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Old 05-25-2008, 04:39 PM
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Ok this is all i could pull from your scan. If you really need to see the print. take it to your local university archival department. have them scan it. Alot of university's have inferred and other types of scanners that call look at just the ink on a print. But here is my best try.
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:01 PM
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Re: Help to enhance writing on back of photo

Tony, here is my try. You may be able to help at this point i you know some family history and names. Couple more things I want to try so I may post another try later.
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:17 PM
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Tony, here is my try. You may be able to help at this point i you know some family history and names. Couple more things I want to try so I may post another try later.
Great edit getting the words out. could you tell us how you are doing it?
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:33 PM
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Re: Help to enhance writing on back of photo

Looks like "Mother & children" to me CrazyFly... How U do dat?
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:40 PM
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Re: Help to enhance writing on back of photo

Hi Matthew Marshall & Crazyfly1, that's impressive stuff from both of you. Cannot make out first letters of first word but there's a 'y' then something before maybe ending 'ea'. Second word looks like 'children' with possibly an '&' before it.

So I'm guessing it's going to be something like 'Name & children' or 'Granny Name & children' as it's a photo of woman & four children. Thanks both, I'm jealous of your talent & looks if those are your own profile photos. Tony.
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:50 PM
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Re: Help to enhance writing on back of photo

OlBaldy, I think you may be right. I'm going to spend some more time with it and see what I can do. What I did was a curves adj on each channel until each one gave up as much of the writing as it could. I used hs to bring out the blue of the writing and then converted to bw with the bw filter turning blue to as dark as possible. Then I used shadow highlights with shadow off, contrast cranked up, color corection off. and played with the radius on highlights.
Murray does some REALLY amazing recovery here;
http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...d-writing.html

Tony, you are too kind.
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:52 PM
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Re: Help to enhance writing on back of photo

Hi OlBaldy, you posted while I was composing. It could well be Mother & children or Grandmother & children - just need Crazyfly1 to work his magic on the first few letters.

I was hoping for a name rather than Mother or Grandmother, so as I could identify the family, but hey ho will have to accept what is written. Tony.
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Old 05-25-2008, 09:35 PM
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Re: Help to enhance writing on back of photo

Tony, to me it looks like it is the name of a person follow by an ampersand and the word children. The person may me in the form of initial(s) then last name.
Not sure what kinds of scanners you have access to, but one with a high dynamic range scanned at high resolution (2400 ppi), might yield much better results. You could also place a blue or red translucent piece of mylar over it to separate the writing from the background.
Regards, Murray
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Old 05-26-2008, 02:35 AM
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Re: Help to enhance writing on back of photo

Thanks for your ideas & help Murray. I agree first word is starting to look like a couple of initials and then name, which I can't make out.

My cousin has the original & he is less computer literate than me. I have to talk him through how to attach things in e-mails so to do as you suggest will be ackward. I'll have to go visit & see what we can do. Tony.
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Old 05-26-2008, 04:05 AM
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Re: Help to enhance writing on back of photo

Murray, I think it's time for a tutorial. Please.
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