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Any document re-touchers please?

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Old 03-08-2007, 09:35 AM
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Re: Any document re-touchers please?

Thanks Bill,
But the bleed is on the original, not caused by the scan. However your tip is a good one, and I'll remember it.
Thankyou....John
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Old 03-09-2007, 06:47 AM
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Re: Any document re-touchers please?

Hello,
I am very new to all the wonders here! However I would have tried, very carefully, to iron the document flat before proceeding.
Please tell me if that's a No No?
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Old 03-09-2007, 09:02 AM
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Re: Any document re-touchers please?

EJB,
Welcome to Retouchpro, I don't know if it's a no-no (I only do this for fun!) but I kinda liked the small folds an creases, and I felt it would be better to keep them.
Thanks for looking.....John
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Old 03-09-2007, 10:11 AM
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Re: Any document re-touchers please?

Thanks,
It would take some of the character away I suppose
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Old 03-09-2007, 12:19 PM
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Re: Any document re-touchers please?

I do photograph documents for a public library. All documents are photographed in an as is condition for posting online at the library's website. I also will do a retouch of the documents in the event a library patron wants such a copy and simply make note when I do the data entry that a retouched copy is available should such be desired.

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Old 03-09-2007, 05:37 PM
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Re: Any document re-touchers please?

Probably most of the people in this forum have restored images like this. I have been restorying images for a grandma's 100 birthday to be held in a few months, and have ran accross things similar to this. It might take several suggestions, and playing before you get the right combination. One thing I do see in this image, is it can be seperated into layers using the channels in any of the photoshop versions 5.5/CS2. Doing do will give you more control over restorying the text seperate from the paper. Using opacity during the combination process will help you line up the "paper folds" before flattening the image back to one.

I run into the same problem: what to keep, and what to correct. You've made it clear to keep the folds in the paper, and remove the stin. You'll have to find the balance here. The tools to restore the image are basic, but time consuming, but seperating the text from the background, and using some basic tools like levels, channels, various levels of the clone tool should be useful.
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Old 03-11-2007, 02:44 PM
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Re: Any document re-touchers please?

I don't know if this helps, but I was playing with this, and found that if I added a photo filter with the settings R=0, G=169, B=255, I could see almost all of the text, even the red text behind the tape, although it is faint. Having that, you should be able to proceed as you like.
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Old 03-12-2007, 12:22 AM
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Re: Any document re-touchers please?

britsdad,

ok, getting back to your original request... make a selection of the taped area, probably best if you feathered the edges just a touch on that. to that selection apply a hue/sat adjustment layer. by adjusting the various channels, i think it was mostly the reds, you can bring the taped area pretty darn close to the original paper color. if you need to, you can then clone the edges of the transition to match up better, taped to non-taped.

you might also try a color balance on the selection too.
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Old 03-12-2007, 03:25 AM
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Re: Any document re-touchers please?

John,

You stated, "I don't want to loose all the creases ect. but just make it more legible and loose the stains. Any suggestions are very welcome." Soooo, I have a suggestion.

I have just started using this filter and it looks very promising.. I did these from your original dark versions using the Color Deconvolution filter, a FREE PhotoShop plug-in for color separation from 4N6site.com ... took about 20 minuets and have done no other adjustments yet... I am sure with some tweaking your results could be much better.

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Old 03-12-2007, 03:22 PM
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Re: Any document re-touchers please?

Thanks guys,
I'll have a try with all your suggestions, may take a while though
Granny, nice find I'll download that filter and give it a try.
Kraellin, yea that's basically what I've been doing, but a levels layer seemed to work best. I just thought there may be another option.
Again thankyou all......John
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