Is Your Scanner Not Cropping Your Photos And You're Getting One Big Image Like This?

How to crop your photos when scanning

If Your Scanner Isn't Cropping Your Photos, Then You Need To Do This

Let me show you how to fix this problem...

How To Use Auto-Crop And Let The Scanner Do All The Work

Can you find a “thumbnail” option? Your software may also call it “auto-crop” or “thumbnail crop”.

Here's what mine looks like...

Click Thumbnail in your scanner software to auto-crop your photos

When click on Thumbnail, your scanner will automatically find the edged of your photos, and crop them for you.

But auto-cropping has some issues. Let me show you...

Problems With Auto-Crop Scanning Option

Sometimes your scanner...

  • Won't find the edge of your photo, and will crop 2 photos in 1
  • Will crop your photos into different parts -- like cutting them in half
  • Will crop too much, and the sides of your image will be missing

Unfortunately, if you don't have an expensive scanner, you'll see these problems a lot. And a more expensive scanner will have fewer problems with cropping.

But I'm using a $200 scanner for these tips. And in most cases auto crop works ok. The biggest problem I have is, when I load 4 photos. It will crop 2 photos into 1. Let me show you...

A problem with auto crop is it will mess up your photo crop

My scanner didn't crop all 4. It fit 2 photos in one. To avoid this, I load 2 or 3 photos, and auto-crop works.

If auto-cropping isn't working for you, then here's what to do...

How To Manually Crop Photos In Your Scanner Window

What's going on here is your scanner can't find the edge of each photo. So you'll end up with 2 or 3 cropped image.... 2 photos in one... or the sides of your photos will be cut off.

So what you have to do is, use the “Marquee” tool, and crop it manually.

Yeah, I know it sucks. Doing this manually wastes time. But after you do a couple manual crops, it gets really easy later on.

How To Use The Marquee Tool And Crop Your Photos

It doesn't matter what scanner software you have, most of them will have a “marquee” or “crop” tool. It's a basic scanning tool.

Find the marquee or crop tool, and here's what to do...

Click on the Marquee tool...

Use the marquee tool to crop your photo scans

Then simply click and drag around your photo...

Click and drag around your photo to crop it

Do the same for the other photos. Or you can simply make a copy of the marquee selection, like so...

Make copies of the marquee selection tool and crop the rest of your photos

Click on the "Copy Marquee Selection", and crop the rest of the photos. Or click and drag on the rest of the photos to crop them.

What Can You Do Right Now – Action Steps

Step 1: Load your photos and test out auto-crop

  • Look for “thumbnail” or “auto thumbnail” or “auto crop” option
  • Do a preview and see if your scanner did a good job cropping
  • If not, you'll have to load less photos on the window
  • Or do a manual crop (see step 2)

Step 2: Auto crop not working? Use Marquee tool

  • Make sure “thumbnail” option is OFF
  • In your Preview Window, find Marquee or Crop tool
  • Left click and drag on your photo
  • Do the same on the other photos
  • Or use “copy marquee section” to and move each selection over the photos

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