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Making a Scan

The first step in scanning a picture is to put it into the scanner face down. Until you’ve actually made a scan, you may not know what end of the scanner is up. Quite often, you can’t tell by looking, or with logic. My last scanner started its scanning at what I considered the “top”; the back end of the scanning platform, close to the cover hinge. My current one scans backward from the bottom, or open end, closest to me. It really doesn’t make much difference, except that I need to remember to orient the photo correctly, or take the time to flip it before I start to clean it up. Of course, if your picture doesn’t fill the scanner screen, you may choose to place it sideways to shorten the scanning time, as I have in Figure 4.3. Turning the image 90 degrees on the screen is probably quicker than scanning a correctly oriented portrait. However, you’ll do yourself a favor and save a ton of time if you learn to place pictures in the scanner straight against an edge. Sure, you can always rotate it back, a half degree at a time, but why should you, when you can be a little careful and get it scanned right to begin with?

Figure 4.3. The picture as shown on the left will take about 1/3 longer to scan.



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