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Scanning newspaper into a PDF

by chafer444 / March 22, 2008 10:33 PM PDT

Lately I've been looking at a new scanner and I've noticed they can scan documents into a pdf so I have 2 questions. Some newspaper clippings I copied using a microfilm reader and they came out very dark, like black ink on very gray paper. I'm curious if the scanning software that comes with most scanners can make the clippings once again look like black ink on white paper? I was also wondering if once the clipping is scanned into the pdf can I move it around so that they're positioned the way I want them or once the scan is done that's it, it's in the pdf never to be moved? Thanks

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That's a tough question
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2008 11:56 PM PDT

Since there have been some thousands of scanners with untold softwares with untold features I will note that many turn to Photoshop or other image editing/enhancers to get some improvements.

Have you tried that?

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by chafer444 / March 23, 2008 12:44 AM PDT

I haven't actually tried doing this with any program. I thought I'd ask the question before I buy.

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I hope you see that it can't be answered since...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 23, 2008 12:51 AM PDT
In reply to: No...

They change the bundled software with model and even from month to month. So pull back and look at the software you use today to enhance images.

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by John.Wilkinson / March 30, 2008 12:57 AM PDT

Most scanners now include some form of an auto-correct feature which is designed to restore the scanned image to its original quality, so it may or may not make the text darker. There's no definitive way to predict that, though you could manually change the contrast and brightness if you wish to make it more readable.

As to scanning as a PDF, very few scanners include software that can edit PDFs, so they simply perform the task of scanning the image and then printing it to a PDF document. The software may or may not let you edit the positioning before saving it to a PDF, but you'd have to purchase something along the lines of Adobe Acrobat Professional to have the ability to modify the pdf file after it's been created.

Keep in mind, though, that using freeware such as PrimoPDF you can print any file to a PDF document. Thus, if the scanner doesn't support PDF as an output format you can save it as a JPG, TIFF, GIF, etc, modify them at will, and then print them to PDF files.

Hope this helps,

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Thanks John
by chafer444 / March 30, 2008 2:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Well...

This is all pretty new to me and it never occurred to me to save the newspaper clippings as a JPEG first, arrange them the way I like and then put them into a PDF.

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