I have a project I just took on that requires me to scan a LOT of images. I mean in the thousands. I got started today and it just hit me what a nightmare this is going to be. This is going by so SLOW and I haven't even scraped the surface of these boxes of pictures I have. There's nothing difficult about this, but it's so boring that it's driving me nuts.
Right now I'm using my laptop (running windows xp), a canon scanner, scangear (which came with the scanner), and photoshop. Every picture I scan into photoshop must be resized and saved.
Is there a program out there that will automatically save my pictures as I scan them in? Scangear won't go below 25% in scale, so I also need something to automate resizing.
Any help is VERY VERY VERY much appreciated, as my sanity is at stake.
To automate the resize you can batch process through Photoshop - especially good if the majority of you images are the same size and rotation (portrait/landscape) this way once you have completed the scans you can run a batch process on a folder of images and just let it run till complete.
- Pickup a USB2 based scanner for faster data transfer, its actually pumping a fair amount of data through the wire and the increased USB2 bandwidth would help (scanners are dirt cheap these days anyway).
- Maybe consider a scanner that has a document / photo feeder attachment. That can help take the manual labor out of the process.
- Download and install the latest drivers for the scanner, sometimes the drivers included are flakey (rushed to market, my HP scanner's drivers are garbage bloat code) and the latest revisions can help.
- In PhotoShop use the scanner's TWAIN driver to scan in images and most importatnly, disable preview so that you only need a single scan pass.
- Save the images as you go along, then later on you can 'batch' resize the images with a script.