Scanning - Mac

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Scanning is accomplished with the use of a scanner and scanning software. An image editing program like Photoshop or Preview is useful afterward to crop, resize and adjust your image.

Using Adobe Acrobat

  1. Place your document face down in the scanner, aligning the top-right corner of the document with the arrow.
  2. Select the search function with the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner and search for “Adobe Acrobat.”
  3. In the upper left-hand corner of Adobe Acrobat, select File, the Create menu, then select PDF from Scanner.
  4. When taken to the set up page, make sure to set the resolution (see below). You can also set the resolution by using the quality section of the set up page. If you are scanning multiple pages, check the box next to “Prompt to scan more pages.”
  5. From the Scanner dropdown menu select GT-S630 (ICA) or Epson Perfection V33/V330.
  6. Press "scan" and a dialogue box will appear for you to press "Scan" in the bottom right corner. You may have to click on the scanner name to proceed.
  7. When finished, select File from the toolbar menu and save your file.

Using Image Capture:

  1. Place your document face down in the scanner, aligning the top-right corner of the document with the arrow.
  2. Launch Image Capture from the Applications folder.
  3. Drag the boundary box around the portion of the image you want to capture
  4. Set resolution (see below).
  5. Set the Format to TIFF (this is an uncompressed image file format)
  6. Note the Scan to location. This is where your file will be saved. You can change this.
  7. Click the Scan button.

Note: you may need to save your scanned file to the network space on Orca then move to another computer to continue editing in Photoshop or Preview.

Please ask the students at the front desk of the Computer Center for assistance if you have any questions.

At what resolution should I scan?

Set the scan resolution at double what your final image’s resolution will be.

Image type final resolution scan resolution
web image 72 150
image for print 300 600

Small images: If you are going to be enlarging a small image the higher your resolution the better the enlarged image will look. Experiment to get the best results!

Scanning text for PDFs

See the Accessible PDF article.