How to Scan Photos to Your PC

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How to Scan Photos to Your PC

While ScanSnaps are designed to scan documents into PDFs, many people, myself included, also use it to scan photos for storage or to share with family and friends. Here is a simple way to scan photos to your PC by creating a profile specifically for scanning photos! Important note: since the ScanSnap is built for documents, delicate photos should only be put through a scanner using a carrier sheet.

The easiest way to scan photos is to create a special profile. Start by double-clicking on your ScanSnap icon to bring up ScanSnap Manager.



Uncheck the QuickMenu box in the top left corner. Then, go over to the Profiles drop-down menu on the top right hand corner to Add Profile. I’ve named the new profile “Photo scanning” in the image below.



The Application should be set as “None (Scan to File)”



Next, go to the Save tab and select Pictures, or a specific folder within Pictures as your Save location.



To get the highest resolution images (best for re-sizing), select “Excellent” as your image quality under the Scanning tab. *Note that this level, the highest dpi, will slow down your scanning speeds a little bit. You can either use “Auto color” or “Color” for your photos. I’ll keep it as “Auto color”. Select “Single-side” for the Scanning side, unless you have notes on the back of the photos that you would like to keep.



For File Option, change the File format to “JPEG”. Now hit Apply and Save. You’re done!



To use this profile, click on your ScanSnap icon and select your Photo scanning profile.


Now that we’ve setup our photo profile, let’s talk about the actual scanning! There are considerations for each model, so which one are you using: the iX500, iX100, or SV600?

The iX500– Since it is a larger scanner, you can stack multiple photos in at a time. I know it can handle up to 50 sheets, but since photos are thicker and more delicate, we recommend just putting a few in at a time.  Your photos should be face down and upside down. I would do batches of either portrait or landscape, so all the photos are saved the same way. Be sure to use a carrier sheet for the more delicate photos.

The iX100– Since you can only scan one image at a time, make sure to feed them in face up and top first so they all save the right way. The iX100 has a straight scanning path so this scanner will be gentler with your photos, though we still recommend using a carrier sheet for the delicate ones. Since this is a simplex scanner, if you have notes you would like to capture on the back, you’ll need to flip the picture over and scan the back side.

The SV600– With the overhead scanner, you can put your large and/or very delicate photos on the black mat without worry. You can also put 4 photos on the black background at once, and the software will save them as 4 separate images.

*Note for S1300i– Because of the paper path, we do not recommend using this scanner to scan photos.

Now let’s talk organization. When you scan photos to your PC, it’s important to organize them before scanning them in. I recommend organizing them by size and orientation. I would also make a separate pile for those super delicate photos that need to be scanned with the carrier sheet.

Then, once the photos are in your desktop folder, you can import them from Google Photos, or another photo storage/sharing app to preserve in the cloud, and/or send to friends and family!

Have fun preserving and sharing those memories!

Briana Daley