I've searched around, and found multiple "solutions" and workarounds, but none of it fits what I want very well, and the answers I've seen conflict a lot. I'm on a Windows 7 64bit machine, running 64 bit Photoshop CS6 via the cloud (so it should be all up to date and everything). I'm using a CanoScan LIDE200 scanner. The scanner works using WIA (rather than TWAIN), but it is very basic and yields very unsatisfactory results with very little control. In searching around, I think I may have found a WIA driver, but in order to get it I'm required to download a proprietary "downloader" program- I'm sure with all the accompanied adware, etc..., and I refuse to do it. This was, I think, at ZDnet, and I'm not even sure the driver is what I'm looking for.
I read somewhere that downloading the 32 bit version of Photoshop will work, but I don't see where I can do that on the Adobe website. If this is the best solution, I was thinking of maybe using a 32 bit version of Elements instead of full-blown Photoshop.
What is the best solution for me? Is there anyone out there who has solved a similar problem? Is there a place I can get a driver (if there is such a driver)? Is there a 3rd party scanning software that would work better? Or does Adobe have a solution somewhere, or with some program?
Using the 32 bit version of Photoshop will require a Twain driver be installed. I am not familar with this scanner, but looks like the Canon drivers and scanning software only supports PDF and JPEG's as output. This may work for you, but I prefer my output in the TIFF format.
You might want to look into a product called Vuescan, available from http://www.hamrick.com/ - it supports your scanner and has won a number of awards. So why not download a trial and give it a try.
Before I upgraded to Win 7 (x64) I used to scan via Photoshop but now I much prefer to use either the native scanning software that came with my Epson Scanner, save as TIFF then open in Adobe Camera RAW - tweak the adjustments - then into Photoshop for final processing. I also use Silverfast as well - but have really settled on scanning with the Epson utility as it enables me to work on other applications while scanning. Scanning a 4x5 negative can take a while And to be honest I now do not miss not scanning directly from Photoshop
The Canon web site has drivers for Win7 x64 which would be needed if you went the Vuescan route.
Thanks for the reply.
The vast majority of scanning that I do is inked drawings in grayscale at 150 dpi. I scan directly into Photoshop to do some cleanup, adjust the levels, run a slight blur, then save as .jpg so I can place them into Illustrator for vectorization. So, scanning directly into Photoshop saves me a lot of time- especially where I don't need a lot of oomph like you do.
I'll definately look into Vuescan- it may not be quite as convenient for me as scanning directly into Photoshop, but at least I'd have some control.
I've been thinking over night, and I'm going to look into using the Gimp just for scanning. I haven't used it much, and, of course, prefer Photoshop, but it may work out for the simple scanning and adjustments that I need to make. -Can anyone reccomend a 3rd party software that might work better? Or can someone let me know how to get a 32 bit version of Photoshop Elements?
I got looking over my original post, and I think it may help for me to clarify something- the scanner I'm using (CanoScan LIDE200) is meant to be TWAIN, and I had been using it as such with my old 32bit version of Photoshop for a long time. When I upgraded from Photoshop CS3 to now 64 bit CS6, I , of course, couldn't use the TWAIN. What I mean by the scanner working using WIA is that I'm going to File/Import/WIA Support... in Photoshop and it will scan, but it is super basic with very little control, and I might as well be using 3rd party software with all the extra steps, conversions and adjustments I have to make.
Thanks for any suggestions.
Before the offer ends in December I would strongly urge you to get the Photoshop CS6 upgrade for $200. It comes packaged with both 32 and 64 bit versions. If you download the trial version you will get both binaries. Under 64 bit Windows you will have access to 2.3 GB of ram in the 32 bit version, more than enough for your projects. The 32 bit version comes with a twain plugin (I think you download that separately) and allow you to run your scanner as in CS3.
I know you talked about keeping up to date with the cloud version, but there's not much that needs updating in Photoshop CS6 given your needs.
If you can spare the cash and like to stay with PS,do that while you can.
Ok, just download the trial and the CS6 twain plugin and see if it meets your standards before you commit to buy. I had to leave quickly and forgot to get you the link for that.
This is what I ended up doing. Because I had originally downloaded the trial version of Photoshop that I later activated, I didn't know that when properly downloaded and installed both the 32 and 64 bit versions of Photoshop are installed. So I grabbed the TWAIN plugin from your link and followed the instructions on that page, and viola- everything works just fine. I'm opening 32 bit Photoshop for when I'm scanning, then the 64 bit version for when I'm photo editing, etc...
Thanks again for your replies