Harmony Scan Guide > Scanning > Scanning Drawings > Scanning with the Automatic Document Feeder

Scanning with the Automatic Document Feeder

If the selected scanner supports an automatic document feeder (ADF), you can set your scanner to automatically feed the drawings for scanning. There are two options for doing this: automatically scanning the drawings or scanning drawings one at a time.

You can use the ADF to scan a stack of drawings continuously on a black and white scanner. Many scanner models support up to A3-sized paper in the ADF (15 field). If you are scanning a 16-field drawing, you may have to manually peg it on the scanner.

Since you must splice multiple drawings in a pan cel together once you have scanned them all, you cannot feed pan drawings through the ADF. When you use the black and white scanner’s ADF to scan a stack of drawings, the scanner optically detects the peg holes on the drawing and registers the image accordingly.

NOTE: Do not insert the drawings too tightly on the inside of the ADF or multiple drawings may feed through at the same time, causing registration errors.
  1. Slide the other paper guide over (closest to the front of the scanner) so that it slightly touches the drawings. You are now ready to scan the drawings.
  1. Select a scanning mode from the Feed menu:
Autofeed: Scans all the drawings in the automatic document feed (ADF).
Autofeed (One): Accepts one drawing from the ADF when the Scan button is pressed.
  1. Click Scan.

The scanner begins to capture the drawings. You can interrupt the scan by clicking the Stop button—see Stopping the Scanning Process.

As the scanner captures the drawings:

The drawing appears in the Image panel.
You should check the drawings as the scanner captures them to ensure that the line quality is consistent from drawing to drawing. If necessary, adjust the threshold for a drawing.
You can modify the scale to better view the drawings.
If you selected the Autofeed option, the animator’s label for the drawing you just scanned appears in the Last Scanned panel, which appears only when using the Autofeed or Autofeed (One) modes. A portion of the entire scanned image appears in this window. Scroll to the animator’s label using the scroll bars.
The entire drawing appears in Frame Preview panel.
When the scan is complete, the Drawing List tags the drawing as Scanned and highlights the next drawing.
If an optical registration error occurs, a dialog box appears.

- Make sure to place the drawing correctly in the ADF and there are no tears or rips on the drawing’s registration holes. Try feeding and scanning the drawing again by clicking Retry.

- The size of the paper you used may not be close enough to a standard 12-field paper size. Harmony looks for the centre peg hole at a specific distance from the leading edge of the paper (give or take an inch).

- To correct this error, you must scan these drawings on a flatbed scanner instead of using an ADF scanner.

- To continue scanning and fix the drawing later, click Skip Drawing. The scanner marks the drawing as "Not Scanned" and the autofeed takes the next drawing.

When the scanner captures the last drawing in the Drawing List, the Scan and Preview buttons become active again.

  1. If you want to rescan a drawing, simply select the cell name from the Drawing List and click Scan.
Remember to change the feed mode you selected before clicking the Scan button. If you are scanning one drawing, select Autofeed (One) from the Feed menu.
If you are rescanning more than one drawing, select Edit > Drawing List, type the names of the drawings you want to rescan, and click OK.
NOTE: If a paper jam occurs in the ADF (with the compatible scanners), use the Eject Page command to eject the jammed page. Select Scanner > Eject Page. If the option is not compatible with your scanner, the command will be greyed out.