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Easiest Solution to scan photos on a Canon D420 scanner?

Hello,

I have a few DVD Cover Arts that I'd like to scan with my Canon imageCLASS D420 scanner. I've used Photoshop (I don't exactly remember the version, CS3 or 4) to do this before.

Right now, I have CS5 and am not sure how to do it.

I'd appreciate if someone could recommend a software that makes scanning pictures to JPEG a breeze.

The Toolbox software that came with Canon wouldn't crop the images automatically. It scans the entire A4 area. So, it's a pain to crop it myself.

I'd really appreciate any help. Thanks a ton in advance
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There is not auto scan mode?
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Hi hdhondt,

Thanks so much for your response. IrfanView looks pretty good.

So I did this:

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When I clicked on "OK" in the following screen, ScanGearMF opened up:

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ScanGearMF:
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After I clicked on "Preview", it automatically creates the borders to be cropped and then I click on "Scan" which scanned my DVD cover just the way I want (cropped).

Now, I wish I have a way to just click on "Next" (or something like that) to scan one by one.

Do I have to hit Ctrl+Shift+A every time to open up the scanning option and then hit "Enter" for each scan?

EDIT: I just unchecked "Automatically quit ScanGear after scanning" option which leaves the ScanGear window open.

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So I just have to click on "Preview" (for cropping) and then "Scan". I can save the file in IrfanView.

Does it look ok to you?
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Thanks again, hdhondt.

IV doesn't return me back to the ScanGear window automatically. Now that I have ScanGear set to remain after scanning, I don't have to open the scan window everytime.

Now, I just have only one issue. I'd like to rotate DVD scans so that they look straight.

Usually, I use "Free Transform" feature under Photoshop to rotate the DVD image. But, now I see the edges of the scan after rotating with "Free Transform".

Here's how an image looks when I try Free Transform now:

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A few months back, I was able to Free transform the scanned image to this:

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Now if I perform the same "Free Transform", Ctrl+Alt+T, I see edges of the scan.. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong here. AFAIK, I'm using the same Photoshop version (CS4) earlier and now. I did a Windows re-install recently so I'm not sure if I used the same version earlier.

I'll be golden if this issue is resolved. I would have created a new question but just wanted to check with you guys first.

Thanks again everyone..
I think you can change the background colour of the layer. Use the eyedropper to pick the colour of the CD background. Have a look here:

http://www.crystal-reflections.com/technical/photo_03.htm
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Thanks again for the tip and link, hdhondt. I didn't work :(

The background remained the same.
I don't have PhotoShop on this PC. I'll have a look at home tonight (it's 11 am here now)
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Thanks hdhondt.. If you'd like, you could try Free Transform on the second image and see if you could rotate it to say, 90 degrees without any edges..
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Just found out that when I just save the image, close it and then reopen it, I'm able to rotate it perfectly without any issues.. I guess I can live with that.
Great. Glad you solved that, because I've not yet figured out how to change the background colour.
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Yeah, I'm glad as well. Thanks so much for staying with me.

One last question if it's ok with you:

Whenever I press "Scan" or "Preview" on Canon's ScanGear is always on top, repeatedly pushing back whatever window that I'm clicking, to the background.

I was wondering if there's an option for that scan window to work in the background rather that forcing me to stare at it for 15-20 seconds till the scan gets completed..

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Thanks again for your time and feedback.
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Thanks again, hdhondt.

Right now, I'm just doing something else while it takes away the computer!