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dstorjoh 03-22-2012 06:29 PM

Image Formating For Business Card
I have a pencil drawing of a barn my grandmother made years ago. I am trying to use it on a business card but when it is scanned the roughness of the paper shows along with the pencil drawing. I am trying to figure out how to darken the pencil lines but soften the background. Does anyone know how to help?

Here is the image.

TheEplumber 03-22-2012 08:05 PM

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Graphic editing is not my strong suite. You might try creating an account here My wife uses them for editing, cheaper than Photoshop. Just upload your picture and play round with settings. You will still have the original on your PC so you can't go wrong.

Jay 78 03-22-2012 08:31 PM

I'm sure I could tweak it, but I'd want your permission first.

gregzoll 03-22-2012 08:32 PM

Contact your local college and talk to the instructor that does graphic arts, or try scanning in a different scanner setting. What scanner & software are you using to scan it in with? Gimp is a good program that is free, that you can use on your own. The key is doing layers, with the paper texture as one, and the line art being the other layer.

JackDidley 03-22-2012 09:55 PM

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Try this. Not that good though.

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Hardway 03-22-2012 11:54 PM

Take picture of it with a digtal camera and load it on your computer.

JackDidley 03-25-2012 09:07 PM

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user1007 03-26-2012 11:25 AM

I use a program called a lot for adjusting images of all kinds. It is free. I think adjusting brightness and contrast will get rid of most of the background. There is an eraser tool you can configure as well.

For putting things together I also use The DRAW component of LibreOffice is great for simple layouts and layers too. It is free as well. Other free possibilities are Gimp, GimpShop (Gimp with a PhotoShop type user interface) and Scribus.

planealexander 03-26-2012 04:10 PM is a great free and easy site that you can darken, lighten, do whatever you want. Picknik is good also.

svs 03-28-2012 04:03 PM

Try scanning the image as a line drawing if your scanner software has that option and slightly increase the contrast so that the photo grain disappears.

ruellesmith 05-10-2012 01:53 AM

You can replenish your work through the help of photoshop. Since, photoshop can do anything with the innermost and outermost of your design. There are a lot of tools to use in this software and you can choose the best for it.

thinksincode 05-22-2012 10:41 AM

Tweaking color/brightness/contrast settings will only get you so far. The best thing you could do is scan it in and "ink" it in a program like Photoshop - drawing nice black lines over the pencil lines. Kind of like tracing it.

dstorjoh 05-22-2012 11:15 AM

Thanks for all your help. I ended up using one of the images submitted and messing with contrast and brightness. I couldn't do this with the original image because of the background showing up. However, with the modified image, I was able to use contrast and brightness to some degree. It made the lines in the image just dark enough to use with no background graininess.

Thanks again.

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