Scan a document or image in Preview on Mac
You can scan images or documents in Preview using a document-feeding or flatbed scanner.
You can also scan a document or image to import into Preview and save on your Mac. When you’re ready to scan, choose File > Import from iPhone or iPad, then choose Scan Documents. See Insert photos and scans with Continuity Camera on Mac.
Prepare the pages.
Document-feeding scanner: Place the pages in the scanner’s document feeder.
You can scan several pages at once. The same settings are used for all the pages in the feeder. If pages need different settings (for example, some are greyscale and some are colour), scan them in different groups.
Flatbed scanner: Place the items on the scanner bed.
You can scan several smaller images at once, save each image in its own file, and straighten any images that were crooked on the bed during scanning.
In the Preview app on your Mac, choose File > Import from Scanner > [scanner].
You see the Import dialogue showing the overview scan being prepared.
If you don’t see your scanner in the list, make sure it’s set up in Printers & Scanners preferences. For information about adding scanners, see Set up a scanner.
Set scanning options. You may need to click Show Details to see all the available options. You can choose any of the following:
Scan Mode: Choose Flatbed or Document Feeder from the pop-up menu.
Kind: Choose a document type.
Choose Text for black and white images with high contrast, such as a text document; choose Black & White for greyscale images; and choose Colour for colour images.
Orientation: Select Duplex to scan both sides of a page.
Size: Choose a size for the scanned item.
Image Correction: Adjust the colour or exposure of the scanned image. Choose Manual, then adjust the controls.
Scan To: Choose where to save the scanned items. If you can’t see this option, you can choose a location to save your scans later, once scanning is complete and your scan opens in Preview.
If you don’t see the image correction controls, scroll down or make the Scanner window taller.
The scanner scans the pages one at a time.
All the scanned items open in one window.
Tip: You can also choose Edit > Insert > Page from Scanner to add a page from a scanner to an open document.