Go Back   RetouchPRO > Technique > Image Help
Register Blogs FAQ Site Nav Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Image Help Got a problem image? Don't know where to begin? Upload images and ask our users what they think or if they can help

Help with fixing faded writing

Thread Tools
Old 01-01-2010, 11:06 PM
nuttkayc nuttkayc is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 1
Help with fixing faded writing

I received an old document already scanned, and very poorly, then printed out and mailed to me. I scanned it at a high resolution hoping to get something out of it. It's horrible; can anyone suggest some ways for me to attempt to bring out the writing?

Attached Images
File Type: jpg Middlemass Wedding 1 copy.jpg (95.2 KB, 80 views)
Reply With Quote top
Old 01-02-2010, 01:06 AM
TommyO's Avatar
TommyO TommyO is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: NC, USA
Posts: 1,211
Re: Help with fixing faded writing

Several problems that I see...
- you are not in possession of the original, where you can control the scan. Best not to re-scan a bad scan.
- Secondly, recovering handwritten text is by no means easy even when the scan is good. Pens differ, pen pressure differs, papers differ, everything is a variable and rarely lines up so good that you get that perfect result.
- it really becomes more of an art. Yes there are some shortcuts that save time, like taking advantage of blend modes like overlay, where you can easily remove marks that fall below the 128 threshold. But, in the end it will take a lot of tedious work.

You must try and borrow the original, or have a pro scan the original and send you the resulting TIFF via email or a large file sharing site. You can save days of work that way.

Best of luck with it and I hope to return so I can see the outcome !

Last edited by TommyO; 01-18-2010 at 07:02 PM.
Reply With Quote top
Old 01-17-2010, 04:31 PM
flexmanta's Avatar
flexmanta flexmanta is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Spain
Posts: 339
Re: Help with fixing faded writing

Sorry to say... the text is just not there, so there's nothing to recover.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg attachment.jpg (83.5 KB, 25 views)
Reply With Quote top

  RetouchPRO > Technique > Image Help

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Can you read the writing? lcramer53 Photo Restoration 11 07-05-2012 05:30 AM
Need writing enhanced on old post card nrotonda Photo Restoration 22 04-19-2009 11:31 PM
Please help decipher faded writing! smitty_ap Photo Restoration 8 05-25-2008 12:08 PM
Need help deciphering old faded writing! hachaliah Photo Restoration 9 03-15-2008 04:12 AM
Study done to determine original faded colors? Photon713 Photoshop Help 2 01-24-2008 07:07 PM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:56 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright © 2016 Doug Nelson. All Rights Reserved