Google’s new PhotoScan App scans old pictures
Google launched a new Android and iOS app called PhotoScan, aiming to digitise old photo prints with ease, without buying a scanner. “We don’t want to mail away our original copy, buying a scanner is costly and time consuming, and if you try to take a photo of a photo, you end up with crooked edges and glare,” Google points out. Google’s PhotoScan App enables users to quickly scan a vast amount of photos without much hassle. The tradeoff, however, is that photo prints scanned with PhotoScan are not as high-quality as they would be with a full flatbed scanner.
Upon opening the app, it will automatically turn on the camera and instruct users to place a photo within the frame to start scanning. When a photo is in the frame, the apps will show four dots over the photo. To scan the photograph, you simply need to move the phone over each dot and hold it under the circle fills in. Once all four dots are covered, PhotoScan scans the photo and you can move on to the next one.
PhotoScan automatically crops, rotates and applies colour correction to scanned photos. Saving them to Google Photos is easy, with just one tap, and you can later find your scanned photos simply by searching for “scans” within your Google Photo collection. If you also want to save them elsewhere, you can store scanned photos in your camera roll, as well as share them to other apps. PhotoScan is already available as a free app for iOS and Android.