7. Import and Separate Multiple Scanned Images
Before You Begin
2 Perform an Initial Scan for Media
47 About Saving Images
6 Import a Scanned Image
128 Restore Quality to a Scanned Photograph
Although you can scan a photograph directly into the Organizer, as explained in 6 Import a Scanned Image, you might not want to. For example, if you think you'll need to edit the scan to remove spots and other imperfections or to improve the photograph's color and contrast, why not import the scan directly into the Editor? After making changes, you can still add the image to the Organizer when you save your edits.
Another reason why you might want to scan directly into the Editor is to exploit its capability to deal with multiple-image scans. If you've got multiple photographs to scan, you can lay them all on the scanner bed and perform a single scan. The Editor can then break up these images for you, creating the separate image files you need.
Choose File, Import
Lay the photographs you want to scan on the scanner bed, leaving a small amount of space between them. This space enables the Editor to separate the images later on.
Choose File, Import from the menu bar and select your scanner from the list that appears. The program for your scanner automatically appears. My scanner happens to appear twice in the listbecause it is WIA compliant, I'll choose that option.
In this task, I'll show you how to scan several images at one time and use the Editor to create the various image files to save in the Organizer catalog. However, as noted earlier, you can follow these same basic steps to scan a single image directly into the Editor and later save it in the Organizer catalog.
If your scanner is not listed, select WIA Support from the menu. This option enables you to access the WIA support built into Windows, which might be able to clear up the problem by scanning for WIA- and TWAIN-compliant devices.
The dialog box that appears displays the options available to your particular 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.
|WIA and TWAIN WIA stands for Windows Image Acquisition. TWAIN comes from the phrase, "and never the twain shall meet," although some prefer to think that it stands for Technology Without an Interesting Name. WIA and TWAIN are technologies that allow graphical software programs to communicate directly with digital cameras and scanners. TWAIN was replaced by WIA in Windows Me and Windows XP.|
Choose Image, Divide Scanned Photos
The images appear in the Editor in a single, unsaved file. To use the Editor to separate the images for you (rather than manually selecting and copying each image to a file yourself), choose Image, Divide Scanned Photos from the menu. The Editor creates separate image files for you.
None of the image files are saved at this point. Click its Close button (the X) to close the original scan window (the one with the multiple scanned images). Click No because you do not want to save this file.
Click each of the other image windows, make changes as desired, and then click the Save button on the Shortcuts bar to save the image. The Save As dialog box appears.
Sometimes the Editor crops the scan incorrectly, resulting in a poor separation of the individual images. If that happens, you can rescan the photos, adding a bit more space between them, or you can undo the crop on an individual image file, and recrop it yourself.
Save Image in Catalog
Select the folder in which you want to save the image from the Save in drop-down list at the top of the dialog box. Type a name for the image in the File name box. Select an image type from the Format list. Select other options as desired (see 47 About Saving Images), but be sure to enable the Include in the Organizer option so that the image is placed in the Organizer catalog. Click Save to save the image.
Scanned photographs often suffer from low brightness, poor contrast, and low saturation. They often lack sharpness and may even contain moiré patterns. See 128 Restore Quality to a Scanned Photograph for help in improving your photographs after you scan them.