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Detailed Setting Instructions

Selecting the Scan Resolution

You can select a specific Resolution setting for your images. Keep in mind that higher resolution settings increase scanning time, so do not select a higher resolution than you need. See the following table to reference the appropriate resolution setting to use so that you do not have to take more time than necessary.
What you will do with the scanned image
Suggested scan resolution
Send via e-mail, upload to web, or view only on the screen
96 to 150 dpi
Convert to editable text (OCR)
400 dpi
Searchable PDF
200 to 400 dpi
Print using ink jet printer with normal quality
150 dpi (Color or Grayscale)
360 dpi (Black & White)
Print using ink jet printer with high quality
300 dpi (Color or Grayscale)
720 dpi (Black & White)
Print using page printer
200 dpi (Color or Grayscale)
600 dpi (Black & White)
Fax
200 dpi
Enlarge after scanning at 100%

Increase Resolution setting by same amount you will increase image size after scanning.

For example, if the resolution is 300 dpi, but you will increase the image size to 200%, change the resolution setting to 600 dpi.

To select the resolution setting, see one of these sections.

Selecting the Resolution in Full Auto Mode

You can change the resolution you want at any time. Follow these steps to select the resolution setting.
In the Full Auto Mode window, click Customize. The Customize window appears.
Click the Specify resolution for Full Auto Mode check box and select the number of dpi (dots per inch) at which you want to scan.

Selecting the Resolution in Home Mode

To change the resolution, first select Other as the Destination setting.
Click the arrow next to the Resolution list and select the number of dpi (dots per inch) at which you want to scan.

Selecting the Resolution in Office Mode or Professional Mode

You can select the resolution you want at any time.
Office Mode
Professional Mode
Click the arrow next to the Resolution list and select the number of dpi (dots per inch) at which you want to scan.

Previewing and Adjusting the Scan Area

Once you have selected your basic settings and resolution, you can preview your image and select or adjust the image area of the image(s) in a Preview window on your screen. There are two types of preview.
Normal preview displays your previewed image(s) in their entirety. You must select the scan area and make any image quality adjustments manually.
Thumbnail preview displays your previewed image(s) as thumbnail(s). Epson Scan automatically locates the edges of your scan area, applies automatic exposure settings to the image(s), and rotates the image(s) if necessary.
To preview your image, follow the steps below.
Note:
If you are using Full Auto Mode or Office Mode, the thumbnail preview is not available.
Click Preview. If you want to change the preview mode, select the Normal or Thumbnail tab on Preview window if it is available.
Note:
Depending on your document type and other settings, you may not be able to change the preview type.
You can resize the Preview window. To resize the Preview window, click and drag the corner of the Preview window.
If you preview with the Preview dialog not displayed, image(s) will be displayed in the default preview mode. If you preview with the Preview dialog displayed, image(s) will be displayed in the preview mode that was displayed just before previewing.
Some of the settings that you change after preview will be initialized if you change the Preview mode.
Epson Scan prescans your image(s) and displays them in one of the following Preview windows.
Normal preview
Document
Film
Thumbnail preview
Document
Film
If you are viewing the normal preview, you can do the following to adjust the image(s).
To select your scan area, click the  auto locate icon to create a marquee that marks the edges of your image area. You can move the marquee to change the scan area. See Creating a Marquee on a Preview Image for instructions.
Note:
If you are going to scan at a different size than your original, you must first select your Target Size and automatically create a marquee that is proportioned to that size. See Selecting the Scan Size for instructions. You can then copy the marquee and place it on each image you will scan at that size.
To enlarge or reduce the preview image in the Normal preview, resize the Preview window. The image size changes corresponding to the Preview window size.
To zoom in on an image in the Normal preview, click inside the scan area and click the Zoom button.
Note:
Zoom button changes into Full button on Zoom display.
Full button changes into Zoom button on Full display.
To rotate an image, click the  left or  right rotate icon.
To adjust the image quality, click the scan area(s) you want to modify and make the adjustments. See Adjusting the Color and Other Image Settings for instructions.
If you are viewing the thumbnail preview, you can do the following to adjust the image(s).
To zoom in on an image in the Thumbnail preview, double-click the thumbnail to zoom in.
You can change the size of thumbnail by using either the  Thumbnail <Large>,  Thumbnail <Small>, or  Full size of 1 frame buttons.
To rotate an image or flip it horizontally (like a mirror image), click its thumbnail and then click the  rotation icon or  mirroring icon.
Note:
If your image is not rotated correctly, see Images are Rotated Incorrectly.
To adjust the scan area to crop your image differently, you can create and move a marquee that marks the edges of your scan. See Creating a Marquee on a Preview Image for instructions.
To adjust the image quality, click the image(s) or scan area(s) you want to modify and make the adjustments. See Adjusting the Color and Other Image Settings for instructions. If you want to apply the adjustments you have made to all of your images, click All.

Creating a Marquee on a Preview Image

A marquee is a moving dotted line that appears on the edges of your preview image to indicate the scan area.
Documents or photos
Film or Slides
You can move the marquee and adjust its size. If you are viewing the normal preview, you can create multiple marquees (up to 50) on each image to scan different image areas in separate scan files.
Note for film or slides:
When you use the Thumbnail preview, Epson Scan automatically creates marquees around your image(s) for you. If you need to adjust a marquee, click inside it and click the  delete marquee icon before completing the steps in this section. If you do not need to adjust any marquees, skip to Adjusting the Color and Other Image Settings.
To draw a marquee, move your cursor over a preview image. The pointer becomes a set of cross-hairs.
Note:
If you are viewing the normal preview and you only have one photo on the document table, you can click the  auto locate icon to automatically draw a marquee, then skip to step 3.
Position the pointer in the area where you want to place the corner of your marquee and click. Hold down the mouse button and drag the cross-hairs over the image to the opposite corner of the desired scan area. Then release the mouse button. You see the moving dotted line of the marquee.
Do one of the following to adjust the marquee.
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.
Note:
To restrict the movement of the marquee to vertical or horizontal only, hold down the Shift key as you move the marquee.
To restrict the size of the marquee to the current proportions, hold down the Shift key as you resize the marquee.
For best results and image exposure, make sure all sides of the marquee are located inside the preview image. Do not include any of the area around the preview image in the marquee.
If you are viewing the normal preview, you can create multiple marquees (up to 50). Just draw them as described in steps 1 through 3, or click the  copy marquee icon to create additional marquees of the same size. You can move and resize all the marquees as described in step 3. To delete a marquee, click inside it and click the  delete marquee icon.
Note:
If you draw multiple marquees, make sure you click All in the Preview window before you scan. Otherwise, only the area inside the last marquee you drew will be scanned.

Adjusting the Color and Other Image Settings

Once you have previewed your image(s) 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.
To adjust the color and other image settings, see one of these sections.

Making Color Adjustments and Other Image Settings in Office Mode

The table below describes the settings available in Office Mode. For details on adjusting these settings, see Epson Scan Help.
Note:
If you are scanning multiple images at the same time and you want to apply the image adjustments to all of your images or scan areas, click All in the Preview window before you begin making your adjustments.
Setting
Description
Unsharp Mask
Turn on to make the edges of image areas clearer for an overall sharper image. Turn off to leave softer edges. This setting is available only when the Image Type is set to Color or Grayscale.
Descreening
Removes the rippled pattern that can appear in subtly-shaded image areas, such as in skin tones. Also improves results when scanning magazine or newspaper images which include screening in their original print processes. This setting is available only when the Image Type is set to Color or Grayscale. The results of descreening do not appear in the preview, only in your scanned image.
Image Option
Text Enhancement
Enhances text recognition when scanning text documents.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when the Image Type is set to Color and Image Option is selected
- when the Image Type is set to Grayscale and Image Option is selected
- when the Image Type is set to Black&White and Image Option is selected
When the Image Type is set to Black&White, the results of Text Enhancement do not appear in the preview, only in your scanned image.
Auto Area Segmentation
Makes Black&White images clearer and text recognition more accurate by separating the text from the graphics. This setting is available only when the Image Type is set to Black&White and Image Option is selected.
Dropout
Drops out red, green, or blue in the scan.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when the Image Type is set to Grayscale and Image Option is selected
- when the Image Type is set to Black&White and Image Option is selected
Color Enhance
Enhances red, green, or blue in the scan.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when the Image Type is set to Grayscale and Image Option is selected
- when the Image Type is set to Black&White and Image Option is selected
Brightness
Adjusts the overall image lightness and darkness.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when the Image Type is set to Color
- when the Image Type is set to Grayscale
- when the Image Type is set to Black&White, and Image Option and Auto Area Segmentation are selected
Contrast
Adjusts the difference between the light and dark areas of the overall image.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when the Image Type is set to Color
- when the Image Type is set to Grayscale
- when the Image Type is set to Black&White, and Image Option and Auto Area Segmentation are selected
Threshold
Adjusts the level at which the black areas in text and line art are delineated, improving text recognition in OCR programs.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when the Image Type is set to Black&White, and Image Option is not selected
- when the Image Type is set to Black&White, and Image Option and Color Enhance are selected
Note:
To view the red, green, and blue levels at particular points in your preview image as you make adjustments, click the  densitometer icon in the Preview window and move your cursor over an image area. See Epson Scan Help for details.
Certain settings may not be available, or may be automatically selected, depending on the type of image you are previewing and other settings you have selected.
You can customize how certain Epson Scan settings behave by clicking Configuration and changing settings in the window that appears. See Epson Scan Help for details.
To undo any image quality adjustments you make to the preview image, click Reset if available, turn off the settings, or preview your image again.

Making Color Adjustments and Other Image Settings in Home Mode

The table below describes the settings available in Home Mode. For details on adjusting these settings, see Epson Scan Help.
Note:
If you are scanning multiple images at the same time and you want to apply the image adjustments to all of your images or scan areas, click All in the Preview window before you begin making your adjustments.
Setting
Description
Descreening
Removes the rippled pattern that can appear in subtly-shaded image areas, such as in skin tones. Also improves results when scanning magazine or newspaper images which include screening in their original print processes.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when the Image Type is set to Color
- when the Image Type is set to Grayscale
The results of descreening do not appear in the preview, only in your scanned image.
Backlight Correction
Removes shadows from photos that have too much background light.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when you select Photograph as the Document Type setting and Image Type is set to Color
- when you select Photograph as the Document Type setting and Image Type is set to Grayscale
Color Restoration
Restores the colors in faded photos automatically.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when you select Photograph as the Document Type setting, and Image Type is set to Color
- when you select Photograph as the Document Type setting, and Image Type is set to Grayscale
DIGITAL ICE Technology
Remove dust marks that the Dust Removal feature cannot. DIGITAL ICE Technology takes longer to scan and also uses more of your system resources.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when you select Photograph as the Document Type and Image Type is set to Color or Grayscale with the Show Texture check box in the Configuration window cleared
- when you select Positive Film as the Document Type and Image Type is set to Color or Grayscale
- when you select Color Negative Film as the Document Type and Image Type is set to Color or Grayscale
- when you select B&W Negative Film as the Document Type and Image Type is set to Color or Grayscale
Image Option
Text Enhancement
Enhances text recognition when scanning text documents.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when you select Magazine as the Document Type setting and Image Option is selected
- when you select Newspaper as the Document Type setting and Image Option is selected
- when you select Text/Line Art as the Document Type setting and Image Option is selected
Auto Area Segmentation
Makes Black&White images clearer and text recognition more accurate by separating the text from the graphics.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when you select Magazine as the Document Type, the Image Type is set to Black&White, and Image Option is selected
- when you select Newspaper as the Document Type, the Image Type is set to Black&White, and Image Option is selected
- when you select Text/Line Art as the Document Type, the Image Type is set to Black&White, and Image Option is selected
Brightness
Adjusts the overall image lightness and darkness.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when the Image Type is set to Color
- when the Image Type is set to Grayscale
- when you select Magazine as the Document Type setting, the Image Type is set to Black&White, and Image Option and Auto Area Segmentation are selected
- when you select Newspaper as the Document Type setting, the Image Type is set to Black&White, and Image Option and Auto Area Segmentation are selected
- when you select Text/Line Art as the Document Type setting, the Image Type is set to Black&White, and Image Option and Auto Area Segmentation are selected
Click Brightness to access the Brightness setting.
Contrast
Adjusts the difference between the light and dark areas of the overall image.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when the Image Type is set to Color
- when the Image Type is set to Grayscale
- when you select Magazine as the Document Type setting, the Image Type is set to Black&White, and Image Option and Auto Area Segmentation are selected
- when you select Newspaper as the Document Type setting, the Image Type is set to Black&White, and Image Option and Auto Area Segmentation are selected
- when you select Text/Line Art as the Document Type setting, the Image Type is set to Black&White, and Image Option and Auto Area Segmentation are selected
Click Brightness to access the Contrast setting.
Threshold
Adjusts the level at which the black areas in text and line art are delineated, improving text recognition in OCR programs.
Available only when the Image Type is set to Black&White, and Image Option is not selected.
Click Brightness to access the Threshold setting.
Note:
To view the red, green, and blue levels at particular points in your preview image as you make adjustments, click the  densitometer icon in the Preview window and move your cursor over an image area. See Epson Scan Help for details.
Certain settings may not be available, or may be automatically selected, depending on the type of image you are previewing and other settings you have selected.
You can customize how certain Epson Scan settings behave by clicking Configuration and changing settings in the window that appears. See Epson Scan Help for details.
To undo any image quality adjustments you make to the preview image, click Reset if available, turn off the settings, or preview your image again.

Making Color Adjustments and Other Image Settings in Professional Mode

The table below describes the settings available in Professional Mode. For details on adjusting these settings, see Epson Scan Help.
Note:
You may need to scroll down to view the Adjustments area of the Professional Mode window.
If you are scanning multiple images at the same time and you want to apply the image adjustments to all of your images or scan areas, click All in the Preview window before you begin making your adjustments.
Setting
Description
Auto Exposure
Click the  Auto Exposure icon. To turn it on continuously, click Configuration, click the Color tab and select Continuous auto exposure. You can adjust the level of exposure adjustment using the slider.
Histogram
Provides a graphical interface for adjusting highlight, shadow, and gamma levels individually. For advanced users only.
Click the  Histogram Adjustment icon to access the Histogram setting.
Tone Correction
Provides a graphical interface for adjusting tone levels individually. For advanced users only.
Click the  Tone Correction icon to access the Tone Correction setting.
Brightness
Adjusts the overall image lightness and darkness.
Click the  Image Adjustment icon to access the Brightness setting.
Contrast
Adjusts the difference between the light and dark areas of the overall image.
Click the  Image Adjustment icon to access the Contrast setting.
Saturation
Adjusts the density of colors in the overall image.
Click the  Image Adjustment icon to access the Saturation setting.
Color Balance
Adjusts the balance of red, green, and blue colors in the overall image.
Click the  Image Adjustment icon to access the Color Balance settings.
Color Palette
Provides a graphical interface for adjusting mid-tone levels, such as skin tones, without affecting the highlight and shadow areas of the image. For advanced users only. See Using the Color Palette Feature (for Professional Mode Only) for more information.
Click the  Color Palette icon to use the Color Palette settings.
Unsharp Mask
Turn on to make the edges of image areas clearer for an overall sharper image. The level of sharpness is adjustable. Turn off to leave softer edges.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when the Image Type is set to 48-bit Color
- when the Image Type is set to 24-bit Color
- when the Image Type is set to 16-bit Grayscale
- when the Image Type is set to 8-bit Grayscale
Descreening
Removes the rippled pattern that can appear in subtly shaded image areas, such as skin tones. Also improves results when scanning magazine or newspaper images that include screening in their original print processes. The results of descreening do not appear in the preview, only in your scanned image. The level of descreening is adjustable.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when the Image Type is set to 48-bit Color
- when the Image Type is set to 24-bit Color
- when the Image Type is set to Color Smoothing
- when the Image Type is set to 16-bit Grayscale
- when the Image Type is set to 8-bit Grayscale
Color Restoration
Restores the colors in faded photos automatically.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when you select Photo as the Auto Exposure Type setting and the Image Type is set to 48-bit Color
- when you select Photo as the Auto Exposure Type setting and the Image Type is set to 24-bit Color
- when you select Photo as the Auto Exposure Type setting and the Image Type is set to 16-bit Grayscale
- when you select Photo as the Auto Exposure Type setting and the Image Type is set to 8-bit Grayscale
Backlight Correction
Removes shadows from photos that have too much background light. The level of backlight correction is adjustable.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when you select Photo as the Auto Exposure Type setting and the Image Type is set to 48-bit Color
- when you select Photo as the Auto Exposure Type setting and the Image Type is set to 24-bit Color
- when you select Photo as the Auto Exposure Type setting and the Image Type is set to 16-bit Grayscale
- when you select Photo as the Auto Exposure Type setting and the Image Type is set to 8-bit Grayscale
Dust Removal
Removes dust marks from your originals automatically. The results of Dust Removal do not appear in the preview, only in your scanned image. The level of dust removal is adjustable.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when you select Photo as the Auto Exposure Type setting and the Image Type is set to 48-bit Color
- when you select Photo as the Auto Exposure Type setting and the Image Type is set to 24-bit Color
- when you select Photo as the Auto Exposure Type setting and the Image Type is set to 16-bit Grayscale
- when you select Photo as the Auto Exposure Type setting and the Image Type is set to 8-bit Grayscale
Digital ICE Technology
Remove dust marks that the Dust Removal feature cannot. DIGITAL ICE Technology takes longer to scan and also uses more of your system resources.
This setting is available in the following conditions:
- when you select Reflective as the Document Type and Auto Exposure Type is set to Photo with the Show Texture check box in the Configuration window cleared
- when you select Film as the Document Type
Threshold
Adjusts the level at which the black areas in text and line art are delineated, improving text recognition in OCR programs. Available only when you select Black & White as the Image Type setting.
Note:
To view red, green, and blue levels at particular points in your preview image as you make adjustments, click the  densitometer icon in the Preview window and move your cursor over an image area. See Epson Scan Help for details.
Certain settings may not be available, or may be automatically selected, depending on the type of image you are previewing and other settings you have selected.
You can customize how certain Epson Scan settings behave by clicking Configuration and changing settings in the window that appears. See Epson Scan Help for details.
To undo any image quality adjustments you make to the preview image, click Reset if available, turn off the setting, or preview your image again.

Selecting the Scan Size

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.
If you are going to scan your image to a specific size, you should select the Target Size setting after previewing it, but before adjusting your scan area indicated by creating a marquee. This sets the scan area to correct proportions so your image will not be cropped unexpectedly.
To select the scan size, see one of these sections.

Selecting the Scan Size in Home Mode

You can select a predefined scan size from the Target Size list. Click the arrow to open the list and select the size you want. A marquee (dotted line) proportioned for that size appears on your preview image.
Documents or photos
Film or Slides
If you need to create a scan size that is not in the Target Size list, you can create a custom size. Click the arrow to open the list and select Customize. You see the Target Size window.
Type a name for your custom size, enter the size, click Save, then click OK. Your new size appears in the Target Size list.
Once you have selected your scan size, you can click and drag the marquee to the area in the image you want to scan. For details, see Creating a Marquee on a Preview Image. The marquee proportions are retained as you adjust it.
If you need to rotate the marquee for a landscape or portrait image without changing its aspect ratio, click the  orientation icon.
Note:
The orientation icon is not available if you selected Original as the Target Size setting.

Selecting the Scan Size in Professional Mode

You can select a predefined scan size from the Target Size list. Click the arrow to open the list and select the size you want. A marquee (dotted line) proportioned for that size appears on your preview image.
Documents or photos
Film or Slides
If you need to create a scan size that is not in the Target Size list, you can create a custom size. Click the arrow to open the list and select Customize. You see the Target Size window.
Type a name for your custom size, enter the size, click Save, then click OK. Your new size appears in the Target Size list.
You can fine-tune the size using additional tools. Click the + (Windows) or  (Mac OS X) button next to Target Size to display these tools.
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.
Once you have selected your scan size, you can click and drag the marquee to the area in the image you want to scan. For details, see Creating a Marquee on a Preview Image. The marquee proportions are retained as you adjust it.
If you want to rotate the marquee for a landscape or portrait image without changing its aspect ratio, click the  orientation icon.
Note:
The  orientation icon is not available if you selected Original as the Target Size setting.