Scanning Old Newspaper Print

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Scanning Old Newspaper Print

Postby mikejr » Sat Aug 29, 2015 5:15 am

Hello...

I have searched the forum for this topic and can't find anything.
I am scanning some old newspaper articles 40 to 50 years old. Some have brown, but most in good condition. Many have both text and photos in the articles. I am new to the software but have read the booklet and I'm trying to follow the settings to get the best results. The problem seems to be getting a clear photos from the articles. Maybe I'm expecting too much from the software, but the article images seem to come out striped.

My question is: What are the settings for getting the BEST results for both, the photo and the newspaper print???

Any suggestions appreciated.

thanks

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Re: Scanning Old Newspaper Print

Postby LSI_Ketelhohn » Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:50 am

Dear customer,

are you using descreening?
If yes please try adjusting the screen.
Do you have a sample of your issue you could supply?
It is difficult to help without seeing the issue.

Kind regards,
Arne Ketelhohn.

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Re: Scanning Old Newspaper Print

Postby mikejr » Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:14 am

Here is the type of newspaper I'm scanning. most is 40 to 50 years old, and has browned and darkened. the problem is trying to get the photograph to come out somewhat clear. Given the quality of the newsprint, maybe I'm expecting too much and something that can't be done.

Any suggestions appreciated

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Re: Scanning Old Newspaper Print

Postby LSI_Ketelhohn » Fri Sep 04, 2015 3:19 pm

Dear customer,

Those do not seem to be too complicated.
But what do you mean by striped?

Make sure that you place an individual scan frame around the articles.
You should not include the red paper they are mounted on for best results.
Then clicking the "Auto CCR" button should already place the white and black points and remove the brown aging effect.
IF a color cast remains open the Pipette and use the neutral pipette on an area that should be grey (with B&W that should be easy).
For a pure B&W output select 16->8 Bit.
But you should still do the cast removal because otherwise the images could look "dirty".
In case the white/black areas are not clear you can additionally use the whitepoint/blackpoint (highlights/shadows) pipettes.

You also will not have to do this for each image.
It is likely that the papers are so similar you can simply reuse the set frame and only rescale it according to the position of the papers.
If you do not execute the auto adjustment again, you can now even include the red background paper if you like.
(The initial set-up or readjustments should be done without it however.)

If you are using descreening test if it works better with the retain text feature or without it.
If you can not get both to show up correctly it might be an option to use separate frames for the images.
But that of cause is additional work.

Kind regards,
Arne Ketelhohn.
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