My scanner is suddenly scanning images way too dark and aren't fixable with Photoshop Elements. When I try the image starts to become very pixelated. Any idea why this is happening at what the solution is?
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When you scan a photo or document, the computer will need to save the new document somewhere on the system. You should determine (before the scanning process) where that document is being saved and what name it is being given.
You need to set up the destinations in the Canon software. First launch the Canon Scan-Gear Toolbox. The Scan button on the scanner is the same as Scan-1 button by default but no software is linked to this button. Click on the Scan-1 button then choose Set. Then set your application that you will want to work on the scanned image. Select your application (Photoshop Elements, for example) - the exe file if using Windows. (You may need to browse the Program Files folder and then the individual application folder (C:\Program Files in recent versions).) Then click Open and then Apply to confirm this. You can also select the file type that you want the scans to be saved as in this settings window.
If you want to change the scan destinations, then click on Settings (on the far right). You will see the drop-down menus for each of the scanner buttons. Select the desired function for the scan button and click OK. (Scan-1, Scan-2 and Scan-3 can be linked to other software.)
Try updating your scanner driver/software to isolate the problem. If same issue still occurring after uninstalling/reinstall, then source of the problem may be a CCD/lamp failure or some sort of dust, lint, on CCD causing calibration failure.