Thank you for the excellent photos with the directions! That's really helped me to get a much better understanding about the process. I still have a few more questions, though.
1. In the second step, you mention that the original large scan was 22 MB, but in the picture that you have posted with that comment, it shows a different size. It shows 56982 KB. I think this is where a lot of my confusion is coming from.....the fact that different places say different sizes. Would you please explain to me the discrepancy between the 22 MB and 56982 KB?
2. I thought I knew the answer to this next question, but I'm not sure now. The last part of your message says, "It went from 22 MBs to 112 KBs without any intentional file size reduction---" You mention the word "reduction" here, so does that mean that KB is a smaller unit size than MB? I thought it was the other way around, but now I'm not sure.
3. Is the "Zoom" that you set at 100% after doing the preview the same thing as the Resolution? Does the Zoom affect the size of the image by creating a larger file?
4. How did you decide to set your resolution at 300? I have mine set at 100% to start with, and then I thought that after the preview and after changing my dimensions to the size I needed that I was supposed to reduce the resolution until the image size that it shows on that same screen right below the resolution got to 100KB or less. I was having to go all the way down to 29% though!!! That doesn't seem right. I'm trying to figure out how you scanned a much larger image than I am (mine starts at approx. 5 X 7) yet you were able to get a much lower image size of 22 MB even though the screen said 56982 KB. Also, when I set the new dimensions, I chose the larger one to change to 500 pixels and checked to keep proportions as you showed me how to do in your images, but when the new image showed on the screen, it cut off part of my picture.....even though I had used the drag arrow to make it all fit before scanning. Why?
5. I read the tutorial again, and it doesn't really explain the difference between just choosing "Scan to" or "OCR". I don't know what OCR stands for, and the tutorial doesn't tell me either.
AND LAST QUESTION:
6. I noticed that you were able to to the image-editing with the program on your scanner. I don't see that option on my scanner, so does that mean that by following your steps, after I do the preview and after I change the dimension to the size I need, I would then hit the "Scan to" Button and from the drop-down menu choose to save it to one of the folders in "My Pictures" and send it to Irfanview to further reduce it? I noticed that you didn't have to go to any other place to get the size close to what I need. You state that you got 112 KB without any intentional reduction.
Well, I hope these questions make sense. I'm trying to explain my problems in a coherent way. I can't believe how much trouble I'm having with something that seems like it should be SO easy!!! LOL!! Thanks for your patience with my ignorance and for all your help!!! Take care!
The image size was the size AFTER I changed the height to 500.
See it before it is changed HERE
MBs are bigger than KBs.
A thousand times bigger.
A thousand KBs=1 MB.
569.82 KBs NOT 56982 KBs.
Notice the dot after the 9.
When reading numbers make sure the decimal places are correct.
The zoom setting 100% just showed the smaller image full size.
An image that small will fit in the viewing area entirely.
The original big image was scaled to 27% or so, so it would fit in the viewing area.
After making the height 500,it was still scaled about 27%.
Hence the tiny image that I scaled up to 100%.
It does not affect saved image size to the best of my knowledge.
Zoom one 200% & save it & see if it does.
The resolution was set at 300 pixels/inch by default because I chose "magazine" from the scan options.
Other resolutions are available.
Your scanner software should have an image editor included.
They are usually set as the default program to send scanned images to.See picture
OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition.
It reads the image text & transforms it into actual text characters.
On my scanner objects go on the plate to the left & bottom.
Yours may be different.
Sometimes if not placed correctly parts will be cut off.
Scanning good takes practice.
If your scanner has no photo editing program of its own,you could send it straight to My Documents or another image editing program like Irfanview ot Paint or whatever.
You Preview & drag lines & choose where to send it to.
Then you scan & save & change width & height.
Or scan & change width & height & save.
I hope that's not confusing...
Edited by medab1, 12 April 2006 - 07:49 AM.