Friday, June 29, 2012

Neatening up

[Before and after.]

What I’m about to suggest might be common knowledge, but perhaps not. The paint-can tool in an image editor offers an easy way to neaten up a scan from Google Books (or from anywhere). Choose a color (perhaps with an eyedropper tool) and pour. Digital artifacts, begone.

The image above is from Google Books, an illustration of the Robinson Reminder pocket notebook. I used the paint-can tool in a more elaborate way last week after scanning a page from Hart’s Guide to New York City. When I pressed hard to get the text on a verso page, chunks of the text from the recto page came through. So I aimed and poured, and poured again and again.

[I like Seashore, a free image-editor for OS X.]

comments: 2

Gunther said...

You can keep the recto's text from bleeding through by covering it with a piece of black paper or cardboard. From the bottom: scanner glass - page to scan - black paper.

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks for the tip, Gunther. The pages of this book are so thin that I’m not sure black paper would work, but I’m going to try it out.