So right now, I want you to click the Preview Button. And this will open up your Preview Window. Here's what you need to know...
The Preview Window if very helpful, because it allows you to do 3 things...
Here's how my scanner's settings look like (your's will look something like this too)...
I want you to notice 3 things:
The only thing you need to worry about is making sure the photos are in order, and that they are not side-ways. Your scanner has already cropped them. Any by crop, I mean your scanner has found the edges of your photos, and will only scan the image and not the scanner window or background.
What if your scanner is NOT cropping your photos. And you see a preview window like so...
As you can see, you no longer have the option to flip your image if it's sideways. And if you hit the scan button, you'll scan the ENTIRE scanner window and get something like this...
If you're not getting individual scans, and one big scan, you need to make sure your scanner is setup for auto cropping.
In most cases your scanner is already setup for auto cropping. If it's not, here's how to fix this.
I'm using an Epson. And all I have to do is make sure that the Thumbnail check box is ON, and my scanner will automatically crop my photos.
Under the Preview Button, there's a check box for Thumbnail. Make sure it's clicked ON and your photos will be cropped.
If you can't find a Thumbnail box with your scanner's software, do a search in help for "crop", "marquee", "thumbnail view" you'll find your answer.
If you have an old scanner, or if you want to manually crop your photos, you can use the Marquee Tool.
Simply click the Marquee tool, then left-click and drag around the frame of your photo.
If you don't see this stuff with your scanner's software, do a search for "crop" or "marquee".
Which of these scanning troubles do you want to overcome?
Hey, my name is Konrad. I've been scanning professionally since 2005. I've helped multi-billion dollar companies, pro sports teams, pro photographers, artists, museums, book publishers, etc. I've scanned over 930,000 slides, negatives, photos.
The reason I'm telling you this is because no matter what challenge or frustration you're having, I know exactly what you're going through. So, to help you RIGHT NOW, I've put together a super simple scanning guide to get you started.