[sane-devel] requesting help with setup of Kodak 5100 AiO scanner

Rob Locher rob at roblocher.com
Tue Sep 2 23:15:05 UTC 2014

Hello all,

I have a Kodak 5100 All-in-One, and I'm trying to use XSane to scan with
it.  I'm trying to scan a simple black-and-white text document as a
bitmap, "line art" in other words, rather than sending the scan to OCR.
The default settings for "Gray" result in a terrible scan, and I haven't  
able to find much improvement by adjusting the gamma, brightness, and  
contrast.  My only two mode choices are "Color" and "Gray"; "Lineart"  
isn't an option for some reason.

Here's an example of a scanned document, using the default "Gray" settings:

I can get a usable "line art" image if I tweak the gamma, brightness, and  
contrast as best I can, scan to GIMP, and then use GIMP's Threshold tool.   
But that is far too much work for a single page, and the process wouldn't  
work for a multi-page document that needs to be scanned to a single PDF  
file.  I haven't even tried scanning a color document yet, and I don't  
think the results would be very usable if I did.

Would someone please point me in the right direction, or give me some  
advice, so that I can change the scanner default settings to be more  

- Rob

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