I need scanner help people.

I have a Mac running Leopard and I need a scanner that is going to give me some options.

I have an all-in-one HP that I am using now but the thing doesn’t give me any options.

When I scan in as black and white my lines looked all jagged…I used to use b&w scans on my old scanner that worked on my PC but does not work on my mac.

I can use a color scan but that looks all grayed out…I also think there is some crap on the underside of the glass on my scanner and I don’t have time to take it apart and clean it…IT’S A NEW SCANNER FOR PETE’S SAKE…and I ordered it online so it will cost me as much shipping to send it back as the thing costs.

So…Help please…so I can get some new comics up that don’t look like pooooop.


Scanner: HP Photosmart C4180 All-In-One
Driver: C4100 Series HP Mac Drivers
System Version: Mac OS X 10.5 (9A581)
Kernel Version: Darwin 9.0.0
Model Identifier: Macmini1,1
Processor Name: Intel Core Duo
Processor Speed: 1.66 GHz
Memory: 1gig
Software: Photoshop CS3

Importing image through HP Scan Pro (Twain)

I’ve tried b&w 1 bit and I get a real jagged edge…on my old scanner using Windows with CS3 and HP (Twain) and default setting it was not nearly so.
I’ve scanned at Millions of colors at 300 dpi (all my scans are 300dpi by the way) and everything comes in with a slightly blue tint. Not a big deal because I can desaturate in Photoshop…just annoying. But everything is fuzzy and more towards a gray tone than black…which I can adjust using levels in Photoshop…but then it get’s jagged again once I get to the right levels.

Brian D.

8 replies on “Help”

Wish I could help. I have a crap Lexmark all-in-one. That’s what i get for trying to support that local product. Now I am just looking for a decent printer, and printer only. Seems impossible.

Good luck to you though. Can’t wait to see the new content when you get past this hurdle.

So, is your problem because your scanner dosen’t have onboard abilities to do adjustments to light/dark etc?

If that is the case (and I may be wrong, if so I apologize) just scan it and do those adjustments in an art program you are comfortable with. I use an hp all in one, and just use the scanning options that come with photoshop. If this isn’t your problem, sorry 🙂

If it’s a driver problem, you might want to look whether the SANE project has something to offer for you. Most vendors provide crappy, if any, drivers for anything that’s not Winblows.
Sane website:

You should post the images of your scans to show what’s going wrong. I have my HP6200c ScanJet and it’s decided to work when it feels like it. I think it’s probably the drivers… the same as your problem.

You could just go crazy and make it purely digital with a tablet in Photoshop.

What resolution does your scanner allow you to scan you images in at? What are you using as the scanning software? What are you using as an image editor after you scan it in?

So, if I am understanding this correctly, you can’t scan any higher than 300 dpi. Generally speaking when dealing with B&W line art 600 is going to be your minimum for a quality image (I try to stick to 1200). Those jagged edges are going to be there one way or another once its in bitmap mode so the higher resolution of your original scan the better since the relative size of the individual pixels will be smaller in proportion to the image. If you are stuck with 300 dpi (you’ll need to check on the resolution options) try scanning at 200% of original size (you can then go into the image size change the resolution up to 600 and have the image size back down or just leave it as is.) Levels is a good way to go for removing the grey from your white paper areas and getting you blacks back but you could also try threshold which will set every thing to black and white. I always use the adjustment layers so if I dont like what I did I can just delete the layer and start over.

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