i scanned a document. the scanned text has different shades of pixels in the letters, like the picture 'ty'. is there an easy way to recreate that? the outer edging also appears darker while the inside is lighter.

scanned text comes in different shades

when i type new text, and select a color, all the pixels inside become that one shade, like the picture 'oy'. both edging and inside are the same shade.

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  • You could always Photoshop what you want typed. Print it. And then scan it ;) Feb 17, 2016 at 20:54

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Assuming you already have the textured background, and the different shades of pixels are coming from that - the best way to do this is with layer styles on the text layer itself.

Set the fill color of the text to a dark grey color and set the blending mode - I would have said to use 'Multiply' but 'Linear Burn' gave me the best result. Just use whatever works best for you. Give the text layer an Inner Shadow to give the slight stroke effect.

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Find whatever combination of settings works for you - Blending modes, opacity, color, Shadow Choke/Size etc.

This is what I came up with in 2 minutes.

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It isn't perfect but it is close and you could probably do better with a bit more time and attention.

  1. Create a new layer (⌘/cntrl+⇧+N)
  2. Press (⇧+delete) or (⇧+f5) and set the Contents on 50% Gray, press ok

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  1. Select your Grey layer and apply Noise 25%, Unifrom, tick Monochromatic (Filter>Noise>Add Noise)

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  1. Apply to the same layer a Mosaic filter at 9 Square cell size (Filters>Pixelate>Mosaic) enter image description here

  2. Type in your test and drag it underneath the grey layer

  3. Right Click Grey layer and Create Clip Mask

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Right, now once all this is done, you can ether way apply a adjustment layer to tone down the pixels if you need them a bit darker.

This is how it looks:

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