Questions about the process of digitizing a tangible object.

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How to remove the textured background from a handwritten text document?

I'm using Adobe Photoshop. I noticed that there are other questions similar to this one. However, the reason I'm posting my question is, when I followed the instructions in the other question about ...
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How to make type in Photoshop match that on a scanned image

I have scanned some text, and I need to add a name in matching type and style. I have tried, but it's not as jagged as the scan, and doesn't look the same. How do I make the added type match the ...
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Maintaining correct line thickness and small dots seem mutually exclusive in Illustrator's Image Trace

I am attempting to use Image Trace to vectorise an illustration drawn with technical pens. The drawing has variable line thicknesses, which I want to preserve as accurately as possible, but also small ...
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Best way to flatten a curled photographed book photograph?

I have photographed some pages of a book for reading. This is much faster than scanning and you don't have to carry the heavy books. However, the photographed books are not as nice: curved, skewed, ...
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Gimp: how to remove background noise/artifacts and enhance handwritten text

I have a lots of scanned handwritten lecture notes (PDFormat) and I want to improve their readability (I have uploaded an example). In particular I'd like to remove the "squares" on the back. I would ...
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Budget workflows for transforming pencil design into professional looking digital image

My family does light artistic stuff for fun - almost exclusively drawn with mechanical pencil. This isn't fine art - no vine charcoal sketches of bowls of fruit, it is just for fun. We would like to ...
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Digitize notepad to PDF (ebook) while preserving typography

I'm looking for a way to convert a notepad (multiple pages of hand-written text) into a PDF or other e-book type file format (DjVu?) that would preserve existing typography as well as allow searching ...
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How to correct scanned colors in Photoshop?

I have scanned a pen and ink drawing and I'm trying get rid of the variations in ink color. The black ink appears as black and different shades of grey, the blue as different shades of blue etc. How ...
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How to clean up scanned construction documents? [duplicate]

As a consultant to contractors, I receive PDFs of architectural drawings to use as backgrounds in CAD. Some are scanned copies, some are grey-scale and, if lucky, some are black and white. I use ...
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How to convert old scanned documents into black and white

I have some old documents that have been scanned, and I want to convert them to black and white. Content should be always black, and background white: I use Photoshop.
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How can I remove the unwanted background from a scanned handwritten signature?

I need to upload my signature in a PDF document, but I do not know how to edit the background of this image. I wish to remove the bluish-tint background, and make it pure white. Can anyone help me ...
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Remove blue lines in Photoshop

I have seen a lot of very different tutorials about how to remove blue lines from a scanned drawing. So I ask myself what is the best way in term of simplicity and quality to do this in Photoshop (CS3 ...
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How to revive an old children's book?

I have a scan of an old children's book that contains both graphics and text. I want to revive the book for my children, while preserving as much as possible from the original layout and ...
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Cleaning up DPI/PPI for scanned graphics to put on the web?

I am trying to figure out the most efficient method for editing raw scanned documents so they look best at 72PPI when published on a website. I have an example here which is from a 600DPI source scan. ...
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How to increase brightness of a highlighted text in a scanned image?

I'm currently scanning a few documents at the moment and have highlighted several parts of the text. My scanner doesn't pick up the highlighted text very well and the highlighted areas are very ...
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How to scan charcoal and graphite drawings?

I was trying to scan some of my sketches in order to post them on some community sites, but the effects are quite bad. An example could be seen here: Basically, the contrast is terribly off. All ...
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How to scan A2 format?

My brother is an illustrator. He owns an A4 scanner, and it seems A2 scanners are too expensive for him. And he makes most of his creation in A2 format now. Is there a simple program to scan a grand ...
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How do I determine what the image file format and resolution should be when scanning?

I understand the title to my question is very vague, but bare with me, I think I can make it a bit more precise in the question body. Recently my mother was asking for help with digitizing a large ...
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How to enhance text and line drawing scan in photoshop?

I have photographed text and writing with usual camera. Picture contains black printing lines and blue pen writing. Picture contains the following artifacts: 1) paper is not white 2) non-uniform ...
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Is there a way to extract the pantone colors from a scanned image?

I have this scanned image from a magazine that I have scanned myself, from this image I want to obtain certain colors, and I want them to be from a Pantone pallet, is there a way to do this? To be ...
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How can I improve a poor quality scan/photo of an ink signature on paper?

I am trying to "transfer" my signature from paper to the computer. Here is the procedure I followed, yes you may laugh, I know it. My question is, is it possible instead of the hard lines I got to ...
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Scanning 8.5 x 11 paper in PS results in huge image

I have a paper form that I ultimately want to us as a background template in SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio for a report. When I scan the form, it results in a 5088 x 6600 image ...
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How can I sharpen the lines in a scanned diagram?

I have a black-and-white diagram (floor plans) scanned from a printout. It's mostly OK, but some of the lines are visibly faded or blurred in places, so it "looks" scanned. I've tried various options ...
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How can I reduce/smooth the colors of an image?

I have an drawing that was created with colored markers. I've scanned it and would like to use it as clip-art/icon style image. I'm wondering how I can smooth out the colors of the image such that ...
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Uniformizing background in scanned images

I have some old photographs that I have scanned. While the image of the person is clear, the background has several blurs and is not a perfect black as one would desire. Is there a way to detect the ...
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What is the most accurate way to transport a physical sketch via email?

I have a sketch on paper that I would like to send to someone via email. What can I do to send it to them without changing the size of it and will still allow for them to print it back onto paper? ...
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Digital way of detecting and removing pencil traces?

I draw pencil sketches on paper and "ink" them using a variety of pens. (I'm using the term "inking" very loosely here to describe the process of drawing the final lines over a pencil sketch, no ...
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Which manufacturers are producing mid-level and high-end artwork scanners?

I have been asked to do some research into mid-level and high-end flatbed A3 scanners used for professional artwork scanning (think illustrations for children books). I am not acquainted with this ...
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What are my options for gallery-quality prints of digital artwork?

I have some traditional media artwork that I'd like to scan and then have printed to be shown in an art show. I'll be doing the scanning. Where do I go to get this done? (What is the generic name ...
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Best tools for scanning doodles?

I like to doodle with pencil and paper. I'd like to scan it, or take a picture with my phone, then have as much of it converted to vectors as possible. Ideally, my crooked lines would become ...
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How can I merge an image scanned in parts into one complete whole?

I have a large image I traced and cut into smaller images to scan (because I have a small scanner). I need to manually merge the images back together but am only finding automated features that won't ...
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What should I do when scanning hand drawn images?

My friend is an illustrator and has lot of sketches that she wants to digitize to put online. She is also working on a children's book. How should she scan the images and what are some beginner steps ...
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Scanning line art for press

I would like to know what's the standard resolution for line-art if you'll include it in a for-press production? I intend on this process: scan image (as RGB or Grayscale) convert to grayscale if ...
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What is a good scanner on a budget? [closed]

For my purposes, I think that a good scanner plus a vector graphics program is just as good as a drawing tablet, if not a better deal for the money, because I can use a tracing algorithm in ...
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Removal of scanning artifacts

I've had a couple of times when working with scanned images where the piece I need is obscured or otherwise blemished by things such as halftoning in the case of printed items or moire effects when ...