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Old 02-14-2012, 01:17 PM
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Old Black and white Documents

I have about 1000 old black and white documents that need cleaned up. They are old newsletters from the early 1900's. These were all given to me in jpegs scanned from micro film. I need to get rid of as much "extra" from the copies and leave the text looking clean and crisp. Can anyone tell me how to fix them?
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:41 PM
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Re: Old Black and white Documents

Would have to see a sample of what you are dealing with before suggestions could be given.
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:46 PM
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Re: Old Black and white Documents

The website keeps telling me that my file is to big. I looks a lot like a photo coppied book.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:18 AM
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Re: Old Black and white Documents

This website only allows small lowres versions (<100KB).

Upload it somewhere else and post a link?
imgur.com, your personal website, etc.
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:01 AM
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Re: Old Black and white Documents

Here is a compressed file of the document. thanks
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:28 AM
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Re: Old Black and white Documents

Not much detail in that tiny version, but we get an idea

I guess the important thing here is automating it as much as possible due to the amount of documents.

How consistent is the angle/orientation/position of the pages, the brightness and the lighting?

If it is consistent enough you could do a Curves adjustment with a mask to brighten the bottom area, then another without a mask to adjust it globally (mainly increasing contrast to what you need). They could also be cropped/straightened with the same settings if this is consistent on all pages (probably not?).
This can all be recorded in a Photoshop action, and you can then run this on all the images using Image Processor (it will save a copy in the format you want in a new folder; e.g. tiff).

That's the only simple solution I can think of.
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:11 AM
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Re: Old Black and white Documents

I agree with Chain and I am unsure how easy this would be to automate as there are issues with uneven density, images, straightening etc. I bet the scanning is pretty uneven from image to image.

Had a quick play but obviously limited by the size of the image and time restraints. Came up with this as a possibility, pretty similar to what has been suggested I think.

Crop and straighten each page
Curves layer with gradient to even out bottom shading
Another curve layer to isolate and lighten the image
Stamp the layer and apply as Overlay reduce opacity to taste mask image if req.
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:01 PM
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Re: Old Black and white Documents

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The website keeps telling me that my file is to big. I looks a lot like a photo coppied book.
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Great advise and solutions already presented...

If you use Photoshop you can post fairly large pictures which are under 100k using the 'save for web' function in Photoshop as described here:
Size, Quality and/or Format your Attached Images.. (Click here)

If you want to post a larger resolution that is over 100K then you can host your image elsewhere and attach a link in the thread, but also, please always attach an under 100K version (so the thread remains useful in the future, regardless of external links) Some picture hosting sites delete your files after not being viewed for 1, 2, 3, or 6 Months.

Other Hosts if you do not have your own site:
free) ImageVenue.com (3Meg max, free) pixentral.com (2Meg max, free) photobucket.com (1 Meg max free, 5 Meg PRO) mediafire.com (100 Meg per file, free) imgur.com (10meg {reduced to 1meg for viewing... deleted after 6 months of no clicks},....
Then post a link in the thread to the site that is hosting the larger image.
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