Epson A882401 Technical information

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TRADEMARKS
EPSON is a registered trademark of SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
PhotoPC 500, PhotoPix, PhotoSpan, EPSON Stylus, EPSON PhotoPC 500
imaging software, and EPSON Photo! TWAIN are trademarks of Epson
America, Inc.
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Copyright © 1996 by Epson America, Inc.
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Introduction
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our new EPSON PhotoPC 500TM is an advanced,
easy-to-use digital camera that captures clear and
attractive images. PhotoPC 500 comes with everything you
need to quickly load your photos into the computer and
then transform them into great-looking pictures to place in
your documents. Here are just a few of the things you can
do with your new, versatile camera:
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Add color and visual appeal to your newsletters, flyers,
and brochures.
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Use your pictures in slide show presentations.
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Make photo calendars and greeting cards for work and
for play.
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Use the optional EPSON PhotoPixTM LCD Monitor to
display images you have captured.
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PhotoPC 500 Features
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and other cool projects.
PhotoPC 500 is a complete system for capturing digital
images, and includes the following features:
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Sierra Print ArtistTM for creating calendars, banners,
The Optional EPSON PhotoPix LCD Monitor
Base unit with 2MB internal flash memory that holds
An exciting accessory to use with your PhotoPC 500 is the
up to 30 high-resolution or 60 standard-resolution
EPSON PhotoPix LCD Monitor. It offers the following
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advanced features:
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24-bit color image capture
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Playback of all the pictures stored in the camera
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Built-in flash with auto, manual, and red-eye reduction
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Close-up picture mode
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Selectable image erasing
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Brightness adjustment for outdoor use
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Slide show of all your pictures
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Multi mode for viewing several images at once
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Real Time live preview so you can see the exact picture
settings
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Self-timer
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Automatic shut-off to save batteries
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Cable for transferring photos to your computer
Your camera comes with the PhotoPC 500 Software pack,
which includes the following useful applications:
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EPSON PhotoPC 500 Imaging Software for
For more information about the EPSON PhotoPix LCD
downloading, organizing, editing, and enhancing your
Monitor, see Chapter 11.
pictures
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before you snap the shutter
The EPSON Photo!TM TWAIN and Utility Driver for
transferring your pictures to the computer and
changing the settings on the camera
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Other Optional Accessories
3.11 (or later), Windows 95 (or later), Windows NT
EPSON also offers these accessories for the PhotoPC 500:
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version 3.5 (or later)
2MB and 4MB PhotoSpanTM memory modules for
expanding the storage capacity of your PhotoPC 500
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Where to Get Help
AC adapter for use with any electrical outlet
EPSON provides customer support and service through a
You can also use standard 37 mm video camcorder lenses
and filters available from leading suppliers, such as Tiffen
Microsoft Windows 3.1, Windows for WorkgroupsTM
network of authorized EPSON Customer Care Centers. Dial
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(800) 922-8911 for the nearest location or for the following
Manufacturing Corp.
services:
Minimum System Requirements
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information library
To transfer images to your computer and edit them, make
sure your system meets these minimum requirements:
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IBM-compatible PC with 486 or higher processor
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Serial port with standard RS-232C interface
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VGA viewing screen with at least 256-color display
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8MB RAM (with Windows NTTM, at least 16MB is
required)
Fax-on-demand access to EPSON’s technical
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Literature on current and new products
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The location of your nearest Authorized EPSON
Reseller or Customer Care Center
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Technical information on installation, configuration,
and operation of EPSON products
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Customer relations.
For answers to commonly asked questions about EPSON
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At least 25MB free hard disk space
products 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call EPSON Sound
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Mouse or other pointing device
Advice at (800) 442-2110
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CD-ROM drive
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You can purchase manuals, accessories, or parts from
EPSON Download Service
EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766 (U.S. sales only).
You can call the EPSON Download Service BBS at
In Canada, please call (800) 463-7766 for dealer referral.
(800) 442-2007. Set your communications software to
If you need help using software with an EPSON product, see
the documentation for that program for technical support
information.
Electronic Support Services
You can access helpful tips, specifications, DIP switch or
jumper settings, drivers, FAQs, sample files, application
8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity. Modem speed can be up to
28.8 Kbps.
EPSON Fax-on-Demand Service
You can access EPSON’s technical information library by
calling (800) 442-2110 or (800) 922-8911 and selecting the
appropriate phone option. You must provide a return fax
number to use Fax-on-Demand.
notes, and EPSON product bulletins 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week, using a modem and one of the on line services below.
EPSON Forum on CompuServe
Members of CompuServe can type GO EPSON at the menu
World Wide Web
From the Internet, you can reach EPSON’s home page at
http://www.epson.com.
prompt to reach CompuServe’s Epson America Forum. As
an owner of an EPSON product, you are eligible for a free
introductory CompuServe membership, which entitles you
EPSON Internet FTP Site
to an introductory credit and your own user ID and
If you have Internet FTP capability, use your Web browser
password. To take advantage of this offer in the U.S. or
(or other software for FTP downloading) to log onto
Canada, call (800) 848-8199 and ask for representative
ftp.epson.com with the user name anonymous and your
#529.
e-mail address as the password.
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Registration
To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove the
Please take a minute to fill out the registration card for the
camera’s cover or open any of the compartments
PhotoPC 500 digital camera and mail it back to us. This
except as instructed in this User’s Guide.
enables you to receive special information on accessories,
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Do not insert objects through any openings.
new products, and software upgrades. You’ll get immediate
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To prevent fire or electric shock, do not expose the
attention if you have a problem with your PhotoPC 500.
camera to rain or moisture.
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Software Support
To prevent fire or explosion, do not use the camera
where inflammable or volatile gas is stored.
If you’ve tried the on-screen help and you still have
questions, call the number for the application you need
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Do not use outdoors during a thunderstorm.
help with:
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If the camera shows unusual signs such as noise, odor,
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EPSON Photo! TWAIN driver
(800) 822-8911
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PhotoPC 500 imaging software
(800) 822-8911
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Sierra Print Artist
(206) 644-4343
or smoke, turn it off immediately. Remove the batteries
and/or disconnect the AC adapter, and unplug the AC
adapter from the electrical outlet.
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See the inside back cover for information about additional
support services for your software.
with a clean, dry cloth.
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reference. Also follow all warnings and instructions
marked on the camera.
To avoid damage to the optics of the camera, do not
expose the lens to direct sunlight for extended periods
Safety Instructions
Read all of these instructions and save them for later
Do not use harsh or abrasive cleaners. Wipe off dust
of time.
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To prevent possible eye injury, do not take flash
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pictures of faces at close range.
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Do not store the camera or its optional accessories near
cord or plug is damaged; if liquid has entered the
sources of bright light, direct sunlight, high humidity,
camera; if the camera has been dropped or its exterior
heat, excessive dirt or dust, or where they will be
has been damaged; if the camera or its optional
exposed to strong vibrations or magnetic fields.
accessories do not operate normally or exhibit a
Avoid sudden temperature changes, which can cause
distinct change in performance.
moisture to condense on the camera. Keep the camera
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operating instructions.
in a case or bag if you need to move it from a cold
environment to a warm one. Allow time for the
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Adjust only those controls that are covered by the
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If the liquid crystal solution contained in the camera’s
camera and its optional accessories to adjust to
control panel or in the screen on the optional EPSON
temperature changes before using them.
photo LCD Monitor leaks out and gets on your hands,
Use only the types of power sources listed in this User’s
wash them thoroughly with soap and water. If it gets
Guide.
in your eyes, flush them immediately with water.
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Do not use a frayed or damaged power cord.
If you plan to use the camera and its optional accessories in
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If you use an extension cord with the optional AC
Germany, observe the following:
adapter, make sure the total ampere rating of the
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current protection for the products, the building
exceed the cord’s ampere rating. Also, make sure the
installation must be protected by a 16 amp circuit
total of all devices plugged into the wall outlet does not
breaker.
exceed 15 amperes.
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To provide adequate short-circuit protection and over-
devices plugged into the extension cord does not
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Bei Anschluß des Produkts an die Stromversorgung
Remove batteries and/or unplug the camera and the
muß sichergestellt werden, daß die Gebädeinstallation
AC adapter and refer servicing to qualified service
mit einem 16 A-Überstromschalter abgesichert ist.
personnel under the following conditions: If the power
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Getting Started
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camera
batteries
handstrap
Mac adapter cable
his chapter helps you get ready to use your new
PhotoPC 500. It covers the following:
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Unpacking your PhotoPC 500
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Getting to know the camera
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Removing the plastic film
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Installing the batteries
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Attaching the hand strap
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Installing your PhotoPC 500 software
Unpacking Your PhotoPC 500
The PhotoPC 500 includes all the parts shown to the left.
PhotoPC 500
software
You will need everything but the Mac adapter cable. If you
PhotoPC500 cable
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purchased the EPSON PhotoPix LCD Monitor, see page 11-2
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for instructions on unpacking it.
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Getting to Know the Camera
green ready
light
red standby
light
After you unpack your PhotoPC 500, take a few minutes to
control panel
shutter
button
get to know its features.
viewfinder
LCD
cover
flash
timer light
hand strap
holder
memory
cover
back view
tripod screw
opening
memory
cover lock
battery cover
port cover
battery cover
lock
power switch
port cover
lens
front view
bottom view
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Removing the Plastic Film
To protect the camera from scratches, some parts have
been covered with plastic film, as shown in the gray areas
below. Peel off the plastic film before you use your camera.
plastic film
plastic film
plastic film
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Installing Batteries
.
Your PhotoPC 500 comes with four AA alkaline batteries.
Make sure the camera is turned off, and follow these steps
battery compartment
to insert the batteries:
1
Using a fingernail or a small screwdriver, slide the
battery cover lock in the direction of the arrow and
hold it in that position while lifting up the battery
cover door.
battery cover
battery cover
lock
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Insert all four batteries into the compartment,
positioning the + and - ends as marked in the
compartment and shown in the following illustration.
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Rechargeable AA Ni-Cad batteries
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Rechargeable AA Ni-MH batteries
If you have the optional PhotoPix LCD Monitor, we
recommend that you use lithium or rechargeable batteries.
Alkaline batteries have a shorter life when used with the
monitor.
WARNING
To avoid the danger of fire or explosion, do not mix different types
of batteries. Do not allow the battery contacts to touch metal
objects such as coins or keys, which could short out the battery’s
circuits.
Note the following when handling batteries:
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Close the battery cover, making sure that it snaps in
place.
Handling Batteries
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Do not use manganese batteries.
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Replace all four batteries at the same time
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Do not drop, puncture, disassemble, or mutilate
When your PhotoPC 500 batteries wear out, you can
replace them with any of the following:
batteries. Do not get them wet or expose them to fire.
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When the camera is not used for long periods of time,
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Single-use AA alkaline batteries
remove the batteries and store them at a low
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Single-use AA lithium batteries (longest life)
temperature in a dry location.
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Dispose of used batteries according to the battery
Attaching the Hand Strap
manufacturer’s instructions and in compliance with
To attach the hand strap, loop the strap around the holder
all applicable laws. Contact your local government
on the side of the camera as shown below.
agency for information about battery recycling and
disposal.
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If you use rechargeable Ni-Cad or Ni-MH batteries,
replace them with four fully charged batteries. If you
find that your batteries run out faster after you
recharge them a few times, make sure you discharge
them completely before recharging.
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memory
module cover
(back piece)
hand strap
holder
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Installing Your PhotoPC 500 Software
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Make sure PhotoPC 500 is checked, along with the
The PhotoPC 500 comes with everything you need to
EPSON Photo! driver and Sierra Print Artist if you want
transfer your pictures to the computer, edit your images,
to install it.
and insert them into documents. You can also send your
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images over the internet and turn them into screen-savers.
Click Install and follow the instructions on the screen
to complete the installation.
The included CD-ROM has these three applications: EPSON
PhotoPC 500 imaging software, EPSON Photo! TWAIN
NOTE
driver and utility software, and Sierra Print Artist.
Don’t restart Windows until all the software programs have been
Follow these steps to install your software from the
installed.
CD-ROM:
1
Insert the PhotoPC 500 CD into your CD-ROM drive.
2
From Windows 95 or Windows NT, 4.0 click the start
You now have the following new program groups (or folders):
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button, and then click Run.
PhotoPC 500 (PhotoPC 500 imaging software and
EPSON Photo! TWAIN driver)
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Sierra (Print Artist)
From the Windows 3.1 or the Windows NT, 3.51
Program Manager screen, choose Run from the file
menu.
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In the dialog box, type: D:\INSTALL. If your CD-ROM
drive is not drive D, substitute the correct letter.
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B
Click OK. You see the main installation screen.
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Using Your PhotoPC 500 Camera
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aking pictures with PhotoPC 500 is similar to
using a traditional “point and shoot” camera. This
chapter shows you everything you need to know, including
the following information:
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Turning the camera on and off
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Saving power with auto shut-off
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Using the control panel
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Checking the battery icon
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Snapping the shutter
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Taking close-up pictures
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Adjusting settings
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Erasing pictures
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Checking the picture counter
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Turning the Camera On and Off
Saving Power with Auto Shut-off
To turn the camera on, simply slide the power switch to the
If you wait more than 60 seconds before taking a picture,
ON position. The lens cover opens and the control panel on
the camera turns off automatically to save battery power.
the top of the camera lights up. The red standby light on
To turn the camera back on, either slide the power switch
the back of the camera flashes for a few seconds. When it
to OFF, then ON, or press the shutter button. You will have
stops flashing, the green ready light is on and the camera is
to press the shutter button a second time to take a picture.
ready to take pictures.
Using the Control Panel
The control panel keeps track of how many pictures you’ve
control panel
green ready
light
red standby
light
taken and provides important information about the
status of your batteries and the camera’s current settings.
resolution mode
pictures taken
erase last
image
pictures
remaining
ON
power switch
self-timer
flash mode
battery level indicator
To turn off the camera, slide the power switch to the OFF
position. The lens cover closes and the control panel turns
off.
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Checking the Battery Icon
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Look straight through the viewfinder and center your
Before you take pictures, check the battery icon on the
subject. Make sure that the entire image you want in
control panel. The icon shows how much battery power
the picture is within the viewfinder’s yellow frame.
you have left, in the following stages:
Full battery power (or AC adapter in use)
to
Battery power is decreasing
Battery power low (time to buy new batteries)
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Slowly press the shutter button.
4
Hold the camera still until it beeps and the red standby
light starts flashing.
green ready
light
Battery power is almost out
Change batteries
red standby
light
shutter
button
viewfinder
You should use the battery icon only as a guide to estimate
remaining power. Several factors can affect battery life,
including the surrounding temperature and the type of
batteries you use. Low temperatures (especially below
50 °F) weaken your batteries.
Snapping the Shutter
Follow these steps to take a picture:
The flashing red light indicates that the camera has
captured the image and is processing it. (If you try to press
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Turn the camera on and wait until the green ready
the shutter button again, you’ll hear an “error” beep.)
light comes on.
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When the red light stops flashing, the image is saved. Saved
For instructions for using the LCD monitor in Macro mode,
images remain in memory for up to a year, even when the
see page 11-12. For instructions on using a camcorder lens,
camera is turned off and the batteries are removed.
see page A-7.
You can take another picture when the red standby light
If you use a close-up or “macro” lens for a camcorder, the
stops flashing and the green ready light is on. If the red
viewfinder does not give you an accurate representation of
light flashes longer each time you take a picture, your
your picture. You may want to connect the camera to your
batteries are getting weaker.
computer and view your close-up images on the screen
before you capture them. See page 5-5 for information on
NOTE
Remember that the camera shuts off automatically after 60
seconds. To turn the camera back on, either slide the power switch
to OFF, then ON, or press the shutter button to turn on the camera.
You will have to press the shutter button again to take a picture.
viewing and taking pictures from your computer.
You can take flash pictures within a range of 1.5 to 10 feet.
TIP
When you’re taking pictures outdoors, make sure the sun is at your
back. In very bright light (at the beach or in snow, for example),
Taking Close-up Pictures
your pictures may come out too light. You can use an ND filter to
You should be at least 2 feet (60 cm) away from the subject
reduce the light. See page A-7 for information.
you are photographing. If you want to take pictures at a
closer range, you should use the PhotoPix LCD Monitor in
Macro mode or a 37 mm video camcorder close-up lens.
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Adjusting Settings
Flash
You can adjust the following three settings on PhotoPC 500
PhotoPC 500’s built-in flash has four settings as listed
using the control panel buttons on top of the camera:
below, which are effective within a range of 1.5 feet (Macro
mode with PhotoPix LCD monitor) to 10 feet. Press the flash
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Flash
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Resolution
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Timer
control button to cycle from one setting to another.
Auto
AUTO The flash goes off automatically whenever it’s
Flash and resolution settings remain in effect even after
needed for adequate lighting (factory setting).
you turn off the camera.
Red-eye Reduction
The flash blinks on and off rapidly and then goes
off. This prevents the light from shining directly
off the subject’s pupils and making them appear
red. Use this setting when you take pictures of
people or animals and you want the flash to go off
automatically.
resolution
timer
flash
erase
Flash Off
The flash is disabled, even when adequate lighting
is not available. Use this setting for special effects,
NOTE
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or where flash photography is prohibited.
The controls return to their factory settings when you remove or
B
change the batteries.
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Forced Flash
standard resolution image. For example, the camera holds
The flash goes off with every picture you take. Use
48 pictures if you take 12 at high resolution and 36 at low
this setting to compensate for backlighting; for
resolution.
example, when you are facing the sun.
TIP
Resolution
Choose high resolution if you want “snapshot”-size or larger
PhotoPC 500 has two resolution settings, high and standard.
pictures. Standard resolution is sufficient for “wallet”-size pictures.
Press the resolution button to switch from one setting to the
other. The settings appear on the control panel.
High resolution
Camera captures images at 640 × 480 pixels. Your
pictures include more detail, but the camera only
holds 30 pictures (factory setting).
Standard resolution
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Camera captures images at 320 × 240 pixels. The
camera holds 60 pictures, but the image size is
smaller and contains less detail when enlarged.
You can switch freely between the two settings and store
both standard and high resolution pictures in the camera.
The camera’s capacity varies accordingly. This is because a
high resolution image uses twice as much memory as a
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The following examples show the same image captured at
standard and high resolution.
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Standard resolution image
320 × 240 pixels
High resolution image
640 × 480 pixels
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Timer
Press the shutter button. The red timer light on the
Setting the timer creates a 10-second delay
front of the camera comes on and stays on for 7
between the time you press the shutter button and
seconds. Then it flashes three times.
the time that the camera actually captures the
image. This allows you to take a picture of
timer
button
red timer
light
yourself. The timer icon on the control panel
flashes when you use the timer.
Follow these steps to take a picture with the timer:
1
Secure the camera on a flat surface or on a tripod. (See
page A-7 for information on attaching the camera to a
tripod.)
2
Turn on the camera and wait until the red standby
light stops flashing.
3
Press the timer button. The timer icon on the control
The camera beeps when the image is captured. The red
panel flashes.
standby light on the back of the camera flashes as
PhotoPC 500 processes the image. When the red light stops
flashing and the green ready light comes on, the timer is off
and you can take another picture.
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Erasing Pictures
If you have the optional LCD monitor, you can use this
If you don’t want to keep the last picture you took,
button to selectively erase any picture on the camera. See
you can erase it from the camera’s memory. Using
page 11-7 for more information.
a small pointed object such as a pencil, press the
erase button on the top of the camera. The erase
TIP
icon on the control panel flashes when you press
You can also erase all the pictures in the camera’s memory. While
the button.
holding down the erase button, press the timer button. The erase
icon flashes until all the pictures are deleted.
Checking the Picture Counter
The large number in the center of the control panel shows
how many pictures you have taken. The smaller number
on the left below the resolution mode shows how many
additional pictures you can take.
pictures remaining
pictures taken
A
After a few seconds, the last picture you took is erased from
the camera’s memory. The picture counter (number of
pictures taken) decreases by one. You can continue pressing
B
the button to erase more pictures, if you want.
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The number of pictures remaining depends on your
resolution settings. A high resolution image uses twice the
amount of memory in your camera that a standard
resolution image uses. Therefore, if you switch between
standard and high resolution, the number of pictures
remaining changes. For example, if the number of pictures
remaining is 4 at high resolution, it changes to 8 if you
switch to standard resolution.
When the camera’s memory is full, the number of pictures
remaining is 0. The green ready light on the back of the
camera goes off, the red standby light remains on, and you
can’t press the shutter button. You need to connect the
camera to your computer and transfer the pictures. Then
you can erase the images and start taking pictures again.
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Connecting to Your Computer
hen you’re finished taking pictures you can
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connect the camera to your computer and transfer
If you have the optional AC adapter, use it when you
connect the camera to your computer. See page A-5 for
the images. This chapter covers the following:
instructions on using the AC adapter with the camera.
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Connecting PhotoPC 500 to your computer
❙
Connecting with the optional LCD monitor
❙
Setting up the camera connection
PhotoPC 500. See page A-2 for information on ordering an AC
❙
Adjusting auto shut-off
adapter through EPSON.
❙
Setting the camera’s clock
Connecting PhotoPC 500 to the Computer
NOTES
❙
❙
The AC adapter should be available where you bought your
If you have a 25-pin serial port, you can use a 9- to 25-pin
adapter with your cable connector. See page A-8 for
instructions.
Make sure you do the following before you start:
❙
Locate the serial cable that came with your camera.
❙
Make sure the camera has finished processing.
A
B
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Follow the steps below to connect the camera to the
computer:
1
3
Locate the port cover on the side of the camera. Press
on the arrows and slide the cover up to open it.
Locate a serial port on the back of your computer. You
may have two serial ports labeled COM1 and COM2, or
the ports may be labeled with icons.
2
Line up the serial connector on the cable with one of
the serial ports on your computer, and insert the
connector. Then tighten the screws.
screws
serial port
serial
connector
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4
Line up the arrow on the cable connector with the
notch on the camera’s serial port. Then insert the
connector.
NOTE
When the camera is connected to your computer, you can’t use any
of the control buttons or the shutter button on the camera. You can
only operate these features through the computer.
The auto shut-off feature remains in effect when the
camera is connected to your computer, but shut-off takes
serial port
place after 5 minutes of inactivity instead of 60 seconds. To
turn the camera back on, slide the power switch OFF and
ON again, or use EPSON Photo! to turn on the camera by
notch
clicking the Controls tab, Setup tab, or Start tab. You can
arrow
adjust the auto shut-off time by following the instructions
on page 3-6.
5
Turn on the camera and your computer system. A line
appears at the bottom of the picture counter on the
camera’s control panel.
A
B
line
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Connecting with the Optional LCD Monitor
Setting Up the Camera Connection
If you want to connect the camera to the computer while
Now that you have connected the PhotoPC 500 to your
the optional EPSON PhotoPix LCD Monitor is attached,
computer, you can use the EPSON Photo! software to adjust
follow these steps:
the connection speed and port setting, if necessary. You can
1
Tilt the bottom of the EPSON PhotoPix LCD Monitor up
also see information about your camera displayed on the
to expose the port cover as shown.
Setup screen.
Testing the Camera Connection
If the software displays a message in the status box
indicating that the camera is not connected, follow these
steps to test the connection:
1
ON
EPS
port cover
2
Follow the steps on page 3-1 to connect the camera to
the computer.
If the EPSON PhotoPix LCD Monitor is on when you connect
the camera to the computer, it will turn itself off.
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Double-click the EPSON Photo! icon in the PhotoPC 500
program group.
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EPSON Photo! opens with the following screen:
3
To check the connection after making any
adjustments, click the Setup tab. The Setup screen
appears.
Setup tab
camera information and ID
If the camera is connected, the screen displays the
camera’s information and ID.
2
If EPSON Photo! does not detect the connection, try the
click to test
connection
following:
❙
A
Check the cables to make sure they are securely
attached.
❙
B
Check to make sure the camera has not shut off
automatically.
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4
Click the Test Connection button. If you see the
If possible, you should keep the camera connected to
camera information as shown on the previous page,
the COM1 or COM2 port on the computer.
the camera connection is complete. If you see an error
If you have a serial device connected to one port and
message, you may need to change your port and speed
an internal modem on the other, you can try COM3 or
settings.
COM4. If you get an error message, see page 12-3 for
more information.
Adjusting Port Settings
You can manually change the port or communication
3
Click the arrow to change the speed setting.
speed if EPSON Photo! is unable to detect the camera or
download photos. Follow these steps:
NOTE
1
Open the Setup screen as described on page 3-4.
EPSON Photo! automatically chooses the fastest speed that
2
Click the arrow to change the port setting. You can
fast for the configuration of your port. If you get an error
choose Auto, COM1, COM2, COM3, or COM4.
message while trying to download photos, you may need to
works with your operating system. This may actually be too
choose a slower speed. For more information see page 12-4.
NOTE
In most cases, it is best to leave the Port setting on Auto
because EPSON Photo! can detect the location of the camera
automatically. When you change the port setting, you lose the
connection between the camera and your computer.
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4
When you are finished, click OK.
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Adjusting Auto Shut-off
You can adjust the time the camera takes to shut off when
it is connected to the computer. Follow these steps:
NOTE
The auto shut-off time can only be changed while it is connected to
the computer. When the camera is not attached, the auto shut-off
time is 60 seconds.
1
camera’s
time
and date
Connect the camera to the computer and open the
Setup screen as described earlier in this chapter.
2
Click the arrow to select an auto shut-off time.
click to change
auto shut-off time
click to set the
camera’s clock
You can choose 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 minutes for auto shut-off.
The default is 5 minutes, so if you are afraid of running
down your batteries, you might want to shorten this
period.
A
B
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Setting the Camera’s Clock
You see a screen like the one below:
PhotoPC 500 can record the time and date of your photos
click arrows to
change time and date
automatically. When you transfer the pictures to the
computer, you can see exactly when each one was taken.
In order to have the time and date recorded, you need to set
the camera’s clock from the computer. The PhotoPC 500
clock will continue to keep time accurately until you
replace the batteries; at that point you will have to connect
the camera to your computer again and reset the clock.
click to use
computer’s settings
Follow these steps to set the camera’s clock:
1
2
Connect the camera to the computer and open the
3
Click the Copy From Computer button to set the
Setup screen as described earlier in this chapter.
camera to the computer’s date and time.
The Time and Date boxes show the current settings of
You can also click the arrows to change the setting or
your camera’s internal clock.
type the numbers for the time and date in the boxes.
Click the Set Time button.
4
When you are done, click OK. EPSON Photo! updates
the time and date in your camera.
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4
Downloading Pictures
W
hen you are ready to transfer your images to your
computer, read this chapter to find out which
download method best suits your needs. This chapter
describes the following:
❙
PhotoPC 500 imaging software transfer
❙
Additional download methods
PhotoPC 500 Imaging Software Transfer
The EPSON PhotoPC 500 imaging software allows you to
transfer photos and download them directly into an
electronic photo album. You can open the pictures from the
album for organizing, editing, enhancing, and printing.
A
B
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Follow these steps to download pictures with your
If you select New Album, PhotoPC 500 asks you to
PhotoPC 500 imaging software:
name the album.
1
Make sure your camera is connected to the computer
and turned on, as described in Chapter 3.
2
Double-click the PhotoPC 500 icon in the PhotoPC 500
program group. PhotoPC 500 asks you to select a
5
project:
Type in a name for the album and click OK.
PhotoPC500 asks you to select a source.
6
Make sure Epson Digital Camera is highlighted and
click Select. The EPSON Photo! Start screen appears.
Camera tab
Acquire
Open
3
Album
Slide
Show
Template
Go to
work
area
Exit
PhotoPC 500
Click the Acquire button. PhotoPC 500 asks you to
select an album for organizing your downloaded
images.
4
Select an album from the Album menu or select New
Album and click Select.
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7
Click the Camera tab. If you already know which
pictures you want to transfer by their image numbers,
or if you want to transfer all the pictures, you do not
need to wait for all the thumbnails to appear before
you transfer images. If you do not know the image
numbers, wait a few moments for the thumbnails to
appear.
8
Select the photo you want to transfer, or select multiple
photos by holding down the Control or Shift key and
clicking on the photos you want. To select all the
photos, click the Select All button.
NOTE
status area
click to select
all the photos
click to
transfer photos
This transfer allows you to use the frame photo and high-quality
options. The high-quality option resizes your high-resolution photo
to 8.4” × 6.3” or your standard resolution image to 4.2” × 3.2,” but it
does not actually increase the resolution. The enlarged photo will
not look as good as the original, especially when printed. This mode
9
Click the Get Selected Photos button. The status area
displays your progress as the images are transferred.
10 Click Close when all your pictures are transferred.
also slows down the transfer time and creates larger file. The frame
You see the images as thumbnails in your new
option adds a permanent frame to your image. This feature reduces
PhotoPC 500 album. You can edit the images by
the size of your image. For information on selecting frames for the
opening them as described on page 6-5.
frame photo option, see Chapter 5.
11 Save the album by clicking the Save button.
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A
B
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Additional Download Methods
albums. The images are opened in the work area and you
Besides using the PhotoPC 500 imaging software, there are
can save them as individual files, or add them to albums
six additional methods for transferring images to the
later. (See page 4-5.)
computer. Read the descriptions below to decide which one
you may want to use.
NOTE
Some methods allow you to use the frame photo and high-quality
options. The high-quality option resizes your high-resolution photo
to 8.4” × 6.3” or your standard resolution image to 4.2” × 3.2,” but it
does not actually increase the resolution. The enlarged photo will
not look as good as the original, especially when printed. This mode
Direct Hard Drive Transfer
You can use EPSON Photo! as a stand-alone utility
application to download your pictures quickly and directly
to the hard drive. The file names in this method are long, so
you’ll need to find your pictures by their thumbnails. If you
want an easier method of organizing your files, you should
use the PhotoPC 500 transfer method, described on page 4-1.
(See page 4-7 for instructions.)
also slows down the transfer time and creates larger file. The frame
Export Photo Transfer
option adds a permanent frame to your image. This feature reduces
You can use the EPSON Photo!. export photo transfer
the size of your image. For information on selecting frames for the
feature to save the image in any of four file types as you
frame photo option, see Chapter 5.
transfer it to the computer. This transfer also lets you add a
permanent frame to the image. (See page 4-11.)
TWAIN Transfer
You can use any TWAIN-compliant application, such as
Adobe Photoshop or the PhotoPC 500 imaging software, to
transfer images to your computer without saving them in
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Insert Object Transfer
Acquiring Images with TWAIN Programs
You can download an image directly from the camera into
Follow these steps to acquire photos from the camera using
Microsoft Word or PowerPoint or any other application
TWAIN-compliant programs such as Adobe PhotoshopTM
that supports OLE (object linking and embedding) 2.0by
or PhotoPC 500 imaging software. These steps are based on
inserting it as an object. (See page 4-12.)
these two programs, so your software may have different

commands or menus. See your software’s help or
Drag and Drop Transfer
documentation for more information.
You should check your system’s configuration before you
use drag and drop. This method works best on fast systems
1
connected to your computer and turned on.
that have a large amount of RAM. Your system also needs a
screen resolution of greater than 640 × 480. Drag and drop
Open your application. Make sure the camera is
2
allows you to grab a thumbnail from the EPSON Photo!
Click Select TWAIN Source (or Select Source) in the
File menu.
Camera screen and drop the image directly into your
document. (See page 4-13.)
3
Select Epson Digital Camera as the TWAIN source.
NOTE
If you choose either the insert object transfer or the drag and drop
transfer, you may also want to save the file in a PhotoPC 500 album
as described on page 4-1. These methods allow the picture to appear
A
in your document, but do not save it as a separate file.
B
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4
Select EPS JPEG Acquire (or Acquire) from the File
5
Click the Camera tab and go to the Camera screen.
menu.
selected
photo
click to transfer
photos
click to select
all the photos
The EPSON Photo! Start screen appears.
6
Select the picture you want to use, or hold down the
Control or Shift key and select multiple pictures. Click
Select All to transfer all the pictures.
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From the Windows 3.1 or Windows NT 3.5 program
NOTE
manager, double click the PhotoPC 500 program
If you want to put a permanent frame on your photo, click the
group.
Frame Photo box. If you have not selected a frame style yet,
click the Frames tab and turn to page 5-8 for instructions on
selecting a frame. Adding a frame reduces the size of your
image and increases the transfer time.
7
2
Double-click the EPSON Photo! icon.
The EPSON Photo! Start screen appears:
Click the Get Selected Photos button. The status area
displays the progress as the images are transferred.
Then EPSON Photo! closes and you see your images in
the work area.
Transferring Images Directly to the Hard Drive
You can transfer all your pictures to the hard drive or
preview and select pictures to transfer with a few simple
steps.
Transferring All Images
If you want to load all your pictures directly onto the hard
drive, follow these steps:
1
A
click to download images
In Windows 95 or Windows NT, 4.0 click Start, point to
B
Programs, and then select PhotoPC 500.
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3
Click the Save to Folder button.
In Windows 3.1, the Choose Folder dialog box appears.
In Windows 95, the Browse for Folder dialog box
appears.
4
Select a folder for your photos.
If you want to create a new folder, select the directory
you want to place the folder in. Click the New Folder
button. Type the name of the new folder in the dialog
box and click OK. Then select the new folder.
5
Click OK. The status area displays your progress as the
images are transferred to the hard drive.
6
The images are saved in JPEG format. You can view
them on the Files screen as described on page 5-6.
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Transferring Selected Images
Camera tab
You can preview and select the images you download by
following these steps:
1
Open EPSON Photo! as described on the previous page.
2
Click the Camera tab to view the Camera screen. It
takes a few moments for the thumbnails of your
images to appear.
3
Click a thumbnail to select an image you want to
download. To select more than one image, hold down
the Shift key or Control key and click the photos you
want.
4
Follow steps 3 to 5 on page 4-8 to transfer the images
you have selected.
selected image
click to transfer selected
image(s)
A
B
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Reading File Names
File names in Windows 3.1 follow this format:
EPSON Photo! uses the time, date, and photo number for
your images’ names. The format for these names is
MMDDNNNN.JPG
MM = month
explained below:
Windows 95 and Windows NT follow this naming format:
PhotoPC Monday, September 23, 1996 1008 AM 7.jpg
DD = date
NNNN = image number
JPG = JPEG file extension
month
(September)
file source
(PhotoPC500)
date
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time
file extension
image (JPG)
number
date
(21st)
image number
(picture 8)
file extension
jpg (jpeg)
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Exporting Images
If your software application is not TWAIN compliant and
The selected photo is highlighted in yellow and blue
you want to download your photos in format that it
and the Export Selected Photo button is active.
recognizes, you can use EPSON Photo! as a stand-alone
utility program to export your files in any of four file types.
1
Click the picture you want to export.
NOTE
Open your EPSON Photo! software and click the
If you want to put a permanent frame on your photo, click the
Camera tab to open the Camera screen.
Frame Photo box. If you have not selected a frame style yet,
click the Frames tab and turn to page 5-8 for instructions on
selecting a frame. Adding a frame reduces the size of your
image and increases your transfer time.
3
Click the Export Selected Photo button. The Save As
dialog box appears.
A
selected picture
click to export
photo
click to select
all photos
B
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4
Select the file type for the image from the Save File as
2
Type pull-down menu. You can save your image in
any of the following formats:
❙
Bitmap: BMP, DIB
❙
JPEG
❙
PCX
5
Type in a name for your file.
6
Choose the directory where you want to save the file
Make sure your camera is connected to the computer
and turned on as described in Chapter 3.
3
Select Object from the Insert menu. You see a list of
sources.
and click OK.
NOTE
You cannot open or edit the exported photos in EPSON Photo!.
4
The EPSON Photo! Start screen appears.
Use PhotoPC 500 or another application to view or edit the
exported images.
Select Epson Digital Camera as the Source and click OK.
5
Click the Camera tab to view the Camera screen.
6
Click the image you want to insert. It is highlighted in
Inserting Images as Objects with OLE
yellow and blue.
You can use your images in applications that support OLE
(object linking and embedding) 2.0 or higher. Follow these
7
document.
steps to insert a photo as an object:
1
.
Open the document you are inserting the picture in.
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Click Get Selected Photo. The image appears in your
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Using Drag and Drop
4
Click the center of the image you want to insert and
If your application supports OLE (object linking and
drag it to your document, holding down the button on
embedding) 2.0 or higher you can use this method to
your mouse while you drag.
transfer your pictures from your camera into your
documents. Follow these steps:
NOTE
5
Release the button of your mouse when the object is
placed in the document where you want it. The image
appears in your document.
You can only use drag and drop if your screen resolution is greater
than 640 × 480 pixels. Some applications do not support the millions
of colors in your Photo PC 500 images. If you drag and drop your
picture into one of these programs and it appears blotchy, try
transferring your picture into PhotoPC 500 and changing the image
mode to indexed, 256 colors as described on page 7-10. Then import
or cut and paste the image into the application as explained in
Chapter 9.
1
Open the document you want to place a picture in.
2
Make sure the camera is connected to your computer
A
and turned on as described in Chapter 3.
3
Open EPSON Photo! and click the Camera tab to view
B
the Camera screen.
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5
Y
Using the Camera with Your Computer
ou can adjust the camera controls from your
Using the Camera Controls
computer just as you would by using the control
When the camera is connected to your computer, you
panel. You can even take a picture from the computer
cannot adjust the controls on the camera’s control panel.
while viewing a live preview of your subject, which works
Instead, you can use EPSON Photo! by following these steps:
well when you are taking portrait photos or close-ups with
a macro lens. This chapter includes the following
1
and turned on, as described in Chapter 3.
information about using the camera with your computer:
❙
Using the camera controls
❙
Erasing pictures from your camera
❙
Setting the shutter speed
❙
Taking pictures from the computer
❙
Using file folders
❙
Setting up frames for your photos
Make sure the camera is connected to your computer
2
In Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 click Start, point to
Programs, then select PhotoPC 500.
From the Windows 3.1 or Windows NT 3.5 Program
Manager, double-click the PhotoPC 500 program group.
A
B
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The Start screen appears:
3
Click the Controls tab to view the Controls screen,
See page 2-2 for more information on using the
shown to the right.
camera’s controls.
The control panel lets you do the following:
Erasing Pictures from Your Camera
❙
Check the battery icon to see how much power is
After you have viewed your pictures and transferred them
left in the camera.
to your computer, you can erase them from your camera
Change the flash and resolution settings just as
using either the Camera screen or the Controls screen.
❙
you do on the camera by clicking on the arrows
and highlighting the settings you want to use.
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Erasing Photos from the Camera Screen
3
Follow these steps to erase photos from the camera using
If you want to erase all of your photos, click Select All.
If you want to erase one of your photos, click the photo
the Camera screen:
to select it. Select more than one by holding the Control
1
Open EPSON Photo! as described on page 5-1.
2
Click the Camera tab to view the Camera screen.
or Shift key and clicking the images you want.
4
Click Erase Photos. A message box appears asking to
confirm your selection.
5
Click Yes to erase the photos in your camera or click No
to cancel.
Erasing Photos from the Controls Screen
Follow these steps:
1
selected photo
click to select all
photos
Open EPSON Photo! as described on page 5-1.
A
click to erase
photos
B
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2
Click the Controls tab to view the Controls screen.
Setting the Shutter Speed
When the camera is connected to the computer, you can
use the Controls screen to adjust the shutter speed. Slower
shutter speeds allow more light to strike the lens; faster
speeds allow you to take “stop-action” pictures of moving
subjects. Shutter speed settings remain in effect only while
the camera is connected to your computer. The camera
adjusts the speed automatically when it is not connected.
NOTE
When you adjust the shutter speed manually, you can’t use the
camera’s flash.
click to erase last
photo
3
click to change
shutter speed
click to erase all
photos
Under Erase Photos, click All to erase all the photos or
click Last to erase the last image that you captured.
Follow these steps to adjust the shutter speed:
1
Open EPSON Photo! as described on page 5-1.
2
Click the Controls tab to view the Controls screen
3
Select the shutter speed you want to use from the
A message box asks you to confirm your selection.
Shutter Speed pull down menu.
4
Click Yes to erase the photos or No to cancel.
The camera uses the shutter speed you select as long as
5
Click Close when you are finished.
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it is connected to the computer.
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Taking Pictures from the Computer
.
You can take pictures while you are controlling the camera
from your computer. This allows you to see a live preview
of your subject and get the perfect shot. Follow these steps:
1
Connect the camera to the computer as described in
Chapter 3.
2
Position the camera facing the subject. Using a tripod
will give you the most control when setting up your
shots. See page A-7 for instructions.
3
Turn on both your camera and your computer system.
4
Double-click the EPSON Photo! icon.
5
Click the Controls tab to view the Controls screen.
click to start
live preview
6
click to stop
live preview
click to adjust
preview time
click to take
a picture
Press the Start button under Preview to display the
image on the screen.
7
You may need to move the camera or the subject until
you see the image you want to capture in the window.
The image is updated every eight to ten seconds,
depending on your communication speed.
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B
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NOTE
The Live Preview has an auto-stop timer that shuts the preview
off after a short time to save batteries. You can adjust this
Viewing Files in Folders
Follow these steps to view thumbnails of files in folders:
1
Open the EPSON Photo! software as described on page
5-1. Click the Files tab to view the Files screen.
time by clicking the button and highlighting the time you want
to use. If the timer stops the preview, just press Start and the
image will appear again.
8
When you see the image you want to capture on the
screen, press the Take a Picture button to snap the
shutter.
9
Click Stop to stop the preview. Transfer your picture to
the computer as described in Chapter 4 and turn off
the camera.
Using File Folders
EPSON Photo! allows you to view and erase picture files
and their information. The file folders are useful for finding
pictures you have transferred using the export photo
method, described on page 4-11 or the direct hard drive
transfer, described on page 4-7.
The default folder is EPSON\Photo!\Photos.
2
If your photos are not on the screen, click Browse and
select the folder where your photos are located. Your
images will appear as miniature “thumbnails” in the
boxes on the screen.
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3
Use the arrows to scroll through additional images.
Erasing Files from Your Hard Drive
Follow these steps to erase image files stored on your hard
Displaying File Information
drive:
Follow these steps to see information about the images you
have saved in folders:
1
Open EPSON Photo! as described on page 5-1.
1
Open the folder where your image file is located.
2
Click the Files tab to view the Files screen.
2
Select the image you want to see information for. (The
3
Select the photo you want to erase or select multiple
photos by holding down the Control or Shift key and
selected photo is highlighted with yellow and blue.)
3
clicking on the pictures. To select all the photos, click
Click the Photo Info button to view the selected photo’s
the Select All button.
information. If the information is available, you see the
The selected images are highlighted in blue.
date, time, shutter speed, flash mode, and image
resolution displayed.
4
Click the Erase Files button. A message appears asking
you to confirm the deletion.
NOTE
You can also view image information by clicking a thumbnail with
5
Click Yes to erase the image files or click No to cancel.
the right mouse button.
A
B
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Setting Up Frames for Your Photos
You can set up permanent frames to add to your images
.
click to
edit colors
frames tab
with EPSON Photo!. Follow these steps:
1
Open your EPSON Photo! software. Click the Frames tab
to open the Frames screen.
2
Click on the frame style you would like to use. A
preview appears in the window.
3
If you want to change the color of the frame or the
matte, click Frame Color or Matte Color.
frame preview
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click boxes
to select
frame type
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The following screen appears:
A preview of your color appears in the Color/Solid
window.
click boxes to
select color
6
Click Add to Custom Colors to add your selected color.
Your new color appears in a box under Custom Colors.
7
Select your new color and click OK. The frame or matte
appears in your selected color.
:
selection
crosshairs
click for
new colors
4
Select the color you want and click OK.
5
If you want to define your own color, click Define
Custom Colors to view the color palette, as shown on
the right.
❙
Move the crosshairs to select a color.
❙
Move the arrow on the light/dark scale to make
A
the color darker or lighter.
❙
Type in numbers to adjust the hue, saturation,
luminescence, red, green, and blue values for the
color.
color preview
click to add
color
adjust
light/dark
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6
Albums: Managing Files in PhotoPC 500
Y
ou can use PhotoPC 500 to organize all the
pictures you take with your camera. This chapter
describes how to use the PhotoPC 500 features in the
following sections:
❙
Transferring saved images to albums
❙
Working with your albums
❙
Sorting your albums
❙
Opening image files
❙
Printing your pictures
❙
Saving your pictures
❙
Viewing your album as a slide show
❙
Using your album as a screen saver
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Transferring Saved Images to Albums
The Album opens as shown:
If you didn’t acquire your photos with PhotoPC 500, you
click to select
an album
can still open the images you downloaded with your
click to add
a file
EPSON Photo! software and save them in albums. Follow
these steps:
1
In Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0, click Start, point to
Programs, and then point to PhotoPC 500 to open the
application.
From the Windows 3.1 or Windows NT 3.5 Program
Manager, double-click the PhotoPC 500 icon in the
PhotoPC 500 group to start the application.
PhotoPC 500 asks you to select a project.
3
Click the down arrow to select a different album or
select New Album to create a new album.
2
Click the Album button
to open one of your
4
files.
albums or to create a new album.
.
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Click the Add button
to add one of your image
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Working With Your Albums
The Add Thumbnails dialog box appears.
PhotoPC 500 Albums store and display your images, just
like the photo albums used for printed snapshots. You can
organize your pictures by subject matter or date, or in any
way you want. Albums let you view miniature
“thumbnail” versions of your images, along with image
information.
1
To open your album, click the Album button
or choose Open Album from the File menu.
5
2
Select a file to add to your album and click OK. The
The Album window appears, with miniature
“thumbnail” representations of your image or images,
image appears in your album.
as shown on the next page.
6
Click the Save button to save your album
.
If
you chose New Album, the Save New Album dialog box
appears.
A
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B
Type a name for the album and click OK.
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❙
.
Click and drag a thumbnail to rearrange the
images in the album.
❙
Click the Acquire button
and follow the steps
on page 4-1 to download photos directly to your
album.
❙
Click an image and click the Delete button
to remove it from the album. The image file itself is
not affected.
❙
Print out the whole set of thumbnails by clicking
the Print button.
3
Enter a description for the album (up to 36 characters)
in the description box, if you want.
❙
Click an image to select it. The Information box
displays image file information.
❙
Double-click a thumbnail to open the image.
❙
To add pictures, click the Add button
and choose the image or images you want.
❙
Click the down arrow at the top of the screen to
see a different album or create a new album.
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4
Click the Save button
5
If you’re finished working with albums, click the Exit
button
.
to save your album.
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Sorting Your Albums
:
PhotoPC 500 gives you several methods for sorting the
images in your albums. You can sort them by file name, file
size, file type, file date, or description. Follow these steps to
organize your photos:
1
Open the album you want to sort.
2
Click the Sort button.
click to reverse
order
The Sort dialog box appears as shown on the right.
Opening Image Files
3
Select the sort method you want to use.
With the PhotoPC 500 imaging software, you can have
4
If you want the images to appear in reverse order (Z to
A instead of A to Z, for example), click the Reverse
Order box.
5
several images open at the same time (depending on your
computer’s memory), each in its own window. The
window’s title bar is highlighted if it contains the active
image (the one you’re currently working on). You can even
Click OK when you are finished. The images appear in
open the same image in two windows; this lets you
the order you have selected.
experiment while you keep the original picture in view.
You can open an image using either the Album button or
the Open button.
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Opening an Image in an Album
4
When you have finished opening the images you want
When you use albums, you can see small thumbnail
to work with, close the Album window. Your images
versions of your pictures. You can easily choose the image
appear in the PhotoPC 500 workspace where you can
you want, even if you don’t remember the file name. Follow
edit them.
these steps:
1
Click the Album button
or choose Open Album
from the File menu. The Album window appears, as
shown to the right.
2
Double-click the thumbnail to open the image you
want.
3
If the picture you want to open is in a different album,
click the Album arrow at the top of the window and
choose a different album.
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Opening an Image with the Open Button
Printing Your Pictures
If you want to open an image that’s not in an album, you
When you want to print out your image, follow these steps:
can use the Open button. Follow these steps:
1
Click the Open button
. The Open dialog box
appears.
1
Open the image you want to print.
2
Click the Print button
or choose Print from the
File menu. The Print dialog box appears:
2
Choose the image file you want to open. The
PhotoPC 500 imaging software lets you open the
following types of image files:
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BMP
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TGA
❙
TIF
❙
JPG
❙
PCX
❙
PCD
❙
GIF
NOTE
For more information on image file formats, see page 6-8.
3
If you want to place a title or caption below the
picture, type it in the Description box.
4
Enter the number of copies you want to print. (This
option is available only if your printer supports it.)
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5
6
If you want to change the position of your image on
The first time you save your image file, the Save As
the page, move the picture in the window.
dialog box appears:
Use the Hori-centered and Vert-centered checkboxes
to indicate if you want to center your image on the
page horizontally, vertically, or both.
7
Drag the slider if you want the printed image to be
larger or smaller than the original image.
NOTE
The resolution automatically increases if you reduce the size
2
and decreases if you enlarge it.
Choose the drive and directory where you want to
save the file, or leave it in the default location
8
3
Saving Your Pictures
imaging software:
Click the Save button
Choose the file type. The PhotoPC 500 imaging
software lets you choose from five file formats. Each
Follow these steps to save a picture in the PhotoPC 500
1
(C:\PhotoPC5\Photos).
Click OK when you’re ready to print.
format has a different internal structure and use:
❙
or choose Save As from the
File menu.
JPG. JPEG is the default format and produces small,
compressed files. When you save in this format,
the screen displays a slider that allows you to
choose a degree of compression. For best quality,
choose 100 percent.
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❙
BMP. This is the “native” format for Windows
2
bitmap files. This format is the best for importing
files into other Windows applications.
❙
❙
Click the down arrow and choose the album you want
to use.
3
When you leave the Transition Effect box checked,
TIF. TIFF files can be used on many types of
PhotoPC 500 displays various fades and dissolves
systems.
between images. If you don’t want these effects, click
PCX. The PCX format lets you use your pictures in
the Transition Effect box to remove the check.
many Windows and DOS programs.
❙
TGA. Targa files were originally designed for
click to select
album
specialized hardware and software.
4
Type a name for the file and click OK.
Viewing Your Album as a Slide Show
You can turn any album into a slide show that you can
leave checked to
view effects
leave checked
to continuously
play slide show
enter time
between
images
share with friends, co-workers, and family members. For
instructions on how to create an album, see pages 4-1
and 6-2.
Follow these steps to turn your album into a slide show:
1
Click the Slide Show button
Show dialog box (shown below).
. You see the Slide
4
When you leave the Auto Loops box checked,
PhotoPC 500 plays the slide show continuously (until
A
you press Esc). To play the slide show only once, click
the Auto Loops box to remove the checkmark.
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5
6
Enter the number of seconds you want to see each
If you’re using Windows 3.1, double-click Desktop. You
image.
see the Screen Saver dialog box.
Click OK to start the show. You can press Esc to exit the
3
show at any time.
Using an Album as a Screen Saver
A screen saver is like a slide show that plays whenever
the list, and choose PhotoPC 500 Slide Show.
4
Click Settings or Setup.
5
Choose the album you want to use, and set the other
options if you want. Click OK when you’re finished.
your computer is idle for more than a few minutes. You use
the Windows Control Panel to turn an album into a screen
saver.
6
Set the Wait or Delay time.
7
Click Preview or Test if you want to see a sample of
your screen saver.
NOTE
If you need help creating a screen saver, see your Windows
documentation.
Follow these steps:
1
Open the Windows Control Panel.
2
If you’re using Windows 95, select Display, and then
click the Screen Saver tab.
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Click the Screen Saver Name down-arrow to display
8
Click OK when the screen saver is set up the way you
want.
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7
Y
Editing Photos in PhotoPC 500
our PhotoPC 500 imaging software lets you edit
your images to improve their composition, size, or
appearance. You can crop edges you don’t want, copy and
paste parts of one image into another one, or convert the
image type so you can print it in black and white or use it
in an application. This chapter includes instructions for:
Viewing Images and Image Information
To get a close-up look at part of your open image, you can
use the Zoom tool or Zoom In command on the View menu.
You can also use the View menu to display information
about your image and to hide the Tools Bar and Status Bar
on your PhotoPC 500 screen.
❙
Viewing images and image information
❙
Selecting part of your image
❙
Cutting, Copying, and Pasting
❙
Cropping
❙
Resizing
❙
Rotating
Zooming In and Out with the Zoom Tool
❙
Flipping an image or selection
Follow these steps to get a close-up look at your image and
❙
Converting image types
then return to your original view.
NOTE
You are not actually changing the image size when you zoom in. If
you want to change the size, use the Resize tool or the Image Size
command on the Edit menu. See page 7-7 for instructions.
1
Click the Zoom tool
.
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2
Click the left mouse button on the part of your image
The image is magnified to twice its size.
that you want to see in detail.
.
3
Continue clicking to increase the magnification. You
can increase it up to 16 times its original size.
4
To decrease the magnification, click the right mouse
button on the image. You can continue to click the
right mouse button to zoom out even more.
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Using the Zoom Commands in the View Menu
❙
Select the units you want to use for displaying the
Follow these steps to zoom in and out on your image from
image’s dimensions. You can select pixels, inches, or
the View menu:
centimeters.
1
Choose Zoom In or Zoom Out from the View menu.
You see a list of magnification ratios:
❙
2
Click Histogram to display a graph like the one below:
Choose the degree of magnification or reduction you
want.
Viewing Image Information
A
Choose Image Information from the View menu to display
an information box like the one below.
The histogram shows the brightness of the overall image
and each of the three color channels (red, green, and blue)
that make up the image. The vertical axis of the graph
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represents the number of pixels. The horizontal axis
Selecting Part of Your Image
represents the brightness level, from the darkest pixels at
Selecting or masking a portion of your image allows you to
the left to the brightest pixels at the right.
make changes that affect only that portion. The rest of the
Click OK when you’re finished with each information box.
image isn’t affected.
NOTE
When you enhance an image, change its size, or convert it to
another file type, PhotoPC 500 shows your changes in the Image
Information box. The histogram reflects changes in brightness and
contrast, hue and saturation, tone, and sharpening or blurring.
Using a Selection Mask
When using a selection mask, you can choose the Discard
command on the Edit menu to cancel all changes made to
the selected area. This lets you experiment freely, knowing
you can undo a series of changes quickly and easily.
Follow these steps to select a part of your image:
Hiding the Tools Bar and Status Bar
To create more space for displaying images on your
PhotoPC 500 screen, you can hide the Tools bar or Status
bar. Follow these steps:
1
From the View menu, choose Show Tools Bar or Show
Status Bar. The checkmark disappears from the menu.
2
To restore the Tools or Status Bar, choose Show Tools
Bar or Show Status Bar again. The checkmark
reappears.
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1
Click the Select tool.
2
Click and drag the mouse to select the part of the
image you want.
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When you release the mouse button, an “animated”
Once you have added a selection mask, you can work with
rectangle surrounds the selected area:
it by following these procedures:
❙
To move the selected area, click and drag inside the
area. The selection “floats” on top of the original image.
❙
To decrease the size of a selection or change its shape,
press Ctrl while you select part of the already selected
area.
❙
To remove the selection mask, click anywhere outside
it, or press the Delete key. If the entire image is selected,
click the Crop tool and then click the image to remove
the selection mask.
❙
To cancel all changes made to the selected area and
remove the selection mask, choose Discard from the
Edit menu. But be careful! This works only while the
selection is “active.”
NOTE
After you select an area, you can use many of the PhotoPC 500
A
menu commands and tools to work on the area. For example, you
can use the Crop, Resize, and Rotate tools. See pages 7-6 to 7-8
for more information about cropping, resizing, and rotating.
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Cutting, Copying, and Pasting
❙
Choose Paste as New to create a new file from an
You can use the Cut, Copy, and Paste commands on the
image on the Clipboard. PhotoPC 500 displays the new
Edit menu with a selected area of an image or an entire
image file in its own window, and you can save it or
image. The Paste as New command lets you create a new
add it to an album.
image file from an image on the clipboard.
❙
Choose Cut from the Edit menu to remove the selected
area (or the entire image if there is no selection). A
white “hole” appears where you made the cut.
Cropping
Cropping an image is the opposite of cutting; instead of
removing the selected area, cropping removes everything
outside the area. Follow these steps:
PhotoPC 500 places the cut-out area on the Windows
❙
Clipboard.
1
Click the Crop tool.
Choose Copy from the Edit menu to place a copy of the
2
Click and drag to select the part of the image you want
selected area (or the entire image if there is no
to keep. When you release the mouse button, an
selection) on the Windows Clipboard. The original
animated rectangle surrounds the selected area.
image is not affected.
❙
Choose Paste from the Edit menu to paste an image
3
mind or want to start over. When you move the mouse
from the Clipboard into the active image. You can drag
pointer inside the selection, it turns into a pair of
the pasted area with your mouse if you want to move
scissors. Click inside the selection to “cut away” the rest
it.
of the picture.
.
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Click outside the selected area if you change your
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Resizing
Resizing an Image
You can use the Resize tool to enlarge or reduce a selected
When you change the size of an image, you have several
part of an image. Then you can use the resized area like
choices to make:
any other selection—by cutting, copying, or pasting it, and
❙
so on. To change the size of an entire image, use the Image
Size command on the Edit menu.
You can keep the aspect ratio (height-to-width
proportion) of the original or change it.
❙
You can set an exact size for the image’s height or
Resizing a Selection
width (or both) in pixels. Or, you can set a percentage
Follow these steps:
of enlargement or reduction.
1
Click the Resize tool.
2
Click and drag on the part of the image you want to
resize. When you release the mouse button, an
“animated” rectangle surrounds the selected area.
❙
You can change the image’s resolution (up to 1200 dpi
or more, depending on your computer’s memory).
Follow these steps to resize an image:
1
Choose Image Size from the Edit menu. A dialog box
like the one on the next page appears.
3
Click and drag a corner of the selection to change its
size. The selected area “floats” on top of the original
image; you can move it by clicking inside the selection
and dragging it with your mouse.
4
2
Click to uncheck Keep Aspect Ratio if you want to
change the height-to-width proportion. Leave it
checked if you want to keep the proportion.
A
To remove the selection mask, click the Crop tool and
then click the image outside of the selection.
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3
Enter new values for the size or percentage of
enlargement or reduction.
NOTE
To maintain image quality when printing, you should try increasing
the resolution when you enlarge an image. For example, if you scale
a picture by 300 percent (3 times larger), you should increase the
resolution from 152 dpi to 456dpi.
Rotating
You can use the Rotate tool to tilt or turn a selected part of
an image. To rotate an entire image to the exact degree you
want, use the Rotate command on the Edit menu.
Rotating a Selection
4
Enter a value for the image’s resolution (dots per inch).
Follow these steps:
PhotoPC 500 will keep the image the same size and
1
Click the Rotate tool.
2
Click and select the part of the image you want to
interpolate a higher resolution.
5
Click OK to apply your changes to the image.
rotate. When you release the mouse button, an
“animated” rectangle surrounds the selected area.
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3
4
Click and drag a corner of the selection to rotate it. The
Rotating an Entire Image
selected area “floats” on top of the original image; you
You can use the Rotate command on the Edit menu to
can move it by clicking inside the selection and
rotate either a selected area or an entire image. With this
dragging it with your mouse.
command, you can even set the exact degree of rotation.
To remove the selection mask, click another tool such
as the Select tool or the Crop tool and then click the
Follow these steps:
1
image outside of the selection.
Choose Rotate from the Edit menu. The following list
of choices appears:
2
Choose the angle you want, or choose Degree to
display the Rotate dialog box, shown on the next page.
A
B
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2
.
Choose Flip from the Edit menu, and then select
Horizontally or Vertically. Your image or selection is
flipped.
3
If you flipped a selected area, click the Crop tool and
then click the image outside of the selection to remove
the mask.
3
Enter the exact degree of rotation in the box or drag
the dial.
4
Click OK to rotate the image.
Flipping an Image or Selection
You can use the Flip command on the Edit menu to reverse
original
flipped
or “turn over” a selected area or an entire image. This is
useful for applications such as printing a T-shirt transfer.
Converting Image Types
Follow these steps:
Converting images gives you the maximum flexibility for
1
Select the area you want to flip, or make sure no area is
selected if you want to flip the entire image.
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editing, displaying, and printing your pictures. Keep in
mind that changing an image’s data type is permanent.
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The image may lose information when it is changed to a
grayscale first. This makes the image file smaller
different type, so you should always keep your original file
(in KB) and faster to process.
and use the Save As command to create the converted file.
❙
4-bit indexed 16-color
Some older VGA monitors and software applications
Five image data types are available on the Convert menu:
can display only 16 colors. Use this data type for images
that may be viewed on low-resolution systems or used
with older software.
❙
8-bit indexed 256-color
Some Super VGA monitors and software can display
only 256 colors. Use this data type for the best image
quality on low-resolution systems or with some
❙
1-bit black-and-white
software applications.
This type of image is like a drawing with no shades of
❙
gray. You must convert black-and-white images to
NOTE
grayscale if you want to use PhotoPC 500
PhotoPC 500 special effects and some other features don’t
enhancements or special effects.
work on indexed color images.
8-bit grayscale
This type of image contains 256 shades of gray, like a
❙
24-bit RGB True Color (over 16 million colors)
black-and-white photograph. You can use most
This type of image provides the most accurate color
PhotoPC 500 tools and commands with grayscale
and gives you the most options for editing and
images. If you want to print a color image with a
enhancing in PhotoPC 500. You can convert your
black-and-white printer, you should convert it to
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indexed color image to this type for editing purposes.
The image will appear the same, but you will be able
to use all of the PhotoPC 500 features with it.
Below is an example of an image that was originally
converted from 24-bit color to 8-bit grayscale and then to
1-bit black-and-white.
8-bit grayscale
1-bit black-and-white
See page 6-7 for information on printing your converted
images.
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8
Using Other Features in PhotoPC 500
ou can fine-tune your images and create unusual
Using Enhancement Tools and Special Effects
results using the special effects available in your
In the PhotoPC 500 workshop, there are several options for
PhotoPC 500 software. This chapter describes the following:
enhancing your images and for adding special effects. All of
Y
the tools for enhancing and adding special effects follow
❙
Using enhancement tools and special effects
❙
Adjusting brightness and contrast
❙
Adjusting hue and saturation
❙
Setting tone adjustment
❙
Sharpening images
❙
Blurring images
❙
Using special effects
❙
Using the matte template
enlarged in the Before and After windows, click the
Using the calendar template
Pan Mode box.
❙
similar procedures. Follow these guidelines when using
these features in PhotoPC 500:
❙
Slide the control to the right to increase the effect or
enhancement you are using.
❙
Slide the control to the left to decrease the effect or
enhancement you are using.
❙
If you want to see a specific area of your image
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❙
If you want to cancel any enhancement or special
The Brightness and Contrast dialog box appears:
effect, you can choose Undo from the Edit menu at any
time, even after you click OK.
NOTE
To use the enhancements or special effects, your images must be in
either the grayscale or 24-bit color data type. See page 7-10 for
information on converting images to these types.
Adjusting Brightness and Contrast
You can adjust the brightness and contrast of an entire
image or a selected part of an image. Follow these steps:
1
Select the area you want to change, or make sure no
area is selected if you want to change the entire image.
2
Click the Brightness button
or choose Brightness
4
or left to darken it.
and Contrast from the Enhance menu.
3
Select the color channel you want to adjust. To adjust
5
Slide the Contrast control right to increase contrast, or
left to decrease it.
the brightness and contrast of all the colors, select RGB.
6
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Slide the Brightness control right to lighten the image,
Click OK when you are finished.
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NOTE
3
The Hue and Saturation dialog box appears:
4
Slide the Hue control right or left to modify colors.
You can make similar enhancements, with finer control, by choosing
Tone Adjustment from the Enhance menu. See page 8-4 for more
information.
Adjusting Hue and Saturation
Hue and saturation describe the color values and intensity
of an image. Picture a color wheel like the one you used in
art class, with all the colors of the rainbow arranged in a
circle. When you change the hue of an image, all the colors
are shifted by the same degree around the circle.
You can adjust the hue and saturation of a selected area or
an entire image. Follow these steps:
1
Select the area you want to change, or make sure no
area is selected if you want to change the entire image.
Sliding it all the way to either side shifts the colors 180
2
Click the Hue tool
or choose Hue and
degrees around the color wheel.
Saturation from the Enhance menu.
5
Slide the Saturation control right to increase intensity,
or left to decrease it.
6
A
Click OK when you’re finished.
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Setting Tone Adjustment
The Tone Adjustment option works like Brightness and
Contrast, but it gives you more control. You can adjust the
brightness of three tone ranges in your image or selection:
the highlights, the midtones, and the shadow areas.
Follow these steps to set tone adjustment:
1
Select the area you want to change, or make sure no
area is selected if you want to change the entire image.
2
Choose Tone Adjustment from the Enhance menu. The
Tone Adjustment dialog box appears.
❙
The mapping curve, which initially looks like a straight
line, shows the tone adjustments you make. The
horizontal axis represents the original brightness level
(from the dark on the left to the bright on the right),
and the vertical axis represents the new brightness
level.
❙
The histogram represents the brightness of the image
or selected area. The horizontal axis represents the
brightness level (from the dark on the left to light on
the right), and the vertical axis represents the number
of pixels.
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3
Click Auto to have PhotoPC 500 make the tone
adjustment automatically. You can see the mapping
curve change to reflect the modified image.
4
Slide the Highlight control right to expand the
highlight area. This also increases contrast in the
midtones. Slide the control left to reduce the highlight
area and darken the image.
5
Follow these steps:
1
Select the area you want to change, or make sure no
area is selected if you want to change the entire image.
2
Click the Sharpen button
or choose Sharpen from
the Enhance menu.
The Sharpen dialog box appears:
Slide the Midtone control right to lighten the midtones
or left to darken these areas. Adjusting the midtones
(also known as gamma value) does not affect the
highlights or shadows.
6
Slide the Shadow control right to reduce the shadow
area and lighten the image. Slide it left to expand the
shadow area and darken the image. This also increases
contrast in the midtones.
7
Click OK when you’re finished.
A
Sharpening
You can use the Sharpen tool to give your image a more
B
focused look, with clearer edges.
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3
Slide the control to increase or decrease the sharpening
effect.
4
Click OK when you’re finished.
Blurring
You can use the Blur tool to give your image a softer, less
focused effect. Follow these steps:
1
Select the area you want to change, or make sure no
area is selected if you want to change the entire image.
2
Click the Blur button
or choose Blur from the
Enhance menu. You see the blur dialog box.
3
Slide the control to increase or decrease the softening
effect.
4
Click OK when you’re finished.
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Using Special Effects
PhotoPC 500 special effects let you transform your images.
You can create abstract or surrealistic art, design wild and
colorful patterns, or turn portraits into caricatures. The best
way to learn about using special effects is to experiment—
so have fun with them!
Follow these steps:
1
Select the area you want to transform, or make sure no
area is selected if you want to change the entire image.
2
Click the Effects browser button
or choose
Browser from the Effects menu. The Effects Browser
dialog box appears, as shown on the right.
3
Choose the effect you want.
4
Slide the intensity control to increase or decrease the
intensity of the special effect.
5
For even more unusual results, try combining two or more
of the effects listed below.
Painting
Wrinkle
Cone
Click OK when you’re finished, examples of some of the
Sketch
3D Grid
Sphere
effects are shown on the next page.
Film Grain
Mosaic
Whirlpool
Splash
Emboss
Spiral
Melting
Motion Blur
Cylinder
Ripple
Fisheye
Ribbon
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B
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Fisheye
Mosaic
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Emboss
Wrinkle
Ribbon
Sketch
Whirlpool
Ripple
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Using the Matte Template
You can use the Template feature to create a framed
picture with personalized text. Choose from 9 attractive
backgrounds to design your printout.
double-click
to change
background
double-click to
add image
click to select
orientation
NOTE
Before you use the Template feature, make sure your printer is set
up correctly. (You must have a printer driver installed to use a
Template.) Choose Printer Setup from the File menu to check the
settings. The Paper option for EPSON Stylus printers should be set
to 8 1/2 × 11, centered. See your printer documentation if you need
more information.
Follow these steps to get started:
1
Click the Template button.
The Template dialog box appears.
double-click
to add text
click arrows
or slide bar to
change image
keep checked
to add frame
type
number of
copies
If you have an image open, it appears in the dialog box
window.
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B
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2
Click the down arrow to select Matte, if it’s not already
selected.
3
If your screen is not displaying the image you want to
NOTE
Your picture takes longer to print with a colored or patterned
background.
use, double-click the gray rectangle or existing picture.
4
A file selection dialog box appears.
Follow these steps to add a background:
Select your picture file and click OK. The image
1
appears in the center of the page.
5
Choose Portrait or Landscape page orientation.
6
Drag the slider if you want to change the size of the
Double-click the background. The Template
Background dialog box appears:
image.
7
When you leave the Draw Frame box checked,
PhotoPC 500 draws a line around your picture. If you
don’t want a line around the picture, click Draw Frame
to remove the checkmark.
8
Click and drag your image to place it where you want.
2
Click the down arrow to choose a color or a pattern.
Adding Background
If you click one of the pattern names (such as Birthday
You can add a custom color background to your picture or
Party or Sports), the pattern appears in the window,
choose from 9 patterned backgrounds.
behind your picture.
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3
To choose a color, select Color on the list of pattern
Now you can add some text, or just print your framed
names, and then click the Change Color button. The
picture. See page 8-13 for printing instructions.
Color dialog box appears:
NOTE
The PhotoPC 500 imaging software creates your matted picture
with opaque layers. The background is the bottom layer, your
picture is the middle layer, and any text you add is the top layer.
You can even have the text print on top of your picture. Feel free to
experiment to get the effect you want.
Adding Text
You can add one or two blocks of text to your matted
picture, designed any way you want. Follow these steps:
1
Double-click one of the text boxes. The Edit Text dialog
box appears:
4
Click one of the basic or custom colors, or click Define
A
Custom Colors. (See page 5-9 for information about
defining a custom color.)
5
B
Click OK twice. The color you choose appears in the
Template window, behind your picture.
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2
Type your text. If you have more than one line of text,
press Enter to start a new line. (Although text appears
to wrap automatically as you type, it wraps on your
printout only if you press Enter.)
3
Click Font. The Select Font dialog box appears:
7
If you want two blocks of text on your page, repeat
steps 1 through 6 for the other block of text.
You can drag the blocks around the screen to place
them where you want.
Here’s what a finished matte template might look like
on your screen:
4
Choose your font, style, size, color and any effects you
want. The Sample box shows you how your printed
text will look. Remember that the text prints over the
background you select. If the background is dark, you
should choose a light color for the text.
5
Click OK when you’re finished.
6
Click OK again on the Edit Text box when you’re
finished typing your text.
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2
Printing Your Matted Picture
Click the down arrow to select Calendar, if it’s not
already selected.
When you finish designing your matted picture, you can
print it. Follow these steps:
1
Enter the number of copies you want to print. (This
option is available only if your printer supports it.)
2
Click Print.
3
When you’re finished, click Exit.
While PhotoPC 500 is open, you can reuse the template
with another image and background, and different text.
Just click the Template button and start creating.
Using the Calendar Template
You can create a personalized calendar using a different
picture for each month. Then you can add a colored or
click and drag photo, text, and calendar
boxes to move around on template
patterned background, a title or caption, and design the
dates in any size, color, and style you want.
3
double-click the gray rectangle or existing picture. A
Follow these steps:
1
Click the Template button.
A
file selection dialog box appears.
The Template dialog
box appears. If you have an image open, it appears in
the window.
If the screen doesn’t display the image you want,
4
Select your picture file and click OK. The image
appears in the center of the page.
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5
Choose the Portrait or Landscape page orientation.
Follow these steps:
6
Drag the slider if you want to change the size of the
1
image.
7
When you leave the Draw Frame box checked,
Follow the steps on page 8-10 to add a colored or
patterned background.
2
Double-click the calendar month displayed on the
PhotoPC 500 draws a line around your picture. If you
Template screen. The Edit Calendar dialog box
don’t want a line around the picture, click Draw Frame
appears:
to remove the checkmark.
8
Drag your image if you want to change its position on
the page.
Adding Background and Designing the Dates
You can add a custom-color background to your calendar
and choose from 9 patterned backgrounds. Then you select
3
you want.
the month and year, and design the date portion.
4
NOTE
PhotoPC 500 creates your calendar with opaque layers. The
background is the bottom layer, your picture is the middle layer,
and the dates are the top layer. If you add text, it appears on top of
all other layers. You can experiment with these elements to get the
effect you want.
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Click the down arrows and select the month and year
Click Font. The Select Font dialog box appears, as
shown on page 8-12.
Choose your font, style, size, color, and any effects you
want. The larger the font, the more space the dates
occupy on the page. The Sample box shows you how
your printed dates will look.
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Remember that the dates are printed over the
background you select (or over your picture, if you
want). If the background is dark, you should choose a
light color for the dates.
5
Click OK when you’re finished.
6
Click OK again on the Edit Calendar box. The dates
appear on the page with your image.
7
Drag the date box to position it where you want.
Adding Text and Printing the Calendar
When you finish designing the picture and dates, you can
add a title or caption, and then print your calendar page.
Follow these steps:
1
You’re ready to print.
Follow the steps under “Adding Text” on page 8-11 to
add a title or caption. (The calendar has only one text
2
option is available only if your printer supports it.)
box.) When you’re finished with the text, you see
something like the following on your screen:
Enter the number of copies you want to print. (This
A
3
Click Print.
4
Click Exit when you’re finished.
B
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After you complete the first calendar page, you can
continue with the next month and make a calendar for the
whole year. Or you can create a new calendar page each
month.
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9
Inserting Pictures into Documents
W
hen your images are saved in albums or on your
hard drive, you can insert them in your documents
by copying and pasting, or importing them. You can use
your pictures in applications such as word processors,
presentation programs, database managers, spreadsheets,
page layout and desktop publishing packages. This chapter
explains how in the following sections:
❙
Inserting pictures with Windows 95
❙
Inserting pictures with Windows 3.1
❙
Using copy and paste to insert a picture
NOTE
You can also transfer images directly from the camera into
A
documents with drag and drop or by inserting them as objects as
B
described on page 4-5.
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NOTE
3
Select Picture from the Insert menu. (In some
applications you may need to select a different
If you want to change a picture before you insert it, you can use the
command, such as Import, which is often found in the
Photo PC 500 imaging software to crop, rotate, resize, or make
File menu.) An Insert Picture dialog box appears:
other types of enhancements. (After you insert your picture, you
can use your application to change the size and position of your
picture.) For more information on using the PhotoPC 500 imaging
software, see Chapters 4, 6, 7, and 8.
Inserting Pictures with Windows 95
Follow these steps to insert your PhotoPC 500 pictures with
Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0:
1
Open the document you want to add a picture to in
your application.
2
4
Select the point where you want to insert your picture.
Find the file you want to insert. Most of your pictures
are probably in C:\PHOTOPC5\PHOTOS. In some
applications, such as Microsoft Word 7.0, you see a
preview of your picture.
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.
NOTE
You can conduct a search to find your file in many applications
designed for Windows 95. You can search by file name, type,
text or property associated with the file, or the day your file
was last modified. You can also conduct an advanced search.
See your application’s documentation or help for more
information.
5
Click OK to insert your picture. The picture appears in
your document
6
Add a frame, if you want, so you can move your
picture around on the page and resize it if necessary.
A
B
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Inserting Pictures with Windows 3.1
The Insert Picture dialog box appears:
In Windows 3.1, Microsoft Word and other applications are
often unable to recognize the JPEG format that the camera
uses to capture your pictures. Convert your picture to a Tiff
or bitmap file in PhotoPC 500 as described on page 6-8 or
export your photo in the bitmap format as described on
page 4-11. Then, follow these steps to insert your converted
PhotoPC 500 pictures into documents using applications in
Windows 3.1:
1
Open the document in your application.
2
Select the area of your document where you want to
3
4
Find the file you want to insert. Most of your pictures
place the picture.
are probably in C:\PHOTOPC5\PHOTOS. If you
Select Picture from the Insert menu. (In some
converted the file, look for the file in the directory
applications you may need to select another command
where you saved it. In some applications, such as
such as Import, which you can usually find in the File
Microsoft Word, you see a preview of your picture.
menu.)
NOTE
You can conduct a search for your file in many Windows
applications. See your application’s documentation for more
information on conducting a search.
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5
Click OK.
Using Copy and Paste to Insert a Picture
The picture appears in your document:
Follow these steps to insert a PhotoPC 500 picture into your
document using Copy and Paste:
1
Open your image in PhotoPC 500 or other imageediting application.
2
Click the picture (or choose Select All) to make sure it is
selected.
3
Select Copy from the Edit menu.
4
Start your word processor or other application and
open the document where you want to use the picture.
5
Choose Paste or Paste Special from the Edit menu. A
copy of the picture appears in your document.
A
B
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10
Creating Projects with Print Artist
P
rint Artist is a great tool for creating all kinds of
projects such as newsletters, greeting cards, flyers, and
business cards. It allows you to combine your pictures with
text and add any of the hundreds of clip art graphics that
come with the program. You can customize graphic
elements, lettering styles, and colors, and even use images
that you’ve transferred from the camera.
This chapter describes the following:
❙
Getting started with Print Artist
❙
Creating a greeting card
❙
Importing an image
❙
Finishing the card design
❙
Saving the card
❙
Printing the card and exiting
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B
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Getting Started with Print Artist
Print Artist is easy and fun to use. With a little practice, you
may even discover some new talents in graphic design.
Follow these steps to get started:
1
In Windows 95, click Start, point to Programs, and then
point to Sierra. Click the Print Artist icon.
From the Windows 3.1 Program Manager, double-click
the Print Artist icon in the Sierra Group.
You see the Document Type screen, as shown to the
right.
2
Click the type of document you want to create, and
then click New.
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You see the following screen:
The three main categories give you three different
starting points:
❙
Choose one of the descriptive categories if you
want to start with a predesigned layout. This is a
great way to start if you’ve never designed a
document before. Most document types have
many attractive layouts to choose from.
❙
Choose Templates if you want to start with
defined areas for text and graphics. For most
documents, you can choose from several
templates.
❙
Choose Blank if you want to start from scratch.
Depending on the type of document, you can
choose from several layout sizes.
(If you choose greeting card or calendar, you first see a
preliminary dialog box. For more information about
creating a greeting card, see page 10-4.)
3
Choose your category from the list.
4
Choose your layout and click OK. The Print Artist main
screen displays the starting layout.
From here, you can click the various objects in your
document to select them, and use all the tools, palettes,
A
and menus to design your project. You can move the
objects around, add photos, and modify the text and
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B
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graphics to create your own personalized document. If
2
you need more information while working with Print
Click Greeting Card, and then click New. The Greeting
Card Fold dialog box appears:
Artist, you can use the Help menu or press the F1 key.
The rest of this chapter shows you how to create a greeting
card with your PhotoPC 500 images. But this is just a start.
Feel free to experiment with Print Artist and explore the
creative possibilities.
Creating an Invitation
It’s easy to create a professional-looking invitation using
one of the predesigned layouts. You can add your own
picture, then decide whether to write your own message or
use Print Artist’s wording. When you finish this quick
3
Click Tall Side-Open Card and click OK.
lesson, you’ll have a personalized invitation to an open
4
Choose the Category and Layout you want to use. To
house.
make a personalized open house invitation, choose the
Follow these steps to choose a colorful layout and get ready
Open House Layout from the Occasion Category. The
to add one of your pictures:
layout appears in the window, as shown on the next
1
page.
Start Print Artist as described on page 10-2.
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5
6
Click OK. The front of the card appears on the main
Press your Delete key to delete it. Now you have just
screen, as shown to the right.
the text. See the next section to add the photo of a
Click the graphic element to select it (the house).
house.
A
B
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Importing an Image
3
Double-click the Directories box to display the
When you import an image, Print Artist copies the image
directory list. Then double-click the directory or folder
file into the directory or folder where other image and art
containing your PhotoPC 500 images. (The default is
files are located. Then the picture is available to use with
C:\PhotoPC5\Photos.)
other Print Artist projects. Follow these steps to import an
4
image:
1
Choose Import from the File menu. The Import dialog
box appears as shown:
2
Make sure JPEG is selected under List Files of Type. (Or
select a different file type if the picture you want to use
is not saved in the JPEG format.)
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Locate the picture you want. You can click the Preview
Graphic button to check if you have the right picture.
5
Double-click the image file you want to use. The
picture appears on the front of your card.
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Adjusting the Text
Changing the Text and the Font
You can adjust the appearance of the text so that it looks
If you want to change the font on your card, follow these
better with your graphic by following the steps below:
steps:
1
Click the text to select it.
1
2
Move the mouse over the center of the text. Your
Double-click the text. The Change Text window
appears, as shown below:
pointer will turn into a hand shape.
3
Click and hold the mouse to move the text to the top of
the card.
4
Use the corners to resize and realign the text. The
words are sized to fit the selection area as shown.
2
Type new text if you want (or click Quotes to choose
from some famous quotations) and click OK to return
to the main screen.
3
A
With your text selected, click the Font palette button.
B
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The Font palette appears.
4
.
Click the font you want to use. Your text changes if you
browse through the fonts. You can move the Font
palette if you can’t see your text.
2
Adding a Background Fill
After you finish working with the text, you can add a
colorful background to the front of the card. Follow these
steps:
1
Click the yellow Insert Fill button. A square block of
yellow color appears on the card, as shown below.
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Click and drag one of the corner handles to enlarge the
color block.
3
Click the Color palette button.
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The Color palette appears:
The background appears behind the picture and the
text.
4
Click the color you want to use. Then click the Color
palette button again and select Lightened. Click
customize if you want to experiment with color.
5
While the background is still selected, choose Send to
Back from the Object menu.
Adding a Graphic
You can add a graphic to change the look of the inside of
your card. Follow these steps:
1
Click the gray shadow to “open” the card or choose
Inside Right from the View menu. You see the inside
A
right panel.
B
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The Graphics Grabber dialog box appears:
2
Double-click the graphic to change it.
3
Type House in the Type Search Text box. The Graphics
box lists the available House pictures. When you select
a picture, it appears in the window.
4
Select the graphic and click OK. The inside panel of the
card displays the graphic.
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5
Select Vertically Stretched from the Alignment menu.
Now you can save and print your card.
Saving Your Card
When you’re finished designing the card, follow these steps
to save it:
1
Click the Save button. The first time you save your
card, the Save As dialog box appears:
This allows you to stretch the graphic to fit around the
text. (The default for alignment is vertically and
horizontally centered, so graphics can be made smaller
or larger, while keeping the same proportions.)
6
Drag the corner handles to make the graphic large
A
enough to fit around the text as shown above.
7
Change the inside text and font as you did for the front
of the card. You can change the graphic in the center of
2
Type a descriptive name (up to 32 characters) for your
project.
the text as well.
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3
Type a file name up to 8 characters long. Print Artist
2
automatically adds the .GC extension (for greeting
cards).
4
Click OK when you’re finished.
Printing Your Card and Exiting
Adjust printing options if you want and click OK to
print your card.
3
Fold the printed greeting card, and it’s ready to deliver.
4
When you’re finished using Print Artist, choose Exit
from the File menu.
After you save the card, you’re ready to print it. Follow
If you liked making the card, you can try making a
these steps:
personalized envelope to go with it. Or use your saved
1
Click the Print button. The Print Control Panel/
pictures to make personalized business cards, signs,
Preview window appears:
banners—even party hats and other folded paper craft
items. For Print Artist technical support, call (206) 644-4343.
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Using the Optional LCD Monitor
A
fter you take your pictures, you can play them back
on the PhotoPix LCD Monitor. If one image isn’t
perfect, you can erase it and take another one. You can also
select any picture you want to erase.
This chapter explains how to use the PhotoPix LCD Monitor
in the following sections:
The EPSON PhotoPix LCD Monitor (A883051) should be
available where you bought your PhotoPC 500. You can
also order it from EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766 (U.S.
❙
Getting to know the PhotoPix LCD Monitor
❙
Attaching the LCD monitor to the camera
❙
Saving power with auto shut-off
❙
Using Playback Mode
❙
Using View Mode to take pictures
❙
Detaching the PhotoPix LCD Monitor
A
B
sales only). In Canada, call (800) 463-7766 for dealer
referral.
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Getting to know the PhotoPix LCD Monitor
2
away from the camera in the direction shown.
The PhotoPix LCD Monitor’s features are shown below.
Multi
- button
+ button
Pressing on the arrow with your thumb, slide the cover
release button
Macro
power
switch
LCD
connector
display screen
Attaching the LCD Monitor to the Camera
NOTE
Make sure your camera is turned off and follow these steps
Place the cover in a safe place like a camera bag or a plastic
to attach the PhotoPix LCD Monitor to the camera:
baggie. It is small and can be lost easily.
1
Locate the LCD inlet cover on the back of your camera.
3
Make sure the LCD Monitor’ s mode switch is in the OFF
position.
4
Place the LCD Monitor so that the display will face you
when you take a picture.
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5
While holding the camera with one hand, carefully
❙
slide the LCD Monitor connector into the LCD inlet.
Make sure it is firmly in place.
When the PhotoPix LCD Monitor is in Playback mode,
it shuts off if it is not used for 5 minutes.
❙
When the camera is turned off with the PhotoPix LCD
Monitor in View mode, a caution message appears on
the Monitor for ten seconds. Then the LCD Monitor
shuts off.
❙
The PhotoPix LCD Monitor shuts off automatically
when the camera is connected to a computer.
LCD inlet
NOTE
Although the PhotoPix LCD Monitor includes these power-saving
LCD monitor
connector
features, it uses a large amount of battery power. You may want to
buy an AC adapter to use with the monitor, as described in
See page 11-13 for instructions on detaching the
Appendix A, or use rechargeable or lithium batteries. See page 1-4
PhotoPix LCD Monitor.
for battery information.
Saving Power with Auto Shut-Off
Because the PhotoPix LCD Monitor uses additional power,
A
the following power-saving features take effect when it is
attached to the camera:
❙
B
When the camera shuts off, the PhotoPix LCD Monitor
also shuts off.
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Using Playback Mode
After you have finished taking your pictures, you can use
The camera’s control panel reads “Lcd” as shown.
Erase icon
Playback mode to view the images, erase any images you
don’t want, or view several thumbnails at once. You can
also view your images as a slide show.
battery icon
NOTE
The PhotoPix LCD Monitor displays the last image you
The camera does not have to be turned on to display pictures in
captured with its number in the top left corner.
Playback mode.
Turning on Playback mode
Follow these steps to turn on Playback mode:
1
Make sure the PhotoPix LCD Monitor is connected to
the camera as described earlier in this chapter.
2
Move the LCD Monitor power switch from the OFF
position to PLAYBACK.
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If there aren’t any pictures in the camera’s memory,
Viewing other images in your camera
you will see a screen like the one below.
Follow these steps to view the other images in your camera,
one by one:
OFF
VIEW
PLAY BACK
1
Turn the PhotoPix LCD Monitor on in Playback mode
as described earlier in this chapter. You see the last
image you captured on the display.
2
Locate the “+” and “-” buttons on the top of the LCD
monitor.
+ button
- button
EPSON
MACRO
MULTI
NOTE
You cannot use the camera’ s controls while the PhotoPix LCD
Monitor is in Playback mode. You can use the LCD Monitor to erase
3
Press “-” to view the next to last image. Continue
pictures, but to change other settings, you must either turn off the
pressing “-” to view your images in the order of last to
LCD Monitor or switch it to View mode.
first.
4
A
Press “+” to view your first image. Continue pressing
the “+” button to go from the first image to the last.
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B
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Using Multi Mode
3
The display shows 9 images. The selected image has a
frame around it.
You can use this feature to view several images in small,
thumbnail versions all at once. This allows you to select
and erase images or to find the image you want quickly.
OFF
VIEW
PLAY BACK
Follow these steps to view multiple images:
1
Set the PhotoPix LCD Monitor to PLAYBACK as
described earlier in this chapter.
2
Press the MULTI button on the top of the PhotoPix LCD
Monitor.
EPSON
4
MACRO
MULTI
Move the frame to select other images by pressing “+”
or “-”. As you move the selection frame, more images
appear on the screen.
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2
OFF
Using a pencil or ballpoint pen, press the erase button
on the top of the camera.
VIEW
PLAY BACK
erase
button
yyy
yyy
yyy
EPSON
The PhotoPix LCD Monitor displays the erase icon over
the image for a moment, and then the image
disappears.
Erasing Images
You can use the PhotoPix LCD Monitor to select images and
erase them. You might want to take a picture when the
camera is full. You can select a picture, erase it, and then
take another picture.
Erasing images in normal Playback mode
A
Follow these steps to erase your images while viewing them
one at a time:
1
B
Make sure the image you want to erase is showing on
the screen.
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Erasing images in Multi mode
3
Use a pencil or a ballpoint pen to press the erase button
Follow these steps to erase images while you are viewing
on the top of the camera as shown on the previous
several at a time:
page.
1
Make sure the image you want to erase is showing on
the screen.
2
OFF
VIEW
PLAY BACK
Press the “+” or “-” buttons until the image you want to
erase is selected. The border around the image should
be highlighted.
yyy
yyy
yyy
EPSON
The PhotoPix LCD Monitor displays the erase icon over
the selected image, as shown above, and then the
image disappears. The other images are renumbered
and re-ordered on the screen.
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Displaying a slide show
You can use the PhotoPix LCD Monitor in Playback mode to
play your images in the form of a slide show. Follow these
steps:
1
CAUTION
View Mode uses batteries quickly. If you use this mode, it is strongly
recommended that you keep your camera on for short periods of
time. Turn off the LCD monitor immediately after you take a
From normal playback mode, press the “+” button and
picture. It is best to use lithium batteries, or rechargeable NiCd or
hold it down for five seconds.
NiMH batteries if you are taking pictures with this mode.
The camera displays your photos one-by-one on the
See page 1-4 for battery information.
screen. The monitor stops after displaying all the
images.
Turning on View mode
Make sure the LCD monitor is firmly attached to the
2
To stop the slide show before the camera has displayed
all the images, press the “+” button again. The screen
camera as described in the previous section. Then follow
these steps:
stops on whatever image is currently displayed.
1
ON position.
Using View Mode to Take Pictures
You can use this mode to see a live preview of what the
camera’s lens sees at any moment. You can adjust the
Turn the camera on by sliding the power switch to the
2
Move the PhotoPix LCD Monitor’s power switch from
the OFF position to VIEW.
brightness and take close-up pictures in this mode.
A
B
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The camera’s control panel displays “Lcd” as shown:
NOTES
❙
The image area displayed in View mode is slightly smaller than
the area captured in the actual photo. To see the total area
erase icon
captured, view the photo in Playback mode, as described on
page 11-4.
battery icon
❙
The image may appear to flicker when viewed under strong
fluorescent lighting, depending on the lighting’s frequency.
In the LCD Viewing Screen, you see a picture of
This is normal and does not indicate a problem with the
whatever image the camera’s viewfinder is pointed at.
camera or the LCD Monitor.
Taking a Picture
set switch to
View
After you have turned on the camera and the LCD Monitor,
follow these steps to take a picture:
1
Position the camera so that the image you want to
capture appears in the display.
2
Adjust the position of the camera if necessary. You can
use the camera’s control panel to adjust settings, as
described in Chapter 3.
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The LCD Monitor shows the image in “real time,” so
what you see on the screen is what the camera’s lens
sees at any moment.
3
For more information on taking pictures see Chapter 2.
To play back the images you have captured, see “Using
Playback Mode” on 11-4.
Snap the shutter to capture the image. The image
freezes on the LCD Monitor and then appears with its
NOTE
number as shown.
If you use the flash and your battery power is low, the PhotoPix LCD
Monitor will not return to live view until the flash is recharged. The
.
screen remains blank during this period.
Adjusting brightness
You can adjust the LCD monitor’s brightness so you can see
the image on the screen under various lighting conditions.
This does not change the appearance of your photo. Follow
these steps:
1
Set up and turn on the PhotoPix LCD Monitor and the
camera as described earlier in this chapter. Make sure
the monitor is set to View mode.
A
B
The LCD monitor returns to the view through the
camera’s viewfinder.
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2
Locate the “+” and “-” buttons on the top of the
4
PhotoPix LCD Monitor.
Press the “+” button to increase the brightness of your
preview or the “-” button to decrease the brightness.
NOTE
The brightness level display disappears after 3 seconds if you
don’t press the “+” or “-” buttons, or if you press another
MACRO
button on the PhotoPix LCD Monitor.
MULTI
Taking Close-up pictures with Macro mode
3
Press either of these buttons. The brightness control bar
You can use the PhotoPix LCD Monitor to take close-up
appears on the display.
pictures with Macro mode. Follow these steps:
1
Set up and turn on the camera and PhotoPix LCD
Monitor as described earlier in this chapter. Make sure
the PhotoPix LCD Monitor is set to View mode.
2
Locate the Macro button on top of the LCD Monitor.
MACRO
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3
Press the Macro button. “MACRO” appears on the
screen for a moment and the frame around the screen
turns green.
OFF
5
When you are ready, just snap the shutter.
6
You can return to normal View mode by pressing the
Macro button again. The green frame disappears.
VIEW
NOTE
PLAY BACK
Using the flash with Macro mode may wash out the image
slightly. Try taking Macro mode pictures in natural light with
the flash set to Flash Off as described on page 2-5.
Detaching the PhotoPix LCD Monitor
Follow these steps to detach the PhotoPix LCD Monitor
EPSON
from the camera:
1
Turn the camera off, and set the LCD Monitor mode
switch to OFF.
The frame stays green as long as you are in Macro
mode.
4
In this mode, you can capture an image within as little
as 8 inches (20 cm) from the subject. Get as close to the
2
Place the camera on a flat surface if possible.
3
With the back facing you, hold the camera with your
right hand and the LCD monitor with your left hand.
subject as necessary and check the image in the LCD
A
B
monitor.
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4
Using your left thumb, press the release button on the
LCD connector, shown below.
release button
5
push from here
While holding down the button, push the PhotoPix
LCD Monitor away from the camera with your right
thumb. (It is easiest to push from the area shown to the
left.)
CAUTION
Do not pull the PhotoPix LCD Monitor when removing it from
the camera. Pulling the monitor could cause the LCD connector
to break.
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6
Replace the LCD inlet cover on the back of the camera.
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12
Caring for the Camera and Troubleshooting
Your PhotoPC 500 camera is easy to take care of, and
Cleaning the Camera
any problems you may have are easy to solve.
❙
Use a clean, dry cloth to keep the camera free of dust.
This chapter includes the following sections:
❙
Don’t use harsh or abrasive cleaners.
❙
To clean the lens, first blow off any loose dust or dirt.
❙
Caring for the Camera
❙
Caring for the optional LCD Monitor
❙
Solving Camera Problems
❙
To avoid scratching the lens, don’t press too hard.
❙
Solving Picture Problems
❙
If necessary, clean the battery contacts with a dry
Then breathe on the lens and wipe off all moisture
with a soft, lint-free cloth or lens cleaning tissue.
cloth.
Caring for the Camera
Your PhotoPC 500 requires only basic care. Before you
Storing the Camera
perform any maintenance procedures on the camera, be
❙
sure to read the Safety Instructions in the Introduction.
Keep the lens covered (power switched off) when
you’re not using the camera.
A
Then follow these guidelines:
B
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❙
When the camera is not used for long periods of time,
Cleaning the LCD Monitor
remove the batteries and store them at a low
❙
Use a clean, dry cloth the keep the monitor free of dust.
temperature in a dry location. This prevents camera
❙
Don’t use harsh or abrasive cleaners.
❙
If the monitor gets fingerprints or smudges on it, use a
damage from battery leaks or corrosion.
Don’t store the camera in the following locations:
❙
Where it will be exposed to direct sunlight, for
soft, damp cloth to lightly wipe the screen.
❙
To avoid damaging the LCD display, do not apply too
much pressure as you clean it.
example, on a car dashboard
❙
Near sources of bright light or high humidity
❙
Near heat sources or in a closed car
❙
In areas of excessive light or dust
are traveling with it or if you are not using it for long
❙
Where it will be exposed to strong vibrations or
periods of time.
magnetic fields
Storing the LCD Monitor
❙
❙
Remove the LCD monitor from the camera when you
Store the LCD monitor in a camera bag or other
covering that will keep it safe from dust.
Caring for the Optional LCD Monitor
❙
Your PhotoPIX LCD Monitor requires only basic care. Before
you perform any maintenance procedures on the camera,
attached to the camera.
❙
be sure to read the Safety Instructions in the Introduction.
Then follow these guidelines:
Keep the monitor switched to Off when it is not
When the LCD monitor is not attached to the camera,
make sure the LCD inlet cover is attached.
❙
See “Storing the Camera,” above, for a list of conditions
to avoid when storing the LCD monitor.
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Camera Problems
then erase them. See Chapter4 for information about
Before you call for help, check this list of problems and
transferring your pictures and Chapter 5 for
possible solutions:
information about erasing them with your computer.
The camera has no power.
❙
❙
When it’s connected, you can’t use any of the controls
on the camera itself. See page 5-5 for instructions on
turned on.
taking pictures from your computer.
The camera may have shut off automatically. Slide the
Check the batteries and make sure they are installed
correctly. Replace the batteries if necessary, following
The flash doesn’t work.
❙
Make sure the flash is not set to flash off
❙
Check the batteries and make sure they are installed
correctly. Replace the batteries if necessary, following
the instructions on page 1-4.
❙
The camera may be connected to your computer.
Check the power switch and make sure the camera is
power switch off and then on.
❙
❙
the instructions on page 1-4
If you are using the AC adapter, make sure it is plugged
into a working outlet.
❙
You can’t use the flash when you adjust the shutter
speed manually with the camera connected to the
You can’t take a picture with the camera.
computer. Set the shutter speed to automatic to use the
❙
flash.
The flash may be recharging. Wait until you see the
green ready light, and try again.
❙
The camera may be full. Check the picture counter on
the control panel. Erase a picture using the erase
button, or transfer the pictures to your computer and
You get an error message when you try to transfer your
pictures to the computer
❙
Make sure the cable is connected correctly as described
on page 3-1.
Caring for the Camera and Troubleshooting 12-3
A
B
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❙
❙
❙
Make sure your camera is turned on and the batteries
Your LCD monitor has a flickering image
have enough power.
❙
taking pictures under. If you are using View Mode of
your EPSON Photo! software. You may need to change
the LCD monitor under fluorescent light, the monitor
the Port and Speed serial connection settings to Auto.
may appear to flicker. This should not affect the
If the Speed is already set to Auto, you may need to
appearance of your photos.
change the setting manually. Check the port settings in
Your LCD monitor shuts itself off and the battery icon
the Windows Control panel to see if the EPSON Photo!
indicates that the batteries are used up.
setting is too fast for your port. If it is, change the port
setting to a faster speed, if you can. If you can’t change
❙
when using the LCD monitor. These batteries last
Photo! software as described on page 3-6.
Make sure the port to which your camera is connected
is properly configured. The Base I/O port address and
the Interrupt Request Number (IRQ) assigned to the
port should not be in conflict with any other devices.
If you are using alkaline batteries, you may want to
consider switching to rechargeable or lithium batteries
it to a faster speed, adjust the speed in your EPSON
❙
Check to see what sort of lighting conditions you are
Check the serial port settings in the Setup screen of
longer and work better with this option.
❙
If you are mostly using the LCD monitor in Playback
mode, or taking indoor pictures, you may want to use
the AC adapter. See Appendix A for instructions on
ordering and using the AC adapter.
Picture Problems
If you’re not satisfied with the pictures you get from
PhotoPC 500, you may need to adjust some of the camera
settings. Read the suggestions below.
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Your pictures display poor image quality on the screen or
Your picture is blurry or out of focus.
when you print them out.
❙
❙
❙
You should be at least 2 feet (60 cm) away to take a
million colors). Your pictures will not display
picture without the flash, and 1.5 feet (45 cm) to 10 feet
maximum image quality if your monitor or
(3 m) away to take a picture with the flash.
computer’s video controller don’t support this color
When the optional PhotoPIX LCD Monitor is attached,
depth. You may need to upgrade your system to
you can take a picture from as close as 8 inches (20 cm)
achieve the best possible image quality.
in Macro mode. See page 11-12 for information.
If your pictures look better on the screen than when
you print them out, you may need to upgrade your
❙
If you want to photograph a moving subject, you can
example, produces high resolution, photo-quality
increase the shutter speed while the camera is
images.
connected to your computer. For information about
You may have checked high-quality when you
changing the shutter speed, see page 5-4.
exported or transferred your image. This feature
makes the image larger, but does not increase the
resolution. The printed picture may not look as good as
it appears on the screen.
Make sure you hold the camera steady, and your
subject isn’t moving.
printer. An EPSON StylusTM color ink jet printer, for
❙
Make sure your subject is within the camera’s range.
PhotoPC 500 captures images in 24-bit color (16.7
❙
Make sure your flash is not set to flash off.
Your picture is too dark (underexposed)
❙
You may need to use the flash. Make sure the setting is
A
not flash off.
❙
If you are using the flash, make sure your subject is
within the range of 1.5 feet (45 cm) to 10 feet (3 m).
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B
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❙
❙
Use EPSON PhotoPC 500 imaging software to adjust the
People or animals in your picture appear to have red eyes.
picture’s brightness and contrast.
❙
If you’re using the optional LCD monitor’s Macro mode
to take a close-up photo, make sure you provide
adequate lighting for your subject. The camera’s
aperture is automatically adjusted to its smallest
mode when taking pictures of people or animals.
Part of your picture is missing.
❙
❙
If you’re using the forced flash setting, it may be too
A horizontal or vertical red line appears on your picture.
❙
❙
❙
into your lens.
If you’re facing a bright light source, you may need to
shoot your picture from a different angle.
Red lines are caused by glare. Avoid photographing
shiny surfaces that reflect excessive amounts of light
bright. Try setting the flash to Auto.
❙
Make sure you’re not blocking the lens with your
finger, hand strap, clothing, or other object.
setting (F8) when in this mode.
Your picture is too light (overexposed)
Make sure you set your flash to red-eye reduction
❙
In bright light, you may need to use an ND-filter to
avoid glare. Try a 37 mm ND-4 camcorder filter.
If you’re taking pictures in the snow or on the beach on
a sunny day, you may need to use an ND-filter. A 37
The wrong date and/or time are displayed on your
mm ND-4 camcorder filter should work. See page A-7
pictures.
for more information.
❙
You need to connect the camera to your computer and
Use PhotoPC 500 image editing software to adjust the
reset the camera’s clock. See Chapter3 for instructions.
picture’s brightness as described on page 8-2.
Whenever you change the batteries in your camera
you need to reset the clock.
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The colors in your picture don’t look right.
❙
When you take pictures under certain artificial
lighting conditions, the colors may be slightly distorted.
You can use PhotoPC 500 image-editing software to
adjust the colors as described on page 8-3.
Your pictures don’t look as good as they used to.
❙
Your camera’s lens may be dirty or dusty. Try cleaning
it by following the instructions on page 12-1.
The area captured in the picture is different from what
you saw in the camera.
❙
You need to make sure you look straight through the
viewfinder and capture your subject in the yellow
frame.
❙
If you are using the optional PhotoPIX LCD Monitor,
the picture looks different from the live preview. The
image captured is actually slightly larger than what
appears in the LCD screen.
A
B
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A
P
Using Optional Accessories
hotoPC 500’s versatility allows you to use it with a
For wide-angle pictures and special effects, you can use any
variety of options. You can add the PhotoPIX LCD
standard 37 mm video camcorder lens or filter. See page
Monitor to play back and selectively erase your images.
You can increase the camera’s storage capacity by
A-7 for recommendations and ordering information.
For studio photos, you can attach a tripod to your camera.
installing a 2MB or 4MB PhotoSpan module. To help you
save battery power, you can use the AC adapter.
This chapter includes the following instructions:
The accessories listed below should be available where
❙
Expanding your PhotoPC 500 memory
you bought your PhotoPC 500. You can also order them
❙
Installing the PhotoSpan memory modules
from EPSON accessories at (800) 873-7766 (U.S. sales
❙
Using the AC adapter
❙
Using optional lenses
❙
Attaching a tripod
❙
Using a 9- to 25-pin serial adapter
only). In Canada, call (800) 922-8911.
Accessory
Part Number
PhotoPix LCD Monitor
A883051
2MB PhotoSpan Memory Module
A882401
4MB PhotoSpan Memory Module
A882411
PhotoPC 500 AC Adapter
B867027
A
For information on using the LCD Monitor, see Chapter 9.
B
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Expanding Your PhotoPC 500 Memory
CAUTION
PhotoPC 500 comes with 2MB of internal memory, which
PhotoSpan modules are sensitive to static electricity and easily
holds 30 pictures at high resolution or 60 pictures at
damaged. Be sure you ground yourself by touching a metal object
standard resolution. You can increase the camera’s
before you handle the module, and never touch the module’s
capacity by installing a 2MB or 4MB PhotoSpan external
metallic area.
memory module (flash memory board), as described in the
table below.
Follow these steps to install a PhotoSpan module:
PhotoPC 500 Capacity
Number of Photos
2 MB
internal
memory
With 2MB
PhotoSpan
A882401
With 4 MB
PhotoSpan
A882411
At high resolution
30
65
100
At low resolution
60
130
200
1
Slide the memory module cover lock down to release
the cover.
Installing PhotoSpan Memory Modules
Before you install a PhotoSpan memory module, make sure
you erase all the pictures in the camera and turn it off.
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memory
cover
memory
cover lock
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2
Grasp the cover and pull away as shown:
4
Press down on the module until it snaps into the
retaining clips at the side of the socket.
socket
retaining
clips
3
Place the module into the socket as shown.
memory
module
5
Replace the cover on the camera body until it snaps
into place.
A
B
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6
Slide the lock up to lock the cover.
Removing the Memory Module
If you want to remove a memory module for any reason
(such as upgrading from a 2MB to a 4MB module), follow
these steps:
CAUTION
Do not remove and install the module repeatedly. Doing so may
cause a bad connection or may damage the memory module.
1
When you take your next picture, the pictures remaining
number on the control panel shows your camera’s
expanded capacity.
With the expanded memory, you may notice a delay
between the time you press the shutter button and when
the camera beeps. You can reduce this delay by pressing
the button down halfway, holding it until you’re ready to
take the picture, and then pressing it down the rest of way.
A-4 Using Optional Accessories
Turn the camera off, then remove the memory module
cover as described on page A-2
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2
Press the lever on the side of the memory module
Using the AC Adapter
socket to raise the module slightly out of the socket.
The AC adapter (B867027) allows you to connect your
PhotoPC 500 to any standard electrical outlet. This is
especially useful when you are transferring pictures and
operating the camera from your computer. The adapter
powers the camera, but does not charge the batteries.
WARNING
❙
Use only the adapter designed for PhotoPC 500. Using any
other adapter may cause fire, electrical shock, or injury.
❙
Do not alter the plug on the power cable, and do not use the
adapter for any other purpose than powering your
3
PhotoPC 500.
Grasp the edges of the memory module and work it up
and out of the socket. Be careful not to touch the metal
parts of the module.
4
Replace the memory module cover.
To avoid losing any images or settings, make sure the
camera is finished processing before you connect or
disconnect the AC adapter. Then follow these steps:
1
Locate the port cover on the side of the camera. Press
on the arrows and slide the cover to open it.
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B
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2
Plug the adapter cable into the DC port on the camera.
Using the AC adapter with the LCD Monitor
attached
If you are using the optional LCD Monitor and you want to
connect the AC adapter to your camera, follow these steps:
1
3
Tilt the LCD Monitor away from the camera as shown:
Connect the end of the power cable to an electrical
ON
EPS
outlet
2
Follow the steps on page A-5 to connect the AC adapter
to the camera.
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Using Optional Lenses
Attaching PhotoPC 500 to a Tripod
Although you can use any standard 37mm video
You can use your PhotoPC 500 digital camera with any
camcorder lens or filter with PhotoPC 500, lenses
standard tripod.
manufactured by Tiffen are recommended. Call DC Pro at
(800) 522-7835 for ordering information.
To attach a lens, screw it onto the camera as shown below.
Follow these steps:
1
Assemble and set up the tripod following the
manufacturer’s instructions.
2
Make sure the tripod is well balanced on a flat surface.
3
Find the opening for the tripod screw on the bottom of
your camera.
4
Carefully place the PhotoPC 500 on the tripod, and
screw the camera on until it is firmly in place.
5
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to adjust the
tripod to view your subject.
When you use a close-up lens, the viewfinder does not give
you an accurate preview of your picture. The best way to
A
take pictures is by using the optional LCD Monitor, as
described in Chapter 9, or by connecting the camera to
B
your computer as described in Chapter 3.
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Using a 9 to 25 Pin Serial Adapter
3
Locate the 25-pin serial port on your computer and
If you only have a 25-pin serial port available, you can use
follow the steps on page 3-1 to connect to your
a 9 to 25 pin adapter for your serial cable.
computer, using your 25-pin port instead of a 9-pin
port.
NOTE
If you have both a 9-pin port and a 25-pin port free, you should use
the 9-pin port to prevent possible communication problems.
Follow these steps to connect a 25-pin adapter to your serial
cable:
1
Connect the serial cable to the smaller end of the
adapter as shown:
2
Tighten the screws.
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B
Specifications
Power
Camera
Sources
Physical Dimensions
Width
5.59 in (142 mm)
Height
3.19 in (81 mm)
Depth
2.09 in (53 mm)
Weight (without
batteries)
0.66 lbs (300 g)
4 AA batteries (single-use alkaline or
lithium or rechargeable Ni-Cad or
NiMH)
Optional AC adapter (B867027)
Consumption
Approximately 100 mW at power-on
Approximately 4 W during image
processing
Maximum 12 W during flash discharge
Battery Life
Approximately 300 pictures (high
resolution) can be taken before the
batteries run out. (with new alkaline
batteries, 150 flashed and 150 nonflashed pictures, without the optional
LCD Monitor attached)
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Technical
Photographic
Product Type
CCD (charged coupled device)
still frame camera
Lens
f = 6 mm (equivalent to a 43 mm lens on
a 35 mm camera)
Image size
640 × 480 pixels (high resolution)
320 × 240 pixels (standard resolution)
Range
2 feet (60 cm) to infinity
8 inches (20 cm) to infinity (Macro mode
with optional PhotoPIX LCD Monitor)
Bit depth
16 million colors, 24-bit
Exposure
Equivalent to ISO 130
Serial interface
8-pin DIN (camera)
RS-232C, communication speed: 19,200
bps or higher (PC)
Shutter
Automatic electronic shutter, 1/30 to
1/10,000 second
2MB flash memory
Viewfinder
Optical
Aperture
F2.8/8 automatic change
Flash modes
forced flash, automatic, red-eye
reduction, flash off
Flash range
1.5 to 10 ft (0.45 to 3 m)
Internal memory
Optional expansion 2MB (0.5MB flash memory × 4 chips)
memory
4MB (0.5MB flash memory × 8 chips)
Environmental
Temperature
Operating 32 ° to 104 ° F (0 to 40 ° C)
Non-operating -4 ° to 140 ° F (-20 to 60 ° C)
Humidity
Operating 30 to 90%
(non-condensing)
Non-operating 10 to 90%
(non-condensing)
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Optional LCD Monitor
Optional AC Adapter
Physical Dimensions
Physical Dimensions
Width
5.08 in (129 mm)
Width
1.97 in (50 mm)
Height
2.72 in (69 mm)
Height
1.18 in (30 mm)
1.85 in (47 mm) including pins
Depth
1.97 in (50 mm)
Depth
3.74 in (90 mm)
Weight
0.31 lb (141 g)
Power
Power
Source
Output
DC 7V/ 2.0 A
Input
110 to 120 V AC, 50 - 60 Hz
Supplied from camera
Consumption
Technical
LCD Panel
1.8 in, TFT color LCD
Display resolution
279 × 220 pixels
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