Ideas? I bought a program that edits plus has organizer. Am scanning to .jpg and then plan to clean them up and put them in the organizer (Adobe Photoshop Elements). Anybody else doing anything to preserve or to organize family photos?
I don't know if I will be able to pull this off. If there is a better way, I might try that instead. Just don't quite know. Most of my old photos are either loose or are in the worst possible saving: the sticky albums (which I now read are the worst at causing photo deterioration--so I plan to move them after scanning to some 'slide-in' type of photo album). Putting them first onto computer/thumb drive for safe-keeping/for the kids.
Update: Am still working on this project...mostly doing research and testing various programs.
Regarding Adobe Photoshop Elements -- I've decided to NOT BUY, afterall. (After spending about $35 dollars on tutorials, etc and spending lots of hours learning it.)
Why? Mostly it's for folks who want to embellish photos and create things with them. I don't care to play, I just want to get my old stuff saved to digital and cleaned up.
The big negative for me, otherwise: the program's FONT. Can barely see the words. Began looking back exactly as decade ago of complaints...each year, buyers thinking a fix would come with the next version published. Year 2012 first I noticed. Then each year's new comments: same complaint. Over and over as the years passed. Always hopeful people that the program would be fixed. My test version, newest, 2022. Problem still there. ZERO FIX EVER.
I just want to be able to read all the tool bars and side bars. But no.
One really good thing about the program (that I am now researching in tiny, cheap programs that sell just for this one feature): multiple photo scanning in one pass then BREAK THEM ALL INTO INDIVIDUAL photos. (AGAIN: that feature IS included in the 2020 Photoshop Elements tiny font program.)
So far, IN ORDER TO GET MYSELF THAT LOVELY MULTIPLE IMAGES BREAK EACH OUT TO SEPARATE PHOTO FEATURE THAT PHOTOSHOP HAS, I'm testing out OTHER, CHEAPER, STAND ALONE SOFTWARE THAT CAN DO SAME: right now, I am looking at ScanSpeeder, a $30 program (or $40 for the pro) that does several things. You open it, place your photos on your scanner, keeping each a bit away from sides of window and from each other, too. Press SCAN. It runs scanner, then shows you results, each photo surrounded by a border...you look see if that is space you want separated out, then it lets you clean up automatically and rename or add tag or text to bottom of photo...or rotate, etc. Whoosh. Done. Save. All lovely photos saved to your file of choice.
Why scan one little photo at a time when you can get maybe 6 on each screen and let some program separate/ break them out into individual photos?! SO cool.
There are a few other programs that might do similar, so I am testing those. One is $20 and I think all it does is break multiple scans apart...which might be all we need. There are more programs I will be testing soon.
But regarding Adobe's product ($99, I think), unless you want to make fun stuff out of your photos AND you have GREAT, beyond GREAT eyesight, I suggest not buying Adobe Photoshop Elements. ;( There are several less expensive programs that let you CLEAN UP your older photos in order to save them from rotting away, if like me, that is one of your main goals.
Reporting more: I am thrilled to discover that we can scan WHOLE PAGES OF OUR PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS, instead of pulling out each photo and placing it on the glass of our scanner!
I've looked and looked...read of people scanning directly from photo album pages themselves...and just now realized that I CAN DO THIS. I decided I like Scan Speeder best (for $30) for convenience of scanning and it's main purpose--to let me scan more than one photo at a time and then break them apart so I can Save them...and am bringing ALL my photos and photo albums ONTO MY COMPUTER FOR SAFE KEEPING. (May do further fixes - like of spotches, creases, etc., using a different photo editing program I recently purchased, after I get all my photos onto computer and a backup devise.)
Am also beta-testing newest Mastercook 22.
I am at my HAPPIEST when goals of mine are met...and most ARE NOT...not yet. I am having a blast. SO THRILLED to get this photo thing going and finally KNOWING WHAT I AM DOING!! My dining room is a make-shift laboratory...stacks of albums and photos covering every surface!!! BUT I SEE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL!!!
Anyone ELSE locking their lives up with PROJECTS to be done?? It's so exhilarating to be ON THE WAY. FINALLY!!
Anyone want to see any of my photos? haha I might be able to share some (but mind you, nothing current of me--only OLD ONES WHEN I WAS DECENT LOOKING!!!) hehe