If you're like most people, you're taking more and more photos with the camera on your phone. After all, the best camera is the one you have on you.
But if you're like me, you've got quite the history of taking photos--long before you ever started depending on your smartphone as a camera.
What do you do with all of those old photos? Some people send them to a professional for archiving, which can be quite costly. Or maybe you've taken a stack of old photos and sent them through your printer scanner, which can be a long and tedious process.
I’m not sure if you’re aware, but Google has made the process of creating digital copies of photos much easier. They introduced PhotoScan in November of 2016, which by the way, is free and doesn’t require a Google account.
With PhotoScan, you ‘take a picture’ of your old photo, and then the app asks you to move the camera to four different spots on the photo.
PhotoScan then takes the images from these four spots, and stitches them together, much like a panoramic photo is stitched together.
PhotoScan crops, straightens, and color corrects the photo. The result is an impressive digital version of your old photo that is wrinkle and glare free, ready to save to your Photo Library.
Here's how to get started with Google's PhotoScan app:
1 - Download the App
PhotoScan for iOS, free
PhotoScan for Android, free
2 - Allow Access to the Camera
PhotoScan uses your camera to scan your photo, so make sure you allow it.
3 - Start Scanning
Grab an old photo, like this one from 1983. Press the scan button to start scanning.
4 - Position over the Four Dots
Move your camera to position over each of the four dots. These four images will be stitched together to get great results.
5 - Save your Photos
You'll be presented with multiple versions. You can either save the best one, or save all.
5 - Edit, share, and backup your Photo
You can now treat this photo like any other photo on your camera.
That was pretty easy, with great results. Grab that stack of old photos and start scanning!
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