Choose Custom

In an attempt to simplify matters, the wizard offers you three preset choices (in addition to the Custom option), shown in Figure 4-8 , each tailored to match the image you're scanning: color picture; Grayscale picture; and black and white picture, or text. Each is explained in step 5.

Figure 4-7. Turn on your scanner, and Windows XP lists all the software on your PC capable of handling scans. Choose the Scanner and Camera Wizard for creating quick scans and saving them as files on your hard drive. If you select a graphics program like Photoshop Elements, the wizard routes the scan into the software, letting you touch it up before saving it. That saves time when scanning old photographs, for instance, where you may need to repair tears and scratches.

However, those choices don't take into account what you'll be doing with your image. For instance, if you choose Color Picture, the wizard scans the photo in at a resolution of 150 dots per inch (dpi)twice the size you need when sending through email. (See Section 1.2 for a quick primer on resolution.) For best results, skip the wizard's preset options and tailor your scans by choosing Custom.

Figure 4-8. Although the first three preset options in this window of the Scanning and Camera wizard sound tempting, they're too basic. For instance, choosing Color picture makes the scan too large to email, but too small to reprint later. For better results, choose the setting called Custom.

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