How to Create a Whiteboard Scan

How to Create a Whiteboard Scan with Microsoft Pix

The latest Microsoft Pix update features a new tool that enables you to capture photos of whiteboards, business cards, and other documents; then convert them into scanned images. Here’s how to get started.


  1. Start by installing the latest version of Microsoft Pix (v1.1.3 or later).

  2. Photograph the whiteboard. You will see a blue frame around the subject and a small indicator at the top of the viewfinder that reads “Whiteboard”.
    This confirms that Microsoft Pix will create scanned version of the photo.
    Your composition doesn’t need to be perfect, Microsoft Pix will automatically correct the image.

  3. After capture, press the small round thumbnail at the bottom left of the screen to open the Gallery and view the image. 

  4. At the top of the screen there will be two thumbnails, Best Image and Scanned. Select the Scanned version for use in a document or presentation. 
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  1. You can refine the Scanned image by pressing the Edit button in the tool tray at the bottom of the screen. 

  2. Next, press the Effects button. Effects options are only available for scanned images.  There are ten different filters that can be applied to enhance the photo. The “Whiteboard” effect will increase the contrast, brighten the whites, and darken the writing and illustrations. 
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  3. Press the check mark in the lower right corner to apply the effect and save the scan.


Manual Scan

Occasionally, a photo of a document, whiteboard, or business card won’t produce a scanned image. When viewing the photo in the Gallery, there may be a Scan button in the lower left corner.

Simply press it and Microsoft Pix will produce a Scanned version of the image.





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