Scanning the Scrapbook Page
Step 1: Select a flatbed scanner connected to a computer to scan your page. Most flatbed scanners will work. Place the document on the scanner by placing the right side of the image first. Your scrapbook page will have to be turned to face the scanner. Make sure that the scrapbook page is as straight as possible on the scanner. A 12-by-12 page will be too long and too wide to fit fully on the scanner.
Step 2: Choose the settings on the scanner. Most scanners will have an option button in the scanning software on your computer that reads “Scan Settings" or similar wording. Ensure that the settings are set to a “JPEG Image." This allows the scans from the scanner to be saved as a JPEG file that can then be processed in a photo-editing software.
Step 3: Choose a resolution setting for your images. Resolution should generally be anywhere between 300 to 400 pixels per inch. The resolution for the image will increase the file size. The higher a resolution is, the more detailed an image will be. The image will also have a better print quality.
Step 4: Create a folder on your desktop and select a name for the folder. You will save the images scanned in this folder so select a name that will be appropriate for the folder. Scan the right side of the scrapbook page and save the image in the folder on your desktop.
Step 5: Move the scrapbook page over to fit the bottom of the right side of the scrapbook page. Repeat the procedures in Steps 1 to 4 to scan the bottom portion of the scrapbook page’s right side.
Step 6: Move the scrapbook page up and over to fit the left side of the scrapbook page on the scanner. Make sure that there is some overlapping parts from the right side of the image. Scan the document by following Steps 1 to 4, and scan the bottom of the left side by following the same procedures.
A key tip:
When you are scanning the images, make sure the images overlap at least 40 percent. Photoshop will not merge the images if they do not overlap enough. Should the Photomerge command not work, try scanning your images again and overlapping them more.