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Accurate Scans

Some scanners will automatically assign the proper profile to your images. You can find out if your scanner does this by clicking on the black arrow that appears at the bottom of a Photoshop document, or bottom of your screen (Windows in CS) and choosing Document Profile. Then scan an image and see if your scanner's profile is listed at the bottom of the document window. If it is, then there is no reason to assign a profile because it already has the correct one assigned.


From now on, when you scan an image, you won't have to worry about all the color settings that are in your scanner. You just turn all that stuff off and let color management take over. You simply specify the resolution and scaling settings you'd like to use and then press the Scan button. Then, once the image is in Photoshop, choose Assign Profile from the Edit menu in CS2, or the Image>Mode menu in CS (Figure 7.38) and choose your scanner profile from the Profile pop-up menu. That's it! The profile supplies the information needed for Photoshop to know how your scanner captures color and therefore should produce an accurate scan (assuming your profile is accurate, that is).


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