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Historic documents, family photographs, and pieces of artwork are just three examples of materials that can be scanned and shared electronically. Whether you're preparing a website, desktop presentation, or printed handout, scanned images can enhance the project.

Scanning is easy. You simply need a computer, cables, scanner, and software. The software may come with the scanner or you can import visuals using existing software such as Adobe PhotoShop. Start with some background information about scanning at the following off-site websites:

Scanning Images. Most people use a scanner to digitize visuals such as photographs or artwork. Use the following resources to learn more about scanning. Keep in mind that the directions vary depending on the computer type, scanner model, and scanning software used.

Use the following off-site resources to learn more about scanning:

Editing Images. Once visuals have been scanned, you may need to manipulate them by adjusting the size, color, contrast, or brightness. Use the following off-site resources to learn more about editing images.

Saving Images. The final step in scanning is to save the files. Read more about graphic file formats at the following off-site websites:

Scanning Text. Sometimes you want to scan text rather than visuals. If you want to be able to edit the text, you'll need a scanner and software with that capability. Look for the words Optical Character Recognition (OCR). FineReader and OmniPage are two popular software packages for OCR. This means the ability to read text. Read more about it at the following off-site websites:


Funding for this project was provided through a grant from Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) from the US Department of Education.
Principal Investigators
Dr. Berhane Teclehaimanot, Principal Investigator & Assistant Professor, College of Education

Created 2/03. Last Updated 4/06.