What are Scanned Images?
Scanning is the process of transforming documents from the `real world' form to digitized format that can be accessed through a computer. To do so a scanner is required that captures image or text from printed photographs, placards, magazines, newspapers and other such sources to make it editable on the computer. The make of a scanner is of various types - hand-held, feed-in, and flatbed. The scanners can scan both black-and-white colored images but the output could be a gray scale image (B&W) or color. Most scanners are compatible with all document formats and image storage types. But a scanned document has compendious size that creates problems in uploading, downloading, transfering and archiving. So minimizing scanned documents is necessary to augment their usability.
How to Minimize Scanned Images?
Some scanners can minimize scanned documents. These scanners also make the text "editable" using OCR software. However, if you intend to scan the text to an image file, you have a whole lot of options to choose from. There is a series of picture file types and the best of them is .jpg file. The size of .jpg files is generally small and the picture quality is good. Moreover you can also convert a .jpg file into PDF format for easier maintenance, operation and transfer. You will need a .jpg to PDF converter to do so, which is available on the Internet. Beside this there are lots of software on the Internet with plenty of features to minimize scanned documents.
What are the Consequences of Minimizing Scanned Images?
The list of consequences for minimizing scanned documents is not long as scanners are apt at transforming real documents into digital formats for a hassle free preservation and usage. This has been of great help to save old documents and photos from damages that are encountered due to wear and tear. The only concern for minimizing scanned documents is that it does not have the same resolution and quality of the original document. To get a good resolution in the minimized scanned document, the scanner's resolution should be set to the highest.