Automatically Crop Multiple Scanned Photos


Today’s Question: If I put six small prints on my scanner and scan them all at once with the white background like below, is there a way to tell Photoshop to find the six images and make each its own JPEG?

Tim’s Quick Answer: Yes, you can extract the multiple images from a scanned image using the “Crop and Straighten Photos” automation script in Photoshop.

More Detail: With a flatbed scanner it is obviously possible to set multiple prints onto the glass and scan all the images at once, creating a relatively large scanned image that is comprised of multiple photos. Fortunately, Photoshop is capable of then automatically cropping and straightening all the photos from that larger scanned image to create individual images.

The process is very simple. Open the image that represents the multiple scanned photos in Photoshop, and then go to the menu and choose File > Automate > Crop and Straighten Photos. No input is required from you, and Photoshop will automatically create a new image for each photo that was found in the original. You’ll still need to save those files manually, but the individual images will be created quickly and completely automatically.