After this tutorial you will be able to . . . 

  • Scan photographs
  • resize photographs using cropping and resizing
  • save them in .jpg, bmp, or gif format.

Scanning a Photograph

There are all types of scanners available, but the concepts following are consistent with most types of scanners. Most scanners come with software, but for this purpose, we will use Photoshop Elements to scan in an image and manipulate it.

  1. Place the image you would like to scan onto the scanner bed.  There should be arrows in one of the corners indicating where the image should be placed. Place the image face down.
  2. Open Photoshop Elements. Go to File/Import and then the name of the scanner you are using. This window will look slightly different depending on what scanner you have.hj
  3. You may either pick your settings first or you can click on the Preview button and pick your settings after the initial preview.
  4. Once you have clicked the Preview button, an image will appear in the Preview Window.  You can now use the cropping tools to further crop your image. It is better to at least crop the photo a little before the image is taken into Photoshop Elements. It takes less time and memory that way.  The little arrows in the corners with the dotted line allow you to resize the area to be cropped.  It is best to leave the lines a little outside the area you really want.
  5. Once the image is cropped the way you want, click on the Scan button.
  6. Some scanner software closes the Preview Window automatically, but if it doesn't, just click on the little X in the upper right hand corner of the Preview Window to close it.
  7. Your image is now in Photoshop Elements.

Resizing a Photograph-Image Resize

  1. Go to Start/All Programs/Adobe Photoshop Elements
  2. select Edit and Enhance Photos
  3. Open the photograph that needs to be resized
  4. go to Image/Resize/Image Size and the Image Size window should pop upimage
  5. Check the following to avoid distorting the photo as it is resized
    • Scale Styles
    • Constrain Proportions
    • Resample image
  6. Change the size by editing the numbers
  7. Click OK
 

Resizing a Photograph-Crop

  1. Go to Start/All Programs/Adobe Photoshop Elements
  2. select Edit and Enhance Photos
  3. Open the photograph that needs to be resized
  4. select the crop tool image
  5. click and drag to select the area of the photograph you want to keep
  6. click the green check sign when done
  7. the area outside of your selected area should disappear
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Saving the Photograph in .JPG, .BMP or .GIF file

  1. Go to File/Save As
  2. Uncheck Include in the Organizer
  3. Use the dropdown list to choose the desired format--JPG, BMP, or GIF
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.


For a pdf file about photoshop, click Adobe Photoshop Elements.

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