IU Music Library - Scanning a score to import into Sibelius

William and Gayle Cook Music Library – IUB
Scanning a score to import into Sibelius
LOCATED in the Dock: Music Department >Sibelius

Additional Help
For more help on score scanning, see the help menu in Sibelius. There are also hardcopies of the manual in both the closed reserve section of the circulation desk and in the mltech office.

For more help on importing into Finale, see the Help menu

1. First, the score excerpt must be scanned as a gray scale TIFF file at 300 dpi. See the Scanning tutorial for assistance.

2. Open Sibelius
- Click and hold (or right-click once) the Music folder and choose Sibelius.

2. In order to capture a scanned image and translate it into a notation file, Sibelius uses a program called PhotoScore Professional. Immediately when Sibelius opens, the following dialogue box appears. To initiate a scan through PhotoScore, choose the scan button.


If at any time you decide to a scan after having already launched the program, choose the scan button in the main pallette:


After PhotoScore opens, choosing 'Scan Pages' will bring the page into view. The next step is for Photoscore to read what has been imported. To do this, choose the 'Place at End of Score' option under the 'Read' menu.

You may receive a message similar to the one below, indicating that there are discrepancies between the 'read' and general notation principles. Just click 'Yes'.

The scan now should have been interpreted as a notation file and is ready to import into Sibelius. Choose the Sibelius option in the 'Send To' menu under the 'File' menu:


NOTE: The latest version of Sibelius has very limited accuracy when importing a scan. Many times the amount of editing required to duplicate the original is greater than creating a new document from scratch. 


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