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0002    :description: digiKam Import From Digital Scanner
0003    :keywords: digiKam, documentation, user manual, photo management, open source, free, learn, easy, scanner, import
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0007    :authors: - digiKam Team
0009    :license: see Credits and License page for details (https://docs.digikam.org/en/credits_license.html)
0011 .. _scanner_import:
0013 Import From Scanner
0014 ===================
0016 .. contents::
0018 This tool is dedicated to scan images using a flat scanner. It uses an interface for `SANE Library <http://sane-project.org/>`_ to control scanner devices. It can save images in all main image containers that digiKam support.
0020 .. note::
0022     You can check the status of your scanner support from the SANE project website by using `this manufacturers list <http://www.sane-project.org/sane-mfgs.html>`_.
0024 If the selected scanner cannot be opened or if no default scanner is provided, a scanner selection dialog is opened.
0026 The user can choose the scanner to be used and press **OK** to open the scanner. Pressing **Cancel** will cause the tool to exit.
0028 In case no devices were found, maybe because the scanner is not plugged in or switched off, correct that. Then the **Reload device list** can be used to reload the list of scanners.
0030 .. figure:: images/scanner_error_dialog.webp
0031     :alt:
0032     :align: center
0034     The Scanner Import Error Dialog
0036 .. note::
0038     Not all drivers or backends support this feature. In that case quit the tool, connect your scanner and restart digiKam.
0040 .. figure:: images/scanner_basic_options.webp
0041     :alt:
0042     :align: center
0044     The Basic Options View from Scanner Import Dialog
0046 In the main window, the user has two sets of scan options: Basic, Advanced, or Specific Options. The **Basic Options** tab contains the most common parameters that the SANE scanner backends provide, the **Advanced Options** contains the analog gamma tables, while the **Scanner Specific Options** tab contains all the options of the backend. The options listed here depend on SANE support for your driver: the interface should be able to display most of the types of parameters that SANE provides. 
0048 .. figure:: images/scanner_advanced_options.webp
0049     :alt:
0050     :align: center
0052     The Advanced Options View from Scanner Import Dialog
0054 The **Scanner specific options** contains more detailed options of the backends. The tool does not have any special handling for these options.
0056 .. figure:: images/scanner_specific_options.webp
0057     :alt:
0058     :align: center
0060     The Specific Options View from Scanner Import Dialog
0062 If you are satisfied with your settings, you can use the little arrow on the top of the options splitter. When clicked it collapses or expands the options. The collapser can overlap the preview area, but fades away when the mouse cursor moves out of the collapser.
0064 To scan an image, the user can start with a preview scan and then select the part of the scan area to do the final scan on. The preview scan is started by pressing the **Preview** button.
0066 .. figure:: images/scanner_scan_preview.webp
0067     :alt:
0068     :align: center
0070     The Digital Preview from Scanner Import Dialog
0072 When the preview is scanned the area for the final image can be selected. When the image is selected the final image can be acquired by pressing the final **Scan** button. You will see the progress of the scan.
0074 Sometimes you need only certain parts of an image. Instead of scanning the whole picture and then using the Image Editor to save the different image parts into separate files, use the tool multiple selection feature.
0076 .. figure:: images/scanner_scan_multisel.webp
0077     :alt:
0078     :align: center
0080     The Multiple Selection over Preview from Scanner Import Dialog
0082 Scan a preview and then use the left mouse button to select the first part of the image in the preview. Hover the selected area with mouse cursor and click on the **Green Plus** button to select the area. Selected areas are indicated by a red border. Now select the next parts of the image in the same way.
0084 To remove a single selection hover the area with the mouse cursor and click on the **Red Minus** button. With **Clear Selections** from the context menu launched with the right mouse button all selections in a preview can be removed.
0086 If you placed two separate images or photos on you scanner and started a preview the tool automatically preselect the different areas.
0088 If you are satisfied with your choice starting the final batch scan of all selections. The selected parts of the image are scanned and saved separately into different files.