Scanning more than one photo at a time - saving as individual files

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RayGuselli
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Scanning more than one photo at a time - saving as individual files

I know this is asking a lot but……

A few years ago I was told about a program which allowed me to scan a few photographs at a time on my A3 scanner, but where photoshop (or some script) then automatically saved each one as a separate scan/image.

I just cannot remember what it was or how to do it…

Can anyone suggest what I was using please.

Many thanks

Ray

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For anyone who might be thinking the same...I have found it here...

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/60466298
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IanYorke Veteran Member • Posts: 4,672
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RayGuselli wrote:

I know this is asking a lot but……

A few years ago I was told about a program which allowed me to scan a few photographs at a time on my A3 scanner, but where photoshop (or some script) then automatically saved each one as a separate scan/image.

I just cannot remember what it was or how to do it…

Can anyone suggest what I was using please.

Many thanks

Ray

Have you tried Vuescan. It allows you to scan the photos and then you can crop and adjust individual photos and then save from memory without re-scanning.

Ian

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Than k you Ian...that sounds a good idea...
I will have a look at that...
Much appreciated.
Best wishes Ray

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Re: Scanning more than one photo at a time - saving as individual files

RayGuselli wrote:

I know this is asking a lot but……

A few years ago I was told about a program which allowed me to scan a few photographs at a time on my A3 scanner, but where photoshop (or some script) then automatically saved each one as a separate scan/image.

I just cannot remember what it was or how to do it…

Can anyone suggest what I was using please.

Many thanks

Ray

Hi Ray

First thanks for all you posts on colorization of images and have learned a lot from you.  I am amazed by your skills (and glad you wife puts up with it   )

Vuescan was already mentioned and that may be a great and less expensive way to go.

Another software option to consider is Silverfast: https://www.silverfast.com/silverfast9/

I must say I have not used Vuescan yet it sounds really good.   Silverfast is more of the "Photoshop" of scanning apps with a lot of bells and whistles.   That can be good and it can be bad with a bit more learning curve.

I have used it with my Epson scanner to scan multiple 1800 era prints at a time.  Silverfast allows you to identify as many crops as you want with unique settings for each (if desired) so when you tell it to scan, you can walk away and just have it do all the work.

That was appealing to me as one crop would be of the entire set of images, I would flipt them over and do an entire scan of the back (to capture notes people had put on the images) and then a crop of each of the individual prints and then scans of each of the individual people or parts of the image.

The first overall scans were similar to a contact print at relatively low resolution and the others were at a resolution where I could get 300 dpi for an 8x10 print whether for the individual full print or an individual person  crop.  This worked for me rather than one supper high resolution scan of all the images simultaneously with cropping after in photoshop.    It ended up being faster scanning time overall as well.   All my desired options were pre-cropped so a small time saver there as well.

Just another option to consider though it does cost more.

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sluggy_warrior Senior Member • Posts: 2,656
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RayGuselli wrote:

For anyone who might be thinking the same...I have found it here...

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/60466298
Best wishes Ray

I recently had to scan a few hundreds of tiny B&W photos of my parents, was able to fit 9-12 of them in one scan but had the same problem of splitting them automatically.

Since I don't use Photoshop (on Ubuntu), I found a plugin/script for GIMP that does similarly, worked well consistently for me.

https://github.com/dmig/DivideScannedImages

https://francoismalan.com/2013/01/how-to-batch-separate-crop-multiple-scanned-photos/

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Hi John
Many thanks or such kind words which are really appreciated...
I will tell my wife...LOL
Thanks for this other option...
Something else to consider now and hopefully when the winter nights come and I am looking for something to do I can start to move thousands of images to digital...
Will have a look at this option.
Many thanks and very best wishes
Ray

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Thanks so much sluggy_warrior...
Another option for me to look at and much appreciated.
Seems I am not alone with this need.
Very best wishes
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Barry Twycross Veteran Member • Posts: 4,679
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IanYorke wrote:

RayGuselli wrote:

I know this is asking a lot but……

A few years ago I was told about a program which allowed me to scan a few photographs at a time on my A3 scanner, but where photoshop (or some script) then automatically saved each one as a separate scan/image.

I just cannot remember what it was or how to do it…

Can anyone suggest what I was using please.

Many thanks

Ray

Have you tried Vuescan. It allows you to scan the photos and then you can crop and adjust individual photos and then save from memory without re-scanning.

VueScan was what I was going to suggest.

I don't often use a flat bed with it, but I thought there was an option to extract multiple pictures automatically with one scan.

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Re: Scanning more than one photo at a time - saving as individual files

For Photoshop Elements users there is a menu item "Divide Scanned Photos" under Image in the main menu.

It does a very good job at splitting multiple photos from a single scan.

I would expect there to be a similar option in Photoshop.

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Hi Kaspah
That looks so simple.
I must have a ,ok for that....
Thank you very much
Thank you
Best wishes Ray

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Thank you Barry
Much appreciated
Best wishes
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No problem Ray.

I'm not a Photoshop user but I did a quick google out of curiosity and found this web page which seems to show how to split images from a single scan in Photoshop.

https://www.dummies.com/software/adobe/photoshop/scan-multiple-photos-in-one-pass-in-photoshop/

If the article is accurate then in Photoshop:

File -> Automate -> Crop and Straighten Photos.

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Hi Kaspah.
That is certainly favourite for me I think.
Really appreciated.
Best wishes as always
Ray

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Re: Scanning more than one photo at a time - saving as individual files

Barry Twycross wrote:

IanYorke wrote:

RayGuselli wrote:

I know this is asking a lot but……

A few years ago I was told about a program which allowed me to scan a few photographs at a time on my A3 scanner, but where photoshop (or some script) then automatically saved each one as a separate scan/image.

I just cannot remember what it was or how to do it…

Can anyone suggest what I was using please.

Many thanks

Ray

Have you tried Vuescan. It allows you to scan the photos and then you can crop and adjust individual photos and then save from memory without re-scanning.

VueScan was what I was going to suggest.

I don't often use a flat bed with it, but I thought there was an option to extract multiple pictures automatically with one scan.

Yes, VueScan can scan multiple photos at a time, crop them and then save them as separate files.

Here is a link to VueScan's process:

How to scan multiple photos on a flatbed

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Thank you Don...
really appreciated.
Best wishes Ray

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