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Old 03-22-2012, 07:29 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 03-22-2012, 09:05 PM   #2
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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.

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I'm sure I could tweak it, but I'd want your permission first.
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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.
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Try this. Not that good though.

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Old 03-23-2012, 12:54 AM   #6
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Take picture of it with a digtal camera and load it on your computer.
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I use a program called PAINT.net 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 PAINT.net. 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.
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photobucket.com is a great free and easy site that you can darken, lighten, do whatever you want. Picknik is good also.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:15 PM   #13
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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.

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