Using TWAIN to Scan Files Into Photoshop

Two Minute Tip:

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Here’s a quick video tutorial on how to use the TWAIN plugin to scan files into Photoshop.

Windows users:

  1. Close Photoshop CS5
  2. Go to this link for the optional downloads and click on the “Proceed to Downloads” button at the bottom, then click “Download Now”: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4688
  3. After downloading the .zip file, locate the file in Windows Explorer and double-click the .zip file to expand it.
  4. Inside the expanded folder is a folder named Optional Plug-Ins.
  5. Inside the Optional Plug-Ins folder is a folder named Win32.
  6. Inside the Win32 folder is the Twain_32.8BA plug-in.
  7. Still in Windows Explorer, drag the Twain_32 plug-in to C:\Program Files\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Plug-Ins\Import-Export.
  8. Restart Photoshop

You’ll likely need to open Photoshop in 32-bit mode in order for TWAIN to work. Here’s how:

  1. Close Photoshop CS5
  2. Navigate to the Program Files (x86) > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop CS5 folder
  3. Double-click the Adobe Photoshop CS5.exe file

To scan files, go to “File > Import” and select your scanner.

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:14+00:00 February 1st, 2011|8 Comments

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My name is Nicole and I'm a photographer, author, & educator living in Portland, Oregon, USA. When I'm not making photos I'm writing books and tutorials for my online store, Learn more about me and my story here.

8 Comments

  1. Steve February 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Why did you scan in a picture of a naked woman with a bun in her hair kneeling down. Gross?

  2. Nicole February 1, 2011 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    Well, since it was actually a smiley-face I accidentally scanned upside-down, I never saw the “naked woman” in it! Lol!

  3. Steve February 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    By the way, cool tip, much more informative and practical than other most other Photoshop tutorials (especially as I bought my first scanner last week)!

    Thanks again.

  4. fabulous! Thanks for posting!

  5. Novan August 29, 2011 at 8:04 am - Reply

    many thanks

  6. Seyyed January 14, 2012 at 8:27 am - Reply

    In the name of God thanks !
    It works and I thank you very very very mouch .

  7. Gil November 30, 2012 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Hi Nicole,
    I followed the video to a T – files are installed everything is in place – but when I go to the file menu in photoshop, drop down to Import/export there is no Twain option – restarted numerous times – re downloaded – the file is in place but still no Twain option on photoshop menu – any ideas???

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