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ES-1200C Pro PC
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This package contains all the hardware and software you need
for professional quality color scanning.
Here are the contents of your scanner package, described in the
order you’ll need to install each item:
SCSI interface card that provides a SCSI interface for your
EPSON®ES-1200C™ color scanner that scans in full color (24
bit) or grayscale monochrome (8 bit)
SCSI interface cable
Adaptec® EZ-SCSI version 3.0 software, which enables your
computer to use the SCSI interface card
EPSON Scanning Utilities (EPSON Scan! II and EPSON
TWAIN). This software exports images in a variety of file
formats, calibrates your scanner, and allows you to use
software programs that support the industry standard
TWAIN interface.
Adobe® Photoshop,® version 2.5.1, which allows you to
merge and edit color images, retouch photographs, or
create new artwork
Kai’s Power Tools™ for Windows,™ plug-in software that
provides additional filters to Adobe Photoshop.
This booklet tells you all you need to set up your scanner,
install the software, and scan a photograph. It is intended to
help you get set up in the common computer environments. If
you need more detailed information after you begin scanning,
consult the individual manuals for the ES-1200C scanner,
Photoshop, Kai’s Power Tools, and the EPSON Scanning
System and Memory Requirements
For the scanner hardware and software to work properly, your
system must have at least the following configuration:
A 386-based or higher PC or an IBM® PS/2® machine
MS-DOS® 5.0 or higher
Microsoft® Windows 3.1 or higher, or Windows NT
High-density, 3%inch diskette drive
Hard disk drive with at least 25MB available for the
scanner applications and 35Mb available for scanned
4MB RAM and 8MB to 16MB of permanent virtual
memory. (Permanent virtual memory is a swap file of
contiguous space on your hard disk drive which Windows
can use as if it were RAM. See your Microsoft Windows
4MB is the minimum amount of RAM. Graphics applications
will run better and faster with more RAM.
A mouse or other compatible pointing device
A Video Graphics Array (VGA) or other Windowscompatible graphics card. (The card must support at least
16 colors for simple color scanning.) To adequately view an
average-complexity color scan, the card must support 256
colors. High-quality, realistic color scans require a card that
supports 16 million colors.
A color VGA monitor compatible with the graphics card
you are using.
Installing the Interface Card
Use this procedure to install a SCSI interface card. For more
detailed installation instructions, see the manual that came
with your card.
1. Turn off the computer and any peripheral devices.
Disconnect the computer’s power cable from the electrical
outlet and from the back panel. Also, disconnect any cables
that are connected to the computer, including the keyboard
Remove the cover from your computer. If you need detailed
instructions, see your computer manual.
Before you touch any of the computer’s internal
components, touch an unpainted metal surface inside the
computer’s case to discharge any built-up static electricity.
5. Choose an option slot for the interface card. You can install
the card in any available slot.
Remove any retaining screws from the option slot cover
and remove the slot cover. Keep the screw or screws to
secure the option card to the computer. Store the slot cover
in a safe place in case you later remove the interface card.
Unpack the interface card. When handling the card, be
careful not to touch any of the components on the circuit
board or the gold-edged connector.
Insert the card into the slot, guiding it straight down. Push
the card down firmly (but carefully) to insert it fully. You
should feel the card fit into place.
9. Secure the end of the card to the back of the computer with
the retaining screw or screws.
10. Replace the cover and reconnect any cables you
disconnected. Plug the power cord into an electrical outlet.
Setting Up the Scanner
Follow these steps to set up the scanner:
Take the scanner out of the box and place it on a flat, stable
surface with its rear panel facing you.
2. Locate the round screw knob in the middle of the rear panel.
Turn the screw counterclockwise as shown by the arrow. If
necessary, turn the screw with a coin. The screw has a
built-in spring, so it pops out a little when it is released.
You cannot remove the screw.
4. Firmly connect the power cable to the power inlet on the rear
of the scanner and the other end into an appropriately
grounded outlet as shown below.
If the scanner comes on when you plug it in, turn it off by
pressing the OPERATE button.
Whenever you turn off the scanner, wait at least 10
seconds before turning it back on. Rapidly turning it on
and off can damage the scanner.
Connecting the Scanner to the Computer
Use this procedure to connect the scanner directly to the SCSI
port on your computer using the cable included in the scanner
If you are already using the SCSI port on your computer for
another SCSI device, such as an external hard drive, see
Chapter 1 of the ES-1200C User’s Guide for information on
including the scanner in a daisy-chain arrangement.
Be sure that your computer, scanner, and any other peripheral
devices are turned off before you plug in the cables.
1. Connect the 50-pin end of the cable to either the top or
bottom SCSI connector of the scanner; then fasten the
connector with the clamps on the sides of the connector, as
Plug the other end of the interface cable into the connector
of the SCSI interface card you installed in the computer.
Fasten the connector with the wire clamps.
3. Switch on the internal SCSI terminator, as shown.
4. Set the SCSI ID switch to 2, as shown.
Turn on the scanner, then the computer. (Always turn on the
scanner before the computer.)
Installing EZ-SCSI Software
If you are running Windows NT, you do not need to install
EZ-SCSI software. Skip to the “Installing Adobe Photoshop”
Follow these steps to install the Adaptec EZ-SCSI software:
1. Start Windows.
Insert the Adaptec EZ-SCSI Disk 1 in a diskette drive.
From the Program Manager, open the File menu and choose
Run. The Run dialog box appears.
Type A:SETUP (or B:SETUP if you inserted the disk in
drive B) and choose OK. After a few moments, the initial
EZ-SCSI screen appears.
5. Choose Install Adaptec EZ-SCSI to begin the installation. A
screen appears, identifying the SCSI interface card you
installed. Choose Continue.
The next screen identifies the scanner. Choose Continue.
The Installation Subdirectory screen appears, prompting you
for a directory for the EZ-SCSI program files. Choose Install
to accept the default directory.
8. Follow the instructions as they appear on the screen,
choosing OK to accept the EZ-SCSI default settings.
Adaptec EZ-SCSI software modifies the CONFIG.SYS file and
saves a backup of the original in CONFIG.BAK.
9. When the Installation Complete dialog box appears, choose
Reboot System to restart the computer.
10. Remove the final installation disk from the drive and choose
The installation program creates an Adaptec SCSI program
group containing Adaptec icons.
Installing the EPSON Scanning Utilities
The EPSON Scanner Utility program includes EPSON Scan! II
and EPSON TWAIN. Scan! uses TWAIN to capture images and
then saves and exports these images in a variety of file formats.
It also calibrates your scanner and output devices to produce
images nearly identical to the originals. (A scanned color image
can never truly match its original because scanned images are
processed by a color system that is different from the
technology used to process original images.)
EPSON TWAIN is a set of drivers designed to access your
scanner’s advanced features for any software that supports
TWAIN. TWAIN is an industry standard for acquiring image
data from a variety of external sources without leaving your
Follow these steps to install the EPSON Scanning Utilities:
Start Windows.
2. Insert the EPSON Scanning Utilities disk in a diskette drive.
3. From the Program Manager, open the File menu and choose
Run. The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type A:SETUP (or B:SETUP if you inserted the disk in
drive B) and choose OK. After a few moments, the initial
setup screen opens. Choose OK to continue.
5. Choose OK to accept the default path name in which the
program will install the utility.
The next screen prompts you for the path name of the
Windows directory. If the displayed path is where your
Windows program resides, choose OK.
When the Scanner Setup dialog box opens, select SCSI as the
interface type. The program supplies the port ID, as shown
Now do a test scan. Raise the document cover on the scanner
and place an image face down on the glass surface. Then
carefully close the cover.
Choose the Test button. If the scanner and EPSON Scanner
Utility software are set up correctly, the scanner scans the
image; after a few moments, the scanned image appears in
the Scanner Setup dialog box, as shown below.
10. Choose OK to close the Scanner Setup dialog box.
11. Remove the EPSON Scanning Utilities disk.
12. Exit, then restart Windows.
lnstalling Adobe Photoshop
Installing Photoshop is a three-step process. You first install the
Adobe Type Manager’” (ATM) program. You then install the
Adobe Photoshop program. Once you have installed these, you
select the scanner as your acquire device.
Installing the ATM program
Follow these steps to install Adobe Type Manager:
1. Start Windows.
2. Insert the ATM program disk into a diskette drive.
3. From the Program Manager, open the File menu and choose
Run. The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type A:INSTALL (or B:INSTALL) in the Command Line
text box and choose OK. The ATM Installer dialog box
5. Choose Install to accept the default directories for the Type 1
font outline and font metric files. A status window displays
the progress of the installation.
6. When a final screen appears prompting you to restart
Windows, remove the installation disk from the diskette
drive. Then choose Restart Windows.
The program restarts Windows, turns on the ATM program,
and makes the Type 1 fonts available in your application Font
Installing Photoshop
Follow these steps to install Photoshop:
1. Start Windows, if you have not already done so.
Insert the Photoshop Installer-Disk 1 into a diskette drive.
From the Program Manager, open the File menu and choose
Run. The Run dialog box appears.
4. Type A:SETUP.EXE (or B:SETUP.EXE) in the Command Line
text box and choose OK. The Adobe Photoshop Installer
dialog box appears, as shown below.
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5. Leave the Installation Options selected. If you are concerned
about disk space, consult the Photoshop User Guide.
6. Choose Install. The registration screen appears.
Enter your name, organization (optional), and the serial
number of the program. You’ll find Photoshop’s serial
number inside the front cover of the Photoshop User Guide.
Choose OK. Then follow the instructions as they appear on
your screen, choosing OK to continue the installation.
9. When you see a message that the installation is complete,
choose OK to return to the Program Manager.
10. Remove the final installation disk from the drive.
The installation program creates an Adobe program group
containing the Photoshop icons.
Selecting the Acquire Device
Before you can scan an image from Photoshop, you need to
select the scanner as the acquire device. Follow these steps:
From the Program Manager, open Photoshop by
double-clicking on its icon in the Adobe program group.
Choose Acquire in the File menu and then Select TWAIN
Source. You see the following dialog box:
Choose Epson Scanners if it is not already highlighted.
Choose Select. This specifies the scanner as the acquire
Select Exit from the File menu to return to the Program
You only need to select the scanner as the acquire device the
first time you set up the program and any time you change the
acquire device.
lnstalling Kai’s Power Tools
Before you install Kai’s Power Tools, make sure that you have
installed Adobe Photoshop. Then follow these steps:
Insert Disk 1 of Kai’s Power Tools into a diskette drive.
From the Program Manager, open the File menu and choose
Run. The Run dialog box appears.
Type A:SETUP (or B:SETUP) in the Command Line text box
and choose OK.
The Installer dialog box appears, prompting you for a
directory pathname. Type C:\PHOTOSHP\PLUGINS in
the Install To text box. Then choose Continue.
If you want to install Kai’s Power Tools in a different directory
and/or drive, type the name of the directory.
Install To:
To quit Setup, choose the Exit button.
The next dialog box prompts you to select installation
options. Choose OK to complete a full installation.
The installation program copies Kai’s Power Tools program
and filter files into the Plugins subdirectory of the
Photoshop directory.
Follow the instructions as they appear on the screen until the
installation is complete.
Remove the final installation disk from the drive.
You can access Kai’s Power Tools filters from Adobe
Photoshop by choosing KPT filters or KPT Extensions from the
Filters menu in the Photoshop Menu Bar. For more information
on Photoshop or the installation options, consult the Kai’s Power
Tools for Windows Explorer‘s Guide.
Scanning lmages
You are now ready to start scanning. First, choose an image to
scan. The best choice is a color photograph. Printed pictures,
such as those in magazines, do not scan as well as photographs
because of the dot patterns used in the printing process.
When selecting an image or text to scan, respect the rights of
the copyright holders. Don’t scan published materials without
first checking the copyright status.
After you choose an image, follow these steps:
1. Open Photoshop if it is not already open by double-clicking
on its icon in the Adobe Photoshop program group.
Raise the document cover on the scanner and place the
image face down on the glass surface.
Carefully close the document cover so that you do not
disturb the position of the photograph on the glass.
Choose Acquire in the File menu; then choose TWAIN. This
opens the EPSON TWAIN dialog box.
In the scroll bar next to the Image Type button, select the
image type appropriate for your scan. If you are scanning a
color photograph, select Color Photo.
Click on the full-page Preview icon,
, at the bottom of
the dialog box. This does a fast preview scan so you can see
the scan area.
You see a preview of your image at the right. To define the
area you want to scan, position the mouse at a corner of the
area; then hold the mouse button down as you drag it to
the opposite corner of the area. To define the entire image,
click on the Auto Locate icon,
, as shown below.
Application Defined
Locate the image automatically
To change your selected area, move the pointer to the edge
of the selection rectangle; then hold down the mouse
button and drag the edge of the rectangle to the new
When you have defined the portion of the image you want
to scan, choose the Scan button. In a few moments, the
scanned image is imported into the Photoshop window. To
see the scanned image, close the EPSON TWAIN dialog
Once you have your images and text, you can put them together
in reports, newsletters, brochures, or business presentations.
Several factors can affect how closely your scanned image
reflects the original, especially when you print the results on
paper. The next sections discuss basic calibration techniques
using EPSON Scan! II and how resolution settings help you
achieve the scans you want. See your EPSON Scanning Utilities
User’s Guide for information on other, more sophisticated
methods of modifying your scan.
Calibrating Your System
Calibration allows you to match your scanner and your output
device so that you can reproduce images that are very close to
the original.
Monitors use a different technology than printers, so images
look different on the monitor than when they are printed. Also,
each output device may produce different results. A proof
printed on an electronic color printer will look different from
the same image printed on a printing press. EPSON Scan! II
calibrates your scanner with your application and your printer
by analyzing the results of a calibration sample at each stage of
the process.
The basic calibration process consists of the following
Calibrating your monitor to your scanner
Enabling screen calibration
Q Exporting a calibration chart to your application
CI Creating calibration profiles for your printers
Scanning using the calibration profile.
These procedures are described in the following sections.
Calibrating your monitor to your scanner
Follow these steps to calibrate your scanner and monitor:
1. From the Program Manager, double-click on the EPSON
Scan! II icon in the EPSON Scanner program group.
Choose Screen Calibration from the Calibrate menu. You
see the screen shown below:
Adjust the slider below until the gray
areas appear the same.
Look at the display from a distance and adjust the slide bar
until the separate rows have the same basic color intensity.
4. Choose OK.
Enabling screen calibration
Now follow these steps to make sure the screen calibration is
From the File menu, choose Acquire to start EPSON TWAIN.
2. Choose the Configuration button to open the Configuration
dialog box.
Make sure the Enable Screen Calibration check box is
checked. If it isn’t, select it to enable screen calibration.
4. Choose OK.
When screen calibration is enabled, TWAIN uses it as it scans
images until you change this setting.
If you change your display monitor, you will need to create a new
screen calibration profile. Do this by selecting Calibration Profile in
the Configuration dialog box. The new screen calibration profile
overrides the old one.
Exporting a calibration chart
Follow these steps to export a calibration chart from Scan! to
your application:
From EPSON Scan! II, choose Export Calibration Chart from
the Calibrate menu. You see the following screen:
This function calibrates your *cannerlapplicatlor\lprinter
system by passing a
calibration sample through each stage and analyzing the results.
Select a file format you can import into the software you plan to use.
Import the resulting Calibration Chart file into your software and print
it on your printer.
Then return to EPSON Scan! II and select ‘Create Calibration profile . ..I
from the ‘Calibrate’ menu.
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From the File Format menu, select the BMP file format.
In the File Name field, type the name (such as
COLORl.BMP) you want to assign to the file.
Choose OK to export the calibration chart.
Exit EPSON Scan! II.
Open Photoshop by double-clicking on its icon in the Adobe
program group.
7. Open the file for the calibration chart file you exported. The
chart contains nine blocks of color gradations surrounded
by a black border on three sides and a gray border with
some grayscale gradations on top.
Save the calibration chart file within Photoshop by selecting
Save from the File menu.
Print the calibration chart on your color printer. If you have
more than one printer, print the calibration chart on each
Creating printer calibration profiles
Follow these steps to create a calibration profile for each printer
you use:
Start EPSON Scan! II if it is not already running.
Place the printed calibration chart face down on the glass
surface of your scanner.
If necessary, choose Close from the File menu to close the
EPSON TWAIN Acquire screen.
Choose Create Calibration Profile from the Calibrate
menu. You see the following screen:
Place the Calibration Chart you printed in the scanner. Make sure it is
aligned properly. Enter a file name and a short description for the file.
After you click’Continue’.the Epson TWAIN dialog will appear. Make sure it is
set for Calibration. Finally,click on the ‘Scan’ button.
File Name:
Your Printer
In the File Name field, type the filename of the calibration file
you want to create. Make sure you assign a CAL extension
to this file.
6. In the Description field, type a short description of the
printer you use to print the calibration chart.
7. Choose Continue. You see the EPSON TWAIN Acquire
8. Select Color Photo from the Image Type pull-down menu.
9. Select Calibration Profile from the Destination pull-down
10. Choose the Auto Scan icon. The program scans the
calibration chart and creates a calibration profile, then
returns to the Scan! main menu.
You can now use your calibration profile when you scan
Scanning using calibration
Follow these steps to use the calibration profile when you scan
an image:
Choose Acquire from the File menu of EPSON Scan! or
Photoshop. You see the EPSON TWAIN Acquire screen.
2. Choose the Destination button to display the Destination
dialog box.
3. Choose Calibration Profile from the Destination Name menu.
4. Choose OK to return to the EPSON TWAIN Acquire screen.
5. Now scan your image using the Scan or Auto Scan buttons.
The scanner scans the image using information from the
calibration profile to produce the best possible image for your
Selecting the Right Resolution
Selecting the best resolution for scanning your image hinges on
two factors: the final output device you plan to print the image
on, and the acceptable file size. Generally, the higher the
resolution, the larger the file. Often, however, the increased file
size does not result in a better printed image because many
printing methods cannot use all of the information stored in a
high-resolution scan.
The following table shows the recommended resolutions in
dots per inch or pixels per inch for some common image types
and printing methods.
Resolution guidelines
Printing method
Line art
Black and
white printer
color printer
Printing press/
image setter
You can change resolutions by clicking the Destination button
in EPSON TWAIN. Click on the resolution you want to change;
then select the new resolution from the resulting menu.
If you need more information on resolutions, see your scanner
User’s Guide.
Now that you know the basics, you’re ready to begin your own
scanning projects. If you need more information, see your
scanner, Photoshop, and Kai’s Power Tools manuals.
Copyrighted Materials
Like photocopiers, scanners can be misused by improper
copying of copyrighted material. Although Section 107 of the
U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 (Title 17, United States Code), the
“fair use” doctrine, permits limited copying in certain
circumstances, those circumstances may not be as broad as
some people assume. Unless you have the advice of a
knowledgeable attorney, be responsible and respectful by not
scanning published material without the permission of the
copyright holder.
Epson America, Inc.
20770 Madrona Avenue
Torrance, California 90503
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