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EPSON Perfection
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    EPSON Perfection ™ Driver User’s Guide ® ® For Microsoft Windows 95, Windows NT, ® ® and Apple Macintosh...

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    The only warranty EPSON makes to you in connection with the Licensed Materials is that the media on which the Licensed Software is recorded will be replaced without charge, if EPSON, in good faith, determines that it was defective and not subject to misuse, and if the media and proof of purchase are returned to EPSON or the dealer from whom the Licensed Materials were obtained within ninety (90) days of the date of purchase.

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    Because EPSON cannot know the purposes for which you acquired the Licensed Software, you assume full responsibility for the selection of the Licensed Software and for their installation and use and the results of that use. 7. WARRANTY DISCLAIMERS; LIABILITY LIMITATIONS EXCEPT FOR THE LIMITED WARRANTY IN SECTION 6, EPSON MAKES NO WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION WITH RESPECT TO THE LICENSED SOFTWARE AND IT IS LICENSED "AS IS."...

  • Page 4: Copyright Notice

    SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION. The information contained herein is designed only for use with this EPSON scanner. EPSON is not responsible for any use of this information as applied to other scanners.

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    Using the Online Cross-references Cautions, Notes, and Tips Where To Get Help The EPSON Perfection 600 Main Window Accessing the EPSON Perfection 600 Main Window Windows 95 or NT Macintosh About the EPSON Perfection 600 Main Window Table of Contents...

  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Basic Scanning Overview Basic Steps to Scanning Changing the Default Settings Zooming Advanced Scanning Working with Originals Changing Image Orientation Batch Scanning–Working with Multiple Originals Scanning Negatives Sizing the Scanned Image Factors that Affect Image Storage Requirements Changing the Size of the Scanned Image Page vi...

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    Table of Contents Adjusting Image Quality Using AutoExposure Using the Densitometer Monitor Manually Adjusting Image Contrast Adjusting Image Appearance Using Tone Curves Adjusting Color Balance Applying Scanning Filters Changing Image Resolution Keyboard Shortcuts Windows 95 and Windows NT Macintosh OS Glossary Index Page vii...

  • Page 8: About Twain Drivers And Your Epson Scanner

    This interface is called a driver . Your EPSON Perfection 600 software follows an image transfer standard known as TWAIN. This software lets you use your EPSON scanner with any Page 1...

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    Visioneer PaperPort LE ® Adobe PhotoDeluxe™ . However, EPSON Perfection 600 does more than simply transfer images from the scanner—it also lets you: Preview the image before saving it Adjust the orientation of the image (such as flip it...

  • Page 10: How To Use This Guide

    Introduction How To Use This Guide The information you need to use your EPSON Perfection 600 driver can be found in the following sections of this guide: The EPSON Perfection 600 Main Window This section gives you an overview of the EPSON Perfection 600 main window and instructions on how to access it.

  • Page 11: Using The Online Cross-references

    Blue text that is also underlined indicates that the text is a cross-reference to other parts of this guide. Click on the text with the mouse pointer to view the referenced information. For example, click here to view the introduction to your EPSON Perfection 600 software. Page 4...

  • Page 12: Cautions, Notes, And Tips

    Cautions, Notes, and Tips You’ll find this information throughout your guide: Cautions must be observed to avoid loss of data or damage to your equipment. Notes contain important information about your scanner software. Tips contain additional hints for improved scanning. Page 5...

  • Page 13: Where To Get Help

    Modem speed can be up to 28.8 Kbps. EPSON Forum on Members of CompuServe can type ® CompuServe GO EPSON at the menu prompt to reach the Epson America Forum. For a free introductory CompuServe membership, call (800) 848-8199 and ask for representative #529. Page 6...

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    Access EPSON’s technical information library by calling (800) 442-2110. You must provide a return fax number to use this service. EPSON Referral Service For the location of your nearest Authorized EPSON Reseller or Customer Care Center, call (800) 442-2110. Page 7...

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    Telephone Support EPSON also provides technical support and information on the installation, configuration, and operation of EPSON products. Dial (800) 922-8911, (310) 782-2600 (U.S.), or (905) 709-9475 (Canada), . to 6 ., Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. Before you call, please have the following information...

  • Page 16: Main Window

    You can perform all scanning activities from within the EPSON Perfection 600 main window. The following topics are presented in this section: Accessing the EPSON Perfection 600 Main Window About the EPSON Perfection 600 Main Window The EPSON Perfection 600...

  • Page 17: Accessing The Epson Perfection 600 Main Window

    Power Macintosh computers. Accessing the EPSON Perfection 600 Main Window The EPSON Perfection 600 software is compatible with any TWAIN-compliant program, such as Visioneer PaperPort or Adobe PhotoDeluxe. To access the scanner software, first open the host application into which you plan to import the scanned image or document.

  • Page 18: Macintosh

    To access the main EPSON scanner software window, first copy the Perfection 600 plug-in module from the EPSON Perfection 600 folder on your hard drive to the plug-ins folder for your application. Once that is done, follow these basic steps:...

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    1. Start the application into which your scanned image will be imported. 2. Choose your EPSON scanner as the image source. For example, from PaperPort choose Select Source from the File menu. Highlight Perfection 600 from the Select Source list and click Select.

  • Page 20: About The Epson Perfection 600 Main Window

    Prescan Button Scan Button Cancel Button Reset to Default Settings Button About the EPSON Perfection 600 Main Window When you access the EPSON Perfection 600 software, the main window appears: Rotation Tools Advanced Features Scan Negative Button Pixel Zoom and...

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    The EPSON Perfection 600 Main Window The features in the EPSON Perfection 600 main window are basically the same for both the Mac and PC platforms. Any differences in the two platforms are identified in this guide, where appropriate. Keystroke commands for each platform are listed in Keyboard Shortcuts.

  • Page 22: Basic Scanning

    Overview The EPSON Perfection 600 scanner software must be accessed from the host application into which you plan to import the scanned image. Once you have accessed the EPSON Perfection 600 software, you can preview and manipulate images prior to scanning them into your application.

  • Page 23: Basic Steps To Scanning

    Basic Steps to Scanning Perform the following steps to scan an image from your EPSON scanner into a host application. 1. Access the EPSON Perfection 600 main window. 2. Place the original to be scanned on the scanner document table.

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    6. Click the Scan button to scan and import the image to your host application. 7. After the image has been scanned, click Cancel to close the EPSON Perfection 600 main window. The following is an example of a framed image: Auto...

  • Page 25: Changing The Default Settings

    Basic Scanning Note: You can restore the default scan settings by clicking the Reset button. Changing the Default Settings The prescan feature lets you preview the image to see how it will look when scanned. If any adjustments are needed, change one or more of the following settings to obtain better results.

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    TIFF files on your hard drive. Original Document Type To get the best results from your EPSON Perfection 600 scanner software, the type of media you are scanning must be identified. Choose one of the following: Reflective...

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    Basic Scanning Note: The Transparency option is only available if the optional EPSON Transparency Unit (Perfection 600 TPU) is attached to your scanner. This option scans an image up to 8.5 x 11 inches. Transparency When you’re scanning transparent originals, such as film negatives, the light must shine through the original instead of reflecting off it.

  • Page 28: Zooming

    Scanning–Working with Multiple Zooming The EPSON Perfection 600 driver lets you enlarge or reduce an image in the preview area for easier viewing. This is called zooming. You can zoom in (make the image larger) or zoom out (make the image smaller).

  • Page 29: Advanced Scanning

    Advanced Scanning The EPSON Perfection 600 scanner software provides advanced tools that let you modify an image’s contrast, brightness, color, and tone before scanning. This following topics are described in this section: Working with Originals Sizing the Scanned Image Adjusting Image Quality...

  • Page 30: Working With Originals

    Working with Originals Changing Image Orientation If you placed an image on the scanner document table incorrectly, you can rotate the image in the EPSON Perfection 600 software rather than moving the original on the scanner. You can also flip an image to be scanned, either horizontally or vertically.

  • Page 31: Batch Scanning-working With Multiple Originals

    Advanced Scanning Note: Changes in image orientation are shown in the orientation display, not in the main window preview area. Image Orientation Display For best results, use originals that are all reflective or all transparent. Do not mix original types when using batch scanning.

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    With batch scanning, you can also create multiple frames for a single original so that only the framed areas are scanned. The EPSON Perfection 600 scanner software offers two batch options: Batch Mode Imports the images scanned into your graphic application.

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    Advanced Scanning Note: You cannot switch between frames if you have zoomed in on a frame. Zoom out from the selected frame before creating or changing frames. If you select Batch Mode Tiff, you will be prompted to enter the path and the file name to save to. Enter the name and click Save.

  • Page 34: Scanning Negatives

    To stop a batch scan in progress, click Cancel. Scanning Negatives If you have installed an optional transparency unit on your scanner, perform the following steps to scan a negative and turn it into a positive image: 1. Return all settings to their defaults by clicking the Reset button, then click the Prescan button.

  • Page 35: Sizing The Scanned Image

    Advanced Scanning Sizing the Scanned Image How much computer memory or disk space will be required to store an image depends on several factors. This section describes these factors, the relationship between physical size of an image and the image’s storage requirements, and how to adjust both of these values.

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    Advanced Scanning black and white line art requires only 1 bit per pixel. Scanning an original as a color image requires three times the storage as scanning it as a grayscale image, and 24 times the storage requirement of a black and white line art image.

  • Page 37: Changing The Size Of The Scanned Image

    However, the Perfection 600 software lets you change the size of the output image, either by changing the scale (magnification) of the original or by setting the size of the final image.

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    Advanced Scanning The width and height of the framed original, and the width and height of the output image. The Scale % field shows the relationship between the two. The image file size Note: Proportional scaling applies to changes made to either the input frame size or the output size.

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    Output Size Not Locked When proportional scaling is used and you change the width or height of an image, the Perfection 600 software automatically adjusts the other dimension to maintain the same width-to-height ratio. For example, if the original image frame size is 3 inches wide and 4 inches high, and you increase the output width to 4.5 inches (increase it by half), the...

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    Proportional Scaling Locked Width Height resize the frame in the preview area, the Perfection 600 software will automatically adjust the scale percentage to maintain the output size. Resize an Image with the Mouse To resize using the mouse: 1. Click on a frame if there’s more than one displayed.

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    Advanced Scanning Scale Percentage 3. Type new height and/or width measurements in the main window Output box. Resize an Image by Manually Entering Scale Percentage To resize an image by typing in a scale (magnification) percentage: 1. Click on a frame if there’s more than one displayed. 2.

  • Page 42: Adjusting Image Quality

    Advanced Scanning Adjusting Image Quality The EPSON Perfection 600 software provides advanced tools that let you modify an image’s contrast, brightness, color, and tone prior to scanning: AutoExposure Automatically adjusts the image for the best contrast possible between highlights and shadows by accurately setting the white, black, and middle gray values.

  • Page 43: Using Autoexposure

    Advanced Scanning Other advanced scanning features include: Scanning Filters Automatically adjusts image quality based on the type of original scanned. Resolution Changing resolution can also affect the clarity of an image. Using AutoExposure The AutoExposure tool checks the scan image for the brightest and darkest points, and sets the highlight and shadow points according to a preset formula.

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    Advanced Scanning The AutoExposure adjustments are only made to the part of an image inside the crop frame. Try adjusting the frame size before applying the AutoExposure feature to create various effects. To reset the AutoExposure feature to its default values: On a PC, press the Alt key and click the AutoExposure button.

  • Page 45: Using The Densitometer Monitor

    Shows pixel density before and after image adjustments Using the Densitometer Monitor The EPSON Perfection 600 densitometer displays the density of an image—how many pixels are in a given area. Densitometer readings are useful when you: Adjust contrast...

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    Advanced Scanning Note: Before using the densitometer, make sure you are in pixel view. Setting the Densitometer Measuring Point In addition to having the desitometer display values based on the mouse position, you can also fix the measurement point to a specific location on an image. This is useful when you want to set a value for a specific area on an image, such as adjusting the highlights in an image.

  • Page 47: Manually Adjusting Image Contrast

    To manually adjust contrast: 1. Click the Contrast button displays as a white triangle in the preview area. 2. Click in the lightest area of the image. The EPSON Perfection 600 software will adjust the image highlights by making your selection white and correcting darker tones accordingly.

  • Page 48: Adjusting Image Appearance Using Tone Curves

    Advanced Scanning (The mouse pointer displays as a black triangle when the Alt or Option key is pressed.) The software makes your selection black and adjusts all lighter tones accordingly. Adjusting Image Appearance Using Tone Curves When an image needs adjustment, it is usually because the image is too dark or too light.

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    Advanced Scanning Caution: Changes made to a tone curve affect the image, so use caution when adjusting tone curves. Curve Anchor While the contrast control affects the extreme ends of the curve, the Gradation Curve dialog box provides an assortment of tools to control the entire range of tones. To display an image’s tone curves, click the tone curve button .

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    Advanced Scanning Note: Only the black curve can be adjusted for grayscale images. The anchor turns white, retaining its current setting. Click it again to reactivate it (it will turn to black). Numeric Values Type a numeric value (+ or –) to adjust the curve.

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    Advanced Scanning To modify a color channel: Deselected Colors 1. Select the color channel to modify by clicking on it. 2. Make your modifications. Selected Color How To Use the Tone Curve Sliders The sliders at the bottom of the dialog box provide an easy way to adjust the tone curve.

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    Advanced Scanning Contrast Controls the extreme ranges of the gradation curve without affecting the middle tones. Brightness Adjusts the overall lightness or darkness of the image. Move the slider bar to the right to increase brightness (raise every point along the gradation curve). Move the slider bar to the left to decrease brightness (lower every point along the gradation curve).

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    Advanced Scanning There are two ways you can use this tool: N (Linear) moves all three points in a literal relationship. L (Logarithmic) moves the points based on a preset mathematical formula for a more gentle and subtle curve. You can toggle between these modes by clicking on the icon to the left of the slider.

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    Advanced Scanning other subjects in the photo look fine (they are in the midtone ranges), you can adjust the washed-out area (the highlight range) by decreasing the highlight value of the image. As another example, suppose you have a photo where some objects are too dark and others are too light (which can happen easily when shooting outside on a bright, sunny day).

  • Page 55: Adjusting Color Balance

    Advanced Scanning 3. When prompted, enter a file name for the saved settings. To load a previously saved setting: 1. Click the Gradation Curves drop-down list. 2. Select the name of the setting you want to apply to the image. To delete a previously saved setting: 1.

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    Advanced Scanning To access the Global Color Correction dialog box, click the color balance button A range of colors can be represented in a color wheel. The color wheel in this dialog box is composed of the three primary colors, red, green, and blue (RGB), and their complementary colors, cyan, magenta, and yellow (CMY).

  • Page 57: Applying Scanning Filters

    Only active color ranges will be affected by these changes. Applying Scanning Filters Your EPSON Perfection 600 software can automatically adjust an image based on the type of original scanned. These automatic adjustments are called filters .

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    From the Filter drop-down list, choose one of the following: Sharpen The scanner software has a sophisticated sharpening feature that automatically sharpens an image (makes it less blurry) by increasing the contrast (distinction between dark and light tones) between adjacent pixels.

  • Page 59: Changing Image Resolution

    Advanced Scanning such as losing resolution or sharpness. To counter the effect of the screen process and turn the dots back into a smoother image, set the filter option to Descreen. If you use the descreening filter, don’t enlarge the image as this could cause a moiré...

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    For example, an 8.5 x 11 inch original scanned at 300 dpi can produce a 24 MB file. Recommended Resolution 240 dpi 150 dpi 72 dpi 250 dpi 300 dpi 150 dpi 170 dpi 225 dpi 600 dpi Page 53...

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    For example, use a scanning resolution of up to 110 dpi with a 300 dpi laser printer, and up to 170 dpi with a 600 dpi laser printer. For inkjet printers, such as for a 1440 dpi EPSON ® Stylus COLOR series printer, use a scanning resolution of up to 240 dpi.

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    Advanced Scanning Note: Your Perfection 600 scanner software supports up to 2400 dpi scanning resolution, although you probably won’t need resolution that high. For Professional Output For commercial printer output, multiply the lines per inch (lpi) that the press prints (your printer can provide you with this information) by 2 to determine your scanning resolution.

  • Page 63: Keyboard Shortcuts

    Keyboard Shortcuts Windows 95 and Windows NT Dialog Windows Function Activate zoom Access Global Color Correction dialog box Access Gradation Tones dialog box Use AutoExposure Highlight tool Leave dialog Start scan Undo/redo last operation Show scan resolution Shortcut Ctrl + Alt + 2 Ctrl + Alt + 3 Ctrl + Alt + 5 Ctrl + Alt + 7...

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    Keyboard Shortcuts Highlight/Shadow Tools Function Set highlight Set shadow Display brightest point Display darkest point PreScan/Scan Function stop prescan stop scan Frames Function Numbers Numbers visible Duplicate frame Delete frame Shortcut + mouse click + Alt + mouse click Ctrl + Shift Ctrl Shortcut Ctrl + .

  • Page 65: Macintosh Os

    Keyboard Shortcuts Macintosh OS Dialog Windows Function Activate zoom Access Global Color Correction dialog box Access Gradation Tones dialog box Use AutoExposure Use Highlight/shadow (Contrast) tool Leave dialog Start scan Undo/redo last operation Show scan resolution Shortcut Return key Control Page 58...

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    Keyboard Shortcuts Highlight/Shadow Tools Function Set highlight Set shadow Display brightest point Display darkest point Prescan / Scan Function Stop prescan Stop scan Frames Function Frame numbers visible Duplicate frame Delete frame (extended keyboard) Delete frame (normal keyboard) Shortcut + click pixel + OPTION + click pixel + SHIFT...

  • Page 67: Glossary

    (or square centimeter) a printer can print or a monitor can display. This is the primary factor controlling resolution. Document The area of the scanner on which an item to be scanned Table is placed. Frame The dotted line that surrounds a selected area on the prescan area.

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    A small point of light (on a monitor) or ink (on a printed image) that makes up the basic unit of the image. Prescan Area The area in the EPSON Perfection 600 main window where the item to be scanned can be previewed. Resolution...

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    Removes the blurred edges of an image by increasing the contrast (distinction between dark and light tones) between adjacent pixels. TWAIN An industry standard for transferring information from an image capture device (such as a scanner) to your computer. Page 62...

  • Page 70: Index

    Cropping an image, 16 Cusomized settings, 24 Defaults, resetting, 18 Deleting a frame, 27 Densitometer, 38 Descreening, 51 dpi, 52, 60 EPSON Customer Care Centers, 6 Electronic support services, 6, 7 help, 6 World Wide Web site, 6 Features, 14 File size...

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    Index Flipping an image, 23 Frame, definition of, 60 Frame, deleting, 27 Framing an image, 16, 25 FTP, 6 Global color correction, 48 Gradation Curves dialog box, 42 Grayscale, 36, 61 Grayscale originals, 20 Help, 6 Highlights, 45 Host application, 16 Images color originals, 20 cropping, 16...

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    Index Orientation view, 23 Output box, 31 Pixel zoom, 23 Pixels, 38, 51, 61 Prescanning, 18 Resetting defaults, 18, 21 Resolution clarity and, 36 defined, 52, 61 file size and, 29, 54 how to change, 55 table of recommended, 53 RGB, 49, 61 Rotating the image, 23 Saturation, 38, 41, 62...

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    ™ EPSON Perfection Driver User’s Guide ® ® For Microsoft Windows...

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    The only warranty EPSON makes to you in connection with the Licensed Materials is that the media on which the Licensed Software is recorded will be replaced without charge, if EPSON, in good faith, determines that it was defective and not subject to misuse, and if the media and proof of purchase are returned to EPSON or the dealer from whom the Licensed Materials were obtained within ninety (90) days of the date of purchase.

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    Because EPSON cannot know the purposes for which you acquired the Licensed Software, you assume full responsibility for the selection of the Licensed Software and for their installation and use and the results of that use. 7. WARRANTY DISCLAIMERS; LIABILITY LIMITATIONS EXCEPT FOR THE LIMITED WARRANTY IN SECTION 6, EPSON MAKES NO WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION WITH RESPECT TO THE LICENSED SOFTWARE AND IT IS LICENSED "AS IS."...

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    SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION. The information contained herein is designed only for use with this EPSON scanner. EPSON is not responsible for any use of this information as applied to other scanners.

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    Your EPSON Scanner How To Use This Guide Using the Online Cross-References Cautions, Notes, and Tips Where To Get Help The EPSON Perfection 600 Main Window Accessing the EPSON Perfection 600 Main Window About the EPSON Perfection 600 Main Window Page v...

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    Table of Contents Basic Scanning Basic Steps to Scanning Changing the Default Settings Zooming Sizing the Scanned Image Advanced Scanning Automatic Image Correction Changing the Image Scale Changing the Image Dimensions Auto Adjustment Tool Descreen Filters Page vi...

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    Table of Contents Manual Image Correction Saving and Re-using Scanning Settings Glossary Index Contrast and Brightness Tools Gamma Tool Histogram Tool Tone Curves Tool Re-use Tone Curve Settings Adjusting Image Sharpness Page vii...

  • Page 80: Introduction

    Introduction Congratulations on the purchase of your new EPSON Perfection 600 scanner. This guide explains how to use the EPSON Perfection scanner driver software with your scanner. About TWAIN Software Drivers and Your EPSON Scanner When working with graphics, a software interface is...

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    Introduction host application that also supports the TWAIN standard, such as Visioneer PaperPort PhotoDeluxe™ . However, EPSON scanner software does more than simply transfer images from the scanner—it also lets you: Preview the image before saving it Make corrections to the image (such as adjust...

  • Page 82: How To Use This Guide

    Introduction How To Use This Guide The information you need to use your EPSON Perfection 600 driver can be found in the following sections of this guide: The EPSON Perfection 600 Main Window This section gives you an overview of the EPSON Perfection 600 main window and instructions on how to access it.

  • Page 83: Using The Online Cross-references

    Blue text that is also underlined indicates that the text is a cross-reference to other parts of this guide. Click on the text with the mouse pointer to view the referenced information. For example, click here to view the introduction to your EPSON Perfection 600 software. Page 4...

  • Page 84: Cautions, Notes, And Tips

    Cautions, Notes, and Tips You’ll find this information throughout your guide: Cautions must be observed to avoid loss of data or damage to your equipment. Notes contain important information about your scanner software. Tips contain additional hints for improved scanning. Page 5...

  • Page 85: Where To Get Help

    EPSON Download You can call the EPSON Download Service at Service (800) 442-2007. Set your communications software to 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity.

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    Access EPSON’s technical information library by calling (800) 442-2110. You must provide a return fax number to use this service. EPSON Referral Service For the location of your nearest Authorized EPSON Reseller or Customer Care Center, call (800) 442-2110. Page 7...

  • Page 87

    Description of the problem You can purchase manuals, accessories, and parts for your scanner, and ink cartridges and paper for other EPSON products, from EPSON Accessories. In the U.S., call (800)873-7766. In Canada, please call (800) 873-7766 for dealer referral.

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    You can perform all scanning activities from within the EPSON Perfection 600 main window. The following topics are presented in this section: Accessing the EPSON Perfection 600 Main Window About the EPSON Perfection 600 Main Window Main Window Page 9...

  • Page 89: The Epson Perfection 600 Main Window

    1. Launch the application into which your scanned image will be imported. (See your application user documentation for instructions.) 2. Select the EPSON Perfection 600 driver for your EPSON scanner. Although the steps vary from program to program, most applications have an option on the File menu that lets you select the TWAIN source.

  • Page 90

    The EPSON Perfection 600 Main Window For example, in PaperPort, choose Select Source from the File menu. Highlight EPSON Perfection 600 from the Select Source list, and click Select. 3. Open the scanner software. Most applications have an option on the File menu that launches the TWAIN interface.

  • Page 91

    The EPSON Perfection 600 Main Window About the EPSON Perfection 600 Main Window When you access the EPSON Perfection 600 scanner driver, the main window appears. Document Source Image Type Frame Descreen Filters Output Resolution Image Scale Gamma Correction Preview Area...

  • Page 92

    The EPSON Perfection 600 Main Window Basic Steps to Scanning for information on how to use the EPSON Perfection 600 main window to acquire images from your scanner. For information on a specific field or button in the EPSON Perfection 600 main window, click on the online help icon , then click on the feature.

  • Page 93: Basic Scanning

    Once you’ve launched the EPSON Perfection 600 main window from the host application into which you plan to import the scanned image, you can perform a scan. The following topics are presented in this section: Basic Steps to Scanning Changing the Default Settings...

  • Page 94: Basic Steps To Scanning

    Basic Steps to Scanning Perform the following steps to scan an image from your EPSON scanner into a host application. 1. Access the EPSON Perfection 600 main window. 2. Place the original to be scanned on the scanner document table.

  • Page 95: Changing The Default Settings

    (This is also true for all advanced scanning tools and procedures.) You can change the following settings: Document Source To get the best results from your EPSON scanner, you must specify the type of media you’re scanning. Page 16...

  • Page 96

    This option scans an image up to 8.5 x 11 inches. From the EPSON Perfection 600 main window, select one of the following Document Source options: Reflective—When you scan a reflective original, the image is captured when light reflects off the original on the scanner flatbed.

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    Basic Scanning gives the best image quality, it also takes up the most storage space when the image is finally saved to disk. 256 Colors —S aves the scanned object as an 8-bit color image. Although an image scanned with this option requires only a quarter of the file size it would if it were scanned with the Color Photo option, only 256 colors can be represented.

  • Page 98

    Basic Scanning Since a line art or halftone image requires only 1 bit of computer memory for each pixel (dot), using either the Line Art or Black & White Halftone option will produce an image that takes up the least amount of space when saved to disk.

  • Page 99

    However, an EPSON Stylus Color 600 printer can print up to 1440 dpi, so if you are scanning an image to be printed, you should scan the image at a higher resolution, such as 240 dpi.

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    Custom, then enter a custom resolution value. You can enter and save up to three custom resolution values. Recommended resolution 240 dpi 150 dpi 72 dpi 250 dpi 300 dpi 150 dpi 170 dpi 225 dpi 600 dpi 300 dpi Page 21...

  • Page 101: Zooming

    (centimeters) pixel Zooming The EPSON Perfection 600 driver lets you enlarge or reduce an image in the preview area for easier viewing. This is called zooming. You can zoom in (make the image larger) or zoom out (make the image smaller).

  • Page 102

    Basic Scanning Note: Zooming only changes the way the image appears in the preview area of the main window—it does not change the size of the scanned image. For information about how to resize an image, see Sizing the Scanned Image.

  • Page 103: Sizing The Scanned Image

    Sizing the Scanned Image Your scanner can scan images up to 8.5 x 14 inches. When you scan an image without scaling it (changing its size or dimensions), the image is scanned at the same size and proportions as the original.

  • Page 104: Changing The Image Scale

    Basic Scanning Changing the Image Scale The scale bar on the EPSON Perfection 600 main window enables you to set the size of an image as a percentage of the original image: To change the scale of the scanned image, click on the Scale bar and drag the slider to the new value.

  • Page 105: Changing The Image Dimensions

    Basic Scanning Changing the Image Dimensions In addition to scaling an image as a percentage of the original, you can specify the exact size you want. To specify output dimensions, perform the following steps: 1. Select Size from the Image menu. The following dialog box appears: Page 26...

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    (height) proportion (the aspect ratio) of the original image. When Keep Aspect Ratio is checked, the EPSON Perfection 600 software automatically adjusts the other value when you change the height or width so the scanned image has the same proportions as the original.

  • Page 107

    Basic Scanning Caution: Changing the size of the scanned image without keeping the aspect ratio can distort or stretch the image or produce other unexpected results. Specifying the exact size of the scanned image is useful when you are scanning an image that needs to fit into defined dimensions, such as a column...

  • Page 108

    Basic Scanning For more information about image resolution, see Resolution section in Changing the Default Settings. Page 29...

  • Page 109: Advanced Scanning

    Advanced Scanning The EPSON Perfection 600 scanner driver provides advanced tools that let you modify an image’s contrast, brightness, color, and tone before scanning. This section describes the following: Automatic Image Correction Manual Image Correction Saving and Re-using Scanning Settings...

  • Page 110: Automatic Image Correction

    Advanced Scanning Automatic Image Correction Your software has several automatic image adjustment options: Auto Adjustment Tool Descreen Filters A third option for automatically adjusting scanned images based on shadow, midtone, and highlight tone distribution is found in the dialog box for the Tool and is described later in this chapter.

  • Page 111: Auto Adjustment Tool

    Corrections are automatically applied to the previewed image. Descreen Filters Your EPSON Perfection 600 software uses filters to automatically adjust an image as it’s scanned to compensate for limitations in the original image. For example, when a photograph is printed in a newspaper or magazine, a process called screening is used to convert the image into a series of tiny dots.

  • Page 112

    Resolution in professional printing is measured in lines per inch (lpi) rather than dots per inch (dpi). Your EPSON scanner software provides several descreening filters that undo the effects of the screening process. From the Descreen drop-down list, choose the...

  • Page 113: Manual Image Correction

    Advanced Scanning Manual Image Correction You can use the Auto Adjustment Tool adjust the quality of an image. However, if you’re not fully satisfied with the result, you can adjust the image manually. Use one or more of the following scanning software tools to manually adjust image quality: Contrast and Brightness Tools Gamma Tool...

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    Advanced Scanning Use the following table to decide which tool to use to correct a scanned image: Use the... Contrast and Brightness Tool Gamma Tool Tone Curve Tool Histogram Tool When... The overall image is too dark or too light (too many highlights or too many shadows).

  • Page 115: Contrast And Brightness Tools

    When the overall image is too dark or too light (too many highlights or too many shadows), select the Contrast and Brightness tool icon on the EPSON Perfection 600 main window. The following dialog box appears: Highlight Tool Shadow Tool...

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    Advanced Scanning Note: You can also use the sliders to set Highlight and Shadow values. Adjust one or more of the following: Highlights and Shadows Contrast Brightness Highlights and Shadows If an image is mostly dark (shadows) or mostly light (highlights), you can use the highlight and shadow tools to give the image better contrast.

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    Advanced Scanning The EPSON scanning software adjusts the image by “spreading out” the tones in the image between the two points you selected, producing a more balanced image. Contrast Use the Contrast tool to adjust the contrast between dark and light tones in the image.

  • Page 118: Gamma Tool

    Advanced Scanning Brightness Use the Brightness tool to adjust the brightness of the tones in the image. To increase the brightness in the image, move the Contrast slider to the right. To decrease the brightness, move the slider to the left. Gamma Tool If an image has midtones that run together, use the Gamma tool.

  • Page 119: Histogram Tool

    Advanced Scanning For example, if you’re scanning a photograph of a child standing in shadow, decreasing the gamma value would increase the contrast between the child’s skin tone and the shaded area, thus making it easier to see the subject. Histogram Tool A histogram is a graph that represents values as horizontal or vertical lines.

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    Histogram tool: 1. Preview the image. 2. Click on the Histogram tool icon EPSON Perfection 600 main window. The histogram dialog box appears. 3. Check the Selection Area Only box. Any changes you make affect only the selected area.

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    1. Preview the image. 2. Click on the Histogram tool icon EPSON Perfection 600 main window. The histogram dialog box appears. 3. Check the Selection Area Only box. Any changes you make affect only the selected area.

  • Page 122: Tone Curves Tool

    Advanced Scanning 6. Click OK to accept changes. To cancel changes to the histogram and revert to the previous histogram setting, click Revert. Tone Curves Tool The Tone Curves tool gives you precise control over the tones in an image. A tone curve is a line plotted on a graph that shows the richness of tones in an image.

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    Advanced Scanning The height of the curve indicates the intensity of the tone, from darker tones on the left to lighter tones on the right. You can adjust any shadow, midtone, or highlight in an image by changing the shape of its tone curve. For example, suppose you want to scan a photograph of a group of people where most of the faces look fine, but one person was too close to the flash and so looks...

  • Page 124

    Follow these steps to adjust an image using tone curves: 1. Preview the image. 2. Click the Tone Curve icon Perfection 600 main window. The Tone Correction dialog box appears. 3. Select the color to adjust. There are three color channels that make up the full spectrum of color: red, green, and blue.

  • Page 125

    Advanced Scanning Anchor Point Clicking the curve creates an anchor point , a point on which the shape of the curve depends. Do one or more of the following until you achieve the desired result: To increase tones, drag the anchor point up. To decrease tones, drag the anchor point down.

  • Page 126: Re-use Tone Curve Settings

    Advanced Scanning Note: For procedures on saving settings other than tone curve settings, refer to Saving and Re-using Scanning Settings. Re-use Tone Curve Settings If you have developed a curve that you find works well for a particular type of scanned image, you can save the curve and apply it to additional scans.

  • Page 127: Adjusting Image Sharpness

    Advanced Scanning Adjusting Image Sharpness You can use the EPSON Perfection 600 Sharpness feature to enhance an image or apply special effects. For example, if you scan an photograph that is out of focus, you can sharpen the image. To give a photograph a “softer”...

  • Page 128: Saving And Re-using Scanning Settings

    Advanced Scanning Note: This procedure does not save custom tone curve settings. Refer to Re-use Tone Curve Settings for the procedures on saving tone curve settings. Saving and Re-using Scanning Settings You can save your scan settings in a special settings file with a .TWN extension.

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    Advanced Scanning 3. Click OK to save the file and close the Save As dialog box. To load a previously saved settings file, do the following: 1. From the Settings menu, click Load Settings. 2. Select the file that contains the settings you want. 3.

  • Page 130: Glossary

    (or square centimeter) a printer can print or a monitor can display. This is the primary factor controlling resolution . Document The area of the scanner on which an item to be scanned Table is placed. Frame The dotted line that surrounds a selected area on the prescan area.

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    The application from which you launch the EPSON Application Perfection 600 software. When you click the Scan button in the EPSON Perfection 600 main window, the image is scanned and imported into the host application. Midtones The middle range of tones in an image, lighter than the shadows and darker than the highlights.

  • Page 132

    To take out the blurred edges on images by increasing the contrast (distinction between dark and light tones) between adjacent pixels. TWAIN An industry standard for transferring information from an image capturing device (such as a scanner) to your computer. Page 53...

  • Page 133: Index

    Access scanner driver, 10 Anchor points, 46 Aspect ratio, 27 Auto adjustment tool, 32 Balancing colors, 35 Black and white images, 18 Brightness, 35, 36 Changing dimensions, 26 Color channels, 42, 45 Color images, 17, 18 Contrast, 35, 36, 38...

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    Index Image, importing an, 10 Image sharpness, adjusting, 48 Image type, 17 Images, art print, 33 automatically adjusting, 31 black and white, 18 changing dimensions of, 26 color, 17, 42 copies, 19 correcting, 32 correcting washed-out, 44 faxes, 19 halftone, 18 importing, 14 line art, 19 magazine, 33...

  • Page 135

    49 Saving scan settings, 49 Saving space on the disk, 19 Saving tone curve settings, 47 Scaling, 24, 25 Scanner driver, 1 Selecting the TWAIN source, 10 Settings, changing, 16 Shadows, 35, 37, 44 Sharpness, adjusting, 48 Sizing an image, 25, 26...

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