Digital Darkroom (Photoshop Elements)

Getting photos from a scanner

Before you scan a photo, make sure that the software necessary for your scanner has been installed. Scanner drivers are provided and supported by your scanner manufacturer.  If you have problems with scanning, make sure that you are using the latest version of the appropriate scanner driver.

Tip iconIf you can't import the scan using the TWAIN interface, use the scanner manufacturer's software to scan your images, and save the images as TIFF, PICT, or BMP files. Then open the files in Photoshop Elements.

Related Subtopics:

Importing scanned photos
Importing photos using a TWAIN device
Importing photos using WIA  Support (scanner)
Optimizing the dynamic range of the scan

 

 

 

Importing scanned photos
You can directly import scanned photos from any scanner that has an Adobe Photoshop Elements-compatible plug-in module. See your scanner documentation for instructions on installing the scanner plug-in.

Tip iconIf your scanner does not have a compatible plug-in, you can import scanned photos using the TWAIN interface. (See Importing photos using a TWAIN device.)

To import the scan using a plug-in module:

Do one of the following:

bulletClick the Connect to Camera or Scanner button in the Welcome window, then choose the scanner name from the Import pop-up menu in the Select Import Source dialog box.
bulletChoose the scanner name from the File > Import submenu.

 

 

Importing photos using a TWAIN device

TWAIN is a cross-platform interface for acquiring images captured by certain scanners, digital cameras, and frame grabbers. The manufacturer of the TWAIN device must provide a Source Manager and TWAIN Data Source for your device to work with Photoshop Elements.

You must install the TWAIN device and its software, and restart your computer before you can use it to import images into Photoshop Elements. See the documentation provided by your device manufacturer for installation information.

To import a photo using the TWAIN interface:

Do one of the following:

bulletChoose File > Import, and choose the device you want to use from the submenu.
bulletClick the Connect to Camera or Scanner button in the Welcome window, then choose the scanner name from the Import pop-up menu in the Select Import Source dialog box.

 

Importing photos using WIA Support (scanner)
Windows Image Acquisition

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

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

To import images from a scanner using WIA Support:

  1. Choose File > Import > WIA Support.
  2. Choose a destination on your computer to save image files to.
  3. Click Start.
  4. 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.
  5. Make sure Unique Subfolder is selected so that the imported images are put directly into a folder named with the current date.
  6. Select the scanner that you want to use.

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

  7. Choose the kind of image you want to scan:
    bulletColor picture to use the default settings for scanning color images.
    bulletGrayscale picture to use the default settings for scanning grayscale images.
    bulletBlack and White picture or Text to use the default settings.
    bulletClick Adjust the Quality of the Scanned Picture to use custom settings.
  8. Click Preview to view the scan. Crop the scan if needed by pulling the rectangle so it surrounds the image.
  9. Click Scan.
  10. The scanned image will be saved in the .bmp file format.

 

 

Optimizing the dynamic range of the scan
 

Keep in mind that the human eye can detect a wider tonal range than can be printed. If your scanner allows, set the black and white points before scanning a file, to produce the best tonal range and capture the widest dynamic range. Then use the Photoshop Elements color adjustment tools to set the white and black points for the scanned image.

 

 
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