I have an HP Deskjet 3054. I'm scanning using Apple's Image Capture app, and am trying to set the bit-depth to something higher than the default as all of my images come into Photoshop as 8-bit.

I'd rather not have to pay for Vuescan, if there's a free alternative available.

  • \$\begingroup\$ It seems all the way back in '99 this was a question discussions.apple.com/thread/2028155?start=0&tstart=0. What scanner are you using, I assume it is a scanner? Have you been able to scan with higher bit depth with other software? \$\endgroup\$
    – Alendri
    Oct 2, 2012 at 19:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ HP Deskjet 3054. It seems VueScan allows scanning at higher bit depths but I would prefer to use free software. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 2, 2012 at 19:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ And you're not using the HP software because...? \$\endgroup\$
    – user2719
    Oct 2, 2012 at 21:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ If I go to File > Import > Images from Device in Photoshop, it opens Image Capture. Also, there is no option to select bit depth in HP Scan 3 either. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 3, 2012 at 17:23

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An option to do what you want with Apple's Image Capture does not appear to exist. See Mac Basics: Using a scanner.

  • If available, you can try software provided by the scanner manufacturer.

  • You may be able to use TWAIN SANE if your scanner is supported.


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