6. Import a Scanned Image
Before You Begin
2 Perform an Initial Scan for Media
7 Import and Separate Multiple Scanned Images
128 Restore Quality to a Scanned Photograph
You can import images into the catalog directly from your digital scanner. The Organizer talks directly to your scanner through its driver, enabling you to begin the scanning and importing process with one click. In rare cases, the Organizer cannot work with the scanner driver; you must then scan in the photo manually, save it to the hard disk, and import the image into the catalog by following the steps outlined in 3 Import Media from a Folder.
Scanning a printed photo into digital format may result in an image that's darker, less sharp, and with a lower range of tone than the original photograph. Thus, after scanning an image and importing it into the catalog, you will most likely want to edit the image using the Editor, to restore its original quality. See 128 Restore Quality to a Scanned Photograph for help.
To change the default scanning options normally displayed in the Get Photos from Scanner dialog box, choose Edit, Preferences, Scanner from the menu bar, select the default options you want to use (such as the default image format and quality of the resulting scan), and click OK.
You can scan multiple images at one time and let the Editor automatically save them in separate image files. See 7 Import and Separate Multiple Scanned Images.
You can start the Organizer from the Welcome Window by clicking the View and Organize Photos button. From the Editor, you can start the Organizer by clicking Photo Browser.
To import a scanned image directly into the Editor and save it to the catalog after editing, see 7 Import and Separate Multiple Scanned Images.
In the scanning dialog box that appears, remember to adjust the scanning resolution to fit your intended output: use 150 PPI for onscreen images and at least 300 PPI for images you intend to print. In the Windows XP scanning dialog box shown here, click the Adjust quality of the scanned picture to display another dialog box in which you can adjust the resolution of the scan.
Click Get Photos, From Scanner
In the Organizer, click the Get Photos button on the Shortcuts bar and then select From Scanner from the list that appears. You can also choose File, Get Photos, From Scanner from the menu bar. The Get Photos from Scanner dialog box appears.
From the Scanner drop-down list, select your scanner from the devices listed.
Set Options and Click OK
Scanned images are normally saved to the My Documents\My Pictures\Adobe\Scanned Photos folder, but if you prefer to store the scanned image in some other folder, click the Browse button and select that location.
From the Save As drop-down list, choose the file format you want to use for the scanned image. If you choose TIFF or PNG, you'll get a higher-quality image and a much larger file. If you select JPEG, you can adjust the Quality slider and affect the resulting file size (lower-quality images result in smaller files).
After setting the options for the scan, click OK.
Set Scanning Options
The scanning program starts and displays the options available to your scanner. Adjust the options as desired (for more information on these options, see your scanner manual). The dialog box shown here is for the default Windows XP scanning program; the dialog box you see might look different.
Click Scan to begin the scanning process. After the image has been scanned, the Getting Photos dialog box appears, and the image is automatically imported into the Organizer catalog.
Redisplay All Files
The scanned image is the only one displayed in the photo well; to display all the files in the catalog, click the Back to All Photos button on the Find bar.
Scanned images are marked with a date that matches the date on which they were imported into the Organizer, and thus, appear with other images scanned or taken on that same day. To change the date associated with the scanned image to the date on which the photo was taken, see 23 Change Image Date and Time.