I’m sharing a tip I found from a youtube video that I felt would be beneficial to most of us using high quality smartphone cameras to snap photographs out of old family albums. The video suggested this for scans but it works for photos as well.
First, you need to open the photo of photos into Photoshop.
After this, you want to go to “File”>”Automate”>”Crop and Straighten Photos.” Select “Crop and Straighten Photos.”
As you can see below, it has cropped the larger photo into many smaller ones. A few photos may need to be cropped down a bit more, but it will reduce the amount that you will need to do this. You can look at the different photos by selecting different tabs, shown at the top of the screenshot below.
As you can see below, a photo was cropped perfectly from the initial image.
You can save this file as an image of it’s own. Since there isn’t any transparency to this, you can save it as a JPG. Make sure the layer is unlocked or it won’t let you save it.
Voila! The cropped image is saved in your folder. You do have to save each cropped image individually, but it will save you some time from manually cropping.
If you want to watch the original video, here’s the original link. I followed his technique but applied it in a slightly different manner because I know many of us don’t have access to a scanner or, like myself, are afraid to even turn the pages of the delicate albums, let alone flipping one upside down on a bulky scanner and having to hold it up and remain still while it takes a long time to scan.