How to Scan Pictures Without Space Around Them

By Lisa Tilton

Scanning photographs provides a digital backup and an easy way to share with family and friends over the Internet.
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Scanning photos is an excellent way to preserve memories and provide a backup of your treasured photographs. One challenge to scanning photos is the extra white space that is captured around the actual picture. This extra space makes it difficult to reprint photos and use them to share with others via the Internet.

Place photograph on the scanner, face down, in a corner of the scanning area. Make sure the photo is flush with the corner.

Open the scanner software or the application that you will be using for the scan.

Click on the "preview" or "scan preview" link or button. This will do a 'pre-scan' of the photograph and the surrounding area. The result will be displayed on the screen.

Left-click the 'handles' or guides at the edges of the scan preview. While holding down left-click, drag the guidelines closer to the photograph edges. Repeat this step on the all sides of the photograph to eliminate excess borders.

Click "scan" and save the final photograph graphic file.