Paper World



Scan and save your printed photos using your phone’s camera

I’ve been using this smartphone app called PhotoScan since it was first released about a year ago. It does just one thing: lets you take a photograph of a printed photo, and straightens out the edges and removes glare. The result usually looks like you actually scanned the photograph — i.e., it’s nice and flat and square — rather than like you simply snapped a photo of it. It’s also useful in art museums — if I can back up enough, I can “scan” four-foot-by-six-foot paintings, photos, etc. It takes about ten seconds, and lets you crop in case it hasn’t correctly guessed where the margins should be. Now after each trip, I have a little “art collection” of my own, which I can read about at my leisure.

-- Eric D Hanchrow 10/17/17

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