Black and white or grayscale to scan handwritten notes

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  1. macgrl macrumors 65816

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    Hello all

    I am wanting to convert my handwritten research notes from paper to an electronic form to save space in my office. And so I have access to them on my iPad

    The majority of them are handwritten in black felt tip pen on white or yellow / legal pads.

    I wish to store them as PDFs and don't need to have OCR etc. What is the best setting to use.

    I have scanned some in black and white and it seems quite legible. Would using greyscale for hand writing be better? And just use b and w for typed documents?
     
  2. inscrewtable macrumors 68000

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    Better for what? If you are not concerned about getting the absolute smallest possible size then you are the best judge of what is better. I would say greyscale and then adjust the contrast to suit.
     
  3. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    You could just go ahead and try a few variations, eh? Only you can tell which will be easier to read.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I always scan handwritten notes in BW at 150DPI and it is more than clear enough for anything I need and gives me a fairly small file size per PDF.
     
  5. macgrl thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the replies..I have checked the scanning options on my brother all-in-one and there isn't a grayscale option..just text, black and white, color.

    What is text for? verses black and white?
     
  6. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    Why don't you try it and see?
     

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