To scan into Photoshop, a plugin in Photoshop needs to be installed. The TWAIN plug-in is available with the other optional plug-ins for Photoshop CS4, CS5, CS5.5 and CS6:


For Windows OS:

Note: For Windows, the downloadable TWAIN plug-in is 32-bit only.

To install the TWAIN plug-in for Windows:

  1. Exit from Photoshop.
  2. Copy the Twain_32.8BA plug-in from the Optional Plug-ins Win32/Plug-ins folder to the appropriate folder below.
    • Windows XP: \\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6\Plug-Ins\
    • Windows Vista and Windows 7 (32-bit): \\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6\Plug-Ins\
    • Windows Vista and Windows 7 (64-bit): \\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6\Plug-Ins\
  3. Re-open Photoshop.
  4. Download the latest scanner driver from your scanner manufacturer’s web site and install the driver.
  5. Connect the scanner to the system.

To use TWAIN to scan images into Photoshop, open Photoshop 32-bit by clicking the “Adobe Photoshop CS6 (32-bit)” short cut as shown in figure 1:

  1. Select File.
  2. Select "Import".
  3. Choose "TWAIN" and then "Select Source (scanner name)".

Mac OS:

  1. Quit Photoshop.
  2. Copy the TWAIN.plugin file from the download folder to the Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Plug-ins folder.
  3. Reopen Photoshop.

To use TWAIN in Photoshop as shown in figure 2 below,

  1. Choose File.
  2. Import.
  3. Select "TWAIN".
  4. Choose "Select Source (scanner name)".