TWAIN is an interface used to import from imaging devices, such as scanners. For more information, see the TWAIN Working Group's website at www.twain.org. The Photoshop TWAIN plug-in connects with compatible devices that are installed on your computer.

Compatibility

Note:

The TWAIN Plug-in is not support in current versions of Photoshop.

Alternatives to using TWAIN

Due to limitations with TWAIN in Photoshop, we strongly suggest the following alternatives for scanning your images:

Use the stand-alone scanning software included with your scanner

Most scanners provide a stand-alone scanning application that can be used to scan and save images.

Using the stand-alone scanner software avoids issues associated with TWAIN. Using a dedicated application to scan allows you to retouch and edit images in Photoshop while you scan in the background – which can be more efficient.

If you use a stand-alone scanning application, save your scanned images as TIFF files, then open them into Photoshop.

Instructions: Scan and import images from a separate scanning application

Note:

Some scanner software lets you designate Photoshop as the external editor for an image after a scanning is completed. Consult the documentation that came with your scanner or contact your scanner manufacturer for more details.

Use a native OS scanning interface

macOS:

Use Apple’s ImageKit technology instead of TWAIN to scan directly into Photoshop. Support for ImageKit is built in to Photoshop without requiring a plug-in, and provides access to many scanners.

Instructions: Scan and import images using Apple’s ImageKit interface (macOS only)

Windows:

Use the WIA (Windows Image Acquisition) interface for your device, if it’s available, to scan directly into Photoshop.

Instructions: Scan and import images using a WIA interface (Windows only)

Note:

Contact your scanner manufacturer for more information on scanning using ImageKit or WIA.

Use a dedicated third-party scanning application

If your scanner manufacturer doesn't provide updated drivers that are compatible with current operating systems you may need to look at third-party scanning solutions. These third-party utilities are dedicated scanning solutions, and they are more appropriate for critical or high-volume scanning.

Third-party scanning utilities:

If you use a third-party scanning application, save your scanned images as TIFF files, then open them into Photoshop.

Additional troubleshooting

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