Basics Scanning Procedure

Scanning an Image

Step1. Turning on the scanner
Step2. Placing your materials on the document table
Step3. Starting the software and scanning an image

EPSON Scan provides three modes for you to make any scanning settings; Full Auto Mode, Home Mode, and Professional Mode. This section describes how to scan an image in the Full Auto Mode. The Full Auto Mode lets you scan images using automatically-adjusted settings. For more details, see Choose the Appropriate Scanning Mode.

You cannot scan an image with a size that exceeds the available memory or disk space. If you try to scan the image, an alert appears on the screen.

Note for Mac OS X users:
Most illustrations shown in this section are for Windows, so they may vary in appearance from what actually appears on your screen. The instructions are the same, except as noted.

Before starting the following steps, make sure that all the necessary software including EPSON Scan has been installed. For details about how to install the software, see the Start Here poster.

Step1. Turning on the scanner

Before turning on the scanner, make sure two transportation locks are turned to the unlocked position and the scanner is connected to your computer. In addition, note that the document cover's cable is connected.

Make sure the cover is closed, then press the Power button on the front of the scanner to turn it on. The indicator light blinks, and then stays on in green, meaning the scanner has completed its initialization.


Step2. Placing your materials on the document table

You can scan two types of materials: reflective documents (like photograph or paper) or transparent materials (like film). See the appropriate link below to set your materials on the document table.

Placing Films
Placing Documents and Photographs


Step3. Starting the software and scanning an image

Start EPSON Scan.

For Windows users:

For Mac OS X users:
Click the EPSON Scan icon in the Applications folder.

The standby dialog box appears.

  • If the Show this dialog box before next scan check box is clear, the standby dialog box does not appear. Instead, the File Save Settings dialog box appears. If the File Save Settings dialog box appears, go to step 3.
  • If you want to make more settings, click Customize to open the Customize dialog box. For more details on settings, see the online help by clicking the Help button in the Customize dialog box.

Click Scan. The File Save Settings dialog box appears.

  • If the Show this dialog box before next scan check box is clear, the File Save Settings dialog box does not appear automatically. To open the dialog box, click the arrow to the right of the Scan button and then select File Save Settings.
  • If the Open image folder after scanning check box in the File Save Settings dialog box is selected, Windows Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac OS X) automatically opens the folder where the scanned image is saved when EPSON Scan finishes scanning.

Specify the location where scanned images are saved. If you want to change the default location, click Browse (Windows) or Choose (Mac OS X) and then select a desired folder.

Specify a file name with an alphanumeric character string (prefix) and a 3-digit number (start number).

If you want to change the file name, type an alphanumeric character string in Prefix and select a start number. The name of file is generated using a combination of the prefix and number specified here.

  • For Windows users, the following characters cannot be used in the prefix.
    \, /, :, ., *, ?, ", <, >, |
  • For Mac OS X users, you cannot use colon (:) in the prefix.
  • The number must be 3 digits. To save images using the MS-DOS 8.3 format, make sure the prefix does not exceed 5 alphanumeric characters.

Select a file format from the following table. Some formats may not be available depending on the settings you made in the Customize dialog box.

Format (File extension)


(Windows only)

Standard image file format used in Windows. Most Windows application including word processing application can read and prepare images in this format.


Compressed file format. The compression quality can be selected; the JPEG format enables relatively high compression ratio. However, the higher the compression ratio is, the lower the image quality becomes. (Note that the original data cannot be restored.) In addition, the quality deteriorates every time the data is saved. The TIFF format is recommended in cases where modification, retouch and the like are required.

Multi-TIFF (*.TIF)

TIFF format where multiple pages are saved to the same file. To open the Multi-TIFF files, you need an application supporting this format.


Document format that is independent of platforms. To use PDF documents, you need Adobe Acrobat Reader or Acrobat. When you save color or grayscale images in PDF, you can select a compression quality.

(Macintosh only)

Standard image file format for the Macintosh. Almost all of the software applications for the Macintosh (such as word processing software) support the PICT file format.

PRINT Image Matching II (JPEG) (*.JPG)/
PRINT Image Matching II (TIF) (*.TIF)

File format that records PRINT Image Matching. Print Image Matching is a standardized method of recording a wider range of color information to enhance the quality of your scanned images. Using a printer compatible with PRINT Image Matching, you can effortlessly achieve printouts that come to life with a dynamic range of brilliant colors.

PRINT Image Matching information does not change the image data or the way the image is displayed on a computer screen.


File format created for exchanging data among many applications such as graphic and DTP software. When scanning black & white images, you can specify the compression type.

Click OK. EPSON Scan starts scanning.

If you want to return to the standby dialog box, press the Pause button. If you want to display the standby dialog box before scanning, check the Show this dialog box before next scan check box.

The scanned image is automatically saved in the specified location.