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Gifs images basically have some 'n' number of layers , which will produce the animation effect. Open the .gif file in photoshop , all layers will be displayed in the layers panel. Select magic wand and click on the white area , the area gets selected and hit delete to remove the white part. Do that every single image.
Besides placing the text over a background and using multiply to have it superimpose correctly (as tomtomtom mentions), you might want to add a level of detail and have the writing a bit distorted, where the texture is. Say, there's a crease in the parchment, then it's unnatural if the writing doesn't follow that crease. Here's how you add a Displacement ...
I'm guessing the text is black and its background is white. Add a level under the one with the scanned text, and place your background texture there. Then select the layer with your text and select Multiply in the layer blend mode (here, don't care about the layers shown it's just a pic I found online) Then if you want you can also edit a bit the opacity % ...
I think you're asking how to blur you current image and make it look good. As others have pointed out, the picture and logo you are trying to use aren't going to look at good as the examples you selected. It looks like those pictures were taken with a blurred focus for artistic affect, and you'll never be able to replicate that perfectly after the fact. ...
There are some photoshop actions and filter to get this effect. Maybe you can try this, but not free. LINK
As Troodi mentions, that particular style is emulating etching. Specifically cross-hatch patterns to create shading. The most common place this is seen is in the portraits on US currency. There are filters for PhotoShop that can emulate this to an extent. However, my guess is that if that was indeed done in Illustrator, it's emulating it via patterns of ...
I've remember seeing something like this as a photos-effect filter in Photoshop, but it was a premium one and am unable to find it now. There is an iPad app called "Etchings" which is close, but may not have the controls you'll need to recreate the textures shown in your example.
I'd personally try to fill in the white space with the pattern from the dark blue background. You could try to reproduce the pattern itself, but an easy way to come close is just to take one vertical column of pixels on either edge of the blue and stretch it (or duplicate it multiple times) until it fills in all of the white space, like so:
As I suggested in the comments, I think your best option is to extend the text when the image is narrower. Something along the lines of:
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