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Scanning photos

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Video: Scanning photos

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.

Scanning photos

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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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

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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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