A color scanner is a device that can scan any photograph or document and then convert the image into digitized format. Most of the scanners sold today are full-page color scanner. The more expensive scanners can create files from images at a resolution as high as 9600 dpi(dots per inch) in 16.7 million colors. Support software is available that allows many different types of file formats to be created. Sophisticated software packages are available that provide a wide variety of image editing possibilities. Many times, the quality of a photograph can be improved using this software. The image shown here is of the ScanMaker V636 from Microtek. It's a color flatbed scanner that's perfect for your home or office. The ScanMaker V636 provides affordable high-resolution 36-bit scanning in a compact, easy-to-use flatbed scanner. This scanner boasts an optical resolution of 600 x 1200 dpi with a maximum interpolated resolution of 9600 x 9600 dpi and a letter-size scan bed. Many scanners such as this one connect via the Parallel port,eliminating the need to add an additional card to your PC and also allowing you to scan using your Notebook PC.
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Using a Flatbed Color Scanner
Most color scanners come with some type of software that allows you to scan a photograph and then process the digital image. PaintShop Pro is a software program that has the ability to scan photographs provided that you have properly installed the scanner software first. It is often necessary to resize and crop (trim) the digital image once you have scanned the photograph. This is where support software such as PaintShop Pro, Adobe PhotoShop, and other commercial software packages become very important. It is important that you learn how to use one of these packages to get the best image for your applications. The image shown here was a 3 x 5 color photograph taken by my wife, Cathy Hall, using a 35 mm camera. The photo was taken on a cruise in Resurrection Bay originating from Seward, Alaska. The image was scanned using PaintShop Pro and then cropped to concentrate on the outline of the rocks. The image was then resized slightly to make a smaller file size for distribution on the World Wide Web. All changes to the digital image were done using PaintShop Pro.
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