In this tutorial, learn how to scan to PDF or how to do a PDF scan using Acrobat X or Acrobat XI, including tips on how to pick input and output settings and create searchable text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR).
Donna Baker March 23, 2012
To start your scan, click Create > PDF from Scanner. ; if you aren’t sure what settings to use, click Custom Scan to open the Custom Scan dialog box.
You see your default scanner chosen automatically. Click Options to use your scanner’s interface instead of the Acrobat interface (Windows). Choose several Input settings. Click the Color Mode drop-down arrow and pick a color mode. Pick Black and white for plain text, Grayscale or Color for images and graphics, or Autodetect to let Acrobat decide!
Click the Resolution drop-down arrow to pick a level of detail. 300 DPI (dots per inch) is great for basic text and graphics. Use high resolutions for high-quality image scans.
Click Prompt for scanning more pages to see a popup after each scan to continue scanning.
Then pick your output settings. Acrobat creates a new PDF file by default. To scan several files, click the Multiple files check box and then click More Options to pick other settings, like making a PDF Portfolio. If you want to attach your new scan to an existing file, click the Append to existing file or portfolio button, click Browse to locate and select the file (shown here).
There are two important final settings to choose: Drag the slider to set the scan quality; click the Make Searchable (Run OCR) check box to capture text from the scanned page.
When you're ready, click Scan. Locate and select the location for the new file in the Browse For Folder dialog box, then click
OK to start the scan process. You’ll see various dialog boxes, depending on your scanner.
Your scan opens in Acrobat - and is often rotated incorrectly. Click Rotate on the QuickTools toolbar to open the Rotate Pages dialog box. Clockwise 90 degrees selects by default (it’s the most common problem). Click OK to turn the page and close the dialog box.
Your new PDF file is ready.
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