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In Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training, Jan Kabili highlights the key features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. She shows how to correct and enhance photographs, and how to organize a growing collection of digital photos. The course also explains how to use photos in creative projects like photo books, calendars, and greeting cards, and how to share work online and in print. Exercise files accompany the course.
Scanning your older printed photos is a great way to preserve them and to organize them along with the rest of your photo collection in Elements Organizer. One option is to scan your photos using the third-party scanning software that probably came with your scanner, or that you've downloaded from the scanner manufacturer's web site. If you do that, you can include the scanned file in your Organizer catalog on Mac or on Windows by going to the File menu at the top of the Organizer, choosing Get Photos and Videos, and going down to From Files and Folders.
And from here, you'd navigate to the location of your saved scan. This is the same process that I described in an earlier movie about importing files that are already on your computer. So I'm not going to go through it again here. But it's certainly an option when you're working with scans. However, if there is an Elements compatible scanner driver installed on your computer, you may be able to scan directly into Elements. On Windows, you can scan directly into the Organizer or into the Editor. On Mac, you can scan into the Editor, but not directly into the Organizer.
First, let's talk about how to scan into the Organizer on Windows. In the Organizer, I'm going to go up to the File menu and choose Get Photos and Videos>From Scanner, a choice that I don't have on a Mac. If the Get Photos from Scanner window pops up, I'll go to be Scanner field, and here I'll identify the Scanner driver that I want to use. You may see your scanner listed by manufacturer or model, or you may see a Twain driver like this, which is an industry standard used by many scanners.
You can choose either. If you can't select a driver in this menu, then, first check to see if your scanner is attached to your computer and turned on. If that doesn't help, contact your scanner manufacturer to see if they have a Photoshop Elements or maybe even a Photoshop-compatible driver or plug-in that you can download. And if the scanner manufacturer doesn't have such a thing, then, try using the stand-alone scanning method that I described at the beginning of this movie. The next field here Save Files In is telling me where my scan is going to be saved.
The default path is here in the Pictures folder, inside an Adobe subfolder, inside a Scanned Photos folder, all of which are made for me. If I want to save my scan elsewhere, I'll click the Browse button and navigate to another storage location on my computer. Next, I'm going to choose the format in which my scan will be saved. When I'm scanning a photo, I usually leave this set to jpeg. Then I set the jpeg Quality here to a level of about 8, on a scale of 1 to 12.
I usually leave Automatically Fix Red Eyes unchecked, because I know that I can fix red-eye caused by a camera flash later inside of Elements if I need to. Then when I click OK, the interface for my particular scanner will launch. Now, there are so many different scanning interfaces that it won't help you to see my scanning interface. But in general, the scanner interface is where I'll define the area to be scanned and set the size and resolution of the scan. If I'm scanning for print, I set resolution to 300 pixels per inch or PPI.
If I'm scanning for display on the web or screen, I'll set resolution to either 72 or 96 PPI, pixels per inch. And I usually set the width and height of the scan to the same width and height as the original or larger, so that I have plenty of image information to work with. Finally, there's a button in my scanner interface, as in most scanner interfaces that I'll click to start the scanner. When the scanner is finished, the scanned file will be saved as a JPEG in my Scanned Photos folder on my computer.
And I should see a thumbnail preview of the scanned photo here in the Organizer like this. That's a preview of a photo of me when I was a baby. So, that's how to scan directly into the Organizer on Windows only. Another alternative is to scan directly into Elements Editor on either Windows or Mac. To show you that, I'm going to switch to the Full Edit workspace in Elements by clicking the arrow to the right of the Fix tab here, on the right side of the Organizer, and from there I'll choose Full Photo Edit.
That opens the Full Editing workspace in Elements. Here on either Windows or Mac, I can go to the File menu and choose Import, and if there is an Elements compatible scanner driver on my computer, it should appear in this menu. Choosing that driver will open my particular scanning interface. And as I said before, my scanning interface is not the same as yours. So, I'm not going to bother going through it. But as I just described, it's in that interface that I'll choose my scanner settings and start the scanner.
When the scanner is finished, I'll see the scanned photo here in the Editor. Now, this image isn't yet saved to my computer, so it's important to go up to the File menu and choose Save As. In the Save As dialog box that opens, I'm going to navigate to the Scanned Photos folder, I'll give the File a name, I'll choose the Format, I'm going to leave this at JPEG, and importantly, I'm going to make sure that Include in the Elements Organizer is checked. I'll leave everything else in its defaults and I'll click Save.
And in the JPEG Options dialog box, I'll set the Quality to about 8 and click OK. Now, I could work on the file further here in the Editor, but I'm just going to close it for now by clicking the X on its tab. And now, I'm going to switch back to my Organizer by clicking the icon at the top-right of the Editor, and here in the Organizer, I'll click Show All. In the column of Folders on the left, I've navigated to my Scanned Photos folder and sure enough, there I can see a thumbnail preview of the photo that I just scanned directly into Elements Editor and saved to here in the Organizer.
So, that was our several different ways that you can scan your photos, so that you can work with them in Elements Organizer and its Editor. Regardless of which scanning method you use, there are couple more things that you may want to do to a scan. If you notice the dates under these thumbnail previews, they're both today's date, rather than the date that these photos were taken. And that's a result of scanning today. So, you may want to change these dates, and your scans may need cropping or straightening. And if you scanned multiple photos at once to save time, you'll want to divide the scan into multiple files.
I'll show you how to do all of that in other movies in this course. So, stay tuned.
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