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Multiple Images When Scanning

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by hannab, Apr 1, 2008.

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  1. hannab

    hannab Thread Starter

    Jun 8, 2005
    I have an HP Scanner and have always been happily scanning along until I recently realized that I had the option to scan at higher resolutions - "custom scanning". I now need to scan old photos for a relative so I want to make sure that are at a good resolution for printing, etc. I set the resolution for 300(as opposed to the default setting of 150) and successfully scanned one photo, then when I went to scan the next photo, it multiplied it by 3, so I had three images of the same photo instead of one -and it seems that it is at a reduced resolution for each individual image. I tried over and over again and kept getting multiple images. What's up??? :confused::

    I am at work so I can't give the model number, it's just a basic HP Scanner.:eek:
  2. PopPicker


    Sep 21, 2004
    To obtain 3 scans you must have had 3 scan areas, marching ants, one on top of the other so you can only see one.

    As to why it's doing that I can't say, however if you click on the scan area and press delete it will remove the top one. Then the next.

    Quite often it's good to start each scan job with a clean workspace, this prevents the chance of not noticing some 'special' setting you did for the last scan.

    Remember scan for output, DPI is only secondary. A 2 x 1 inch photo scanned at 300 dpi will still be rubbish when printed to 6 x 4 inch. BUT a 2 x 1 inch photo scanned at 300 dpi and at 200% will print brilliantly.

  3. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor

    May 25, 2005
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    Just a guess that HP's software might be doing an April Fool on you ... HP's good at that all the time.
    May I suggest trying M$ Scanner n Camera wizard to run the scanner .. It might make more sense to you.
    All Programs ► Accessories ▼ Scanner n Camera wizard.
    If you're running Vista .. the Scan/Cam wizard is found in the Photo Gallery.

    If you have Irfanview installed ... I'd use it to run your HP Scanner.
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