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Old 05-25-2013, 08:51 AM
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Unreadable Handwriting in Old Family Bible

I'm trying to read the faded handwriting on this inside-front-cover scan from a very old family Bible. I've tried adjusting the color curves, but can't quite get it to a readable state. Any suggestions or attempts?

Thank you very much!
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:39 PM
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Re: Unreadable Handwriting in Old Family Bible

Turn it this way
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:45 PM
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Re: Unreadable Handwriting in Old Family Bible

Also, upload a high-quality version (preferrably 16-bpc scan in lossless quality) if possible and link it. That helps in cases like this.
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:15 PM
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Re: Unreadable Handwriting in Old Family Bible

The full-size full-resolution rotated-clockwise image can be downloaded at http://i.imgur.com/aTZcBH6.jpg

It's so tempting...to be able to almost be able to read words but not quite!
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Old 05-26-2013, 04:39 AM
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Re: Unreadable Handwriting in Old Family Bible

If you could scan it and save it to a lossless format (NEVER EVER JPEG! It damages the image.) then you could try this plugin:
http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6...lugin/main.htm
I don't have the full version so I haven't tested, but it might be helpful.

Here I've tried to trace some of the lines I could see:
http://i.imgur.com/0A5ZO1X.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/xxMYmJX.png
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Old 05-26-2013, 03:39 PM
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Re: Unreadable Handwriting in Old Family Bible

Tracing out the lines has been very helpful, Chain. Thank you for doing that.

By switching quickly between the original and your version, probable extensions to your lines can be seen and I've been adding those. I still don't have many full words, unfortunately, just letters.

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Old 05-27-2013, 07:28 AM
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Re: Unreadable Handwriting in Old Family Bible

I don't know if this helps or not
I tried duplicating the layer 2x with multiply blend, then hue/sat desaturating the red. then brightness contrast. I didn't try channel mixer but the green channel seemed to lighten the image the best - so could also be worth trying as well - different combinations seem to show up different letters
A bit of a guess but I think the top line is
Jessie ? (possibly)Margerite,
...................?
and not a............
Res........
........Pohi?.......R...?St....te
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:28 AM
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Re: Unreadable Handwriting in Old Family Bible

.....call CSI
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:04 AM
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Re: Unreadable Handwriting in Old Family Bible

Indeed, call in forensics!
Your best chance is to obtain a high quality scan: preferably a lossless compression PNG image. I also noticed parts of the image are out of focus.
Once you have that image feel free to post it and I will have a go at it with the color deconvolution plug-in from 4N6site.com. It is designed to separate colors, remove stains, crossed-out text, silvering, etc. Very useful in photorestoration and examination of faded writing.
It was mentioned above by Chain and it is permanently available via 4N6site.com.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:51 PM
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Re: Unreadable Handwriting in Old Family Bible

Thank you for the offer, 4N6site !
Here is a link to a 6MB PNG scan of the Bible page.
http://imgur.com/7FZccpp
Good luck!
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