Mac - Scanning with Preview

This document covers how to scan documents or photos with the built in the macOS application Preview.

Step One: Open This can be done from the dock if it is placed there, otherwise the application can also be found in the applications folder.


Step Two: With Preview open navigate to File > Import from Scanner > Name of the connected scanner (in this case a Epson Perfection 2400 Photo in GAC Lab B)

Step Three: With the scan import windows up select "Show Details" this will give more control and options to an import.

After this point you will have to wait for the scanner to warm up, and produce a preview scan of the flatbed area. After that is complete it will be possible to crop and specify the scan.

Step Four: Select the desired area of the preview scan. This is possible with the grey dots on each corner. The scan can also be rotated by mousing over the center of the selected area, and spinning the person icon.

Step Five: Adjust the scan properties to the desired settings.

Color can be changed under the "Kind:" field.

Resolution can be adjusted under the dpi box. (A common setting for pictures is 300 dpi, however for higher quality print products 600 dpi would be a better option.)

Name can be changed simply in the "Name:" field.

Step Six: Chose a save destination. The file can be saved most anywhere, and will be in the JPEG format.

After choosing a save destination the scanner will import, and a progress bar will be displayed over the scan preview.

When the scan is done Preview will display the finished product.