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How to scan documents on your phone with Adobe scan | Utilities

Adobe Scan is an application from the Photoshop maker for Android and iPhone (iOS) that allows you to use your phone's camera to scan physical documents. The difference is in the automatic text recognition (OCR) function, capable of identifying words and numbers in photographs. The app stores scanned documents in the cloud and allows you to retrieve them on another device. I see in the tutorial how to scan documents on the smartphone with the Adobe tool.

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Adobe Scan helps you digitize documents Photo: Ana Marques / TechTudo

Adobe Scan helps you digitize documents Photo: Ana Marques / TechTudo

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Step 1. When opening the app, the camera starts to search for documents viewed to scan. Wait for the automatic capture or touch the central button to take a picture. Then, you have two options: continue taking photos or touch the button in the right corner to edit.

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Scan documents using your cell phone camera Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Scan documents using your cell phone camera Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 2. The application cuts and optimizes the scanned image automatically, but it is possible to adjust the edges manually in the cutting tool.

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Adjust the edges with the cutting tool Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Adjust the edges with the cutting tool Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 3. If you want to include more pages in the same scan, touch the image icon to re-capture with the camera or import photos from the gallery.

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Import images from the gallery or camera into the same document Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Import images from the gallery or camera into the same document Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 4. When scanning is finished, use the reordering tool to change the position of the pages in the document.

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Adjust the order of the pages Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Adjust the order of the pages Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 5. Tap on the top to rename the file. Finally, tap Save PDF.

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Change the title of the file and save it as PDF Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Change the title of the file and save it as PDF Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 6. The newly created document is in the Recents tab. Once the PDF is finished, Adobe Scan starts to transfer the file to the cloud to extract the text present in the images. Make sure your phone has internet enabled and wait for the process to finish. At the end of the extraction, tap the file to open it. The identified texts must be available to select and copy. Use the function to transfer words and numbers from physical documents to notes on your phone.

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Wait for the end of the OCR process in the document to copy texts Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Wait for the end of the OCR process in the document to copy texts Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 7. A document stored in Adobe Scan can be retrieved on another phone with the same account logged on. You can also use the sharing function to send the PDF by email and other apps. The "Share link" option uses Adobe's own cloud to store files online free of charge.

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Share the PDF using other apps Foto: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Share the PDF using other apps Foto: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 8. On any Adobe Scan screen, use the plus button to start a new scan, either with images captured on the spot or already existing in the smartphone gallery.

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Perform a new scan in Adobe Scan Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Perform a new scan in Adobe Scan Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves