How to Install a Scanner Into Photoshop CS3


Properly speaking, scanners are not installed in Photoshop CS3; they are instead installed on your computer. You can then designate Photoshop CS3 as the external editor or viewer for your scanner, or, from Photoshop, you can import images through that scanner. For either of these options to work, the scanner must be properly installed on your computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Installation software for your scanner
  • Updated drivers for your scanner
  • Check if you already have a scanner correctly installed on your computer. (If you have previously installed a scanner on your computer, it may be ready to go in Photoshop CS3.) To check, open Photoshop and go to "File > Import." A menu should pop up to the right. If your scanner is listed, either preceded or followed by "TWAIN" or "WIA," proceed to Step 4. If not, check to see that the scanner is properly connected; then restart Photoshop. If it's still not listed in under the "File > Import" menu, go to Step 2.

  • Check if your scanner is properly installed. (If your scanner doesn't show up in Photoshop, it may not be properly installed.) If you are using a PC, go to the "Control Panel > Hardware > Scanners and Cameras." If you do not see your scanner there, use the installation software that came with your scanner to install the scanner. You will need to restart Photoshop CS3 for the program to recognize the new scanner.

  • Make sure your scanner's driver software is up to date (if your scanner is listed under "Scanners and Cameras"). Go to "Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Device Manager" and click on "Imaging Devices." Right-click on your scanner and select "Update Driver Software." Search online for the updated driver software. A restart may be required.

    Your scanner should now be properly installed with current drivers and ready for use to acquire images for Photoshop.

  • Import an image using TWAIN, which is a standard software protocol that connects software applications and imaging devices (such as Photoshop and your scanner), by simply going to "File > Import" and click on the "TWAIN" option. Follow the instructions on that screen to scan your image.

    Import an image using WIA (Windows Image Acquisition), according to Adobe Photoshop help, by choosing "File > Import > WIA Support." Select a destination on your computer for saving your image files. Click "Start." Select your scanner. Choose the kind of image you want to scan. Click "Preview" to view the scan. Crop if necessary. Click "Scan." The scanned image is saved in BMP format.

Tips & Warnings

  • Note that if you have an all-in-one printer and scanner and are connected to the device via a wireless network, you may be able to print to the device wirelessly, but, with some such devices (specifically some made by HP), you may not be able to scan wirelessly. Connecting the printer/scanner to the computer with a USB cable to use the scanner is a quick fix for this problem.

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