How to Scan with Your Tablet Computer

If you don't have a scanner, or are trying to be 'current', you can turn your tablet computer into a scanner. For the most part, it is much quicker than using a scanner. Yes, it is just taking a picture, but basically, that is what a scanner does. It takes a picture of your document.

  • Screenshots taken used an iPad 3 and the DocScan HD
  • On Android, apps like CamScanner can be used.

Steps

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    Get yourself a way to elevate and hold your device at a steady height. Technically, you can just hold it and do it, but if you are going to scan more than a couple of items, you want it held for you. Here is a box that is about 13–14 inches (33.0–35.6 cm) deep.
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    Remove at least one side of the box. You will need to light up what you are scanning. You can use sunlight or artificial light.
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    Turn the box over so that you are looking at the bottom of it. You use the bottom (if it's a cardboard box), because it will make your platform that much sturdier.
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    Cut a hole. You could make it elliptical or rectangular. Here, a rectangular shape is used. Cut it in the center of the box. (Best location).
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    Place your tablet (or smart phone) on top of your platform.
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    Turn on your scanning app. There are free ones and ones that you can buy. The difference is usually what you can do with the images once you are done.
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    Press the camera lens. This is telling the software that you want to scan, not use an image you have.
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    Locate what you are scanning and your device to get the best shot you can get. The advantage of the platform is there is no movement once your hand is removed from it.
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    Press the camera icon. This will scan the item.
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    Adjust what you want from the image. This app allows you to alter what you get by adjusting the green circles.
    • Here you see the adjusted scan.
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    Once you have it the way you want it, press Next. This will bring you to the completed scan and give you options for altering it.
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    Once done, press Save.

Tips

  • This can be done even 'cooler' if you make an actual sturdy frame from wood or some other material.
  • To find the apps, search for "Scanning app" and your type of tablet.

Article Info

Categories: Tablet Computers