Is the original a second-generation photo or picture?
Reprinted photographs, such as those in newspapers or magazines, are printed by using tiny
dots of ink that make an interpretation of the original photograph, which dramatically
decreases the quality. Often, the ink dots form unwanted patterns that can be detected when
the image is scanned, printed, or appears onscreen. If the following suggestions do not solve
your problem, you might need to use a better-quality version of the original.
To eliminate the patterns, try reducing the size of the image after scanning.
Print the scanned image to see if the quality is better.
Make sure that your resolution and color settings are correct for the type of scan job that
you are performing. See
Scanner resolution and color
for more information.
For best results, use the flatbed scanner for scanning rather than the automatic document