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Auto-Cropping Gang-Scanned Photos

A lot of photographers scan photos using a technique called “gang scanning.” That’s a fancy name for scanning more than one picture at a time. Scanning three or four photos at once with your scanner saves time, but then you eventually have to separate these photos into individual documents. Here’s how to have Elements do that for you automatically:

Step One:

Place the photos you want to “gang scan” on the bed of your flatbed scanner. In the Organizer, you can scan the images by going under the File menu, under Get Photos and Videos, and choosing From Scanner (they should appear in one Elements document). In the dialog that appears, select where and at what quality you want to save your scanned document. (Note: This feature is currently not available in the Elements 15 version for the Mac, so you’ll need to use your scanner’s software.)

Step Two:

Once your images appear in one document in the Editor, go under the Image menu and choose Divide Scanned Photos. It will immediately find the edges of the scanned photos, straighten them if necessary, and then put each photo into its own separate document. Once it has “done its thing,” you can close the original gang-scanned document, and you’ll be left with just the individual documents.

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