop, simply click Other.
Overwrite any files with the same name
Select this option if you want to reuse the selected file name and location and overwrite previous files with the same names.
Show this dialog box before next scan
Select this option if you want the File Save Settings window to appear automatically before you scan (Home or Professional Mode only). If you deselect it, you must click the File Save Settings button to open the window in Home or Professional Mode.
Open image folder after scanning
Select this option if you want Windows Explorer or the Macintosh Finder to automatically open the folder where your scanned image is saved when Epson Scan finishes scanning.
The scanned image is automatically saved in the file and location you chose.
When you start Epson Scan for the first time, it runs in Full Auto Mode and displays the Epson Scan standby window.
Select your settings and click OK. (For details on selecting settings, click the Help button.)
Epson Scan previews your image, detects whether it is a document or photo, and selects the scan settings automatically. After a moment, you see a small preview of your image in the Epson Scan window.
To change the scan mode, click the arrow in the Mode box in the upper right corner of the Epson Scan window. Then select the mode you want to use from the list that appears.
For instructions on scanning using these modes, see:
When you start Epson Scan in Home or Professional Mode, you see the main Epson Scan window.
Before you scan your document or photo, you need to select these basic settings.
Original settings. These tell Epson Scan the type of document or photo you are scanning.
Destination settings. These tell Epson Scan how you plan to use your scanned image.
Follow these steps to select the basic settings for a document or photo in Epson Scan.
Click the arrow to open the Document Type list and select the type of original you are scanning. Then click the Color, Grayscale, or Black&White button to match the colors in the original.
Click the arrow to open the Document Type list and select Reflective (for scanning a photo or document). Then click the arrow in the Auto Exposure Type list and select Document or Photo.
In the Destination box, click the button for the way you plan to use the scanned image.
Screen/Web for images you will view only on a computer screen or post on the web.
Printer for images you will be printing or converting to editable text with an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program.
Other if you want to select a specific resolution for other purposes.
Click the arrow to open the Image Type list and select the image type you are scanning.
In Home Mode, you can change the resolution only if you select Other as the Destination setting.
In Professional Mode, you can select the resolution you want at any time.
Before you select the scan resolution, you should consider whether you will enlarge your images before or after you scan them. Follow these guidelines.
You will not be enlarging the images.
If you will scan the images at 100% size or smaller and will not enlarge them later, you can accept the Resolution setting selected by Epson Scan based on your Destination setting (Home Mode only).
You will enlarge the images as you scan them (increase the Target Size setting).
If you will enlarge the images in Epson Scan so you can use them at a larger size, you can accept the Resolution setting selected by Epson Scan based on your Destination setting (Home Mode only).
You will scan the images at their original size, but then enlarge them later in an image-editing program.
If you plan to enlarge your images later in an image-editing program, you need to increase the Resolution setting to retain a high image quality after enlargement. Increase the resolution by the same amount you will increase the image size. For example, if the resolution is 300 dpi (dots per inch), but you will increase the image size to 200% in an image-editing program, change the Resolution setting to 600 dpi in Epson Scan.
Click the arrow next to the Resolution list and select the number of dots per inch at which you want to scan. See the table below for some guidelines.
After selecting the Resolution, you can preview your image and make any necessary adjustments. See Previewing and Adjusting the Scan Area to continue scanning.
Once you have selected your basic settings and resolution in Home or Professional Mode, you can preview your image and select or adjust the area of the image(s) you want to scan. Epson Scan displays the preview image(s) in a separate Preview window on your screen.
There are two types of preview.
Normal preview displays your previewed images in their entirety. You must select the scan area and make any image quality adjustments manually. This is the default preview type in Professional Mode, but you can also select it in Home Mode, if available.
Thumbnail preview displays your previewed images as thumbnails. Epson Scan automatically locates the edges of your scan area and applies automatic exposure settings to the images. This is the default preview type in Home Mode, but you can also select it in Professional Mode, if available.
Follow these steps to preview your image(s) in Home or Professional Mode.
Epson Scan prescans your image(s) and displays them in one of the following Preview windows.
To select your scan area, click the auto locate icon to place a marquee that marks the edges of your image area. You can move the marquee to change the scan area. See Adjusting the Scan Area (Marquee) for instructions.
To zoom in on an image, click inside the scan area and click the Zoom button. Epson Scan prescans again and displays a larger preview on the Zoom tab. (Your other images are still previewed at the original size on the Preview tab.)
To adjust the image quality, click the image(s) you want to modify and make the adjustments as described in Adjusting the Color and Other Image Settings.
To zoom in on an image, double-click its thumbnail, or click the thumbnail and then click the Full Size tab near the top of the Preview window. (This feature is only available when you are scanning multiple images at the same time.)
To rotate an image or flip it horizontally (like a mirror image), click its thumbnail and then click the rotation icon or mirroring icon.
To adjust the scan area to crop your image, you can create and move a marquee that marks the edges of your scan. See Adjusting the Scan Area (Marquee) for instructions.
To adjust the image quality, click the image(s) you want to modify and make the adjustments as described in Adjusting the Color and Other Image Settings. If you want to apply the adjustments to all your images, click the All button.
A marquee is a moving dotted line that appears on the edges of your preview image to indicate the scan area.
You can move the marquee, adjust its size, and create multiple marquees on one image (normal preview only) to scan different image areas in separate scan files. Follow these steps.
To move the marquee, position your cursor inside the marquee. The pointer becomes a hand. Click and drag the marquee to the desired location.
To resize the marquee, position your cursor over the edge or corner of the marquee. The pointer becomes a straight or angled double-arrow. Click and drag the edge or corner to the desired size.
Once you have previewed your images and adjusted the scan area, you can modify the image quality, if necessary. Epson Scan offers a variety of settings for improving color, sharpness, contrast, and other aspects affecting image quality.
Before you make adjustments, be sure to click the image or marquee for the area you want to adjust. In Professional Mode, you may need to scroll down to the Adjustments area of the main Epson Scan window.
The table below describes the settings available in Home and/or Professional Mode. For details on adjusting these settings, click Help in the Epson Scan window.
When you are finished making adjustments, you can size your scanned images (see Selecting the Scan Size) or go ahead and click Scan (see Finishing the Scan).
You can scan your images at their original size, or you can reduce or enlarge their size as you scan them. You do this using the Target Size setting in Home or Professional Mode.
If you are going to scan your image to a particular size, you should select the Target Size setting after previewing it, but before adjusting your scan area (indicated by the marquee). This sets the scan area to the correct proportions so your image will not be cropped unexpectedly.
For instructions on previewing your image(s), see Previewing and Adjusting the Scan Area. Then follow these steps to select the Target Size setting.
Type a name for your custom size, enter the size, click the Save button, then click OK. Your new size appears in the Target Size list.
To size your image by a certain percentage, adjust the Scale value.
To change the way your image is cropped, turn Trimming on or off. (See Epson Scan Help for details.)
To unlock the proportions of your scan size, click the lock icon. Then adjust the marquee or enter new width/height measurements.
If you need to rotate the marquee for a landscape or portrait image without changing its aspect ratio, click the orientation icon. (Not available if you are scanning at the Original Target Size.)
What happens after you scan depends on how you started your scan.
If you started your scan by pressing the Start button or running Epson Scan as a standalone program and you used Full Auto Mode, your scanned image is saved in the file format and location you chose. If you did not choose any file save settings, it is saved as a JPEG file in the Pictures or My Pictures folder.
If you started your scan by pressing the Start button or running Epson Scan as a standalone program and you used Home or Professional Mode, you see the File Save Settings window. This lets you select the name and location of your saved scan files. See Selecting File Save Settings for details.
If you started your scan from a scanning program such as Adobe Photoshop Elements, your scanned image(s) open in the program window. If Epson Scan does not automatically close after scanning, click Close to close the Epson Scan window and view your image(s) in the program.