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Old 10-09-2008, 12:55 PM
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Re: Need writing enhanced on old post card

Nancy, are you sure it's a postcard and not a photographic proof? The writing (including the blue stuff) on the back to me resembles photographer's notations. The address you cite might be a studio stamp.
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Old 10-09-2008, 02:08 PM
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Re: Need writing enhanced on old post card

If you can see the writing with your eye, a good scanner with a high dynamic range)should be able to pick it up. Try rotating the photo 90 degrees on your scanner. Turn off all auto settings, (Descreen, sharpen, contrast, color, etc). take a higher resolution scan of the area with the writing (min 1200 ppi). Make no adjustments or post processing afterward. You want to preserve as much detail as possible so if possible load a high res image on a site somewhere and post a link to it in this thread.
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Old 10-09-2008, 02:17 PM
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Re: Need writing enhanced on old post card

This is all I could see using color deconvolution
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Old 10-09-2008, 02:32 PM
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Re: Need writing enhanced on old post card

Thanks everyone. In the image posted by OlBaldy, you begin to see the name and address appear in the upper left hand corner. It starts out with "Mrs. Silas" from what I can gather.

I will rescan at a higher resolution tonight and also try the ultraviolet technique!
Great idea!!

Nancy
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:22 PM
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Re: Need writing enhanced on old post card

As you can see at attached there is the possibility of a writing, but what you can see as well is the big squares indicating artifacts, so you should do both SCAN higher, as well as avoid ANY compression, but do NOT exceed the physical limits of your scanner in terms of PPI, otherwise these artifacts return.

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Old 10-09-2008, 07:00 PM
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Re: Need writing enhanced on old post card

We are getting closer. Here's a higher resolution scan.
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Old 10-10-2008, 04:04 PM
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Re: Need writing enhanced on old post card

Nancy,
About the same. Unfortunately, with the upload limit of 100K (200K for patrons), that just isn't high enough to upload a high res image. The last attachment is still a low res image (due to the conversion for web).

The other methods will likely reveal the text. However, if you want us to try again, you'll have to upload elsewhere and put a link here.
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:55 PM
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Re: Need writing enhanced on old post card

If you would like to try again, I have posted the higher resolution image online at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10029128@N07/

Hopefully, you can access it. If not, possibly I can send it to someone's personal e-mail account.

If not, that's ok too. You've all been more than helpful!

Nancy
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Old 10-11-2008, 01:12 AM
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Re: Need writing enhanced on old post card

I tried your larger file, but the scan resolution is just not high enough. The grain in the image is too large to allow for the text to be extracted.
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:02 AM
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Re: Need writing enhanced on old post card

Nancy, your scan resolution is only 600 ppi. Your scanner should be able to scanoptically at min 2400 ppi. Veryweird is correct. At the size of your scanned area, the pixels are too large relative to the area at 600ppi to allow the tools to do a proper job of separation.
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