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Old 12-16-2012, 11:18 AM
Jessie711 Jessie711 is offline
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Suggestions please.

One of my hobbies is family history and I have a number of old documents. What I’m trying to do is copy the writing onto a white background.
The documents vary in clarity from clear to very dark. The included sample is in the mid range of clarity.
Can anyone suggest a way of copying the writing or removing the background.
Thanks Jessie
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:22 PM
Flashtones Flashtones is offline
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Re: Suggestions please.

Depends on the quality needed.

I got to this via Camera Raw (clarity/contrast/blacks/whites/curves/noise reduction/sharpen), and then some masking in PS. But some details are certainly lost. (The process is not helped by the jpeg artifacts. I assume the jpeg is just to upload a sample here, but be sure for the real stuff you're working with raws/tiffs, etc, not jpegs.)

I'd consider that a down and dirty job; but perhaps it's good enough. If not, I'd consider hiring a really good path-er to trace each letter/word with the pen tool. As vector art the writing can be rendered be as crisp as can be.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:22 AM
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Re: Suggestions please.

Thanks Flashtones that really looks good. I do get the images in tiff and will give your suggestion a try.
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