The automatic recognition settings dialog box

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This dialog sets if and how RansenScan extracts and straighten small photographs and images within the single scan.

 

You can get to it from the Tools menu, Auto Recog Config item. It is not too complicated, but if you have any doubts click on the Set all to default button and then on OK.

 

Auto-Recog-Dlg

 

Normally you want RansenScan to automatically extract and straighten photos, so you should leave the check box at the top left of the dialog checked, Enable Automatic Extraction Of Images.

 

The minimum size slider says "any objects less than this size will not be considered as photographs to extract from the larger image." You are shown the size in inches and in centimeters.

 

The maximum size slider says "any objects larger than this size will not be considered as photographs to extract from the larger image".  You are shown the size in inches and in centimeters.

 

(See also RansenScan Settings For Baseball Cards On Large Scanners).

 

To get an idea of the sizes of your photographs you can see the percentage values under the preview in the sub image fine tuning dialog. For example in this case the image is 17.7% by 23.8%:

 

Image-Size-Data

 

The max aspect ratio slider sets how thin or tall an image can be and still be considered a photograph. It is simply the width of an image divided by its height, or vice versa depening on how you want to look at it!

 

Most photographs are within a value of 2, so 2 is a good setting to use. You can find out exactly what aspect ratio sub images are by using the sub image fine tuning dialog image size information. For example in this case the aspect ratio is 1.4:

 

Image-Size-Data.

 

The aspect ratio is the largest dimension divided by the smallest dimension.

 

All of these things help RansenScan avoid classifying small objects inside photographs as photographs themselves, or as classifying two touching (in the physical not emotional sense) photographs as a single photograph (emotionally touching or not).

 

Unless you are scanning very strange objects the default settings should work best. For postage stamps click here.

 

The slider called "Exclusion zone percentage" removes the edges of the scanner bed from the scan. Some old scanners have dirty or badly lit edges. Setting this to something like 2% can help speed up automatic recognition. The border will appear in the scan once you click on OK of this dialog.

 

Remember that if you want automatic recognition to work when you lay your photos on the scanner you must follow these rules, look at these examples too.