Getting Photos from a Scanner

Album allows you to scan images and immediately import them into Album in one fell swoop. You can import photos from either a USB or an older SCSI scanner (at least I was able to). If you have problems importing with a SCSI scanner, scan your images to the hard drive and then import using the method described in the section, "Importing Files from Your Hard Drive" earlier in this chapter. Also, you can always resort to this measure if the steps below prove to be too frustrating, for whatever reason.

Before you get started, make sure that you have installed all the software (drivers and so on) that shipped with your scanner. Some scanners use TWAIN drivers (described earlier in the camera and card reader section). Other scanners use WIA (Windows Image Acquisition) drivers, which are only available on Windows XP or ME. The software enables the scanner to communicate with the computer. It is a good idea to make sure that your scanner is, in actuality, able to talk to the computer after you install the software. If necessary, run a couple of test scans using the stand-alone scanning software that came with the device.

Here are the ins and outs of importing photos from a scanner:

1. Turn on the scanner.

I know this is a no-brainer, but I have to mention this step just in case it's early, and you haven't had your morning coffee. Also, it is a good idea to make sure your scanning bed is clean from dust, fingerprints, chocolate smudges and any other debris. Remember, unwanted garbage gets scanned along with your image.

2. Choose FileOGet PhotosOFrom Scanner.

You also can use either of these commands:

• Choose HelpOQuick Guide and click the Get Photos button or tab. Then click the Scanner button.

• Click the Get Photos button in the Shortcuts bar and choose From Scanner from the drop-down menu.

The Get Photos from Scanner dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 4-5.

3. Select your scanner from the Scanner pop-up menu.

If Album annoyingly responds with a "None Detected" message, make sure that the scanner is on and all connections are well seated.

Figure 4-5:

Album allows you to scan and import your images directly.

Figure 4-5:

Album allows you to scan and import your images directly.

4. If you want to save your file in a location other than the default path shown, click the Browse button.

Navigate to your desired folder on your computer or create a new fold.

5. Choose a file format from the Save As pop-up menu.

If you are unfamiliar with file formats, check out Chapter 3.

6. If you're using the JPEG format, drag the slider to establish the quality of the image.

Album's default quality setting is Medium. A higher value results in a better quality image but larger file size. If you plan on using the file just for display on-screen, you can get away with using a lower value. However, if you plan on using the image for print, be sure and save it at a higher value. For more on JPEGs and quality settings, see Chapter 3.

7. Click the OK button.

If you're using a scanner with a TWAIN driver, Album launches the driver, and your scanning plug-in software appears. My scanning software appears in Figure 4-6. If you're familiar with using the software, you're all set. If not, read the instructions that came with the scanner to capture the scan. If you have questions on size, resolution, and color mode, refer to Chapter 3.

If you're using Windows XP, Album may launch the Windows XP scanning interface. If you're unfamiliar with using it, check your Windows documentation for details.

8. When the scan is completed, close the scanning software, if necessary.

The Getting Photos dialog box briefly flashes, and then Album imports the scan into the Photo Well.

Album may display a dialog box that tells you that only newly imported files are being displayed. Click OK. The scanned image is then displayed in the Photo Well. Click the Shortcuts button in the Shortcuts bar or the Clear button in the Find bar to see your entire catalog.

When you import an image using a scanner, the date and time of the scan is embedded in the file's information. You can easily change the date and time. See Chapter 5 to find out how.

Figure 4-6:

Album launches your scanning software to enable you to capture your image.

Figure 4-6:

Album launches your scanning software to enable you to capture your image.

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