After converting the image to Grayscale it was time to let Photoshop do the
magic. I went to File to Automate to Crop and Straighten Photos (#4).
It then takes Photoshop about 4 seconds to run a built-in Action that automatically
cuts each individual photo out of the big scan, straighten and align it, and
place it in an image file all its own as an individual picture (#5). Wow! Is
that slick or what?
To show you what each image file looks like, I selected one of the pictures
and went to Image to Image Size. Notice in Image #6 that the photo is 4.983x3.515"
at 400 ppi for a total file size of 2.67MB.
At this stage I have left the file at 400 ppi resolution so that there will
be a bit of extra data available to facilitate any later image editing that
anyone might want to do with this file. I feel that I get a little better quality
of image editing if I perform the editing at a higher resolution as opposed
to a lower resolution. Of course, the file should be further reduced to 300
ppi before being sent to an inkjet printer. And, if all you want to do is view
the file on a monitor or send the file via e-mail, then the resolution can be
further reduced to 72 ppi.
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