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Scanning the Final Image

Adjust the photo and the scanner settings until you're satisfied with the scanner output. Then, click the Scan button to bring the image into Photoshop Elements. For best results, use a photo scanner to convert a color negative into a full-color, non-negative–looking image.

The scanner software will bring the image into the work area in a new document window. If you're scanning a negative, the image might be difficult to recognize at first (see Figure 3.8). When the image is in the work area, you can save it as a file or apply a tool or command. For example, you can open the Quick Fix dialog box, apply a filter, or resize the image.

Figure 3.8 Scan a negative into Photoshop Elements and convert it into a black-and-white or color photo.

Checking Image Quality

The size of the scanned image will vary depending on the size and quality of the original image, as well as the scanner settings selected in the scanner driver software. Use the Zoom tool to magnify the digital image to compare it to the original.

If you're disappointed by dust specs, dirt, or torn areas of the photo, you can learn how to correct these glitches in Part III of this book (see Figure 3.9).

Figure 3.9 You can scan damaged photos into a computer and remove dust, dirt, or damaged areas of the image using Photoshop Elements.

To change a black-and-white negative into a regular black-and-white (actually grayscale) image, first make the image window the active window. Then choose the Invert command from the Image, Adjustments menu. View the image in the work area, and save it if you like.

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