Importing photos from a digital camera

Tip icon   The best way to move images onto your computers hard drive or other storage device is by the use of a memory card reader. Once the photographs have been copied you can simply open them in Photoshop Elements by using File > Open. located on the menu bar.

Photoshop Elements works with digital camera software to import images directly from a camera. Make sure that the software and drivers that came with your digital camera are properly installed before you import images.

There are several ways digital cameras connect to computers. Be sure to check the documentation that came with your camera before you try to import photos.

To import photos:

  1. Follow the procedures in the digital camera documentation to install any software that came with your camera and to connect the digital camera to your computer.
  2. Do one of the following:
    bulletClick the Connect to Camera or Scanner button in the Welcome window, and then choose the digital camera name from the Import pop-up menu in the Select Import Source dialog box.
    bulletChoose File > Import, and select your digital camera from the submenu.

    Note: If the camera name does not appear in the submenu, verify that the software and drivers were installed properly.

  3. Once the digital camera software launches, import the desired images as you would if you were downloading them to your computer.
  4. Save the imported image as a Photoshop Elements file.

 

Importing photos from digital cameras mounted to your computer

Certain digital cameras are connected, or mounted, to your computer in such a way that they are treated as additional storage devices. You can browse the contents of your mounted digital cameras as you would a CD-ROM drive or a hard disk drive.

Note: Some cameras mounted to your computer cannot be accessed via the Import command. In that case, you can use the File > Open command and then navigate to your camera to retrieve your photos.

Some mounted cameras require that you install manufacturer's software before you can connect the camera to your computer, so check any documentation that came with your camera.

To import photos from a mounted digital camera:

  1. Connect your digital camera to your computer as directed in the documentation accompanying your camera.
  2. Once your camera is detected by your computer, launch Photoshop Elements.
  3. Do one of the following:
    bulletClick the Browse for File button in the Welcome window, or choose Window > File Browser to browse the contents of your digital camera and open photos.
    bulletChoose File > Open to navigate to a specific photo.
  4. Save your photos as .psd files on your computer so you can edit them in Photoshop Elements.

 

Importing photos using WIA Support (digital camera)

You can use WIA Support to import images from certain digital cameras. When you use WIA Support, Photoshop Elements works with Windows Me, Windows XP or later, and your digital camera software to import images.

Note: WIA Support is only available if you are using Windows Me, Windows XP or later.

To import images from a digital camera using WIA support:

  1. Choose File > Import > WIA Support.
  2. Choose a destination on your computer for saving your image files.
  3. Make sure Open Acquired Images in Photoshop Elements is checked. If you have a large number of images to import, or if you want to edit the images at a later time, deselect it.
  4. Make sure Unique Subfolder is selected so that the imported images are put directly into a folder named with the current date.
  5. Click Start.
  6. Select the digital camera from which you want to import images.

    Note: If the name of your camera does not appear in the submenu, verify that the software and drivers were properly installed and that the camera is connected.

  7. Choose the image or images you want to import:
    bulletClick the image from the list of thumbnails to import the image.
    bulletHold down Shift and click on multiple images to import them at the same time.
    bulletClick Select All to import all available images.
  8. Click Get Picture to import the image.

 

Getting images from video

You can quickly and easily capture frames from your digital videos using the Frame from Video command. When you see a frame you'd like to import as a still image, click the Grab Frame button, or simply press the space bar.

Your video clips must be saved in video file formats that Photoshop Elements can open in the Frame for Video dialog box. Windows formats include .avi, .mpg, and .mpeg, and Mac OS formats include QuickTime and .mpeg.

To acquire still frames from a video:

  1. Do one of the following:
    bulletChoose File > Import > Frame from Video.
    bulletClick the Connect to Camera or Scanner button in the Welcome window, and then choose Frame from Video from the Import pop-up menu in the Select Import Source dialog box.
  2. In the Frame from Video dialog box, click the Browse button, navigate to the video from which you want to acquire still frames, and then click Open.
  3. To start the video, click the Play button Play button .
  4. To import a frame of the video as a still image, click the Grab Frame button or press the space bar when the frame is visible on the screen. You can move forward and backward in the video to capture additional frames.

    Note: Some video formats don't support rewinding or fast-forwarding. In these cases, the Rewind and Fast Forward buttons are grayed out.

  5. When you have all the frames you want, click the Done button.
  6. Save the still files in Photoshop Elements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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