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Dividing scanned photos

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Video: Dividing scanned photos

To save time when you're scanning, you can scan several photos at once on a flatbed scanner and let Elements automatically divide them into separate images for you. Here is a composite scan that I made by placing three of my old baby photos on my flatbed scanner with some white space between them. I didn't worry about getting them straight on the scanner bed as you can see, because I knew that Elements would straighten them up for me when it divides them into separate images. Right now I'm in Elements' Organizer, but the Divide Scanned Images command is in the Editor not the Organizer.

Dividing scanned photos

To save time when you're scanning, you can scan several photos at once on a flatbed scanner and let Elements automatically divide them into separate images for you. Here is a composite scan that I made by placing three of my old baby photos on my flatbed scanner with some white space between them. I didn't worry about getting them straight on the scanner bed as you can see, because I knew that Elements would straighten them up for me when it divides them into separate images. Right now I'm in Elements' Organizer, but the Divide Scanned Images command is in the Editor not the Organizer.

So I want to open this composite scan into the Editor as you can if you're following along with the course files. I will right-click on this thumbnail preview or Ctrl+Click on a one button mouse. I will choose Edit with Photoshop Elements. That launches Elements' Editor and opens the composite scan ready for me to work on it here in Full Edit mode. I will go up to the Image menu and I'm going to choose Divide Scanned Photos. Right away I can see that Elements is creating separate photos from each of those in the composite scan.

Down in the Project Bin I can see that I now have four open files, the original composite scan and these three separated images that Elements just made for me. In the document window I can see that I have four tabs. The first tab is the composite image and then there are three separate tabs, one for each of the separated images. By the way a quick way to cycle through these tabs is to press Ctrl+Tab on your keyboard and either Mac or Windows.

Now this image looks a bit pixilated and that's because it's been displayed on my screen at more than 100% as I can see here in the tab. I would like to view it at 100% .So with this tab selected I will get the Zoom tool in the toolbox and I'll go to the options bar and I will click 1:1. Now I have a better idea of what this image really looks like. If I want to set all the other open images to 100% view, I can go up to the Window menu and choose Images>Match Zoom.

Now all of the images are at 100%. As you can see, Elements did a pretty good job of straightening up these images when it divided them, but around the edges of some of these images there is a little bit of white space and I could use the Crop tool to crop that way. I'll show you how to use the Crop tool in another movie later. But for now I want to do something very important and that is to save all of these images. Down in the Project Bin notice that there is an icon on the top right of each one of the separate images, but not on the composite scan.

That icon means that something has been done to the image and after that the image hasn't been saved. In fact, the separate photos have never been saved. So if I were to close them now without saving, they would be gone forever. The fastest way to save all of the images is to do all at once by going up to the File menu and choosing Close All. One by one Elements will ask if I want to save each of these separate photos. I will click Yes, and that opens the Save As dialog box.

Here I'm going to navigate to my desktop and to my projects folder which I created earlier. If you haven't made a projects folder on the desktop then click the Create New Folder icon and make one now. I'll go into the projects folder and then I fill out the rest of the fields. I could change the File name, but I will just leave it at its default. I could change the Format, but I would like to leave that at its default of JPEG. And I want to make sure that there is a check mark next to Include in the Elements Organizer so that my individual photo is included there as well.

I'll leave the color management settings as they are and I will click Save. In this JPEG options dialog box, I'll enter 8 in the Quality field and I will click OK. Before closing each of the other two separated images Elements is going to ask if I want to save it is well. So again I will click, Yes. I will save in the same place in my projects folder. I will include in the Elements Organizer and I'll Save As JPEG and click Save. Again, I will set the Quality to 8 and click OK.

I will do that one more time, Yes, check that all of the fields are as I want them. Click Save. Set the Quality to 8 and click OK. You may have noticed that composite scan closed without asking if I wanted to save it, and that's because I haven't made any changes to that image. When all the files are closed I will go back to the Organizer if Elements hasn't already taken me there by clicking the Organizer button at the top of the screen. Here, I can see my original composite scan.

But if I scroll down in the Organizer and I click on the projects folder that's on my desktop, I will see the individual images that Elements created for me. Now if you don't see all three of your individual images here, give Elements a little nudge by going up to the Display menu and switching to Thumbnail view and then switching it back to Folder Location view. That seems to be a little bit of the bug in Folder Location view on my system. Now the technique that I showed you here for automatically dividing a composite scan into separate images can be a real timesaver when you're trying to scan lots of photos.

Here's an extra tip. If Elements has trouble separating your composite scan into the right individual images, try resetting of the photos on your flatbed scanner with a little more white space between them and perhaps add a dark piece of paper on top of the photos on the scanner bed to increase contrast to their edges and then try scanning again.

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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

120 video lessons · 15429 viewers

Jan Kabili
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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
      52s
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at Photoshop.com
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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