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I'm having issue with the automate crop and straighten tool in PS 2022.

New Here ,
Nov 04, 2021 Nov 04, 2021

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When I click the option for Automate Crop and Straighten, it just creates a copy of my image. 

My understanding of the tool is that it will auto detect the images (I scanned a page from a photo album) and create individual files for each image.

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Adobe Community Professional , Nov 08, 2021 Nov 08, 2021
Thanks for uploading a sample. It confirms what I thought: There is a stray mark on the scan background that causes Crop and Straighten Photos to get confused identifying multiple frames. It is not obvious when the area around the canvas is gray or black, but when the surround color is changed to white (by right-clicking it), the paper shadow on the scan becomes easy to see. The shadow, which is of course along two whole edges of the overall scan, is what confuses Crop and Straighten Photos. ...

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Nov 05, 2021 Nov 05, 2021

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Hi there,

Sorry to hear that. Could you please try resetting the preferences of Photoshop and let us know if it helps? 

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/preferences.html

 

Note: Make sure that you back up all your custom presets, brushes & actions before restoring Photoshop's preferences. https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/preset-migration.html

 

Regards,
Sahil

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Nov 07, 2021 Nov 07, 2021

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Resetting preferences according to the instructions did NOT fix this issue.

Thanks. 

--Joe

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Nov 07, 2021 Nov 07, 2021

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How clean is the photo album page background behind the images? Automate Crop and Straighten tends to succeed when the page area surrounding the photos is as close to solid white as possible. It can fail when the surround includes color, dust, stains, or other marks.

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Nov 08, 2021 Nov 08, 2021

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see the attached
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Nov 08, 2021 Nov 08, 2021

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@joedifalco please reply in the forum, especially to post images. also, please disable the auto signature in your email.

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Nov 08, 2021 Nov 08, 2021

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ok, sorry 'bout that.

Here is the image that will not process.

thank you for your help.

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Nov 08, 2021 Nov 08, 2021

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Thanks for uploading a sample. It confirms what I thought: There is a stray mark on the scan background that causes Crop and Straighten Photos to get confused identifying multiple frames. It is not obvious when the area around the canvas is gray or black, but when the surround color is changed to white (by right-clicking it), the paper shadow on the scan becomes easy to see. The shadow, which is of course along two whole edges of the overall scan, is what confuses Crop and Straighten Photos.

 

Photoshop Crop and Straighten background joedifalco v01.gif

 

The shadow is a natural consequence of using a flatbed scanner with one undiffused light source, my Canon scanner does it too. It’s likely that this shadow will be on all scans. Fortunately, that means it should be possible to batch-crop all your scans in bulk. Create a Photoshop action that uses the Image > Canvas Size command to drop several pixels off the left and top edges. A good way to do this is to select the Relative option, and enter -20 pixels (adjust as needed) for Width and Height, anchored at the bottom right corner. Test this on a small set of images before running it on many.

 

This is also a reason I try to keep prints slightly away from the edge around the scanner glass, to leave a little margin in case I need to crop edges while making sure I don’t crop any actual images.

 

After cropping out the shadow, Crop and Straighten Photos worked as you expect: It split it up into three photos.

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Nov 09, 2021 Nov 09, 2021

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Thank you so much for your help.

This did the trick and is saving me soooo much time!

Cheers!

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Nov 09, 2021 Nov 09, 2021

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Good to hear! I suppose the problem doesn’t happen when someone simply places a few photos on the scanner bed, because then the only borders are the photos themselves. In this case, the issue came up because it wasn’t three loose photos, it was photos on an album page with its extra border that makes the feature think it might be one big photo.

 

Maybe in the future Adobe will apply some of its machine learning to the feature to recognize that type of page border, so we don’t have to add extra steps.

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