Google’s PhotoScan App Turns Your Printed Photos into Digital Ones

Uzair Ghani
Posted Nov 15, 2016
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Google has released a brand new app called PhotoScan. The app turns your old, printed photos into digital ones.

Transform Your Printed Photos into Digital Copies Using Google’s Latest App

Many of us still have that box of printed photos lying around, eating dust somewhere in an obscure corner of our house. Before the ‘time’ wear and tear kicks in, it’s a good idea to digitize those prints and give them a new life. You can, of course, resort to the old fashioned way of scanning a photo using a scanner, or use one of the countless apps available for smartphones to do the same. While those methods sound well and good, there is a huge problem here. See, scanners are expensive little devices and are out of reach for some people. Smartphones apps, on the other hand, have a disadvantage. They scan an image using the smartphone’s camera from one angle, tarnishing the end result with some form of glare.

Enter Google’s PhotoScan app.

Just like other image scanning apps available on the App Store and Google Play, PhotoScan utilizes your device’s camera to digitize a print. But instead of taking just one photo, you take several from different angles before the app stitches them together to form one beautiful digitized masterpiece. The reason for taking several images from different angles is simple – it helps the app remove glare, if any, and leave the user with a perfect image in the end. It’s a stroke of genius if you’re asking me.

Of course, just like any other app, PhotoScan automatically crops an image as well, so you don’t have to worry about a digital copy that’s absolutely off its axis. You’ll end up with the correct perspective each and every single time you opt to scan a photo.

The app is created by the search giant’s Google Photos team, but oddly enough, does not integrate directly with the service. Once you digitize a printed photo, you can save it to your device’s image gallery, and from there it is backed up to Google Photos the good old fashioned way. We really wish there was a tie in between the two apps, making things a lot simpler.

The complete description of the new app is as follows:

Photos from the past, meet scanner from the future. PhotoScan is a new app from Google Photos that lets you scan and save your favorite printed photos using your phone’s camera.

PICTURE PERFECT AND GLARE FREE
Don’t just take a picture of a picture. Create enhanced digital scans, wherever your photos are.
– Get glare-free scans with an easy step-by-step capture flow
– Automatic cropping based on edge detection
– Straight, rectangular scans with perspective correction
– Smart rotation, so your photos stay right-side-up no matter which way you scan them

SCAN IN SECONDS
Capture your favorite printed photos quickly and easily, so you can spend less time editing and more time looking at your bad childhood haircut.

Just like any other consumer app from Google, PhotoScan is absolutely free to download and use. It’s available for both iOS and Android and you can download it right away by tapping on the links below:

If you have a stash of old photos lying around, I would urge you to give those print a new digital life. It’s only a matter of time those epic memories become a victim of time and lose their vibrancy. And you don’t want that to happen, do you?

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