CS 14A

May 5, 1997

Using the Scanner

These instructions work for the scanner in the Faculty/Staff Resource Center. Right now, the scanners in the Math/CS Lab aren't working.

If you'd like to use the scanner in the evening or during the day, let me know. We can work something out so that you can use the Resource Center.

Scanner instructions:

  1. This is Windows 95. First, log into the network.

  2. The first thing you need to do is to create a folder for your scanned images. You will scan your photos as TIF files and then convert them to GIF files. The GIF files should be saved into your WEB folder on your N: drive, but the TIF files shouldn't be. Instead, save them into a TIF folder on your N: drive. Here's one way to create a new folder in Windows 95.
    1. Press the Start button, choose Programs, and open MS-DOS Prompt.

    2. After DOS has started up, type the following commands:
      MD TIF

  3. Carefully place your image on the scanner bed. ``Ground zero'' is the upper right-hand corner. The image should be placed face-down, as if you were using a copier.

  4. Press the Start button, choose Programs, choose Scan Jet 3C, and open Desk Scan II.

  5. Once the scanner software starts, click the Preview button.

  6. Your image should now appear in the window. Notice that there is a tiny ``frame'' surrounding the image. Drag the frame to zero-in on the portion of the image in which you're interested.

  7. You can use the Zoom button to zoom in on your selection and fine-tune your frame positioning.

  8. Click the auto-exposure button (it's between the brightness and contrast controls).

  9. If you'd prefer to see the size of your image in inches, open the Custom menu, choose Image size and change Units to inches.

  10. You may now adjust the image size. If you think you'll be using more than one size of an image in your work, use the scanner to make a few copies of the images, each copy at a different size. Using the scanner to re-size the image produces the best results.

  11. Click the Final button. Save the image to the TIF folder on your N: drive. Save the file in TIF format.

  12. Repeat these steps for each of the items you wish to scan.

Convert TIF Files to GIF

  1. Press the Start button, choose Programs, choose Paint Shop Pro, and open Paint Shop Pro 4.

  2. Open each of your TIF files and use Save As from the File menu to save them in GIF format (89a Interlaced) into your WEB directory on your N: drive.

You can also use Paint Shop Pro to design your own images; you may wish to experiment with it.

Thomas P. Kelliher
Sun May 4 19:50:47 EDT 1997
Tom Kelliher