Crop and Straighten in Photoshop

Photoshop Crop Tool

Okay, I give up – maybe someone out there can help me. I’m using Mac OSX and Photoshop CS2. One of the features I love with Photoshop is the ‘Crop and Straighten’ automation. This tool is supposed to grab each individual picture on one image file, crop it out and then straighten it. From there I should be able to save or edit each individual image.

I used it all of the time on Windows – but for some reason I can’t get it to work on my Mac (or on my husband’s Windows machine …). I have tried everything (I can think of). In my spare time (ha ha) I have been scanning family pictures for our family tree and I’m having to crop each image one by one. I’d love any tips on how to automate this with Photoshop or Gimp or another tool – I’m not picky – just lazy 🙂


  1. What scanner are you using? Some scanners have the functionality built in. Maybe your scanner has updated drivers that do it. Or, maybe there is a plugin for photoshop available that does it.

  2. Thanks Derik will give it a whirl.

    Bob it’s an HP (I don’t have it in front of me so I forget the model – but I’ll do a search).

  3. Okay – I’m still doing it by hand – those options didn’t work 🙁

  4. If you’ve done this before I’m surprised it’s not working for you. However, your screen capture looks like you have very little space between the images. Adobe suggests for best results to have 1/8 inch between the images. Try spacing a bit better and scan again.

    Bob mentioned scanner drivers doing it too, I don’t know about HP. Epson does but they ask for at least a 1/4 inch gap. I really would try making sure you have a sufficient gap between the photos.

  5. Mary – I’ll give that a shot on the next batch! Thanks for the tip.

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