I have been working on my grandfather’s history, and part of that process involves scanning a lot of photos. I don’t know about you, but that is not my favorite thing to do! However, the alternative of letting those photos continue to fade and die a slow death is not something I want either.
Scanning can be very tedious and time consuming. Lucky for us, Photoshop and Photoshop Elements have a way to speed up the process a bit.
Here is a lazy way to scan faster.
Step One: Scan Your Photos
- Place as many photos as will fit on your scanner bed. Make sure that you leave a gap between the images. Don’t worry about making them super straight.
- Place a piece of black paper over the photos.
- Using your scanning software, scan the images as color .jpg images at 300 dpi.
- Save the scanned photos to your computer.
Step Two: Open and Crop the Photos
- Open (File > Open) your saved photos .jpg file.
- In the Menu Bar, choose Image > Divide Scanned Photos. (Photoshop: Choose File > Automate > Crop and Straighten Photos.)
All your photos should be neatly cropped and straitened for you. If it fails, try rescanning with more space between the photos. I also discovered that it did not work well if I had the Crop tool activated. Try activating the Move tool before you run the automation.
Step Three: Rotate and Save
If your pictures are turned the wrong direction, you may want to rotate them before saving.
- In the Menu Bar, choose Image > Rotate > 90° Left or 90° Right. (Photoshop: Choose Image > Image Rotation > 90° CW or 90° CCW.)
- Save (File > Save) each individual file.
Isn’t being lazy great?