How to Use Scanner Plug-Ins with Photoshop Elements 12 (Windows) - dummies

How to Use Scanner Plug-Ins with Photoshop Elements 12 (Windows)

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

You can’t do much in Photoshop Elements until you bring in some pictures to work on. Sometimes that involves scanning images. Generally, when you install your scanner software, a standalone application and a plug-in are installed to control the scanning process. Plug-ins are designed to work inside other software programs, such as Photoshop Elements. When you’re using the plug-in, you can stay right in Elements to do all your scanning.

Here’s how it works:

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

  2. From the Organizer, open the Preferences dialog box by pressing Ctrl+K.

  3. Click Scanner in the left column and adjust the Scanner preferences.

When the Preferences dialog box displays your scanner, you know that the connection is properly set up and you’re ready to scan. Here’s how to complete your scan:

  1. To open the scanner software from within Elements, choose File→Get Photos→From Scanner (Windows).

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

  2. In the Get Photos from Scanner dialog box that appears (as shown in the figure), make your choices and click OK.

    Here you can choose your scanner in the Scanner drop-down menu, a location on your hard drive for saving the scanned images, a quality setting, and an option to automatically correct red-eye.


    Elements may churn a bit, but eventually your scanner software window appears atop the Organizer, as you can see in the figure. The window is the scanner software provided by your scanner manufacturer. (Your window will look different from the one in the figure unless you use the same scanner used here.)

  3. Preview the scan.

    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. If you click the Preview button, you see a preview before scanning the photo(s).


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

  5. When everything is ready to go, click the Scan button.

    The final image drops into an Elements image window.