Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Scanning existing photos, part of Getting Started with Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2.
- So we now know how easy it is to get photos from a digital camera into Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2. But what about a different scenario? We all have printed photos stored away somewhere and it might be nice to be able to touch them up or even restore some of the older ones perhaps. The best way to get paper photos into Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 so we can work on them is via a scanner. And there's a couple of different ways we can do this. Now obviously, you're gonna need a scanner connected to your PC and you should have a photo ready to scan to follow along.
Let's give this a shot. One of the ways to scan a photo into the application here is from the learning center. Now if I come down here to get photos and give that a click, you'll see that one of the options that shows up now is Scan or Use your scanner. What that could say is you use your scanning software because that's exactly what's going to happen When you installed your scanner to your PC there was a software that came with it. And if we were to click this button now, we would be using the scanning software that came with our scanner. That would be different for everybody out there depending on the scanner, and the version, and the model, et cetera, the software, it would be different for each person.
But if we wanna use Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 to do the scanning and work with our photo before we bring it in, we can do that a different way. And that's what I wanna show you here. We go up to the file menu. We're gonna come down to Import. And over here on the right, you can see From Scanner or Camera is an option. When I click on that one, it's gonna go right to my scanning option because I don't have my camera turned on or connected to my PC right now. So it asked me what do I wanna scan? This is nice.
We wouldn't get this with our scanning software. You might but it's gonna look a little bit different. Here in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, we have some options is it gonna be a colored picture that we're scanning, is it an old black and white, grayscale picture, is it something like a newspaper article or something where you'd have black and white picture or text, or do we wanna go to some custom settings? Well, I am actually scanning a color picture. It's set up already on the scanning bed. Before I hit Preview to see what that's going to look like, notice down here, I also have a link that says Adjust the quality of the scanned picture.
And if I click on that I've got some advanced properties showing up. So I can adjust the brightness, the contrast. Look at the resolution or the dots per inch. Right now it's set by default to 300 which is great if I plan on printing these out. If I'm just gonna use the image that I scanned here on a webpage or it's only gonna show up on screen on the computer, I may wanna bump that down. And I can use these little buttons here to do it . You can see I can go down to 150, there's 100, 50, and so on. I'm gonna bump it up to 150 and leave it right there.
The picture type is Color picture because that's what was selected before I came in but I could go back to one of those other options from here. We'll leave it at Color picture and we'll click OK. So notice now that Custom Settings has been selected because I made some changes from the original default when Color picture was selected. So if I click Preview now, I'm gonna have to wait for my scanner to warm up. Every scanner has a light bulb that needs to be warmed up. And then the preview shows up here on screen and you can see I've actually got three pictures on my scanning bed that have been scanned here.
So in this lesson, we're just gonna work with one of them. The area that I want to scan is this top picture here. And you'll notice I've got handles around this border that shows up around all three of my images. So the software is doing its best to select the area that needs to be scanned and leave out the area that does not. I'm gonna just click and drag this bottom right handle all the way up. And I'm gonna zoom in to the middle section of this picture a little bit. I'm gonna drag this one down. So I've got just what I want scanned in the end.
Perfect. With that selected, I click the Scan button. Scanner now goes to work scanning, using those options that I selected. And it's gonna take the scanned image and create a new file from that right here on my screen in Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 for me to work on. So let's just give that a second to scan. And there it is. Now you can see that by default something's happened here. The Crop Tool is selected because I may wanna do some additional cropping in this image now that I've got it opened up in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2.
And you can see that there's a bit of a crooked crop here that might be from a previous crop that I had to do. But I've got this handle now in the middle. You can see, there's my rotation angle. And I'm gonna just move this over to the left to straighten it up. If I hold down the Shift key, I'll snap it into position as perfectly straight right there. And again, I can do some other adjustments if I wanted to. Just increase that area. I want more at the bottom. And once I've got what I want, I can double click inside the image here or I can click this Apply Button, that's the green button with the check mark.
And I'll have my final image. So now I'm ready to work on this adjusting things like the brightness and contrast. Maybe some of the color options might need to be adjusted in this photo to make it look just the way I want. So that's scanning a single image. In the next lesson, I wanna show you a new feature to Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 that allows you to scan more than one image at a time and separate them into their own files quickly and easily.
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