How to Create a Document Scan

How to Create a Document 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 and convert them into scanned images.  This is useful for archiving whiteboard data, business card info, and other documents.  Here’s how to get started.

Documents Scans

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

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

3) After capturing the image, 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 another document or presentation. 
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5) You can refine the document by pressing the Edit button in the tool tray at the bottom of the screen. Then press the Effects button...
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6) The Effects options are only available for scanned images. There are ten different Effects filters to choose from.   The examples below are Notebook, Crumpled, and Parchment.
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7) Press the check mark in the lower right corner to save and apply the Effect.


Rectify Tool

In some cases, the framing of the document may need to be manually adjusted. In the example below, multiple pages were photographed, but only the top page needs to be scanned.

  1. Photograph the documents. Be sure the blue framing square includes all of the target document. It’s OK if other elements are included.  Press the shutter.

  2. In the Gallery select the Scanned thumbnail and press Edit.

  3. Select Rectify in the tool tray and adjust the white framing aligning the four target circles with the four corners of your document.
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  4. Press the check mark in the lower right corner to crop and straighten the image.
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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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