You will have to save the scans to disk, and then import them in Lightroom.
There is no other way to do it.
You'll need to use some Scanner software to scan and save the files as JPGs or TIFs and then import them into LR.
To my knowledge LR doesn't have the ability to communicate with a scanner.
Thanks that's what I thought, it is just that I have a lot of photos and any step less in the process is time gained. I'll keep looking for a solution though
Hi Thanks for that,. I have been using Lightroom since version 1 and never had the need to scan photos but last month I came in possession of lot of photos from several years back and now I need to scan then and it would simplify things if Lightroom could import from scanner,
Never mind, I'll keep looking for a solution.
The scanner must of come with software so you can actually scan something. You'll need to use that and save it to your drive then import into LR.
Yes one more step.
Thanks that's what I thought, it is just that I have a lot of photos and any step less in the process is time gained.
Scanning from outside Lightroom doesn't add any extra time to the workflow. Set up your scanning software to dump all scans into a specific folder, then set Lightroom to use that same folder as the Watched Folder under Auto Import Settings.
You can then stay inside your scanning software and keep feeding originals and scanning them. When you switch back to Lightroom you will find that it has been watching the folder and importing each scan as you finished it. So when you're done scanning, all your scans are already inside Lightroom, ready for immediate editing.
Scanning outside Lightroom or Photoshop can actually save time compared to scanning inside those programs, because while your separate scanning program is bringing in more scans, you can be editing the scans that are already done.
A word of warning abot the spot removal tool in LR:
Your scans will probably need to have dust spots removed, may be hundreds of them in one image.
The spot removal tool is designed to remove a few spots only, typically sensor dust in digital photographs, and if you use it extensively one one image, LR will slow down to a crawl.
So the best thing to do would be to do dust removal, (and maybe cropping and rough adjustments) in Photoshop before you import to LR.
Thanks Per, I’ll keep that in mind