The maximum size of page that can be scanned is 8.5" by 11". You can normally
scan books open in landscape orientation two pages at a time and then
rotate the pages later (see below).
Thick books with large spines will be difficult to scan without a shadow
along the centre fold.
Try not to scan photocopies - they never come out as well as the original.
Remember that the result is actually a graphic image. Thus scanning
into Acrobat is not suitable for large numbers of pages (more than 20)
because file size will be too large — you're better off using OCR.
Doing the Scan
Make sure that the scanner is switched on.
Place the book on the scanner platen.
Open up Adobe Acrobat
Select File —> Import —> Scan
Make sure you choose EPSON TWAIN 5 as the device
Format single sided (for two page scans) or double-sided (single page
If a scan starts up automatically click cancel and
choose Manual Mode. You will need to manually control the scanning process
to get good results.
If the scanning fails it probably means that there's a permissions problem — contact
ECS : micro support to resolve this.
Draw a box around the readable text —include chapter headings and
This means that the dimensions of the Source should not be
11" x 8.5" because you just want to scan the text you need and not
the whole scan bed.
You can adjust the dimensions of the box by grabbing the “marching ants” on a side with the
mouse and moving it.
Where the text is small on the original you can magnify it to make it
choose inches from the pulldown box for units
In the Target box set the larger dimension (either H or W) to 11"
in order to fill the whole page
click in the other box and it's dimension will increae in proportion.
Notice that the scale is now greater than 100%.
Click the Scan button.
You may need to hold the scanner lid down to flatten the page. Scanning in progress
After the scan has completed the Epson Twain box disappears and
you are asked for another page.
Put this on the scanner bed in the same orientation as the original
(but if you do get it the wrong way round you can always rotate the
Click Next to scan the next page or Done to finish.
If you have clicked next, repeat stages 10 through 13 again (omitting stage 11 if desired).
If you make a mistake such as scanning a page in twice or scanning in the wrong order or aligned the wrong way round, complete the scanning of the whole document and fix the problems using the techniques below after you have finished.
Click the Thumbnails tab at the side of the Acrobat window, then
grab the margin and move it to the right to reveal the thumbnails.
You'll see that all your pages are the wrong way round, and so you'll
want to rotate them.
Select Thumbnail —> Rotate Pages (or Document —>
Choose Clockwise 90 degrees or Counterclockwise 90 degrees, whichever
Select All pages, or other combination you may need (you can rotate
individual pages if you need to)
I've scanned a page twice!
Select the page in the Thumbnail view and press Delete key.
I've scanned some pages in the wrong order!
In Thumbnail view, grab the page and move it to the appropriate position.