What should I do if my scanned images are distorted or pixelated?

If your scanned images are distorted or pixelated, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can take to try and resolve the issue.

First of all, check the resolution of your scans. Resolution is measured in dots per inch (DPI), which determines the sharpness and clarity of an image. The higher the number, the better the quality. For example, if you’re using a flatbed scanner that can scan up to 1200 dpi, but you only scan at 300 dpi, the image will not be as clear as it could be. If the resolution of your scans is too low, try scanning again at a higher resolution.

Second, make sure your document is properly aligned when scanning. If it’s not, the results could be distorted. This is especially true when using a sheetfed scanner, which typically requires the edges of the document to be lined up with the scanner bed. With a flatbed scanner, you’ll need to make sure that the document is centered on the glass plate.

In addition, check the settings on your scanner. Some scanners feature a “deskew” option that should be turned on when scanning documents such as letters or books. This setting helps correct any distortion caused by a slanted original document.

Finally, if the problem persists, it may be time to clean your scanner. Over time, dust and dirt can accumulate on the imaging elements of your scanner which can lead to distorted or pixelated images. To clean your scanner, use a soft brush or lint-free cloth to remove any dust and debris from the glass plate and other exposed surfaces.

By following these tips, hopefully you’ll be able to get rid of any distortions or pixelations when scanning your documents.