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Questions tagged [scanning]

Questions about the process of digitizing a tangible object.

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How to join separate scans of same object

Am scanning game maps using an A4 scanner, so typically they are more than one file. Is there a semi-automatic or automatic way to join them properly? For example, take two images that might overlap ...
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App to take picture of sketch and convert to drawing

Is there an iOS app that takes a picture from a sketch on white paper and converts it to a drawing/line-art, kinda like that signature feature when editing PDFs? Googling for sketching alike apps ...
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How do I remove black lines from an illustration / artwork?

Hi all! First ever post on this great site so, please be kind :-) I have a panoramic shaped image of buildings that I have studied which I created using ink on paper. The original piece is just that: ...
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What is the best way to resize/enlarge images for high res printing?

This link is the ONLY one i can find that specifically says to never use resampling in photoshop and to print at best quality and scan that back in. I have never seen this method used ever and i was ...
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Gimp: web preview is blurry

I'm scanning black and white drawings onto my computer and cleaning them up with GIMP so they are all crisp and clean but (after resizing them for the web -roughly 1000 pixels and 75dpi) they appear ...
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Optical Resolution vs. Print Quality When Scanning Art for Traditional Offset Printing

I'm new to this side of things - a writer who's venturing into self publishing. My illustrator, also a newbie, will be providing me the original artwork, but I need to figure out how best to achieve a ...
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Sponsors business cards are being given to me instead of high res files

I Need Avdice ASAP Please! I'm designing a 2.5 x 6 ft banner for a benefit concert. The people hosting the concert who have asked me to make the banner, has given me business cards of the 20 sponsors ...
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Recombine Scanned Images Without Seam

I am attempting to recombine the two halves of a large photograph from a flatbed scanner without leaving an obvious seam. Each image is 7206 x 9450 (and is a separate layer below). There is about a ...
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Smoothing edges from jagged to a beautiful curve

I've had to scan a logo that was printed by a very low-DPI printer. This printer messed up all the curves in the picture and created some very jagged edges that are quite visible when the logo is big (...
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using photoshop to vectorize topographic maps

I have scanned topographic maps and i want to create layer for contour lines only. Is it possible to remove all colors but the contour lines. Thanks
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How to make a multiple scanned image readable

I'm trying to make this floor plan clear so I can use the information provided on it. I've been playing around with all the filters and adjustments on Photoshop and cannot get it to even a bare ...
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GIMP editor, how to set selection and trim image for production?

Using GIMP editor for Microsoft Windows. I have scanned an image and need to prepare the file for printing and the print file size/dimensions should be 88.5 x 57 mm: How can I set a rectangular ...
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Changing stroke color after live trace using a sketch [duplicate]

I am a beginner trying to learn Illustrator and this is really driving me crazy. I have a picture of a caricature of my grandmother. I want to make it editable and change the colors so I can put it ...
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Unable to scan properly with details for high resolution stamp

I am trying to scan a postal stamp which has some really tiny fonts and very neat details. No matter how hard I try I can not able to catch those details and colors in the scanned image. I have tried ...
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Fixed line thickness for scanned, traced drawings in Illustrator

Context: So I drew some logos in black pen on paper and scanned them in order to make vector images. I traced the outlines (b&w) which worked great. My original, hand drawn lines look a bit shaky ...
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Best Way To Digitally Capture a Pencil Sketch [duplicate]

I am building a small app about the human face. I have an artist that is sketching pencil based illustrations for me. Mostly in black and white (pencil black/grey) with a hint of colour here and ...
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Techniques to convert large format watercolour paintings to digital files?

What is the best way to get my watercolour paintings into a digital format for printing, and what would be the best quality? Currently, I'm cutting them out and placing them on a green backing and ...
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how to make text have different shades of pixels

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 ...
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How to turn a simple image with clear edges into a graphic [closed]

I have scanned an peace of glass. I see the edges but if I zoom in then it does not look like a line. What I need is the edge structure as line which can be turned in to a graphic. I want it to look ...
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Adjustment layers do not apply after merging layers. Why?

After merging my layers, it seems that the adjustment layers do not apply. The same happens when I export on jpeg also. Is there a reason? To make you understand the whole process: I scanned some ...
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Scan of paper: keep grain pattern, remove gradient

I have a hi-res scan of some paper, where you can see the grain. However, the scanner has made some parts of the page darker than others—for example, it is a lot darker near the page edges. This can ...
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Filling areas in scanned maps (not by colors but by pattern)

I have old land-use maps in a scanned format. I am trying to obtain proper land-use maps from it, similar to what is described here: https://gis.stackexchange.com/questions/71650/how-to-compare-areas-...
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Hi-res, low file size scans?

I often get pdfs from engineering firms that are only 80 or 90 MBs and can contain up to 24 sheets of 36" x 24" drawings and they will print out very sharp. But when I scan 1 drawing in Photoshop and ...
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How to convert a picture into black lines and a transparent background?

I've looked at a couple of previous questions, but I haven't been able to apply it to my question. I'm trying to extract the black from this picture (so I can turn it into a vector later in ...
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Scanning colored pencil illustrations and prepare them for printing?

I would like to know how to scan a coloured pencil image properly, without having that grey dots around the image and without expose it so much. My scanner is a Epson V330 Photo and I made the ...
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Adjust levels in a set of scanned images in GIMP

I have 4 images that I scanned and saved as TIFF using my 4 in 1 desktop scanner/printer thing. I drew all the images myself by hand using the same pen, so the originals are quite consistent. When I ...
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Scanning black & white line drawings

I want to scan an A3 BW 300 DPI fashion illustration line drawing to eventually render in Photoshop. However I want to draw the head 3 x larger using the same pen thickness to enable more fine detail. ...
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scan/fax with text & numbers in black & white - how to improve/cleanup/enhance using Photoshop/GIMP?

I do not have a lot of experience with Photoshop or GIMP. I have a scanned or faxed document of an invoice/receipt that I am trying to submit to get reimbursed. I was mailed a copy with text that is ...
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How to determine a matching color code from a physical sample?

I need to make a restaurant menu design that matches restaurant wallpapers. For some reason my client cannot get color codes used in wallpaper, but he provided me with a sample. (see below) How can I ...
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Optimal scanned resolution for final printing at 1 x 2,5 m [duplicate]

We have a piece of artwork (~21 x 30 cm) originally scanned at 300 dpi Should we rescan it at another resolution if it is going to be printed on a poster of 1 x 2,5 m ? Thanks in advance
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How do I prepare a scanned pencil sketch for coloring in Photoshop?

I want to color sketches in Photoshop, but when I prepared the sketch (using Levels, Hue, and other modifications) to turn it into workable line art, some details were missing. I think it depends on ...
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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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Matching the font in a scanned doc with the font's character map and doing an OCR (kind of)

Hopefully I am understandable and don't sound impractical when I ask the above question. To elaborate: I have some scanned documents and the font used in those documents(images) is FrenchScript MT Std ...
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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 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 illustrations....
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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 soft ...
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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 ...