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I have a Microtek scanner and Scanwiz twain32 software and adobe PS 5.01. For some reason(this just started) when I scan an image, that portion of the scan that does not contain the image is black. Which when printing uses up a lot of ink unless I crop first. How do I get the "background" outside the image to be white or transparent? Also how can I make the Scanwiz default  to 256 shades of gray and not millions of colors?
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Tell me you are not scanning the whole canvas of the Flatbed scanner?  You should be able to draw a selection around just your image in the preview mode.

As far as the black background, try putting a piece of white paper on top of your image and then close the lid.  The inside of the lid on most scanners should be white for this reason.  If not you could try taping a sheet of white paper onto the inside of the lid and just leave it on there.  Anything outside of the photo or document should have the white background of the paper.

I would also check what mode your scanner is running.  Make sure it is set to reflective. If it is set to transparencies, it might cause this result.


I always edit my images after the scan. ( Cropping, color correction, unsharpen mask, rotate... etc.)  These are things you just have to do if you want your images to look as professional as possible.

I have used Microtek scanners before but cant remember if there is a setting to change the default color mode.  If there was it would likely be in the preference under Edit in the Menu Bar.
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