Scan Photos into Photoshop Elements Using a TWAIN Plug-In

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

In the Windows Organizer, you can scan photos into Photoshop Elements by choosing File→Get Photos and Videos→From Scanner. In most cases, your scanner is automatically recognized by the Windows Organizer. However, on the Mac and in some cases on Windows, your scanner is not available.

If you can’t see your scanner or you use a Mac, you need to use a TWAIN plug-in that’s shipped with Photoshop Elements. However, the TWAIN plug-in is not installed automatically. You have to manually relocate the plug-in to use it.

Installing the TWAIN plug-in on Windows

  1. From your desktop, open the C:Program FilesAdobePhotoshop Elements folder.


  2. Double-click the Optional Plug-Ins folder.

  3. Right-click the Import-Export folder and choose Copy.

  4. Go back to your C:Program FilesAdobePhotoshop Elements xx (Version Number) folder, right-click the Plug-Ins folder, and choose Paste.

    The Import-Export folder is now in the Plug-Ins folder.

Installing the TWAIN plug-in on a Mac

  1. On the Mac, open your hard drive and locate the Support Files folder.

    The path is Macintosh HDApplicationsPhotoshop Elements xx (Version Number)Support Files.

  2. Double-click the Optional Plug-Ins folder.

  3. Double-click the Import-Export folder and then choose Edit→Copy.

  4. Open the Plug-Ins folder inside the Support Files folder and choose Edit→Paste.


Using the TWAIN plug-in

  1. To access your scanner, open the Photo Editor.

    Launch Photoshop Elements and choose Editor in the Welcome screen.

  2. When the Editor opens, choose File→Import→Your Scanner.

    The name of your scanner appears in the Import submenu.