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Getting started with VueScan

VueScan is a powerful scanning tool that's aimed at helping you get the most out of your scanner and producing stunning results from your scanned photos.

It's packed with loads of useful and powerful features and currently supports more than 4300 scanners from 35 scanner manufacturers on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

The following tutorial is designed to familiarise you with the software and its user interface, and to help you scan your first photos and slides.

You'll find useful hints and tips here on how to carry out common tasks such as batch scanning and scanning to PDF files.

Getting to know VueScan

If you've used a scanner before, you've probably encountered something that looks a little similar to VueScan. But it's still worth taking a little time to get used to where everything is before diving in.

Basic Workflow

You can do most things in VueScan by simply pressing the Scan button.

You can also see more options using Input | Options and you can choose additional options before pressing the Preview button or Scan button.

The basic process for scanning one image can be summed up in three simple steps (for an explanation of the more advanced functions, see the appendices in this manual):

Load your image

  1. Place your photo face down inside the scanner or load your slide/negative into your slide scanner
  2. For photos, set Input | Media to "Color"

  3. For slides or negatives, set Input | Media to "Image", "Color Negative" or "B&W negative"

Preview and crop

  1. Click the Preview button. This produces a quick, low resolution snapshot for you to work on, before carrying out a full resolution scan

  2. When the preview has finished your image will be displayed in the Preview panel
  3. Click and drag the mouse to draw a box around the image. This ensures the scanner does not waste time scanning blank areas

Scan and save

  1. Click the Scan button

  2. Wait for the scan to finish. This varies depending on your scanner, the speed of your computer and the resolution you are scanning at
  3. Once the scan is complete it is automatically named and saved in the location specified by Output | Default folder