One of the things I like to do in my free time is to digitize old photos, scan them to a computer, so I can retouch them in Photoshop, then print a new, modified version, or simply burn them to CD or DVD for storage.
Of course, there is no shortage of old photos, they just surround us, but there is a shortage of free time to scan, crop, align each image individually, individually – this can take a long time. Fortunately, there is no need to do this, thanks to the wonderful feature that was first included in Photoshop CS – the Crop and Straighten Photos command. With it, we can scan several images at once with our flatbed scanner, then allow Photoshop to automatically crop them, straighten and open each photo for us in its own separate document, and it’s in seconds!
Here is how it works. To get started, place a lot of photos, how much you want (or less, how many will fit) in your scanner. Make sure you leave some empty space around each photo so that they do not overlap each other. Photoshop is not able to scan images, so you will also need to use your scanner program (for example, VueScan or SilverFast) to scan your photos. Save your files and TIFF format for better image quality, and open them in Photoshop.
Here is my file after scanning – four images at once. Notice that I didn’t try to position the images in the scanner at all properly (they don’t stand exactly, they are all turned). I tried only in one thing – to arrange them so that they do not overlap each other, otherwise Photoshop will face problems when it tries to separate them:
Make sure you leave space around each photo, and that they do not overlap.
Now all four photographs are part of one large image, but I need them to be separated, each in its own individual document. I can separate them manually, creating a selection around each photo, copying it to a new layer and creating a new document from this layer, but then I still have to crop and straighten each photo myself, and I’m getting bored as soon as I start thinking about it.
The best way out is to allow Photoshop to automatically do all this work for me!
To do this, go to the File menu in the top menu bar, select Automate (Automate), and then Crop and Straighten Photos:
Go to File> Automatically> Crop and straighten photos (File> Automate> Crop and Straighten Photos).
This is all you need and it takes seconds. Photoshop checks files, makes copies of each photo, opens the photo in its own window, isn’t this the best job of cropping and aligning each image that happens without our participation:
All four photographs were cropped, aligned and opened in a separate document.
For a team that works entirely on autopilot, Photoshop did an amazing job of separating each photo from the original scan. Does he also do a good job of cropping and aligning photos? Basically, yes, but looking at this image, we will see that it is still slightly tilted:
The command Crop and straighten Photo does not always do everything exactly.
Such a strong and amazing team, like Crop and Straighten Photo, still left such a small and insignificant problem as this one. To fix it, simply crop and align the photo manually using the Crop Tool. First, pick a tool Cropping (Crop Tool) on the toolbar:
Select the Crop tool (CropTool).
Click and drag the crop around the square you want to keep. Rotate the borders of cropping to straighten the images by moving your cursor to the area beyond the borders – click and drag your mouse to turn them:
Drag the framing border around the area you want to keep. Rotate the border to straighten the image.
Press Enter (Win) / Return (Mac) when you finish cropping and align the image:
Use the Crop tool to quickly troubleshoot problems that remain after applying the Crop and straighten Photo command.
And so we did it!
Author: Steve Patterson
Translator: Miroshnichenko Valeria