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Epson Expression 11000XL

The Epson 11000XL Scanner

Bryan Tor, Naman Sudan, Daniel Story | Updated Spring 2024

The Epson Expression 11000XL is an excellent photo scanner. It can scan objects that are transparent, and can produce high quality scans. At the DSC, the Expression 1000XL is connected to a Macintosh computer which has the VueScan software installed. VueScan helps users control aspects of their scan.

In addition to the basic scanning instructions in this tutorial, users can access the scanner's official user guide for more detailed questions and troubleshooting.


Setting Up

Power Button of the E11000XL Scanner

Using the provided cloth towel, wipe any dust or other material off of the scanner glass. Additionally, make sure the scanner is turned on, by pressing the button located on the lower left of the scanner's front.

Scanner Positioning

Straight edge document versus a newspaperYou may be scanning two different types of documents: those with a straight edge, and those with a rough edge. Straight edge documents are typically sheets of printed paper, while rough edge documents can be newspapers, books, or documents not in paper format. If the document does not align well with the ruler on the scanning bed, then users can assume that document has a rough edge.

Users should use their best judgment differentiating between straight edge and rough edge documents.


Align to the upper left hand corner of the scannerAlign straight edge documents right up to the upper left-hand corner of the scanner.


Rough edge documents are left a half inch buffer from the edgeAlign rough edge documents around to the upper left-hand corner of the scanner, with about a half-inch buffer between the edges.


Some items users wish to scan will be transparent (such as slides or film negatives). In these cases, we recommend users remove the document cover of the scanner. Also note, if using one of the plastic holders to scan film, position the holder in portrait orientation and in line with the mark for film along the top edge of the scanner bed.

Scanner with document cover on properlyWhen you are done, be sure to replace the document cover. This is what the scanner should look like with the document cover properly inserted in:


VueScan Settings

VueScan IconVueScan is a program used for image scanning available for use at the DSC. This guide explains how to use VueScan in conjunction with the Expression Scanner. The icon for the VueScan application is displayed on the right, and a shortcut to the program is on the taskbar.

Before opening VueScan, make sure the Expression Scanner is turned on, so that VueScan can identify which scanner it needs to use. Once you have opened the VueScan program, there will be a menu on the left-hand side of the application window. Make sure that its options match with the recommendations displayed bellow.


  • Scanning optionsOptions: Select either "Standard" or "Professional". This guide does not cover the "Basic" settings. The "Standard" settings have less options and you can save your scan to a desired file type. The "Professional" settings are more extensive, and all scans are saved as a TIFF file.
  • Task (Professional): Set the task field to what you want to do. You’ll typically want to select “Scan to a file.”
  • Source: You’ll want to make sure you’re scanning with the correct scanner (should be Expression11000).
  • Mode: If you are scanning a transparent item, where you have already removed the back cover of the scanner, select “Transparent.” Otherwise, select “Flatbed.”
  • Media: You’ll typically want to pick between "Color" or "Gray". The other options are outside the scope of this guide.
  • Media size: Select "Maximum". Users can crop out specific parts of the document later.
  • Bits per pixel: "24 bit RGB" is good for archival quality. "16 bit Gray" is good for access.
  • Preview resolution: You can leave this as "Auto". This is solely for what you see with preview, and will have no bearing on the actual product.
  • Scan resolution: Make this custom to set your own DPI. 300 dpi is a good resolution.
  • Auto rotate (Professional): Don’t select. Edits to what you scan can be made in post.
  • Auto flip (Professional): Don’t select. Edits to what you scan can be made in post.
  • Rotation: Don’t select. Edits to what you scan can be made in post.
  • Auto skew (Professional): Don’t select. Edits to what you scan can be made in post.
  • Skew (Professional): Don’t select. Edits to what you scan can be made in post.
  • Mirror: Don’t select. Edits to what you scan can be made in post.
  • Auto focus (Professional): Set it to manual.
  • Focus (Professional): Do not change.
  • Auto save: This will save files after “Preview” or “Scan,” depending on what you pick. Setting to “None” will only save if you click the Save button.
  • Auto print (Professional): This will automatically create a print after you “Preview” or “Scan,” depending on what you pick. We recommend you select “none.”
  • Auto repeat (Professional): This will repeat the scan process after a time delay. We recommend you select “None.”
  • Number of samples (Professional): This is the number of times that your item will be scanned. A higher number of samples will increase accuracy. However, it is usually unnecessary.
  • Lock image color (Professional): This setting will lock the black and white points used in the most recent scan or preview. Users should not check this off unless they have an understanding of what this does.
  • Default folder: This is where the file will be saved
  • File Type (Standard): What kind of file format the file should be saved in
  • <File Type> file name (Standard): What the file should be called
  • TIFF filename (Professional): This is what the TIFF file will be named.
  • Default options: This will reset all options you have selected back to their defaults. Users should not check this off.

The top tool bar has a collection of other options for users. We recommend users to leave these options at their default settings, which are listed bellow:

  • Crop: Manual. X and Y size should encompass the entire document, unless user is scanning only a selection of the entire document, the process of which is described bellow.
  • Filter: Nothing should be selected. Grain reduction should be set to "None."
  • Color: Color balance should be set to "None."
  • Output: Default folder should be set to "/Users/dscommons/Desktop."
  • Prefs: Nothing should be changed.

Marquee Tool

If users only need to scan a specific part of a large document, they can select the specific part of the document they would like to scan. First, select the Preview button to see a preview of the scan. Then, click and drag on the Preview to select the area that should only be scanned. A marquee box should form around the selected area.

Document with the correct sizeMoving marquee to right size



Saving Conventions

Users will need to save their scanned documents one scan at a time. Make sure you have default folder selected well.

Saving optionsChanging default folder