Scan multiple photos then split, crop and straighten them automatically
Scan multiple photos at once with AutoSplitter photo scanning software
Windows compatible - Win10, 11, 8.1, 8, 7, XP
This multiple photo scanning software will automatically crop your scan of several images. Place as many photos on your flatbed scanner as you can fit and scan - this software will automatically detect individual photos from the scan and will divide the image. Photos will be straightened and saved into separate image files. Scan all your family photos quickly.
Multiple baseball cards, postcards and other rectangular prints can also be scanned efficiently at once.
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Auto detect and crop scanned photos to individual files.
Restore vivid colors and add contrast to your old family photos.
Add text captions to your scanned photos. Save captions and dates into exif metadata.
How to scan multiple photos at onceFollow these simple instructions to quickly scan your family photo collection with this photo scanning software. The default workflow of this utility will let you scan multiple photos at once and crop them automatically. Scan multiple pictures and separate them easily. Extract images from the scan like magic.
- Download and install AutoSplitter picture scanning software.
- Place several photos on your flatbed scanner. Make sure they don't overlap and leave at least half inch gap between them. 3-5 photos will fit comfortably.
- Click Scan in AutoSplitter - choose scanner and DPI (scanning resolution) on the first scan. You can change this later.
- AutoSplitter will auto detect, straighten and highlight separate photos in your scan - adjust the detected areas at this point with your mouse if you need to. Detected photos are called "splits".
- Click Save All - scanned photos will be auto cropped and saved to individual files.
- Repeat from step #2 for subsequent photos.
Best way to scan a lot of photos
- Digital camera. Mount your high quality digital camera above your photograph, provide proper lighting, avoid reflections of the illumination. Depending on your photography skills and digital equipment's quality, you can potentially get similar or better results than most scanners can provide. This method requires expensive hardware and it is very time consuming, however you can end up with state-of-the-art results. You can try using your mobile phone as well, but the results will be terribly low quality.
- Photo scanner device. Buy a photo scanner device which is specifically made for scanning photos. This is a moderately expensive hardware that will process your photos one-by-one and outputs high quality image files.
- Photo scanning service. Transfer your photos to a local company that will scan your photos and save them to digital format. The biggest drawback is that the services cost plenty of money. They often ship the photos overseas for cheaper labor. Your family photos will be seen by strangers, compromising your privacy. On the other hand, many of these services do a pretty good job of retouching images, providing decent results.
- Flatbed scanner & photo scanning software. There's a good chance you already have a flatbed scanner, the most common type of scanning device. You can scan several photos at once with simple hardware like this, however cropping them into individual files will be challenging and time consuming with common scanning software most manufacturers provide alongside with their scanner. AutoSplitter was specifically invented to make this task much faster and easier by providing automatic cropping of scanned photos. Common image problems like fade will be automatically corrected by the software and you'll also be able to add captions and metadata tags to the image files to make them easy to search with Windows or image cataloguing software. You will preserve your privacy, save on costs and have complete control over captions, meta tags.
How do you scan a lot of pictures onto your computer?Your own flatbed scanner at home is a very good choice for scanning your family photos. Keeps your photos and your privacy safe, lets you control all aspects of the final product entirely. Digitizing your valuable memories will take plenty of time, it's a good idea to be prepared. Consider these steps to make your scanning project more fruitful:
- Decide if you want to keep your digital photos organized. If finding the memory you are looking for quickly is an important factor, then you most probably need to sort your photographs by time first. Start with the oldest ones and finish with the new items. Come up with a system that makes photos easier to find and categorize. For example you might want to add the year to the start of all filenames. This will automatically sort your files roughly into time order if you arrange the images alphabetically. Image files also have an interesting feature called metadata. This is data secretly stored inside the file - and you can edit this data. You can add a date and some text to the image file to describe what's inside the photo. Windows and many 3rd party software are able to use this metadata to help you find and categorize your memories more easily.
- Avoid unnecessary work. Some photos are not worth scanning because they are very bad quality or just an almost duplicate of other photos. This happens a lot in the modern world when taking images is free and super easy with the mobile phones. Back in the old times, making photos was not cheap and definitely wasn't fast, but still sometimes you ended up with images that were not worth taking and developing. Review your collection with this in mind. Is this a good image? Is this a unique photo? If the answer is NO for any of the questions, you can skip the scanning process. Of course this is only important if you have thousands of images. If your collection is smaller, you don't necessarily need to spend time with this.
- Prepare photos for scanning. Dust off individual images in case they are dusty. That happens a lot with old items sitting alone in your cupboard. Use non-abrasive cloth to make sure the paper isn't damaged. Photographs are often stored in albums, you will first need to extract them to provide good scanning results. Scanning photos embedded in album pages often causes problems: images are harder to automatically detect and images are often mounted with straps or slid into frames that obstruct a part of the photo. You want to avoid scanning these frames if possible.
- Store scanned image files safely. Digital image files are easy to copy or transfer over to the other side of the World. They will never yellow out or fade. However they are very easy to lose. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. If your photo collection is large, you are definitely better off storing the files in multiple places. Rule of thumb of data backups are: 1) Store in multiple devices. In case your harddrive fails, you need to have the backup on another device that is still functional. If your computer has multiple disks, store images on both. Or just write them to a DVD disk. 2) Store in multiple geological locations. If a natural disaster, theft or household accident destroys your hardware, your only chance to restore your valued image files is to access a backup that is phisically far away. For this I really recommend using cloud based file storage like Amazon's Glacier.
Auto cropping pre-scanned files
- Click Open File(s) button in AutoSplitter and choose the file(s) you want to be auto cropped.
- Click Open Folder button in AutoSplitter and choose the folder that contains your pre-scanned images.
- Drag and drop one or more scanned image files from Windows Explorer onto AutoSplitter's main screen.
- Double click an image in this panel. The image will be opened and the splits will be displayed in the right hand panel.
- Make adjustments to the detected photos if needed.
- Save all button writes all photos to disc.
- Repeat from step #1 as long as you have reviewed everything.
You can scan trading cards, baseball cards, postcards as well. The software will recognize rectangular shapes and auto crop them.
Retouch your scanned photos automatically
Old photos usually fade or yellow. Why does this happen? It's mainly down to 3 things: 1) UV radiation. Ultraviolet frequencies are a part of natural sunlight. These rays are damaging, they will cause your photos to fade out over time. Protect your old prints from light, keep them under cover all the time! 2) Acidic paper. Some photos have been printed on material that will deteriorate without any interference over time. This usually causes orangeish tint in your photo. 3) Fungal growth. You can't avoid these tiny lifeforms - they will cause brownish discoloration to your photos. Most fungi like damp and dark places, so keeping your photos as dry as possible helps prevent fungal build up.
Whatever happened to your colors, AutoSplitter offers automatic photo correction features which efficiently fights against all these aging effects. Revitalize colors feature will bring your old, faded or yellowed photos back to life. Even black and white photos are going to be much more vivid after revitalization. You can also change contrast and saturation values of your scanned photos. Increased contrast will make photos more lively, while increased saturation will make colors pop out even more. Experiment with the automatic color correction options: different photos need different treatment. Remember to revise your settings periodically, something that worked with your previous batch of photos might not be as ideal for the next batch.
Feel free to check out these image recovery before & after samples in this section: see how AutoSplitter restored colors of deteriorated photos.
Starting from v1.13 this photo scanning software lets you can adjust scanner brightness and contrast to further improve quality of your scans. It is recommended to slightly increase contrast and decrease brightness for crispier images.
Add text captions and meta tags to your scanned photos
Yet another feature of this photo scanning software is captioning and meta tagging. Responding to popular request you can now add text captions under your scanned photos. Caption font, color and background color can be changed to suit your taste.
Scan multiple photos at once, then caption them just before saving to disc. Text captions are a useful tool to preserve and relive even more memories. You can add dates, locations and names of friends and relatives who have been captured in the photo.
See example captioned photo to the left.
Meta tags are useful information embedded inside the image file itself. These tags are invisible on the photo, but many image
editing and cataloging software can display and use these tags to make the image easier to find. You can save your captions as visible
captions (see above) or metadata information or BOTH.
Windows will index metadata information of your scanned photos and will help you find the images. This is what I get when I type Zürich into the Windows search bar - see screenshot on the left.
Furthermore, Windows Explorer will display these captions saved into the file when hovering over them with the mouse or when observing the file properties, or selecting an image file with the View/Details pane enabled. For JPEG and TIF files annotations are saved as exif metadata. EXIF support is widespread accross all image software. Metadata is also saved for PNG files, but it's a different format (IDAT chunks), with limited 3rd party support. Windows Explorer will only display metadata of JPG and TIF files. Other image software may or may not support these tags. Please verify your options if you are planning to use this great feature.
Other useful features
There are several useful features to help you scanning all your old family photos.
- Save images in 2 different formats at once. For example JPEG and TIF.
- Manual adjustments allowed to finetune automatic photo detection.
- Popup zoom at your mouse pointer to let you finetune photo splitting more accurately.
- One click to rotate scanned photos by 90, 180 or 270 degrees to restore original photo alignment.
- One click to flip photos vertically or horizontally.
- Zoom In to let you observe the scanned image in 100% size - every pixel counts.
- Full page scan feature to let you scan letters, documents or very large photos easily.
4 corners scanning method for fastest and best results
- Put one photo in each corner of your flatbed scanner's document window.
- Make sure the checkbox "preserve splits" is checked in AutoSplitter.
- Click the Scan button and see your photos being autodetected and cropped. If you need to, adjust the cropping areas.
- Click Save All to write the individual photographs to disc.
- Repeat from step #1 - from now on AutoSplitter will reuse the highlighted areas for cropping and extracting the freshly scanned photos.
Scan trading cards, scan baseball cards or documents
AutoSplitter will scan and auto-detect any rectangular object of roughly photograph size. Therefore this software is ideal for scanning trading cards, postcards, baseball cards and other printed collectibles as well. Full page scan functionality available for capturing letters and documents.
AutoSplitter multiple photo scanning software is Windows compatible. The software should work with all flatbed scanners through WIA and/or TWAIN interface. Please update your scanner's driver software package if you experience compatibility issues. Open files of TIFF, JPEG, GIF, PNG or BMP. Save all of these except BMP. DPI information will be preserved when loading/scanning images in all cases when the output format supports EXIF metadata. This comes handy in case you would ever want to reproduce your scans in print. Captions saved to EXIF metadata for JPEG and TIF, into IDAT chunks for PNG.