How to Use Scanner Plug-Ins with Photoshop Elements 11 - dummies

How to Use Scanner Plug-Ins with Photoshop Elements 11

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Plug-ins are designed to work inside other software programs, such as Photoshop Elements 11. Generally, when you install your scanner software, a stand-alone application and a plug-in are installed to control the scanning process. When you’re using the plug-in, you can stay right in Elements to do all your scanning. Here’s how it works:

1After installing a new scanner and the accompanying software, launch Elements and then open the Organizer by clicking the Organize button on the Welcome screen.

Macintosh users need to use either iPhoto or the scanner software that is shipped with the scanner.

2From the Organizer, open the Preferences dialog box by pressing Ctrl+K. Click Scanner in the left column.

Adjust the Scanner preferences.

When the Preferences dialog box sees your scanner, you know that the connection is properly set up and you’re ready to scan.

3To open the scanner software from within Elements, choose File→Get Photos and Videos→From Scanner.

You must be in the Organizer window to access this menu command.

Elements may churn a bit, but eventually your scanner software appears atop the Organizer window. The window is the scanner software provided by your scanner manufacturer. (Your window looks different from the one shown unless you use the same scanner.)

Regardless of which software you use, you should have similar options for creating a preview; selecting resolution, color mode, and image size; scaling; and other options.

4Adjust the options according to your output requirements and the recommendations made by your scanner manufacturer.

When everything is ready to go, click the Scan button. The final image drops into an Elements Image window.

5(Macintosh) Save your scans and then acquire the scans.

You can use iPhoto or choose File→Get Photos and Videos→From Files and Folders.

6To scan several photos, lay them out on the scanner platen and perform a single scan to acquire all images in one pass.

Arrange the photos to scan on the glass and set up all the options in the scanner window for your intended output. When you scan multiple images, they form a single scan.

7Separate each image into its own Image window, where you can save the images as separate files.

Choose Image→Divide Scanned Photos to make Elements magically open each image in a separate window while the original scan remains intact.