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Even if you've gone digital, you probably have lots of print photos from your pre-digital days. You can preserve those photos digitally by scanning them into your computer via Elements and having Elements index them. To do that, of course, you have to attach your scanner to your computer and turn it on and you'll have to download and install from the scanner manufacturer's website the latest scanner driver. Then go to the File menu in the Organizer, choose Get Photos and Videos, and choose From Scanner.
In the Get photos from Scanner dialog box, go to the Scanner field and click to see a list of all the drivers that you can use with your particular scanner. If you have a choice that says Twain, that's the better of the choices, because the Twain driver usually offers more options that will help you to get a good scan. So I'm going to go ahead and choose TWAIN. You can browse to the location where you want to save the scan, or you can just accept the default location as I'm going to do. In the Save As dialog box, if I'm scanning a photograph, I usually set the format to JPEG, which is a common a format for photographs. The JPEG format allows you to adjust the compression quality. The higher the quality, the better the photo will look, but the bigger its file size would be. I usually put Quality somewhere around 10-12. I'm going to skip the Automatic Fix Red Eyes.
I prefer to do functions like this manually, rather than allow the computer to guess at them, and I'm going to click OK. The scanner interface opens. This is the manufacturer's scanner interface; it is not an Elements dialog box. As you can see on the right, this particular scanner driver offers lots of options for correcting your photo during the scan. The most important of these is always the Size and the Resolution. I suggest you scan at least the original size and that you set the resolution so that your file has more than enough pixels for whatever output you plan.
If you're planning to print your file, I suggest setting your resolution at somewhere between 240 pixels and 360 pixels. If you're scanning for output to the screen or the web, then 72 to 96 pixels would do. This particular scanner software previews the scan before it does the actual scan and it gives you these marching ants on which you can click and drag to crop in, just scan a smaller portion of the image. When you're ready, click Accept and that begins to scan. Here in the Organizer you can see the thumbnail image of the scan and the usual dialog box telling you that the only photo you can now see as the one you just imported. Click OK and notice that the date under this photo is today's date.
That's the one problem with scans. The date is always the date in which the photo went through the scanner, rather than the date on which the photograph was actually taken in the camera. In a later movie, we'll find a way to change the dates of photos inside of Elements. But that's how easy it is to take your old photos and make them digital.
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