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How can I scan a document then print it with larger print?

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  • Jack Woolfe Jul 05, 2010

    I have documents in my computer that I need to print out with larger text. Please tell me how I can increase the size of the print?

    My printer is Canon PIXMA MP270.
    Regards Jack

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Hello,

Scanning a document for printing can be very confusing. I hope that I can help shed light on this process to ensure that all of your documents will print out correctly from now on.
You can follow the below steps. Lets assume you are using a flatbed scanner and your document is one page.

  • Figure out the print quality you need. For example, if you are printing on a home laser printer, your print quality is probably about 75 LPI (lines per inch). If you are scanning a document for a professional press, your print quality can be up to 150 LPI. If you cannot find this number, don't worry. Move on to the next step and we will solve this problem later.
  • Open your scanning software on the computer connected to your scanner.
  • Place your document on your scanner per scanner instructions.
  • Looking at your computer screen where you opened your scanning software. There should be a preview button. Click on it and it should scan in a preview image of your document.
  • Select the edges of your document in the preview.
  • In scanning options leave all brightness/contrast options alone. This should be done through a photo editing program. If you do not have one, at least scan the document in once to see how it turns out before messing with these options. If your document is black and white, select black and white. This keeps your file smaller and it also makes sure that your document will actually print black and white.If there is a 'scan to size' option, choose the size of your document. This ensures that if it scans in a little too large or small it will automatically adjust to the size you need. If you are wanting to resize the image drastically then see Step 7.
  • Using the print quality obtained in the first step, double the LPI number to get the DPI amount you need to scan to. For example, the laser printer I referred to earlier had a LPI value of 75, which means you will be scanning at 150 DPI. If you could not find this amount, or if you are using an inkjet, then scan at 300 DPI.

    You may be thinking, "My scanner has the capabilities of scanning at 1400 DPI. Why don't I just do that instead of trying to figure out what I should be scanning at. Plus, that would mean better quality anyway."

    Well, actually it won't mean better quality because we are scanning at the highest quality your printer can print. In addition to this, it would create a HUGE file. You would be waiting for your printer to print for a LONG time, which could also result in freezing your computer (or the print shops computer, depending on where you're getting your document printed).

    The reason your printer has those options in the settings is because DPI is based on the dots per inch at a particular image size. If you wanted to make a 300 DPI 16x24 poster of a 4x6 image, then you would actually have to scan the image at 1200 DPI to maintain the image quality.
  • After you finish with your settings, select scan.
  • SAVE!
Good luck.



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  • Jack Woolfe Jul 05, 2010

    Wallsorumi

    You misunderstand the question.

    I have the scanned document in my computer, I need to print them out with larger text.

    Can you tell me how I can increase the size of the print?



    They ar save as JPEG

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You can scan a document or photo or negative film etc.. using a scanner, there a many types of scanners which you can choose as per your requirement. There are dedicated scanners, all in one integrated scanners, or two in one like that.. but if you need it for your professional use or daily use, it's better to get a dedicated scanner not "all in one" since with all in one if the copier fails or fax fails, the scanner will also fail because they are related and built-in integrated.
The process of scanning a document is as follows;

  • > Place the document on the scanner's flatbed.
  • > Press scan button or scan using the integrated software from the computer.
  • > Customize the scan settings/quality.
  • > Save the scanned documents.
Printing a document to a larger size is different, you can use photo editors like photoshop, paint.net etc..where you can changed the resolution as well as the size of the image. It's best to change the size or resolution before you give the print command. Or you can also change the print size with the paper size or print size.
If you still need more help, please let me know with more details. I am ready to assist you.

Good luck.

Thanks for using FixYa.

Posted on Jul 04, 2010

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  • Jack Woolfe Jul 04, 2010

    Nonontech

    I put the question wrong .I have a scanner, I know to use it.

    The question is, having scanned a document and it's in my computer. How can I print it with larger print?

  • Lebanon Raingam
    Lebanon Raingam Jul 04, 2010

    Could you please let me know what photo editing programs can you use? like photoshop, corel draw, etc.., You can change the print size using default Paint program in the windows desktop, but it's better to change the resolution using photoshop or corel draw (corel draw is better..). Just let me know any photo editing program that, i'll assist you step by step..




    Thanks.

  • Jack Woolfe Jul 05, 2010

    I don't know what photo editing program I have, How do I find out?

    I have documents in my computer, I want to print them with lager text.

    Regards Jack

  • Lebanon Raingam
    Lebanon Raingam Jul 05, 2010

    So you mean your scanned documents saved on your computer is in text format? like ms-word etc? I am confused, i thought you were talking about scanned photos, I am sorry for my mis-assumption, anyway let me try to assist you again. If it's saved in microsoft word format, just increase the font size, that'll do the trick or it you've saved them in the Pdf format, you'll need to convert them to microsoft word format so that you can edit them. If it's in jpg/jpeg format, you need to edit using photo editor, by default, windows has a built-in photo editing application called "Paint" but it's not so handy since no enough tools to morph, clean image file.




    I don't know in which format you saved the scanned documents. If you can let me know, i will be able to help you further, else i'll opt out. I don't want to spend much time on this.


    Thanks.

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