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How to scan a magazine article onto a computer


Question Posted Monday June 15 2009, 6:10 am

I have had an article published in a glossy magazine and I want to scan it (as is) onto my computer. I, eventually, want to put it onto my website (not created yet) and allow people to see the article exactly as it appears in the magazine. Would that be a pdf file or something else? How do I do this properly?

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Razhie answered Monday June 15 2009, 4:17 pm:
First, you ask the permission of the magazine to repost a scan of the article.

Your contract or agreement with the magazine might allow you to repost it online yourself; HOWEVER, it's polite and professional to let them know of your intention to do so and ask them how to properly credit it. I know we never think of online information the same way we do essays, but if we want our information to be taken seriously and behave like professional writers, we should.

The upside of doing that is that they might be willing to provide you with a high res pdf image of the pages, and that will be clearer and a better quality then any scan you could possibly have made.

Pdfs are preferred for online document viewing. If you don’t know how to scan to a pdf yourself, take it to a print shop, or staples or something like that. They can give you nice, clean, high res scans in pdf and gif or jpg for just a few bucks, and it’s completely worth it.

Even though I know how to scan and edit images and text very well, when I’m needing a very nice scan at work, I often take the original to professionals to have it scanned. It’s just worth it to have the really good equipment do it.

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theymos answered Monday June 15 2009, 3:37 pm:
The scanner will output a large JPEG image. If the article is one page long, I would just use the image and would not bother with PDF. Use Irfanview to convert the JPEG image to PNG and to resize and crop if necessary:
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If it's longer than one page, PDF would be appropriate. Install doPDF:
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Format the article in a word processor as you wish it to appear in the PDF. Then print it to the virtual printer doPDF installed for you. doPDF will convert the printed document into a PDF file and save it to your computer. It will look exactly as it did in your word processor's "Print preview".

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