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    Would appreciate some help please.

    I actually cheated a little. The original text is on what looks like "creamy" coloured paper, that may be because of it's age (over 100 years old) although I don't that is the sole reason. And so I photographed all pages using a B/W setting on my camera and then the first time I went through all...
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    Would appreciate some help please.

    Gentlemen, thank you for your help, I genuinely have appreciated it all. But I have figured out what the problem is and it is so stupid that I am almost ashamed to admit to it. It is all to do with the palette colours. In the 1st image I have the foreground colour set to black and the background...
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    Would appreciate some help please.

    In normal circumstances I only have just the one layer, the Background. I don't produce any more layers unless I want to copy a character and overlay it over a damaged character, which is quite rare, or sometimes if I want to cut a character completely although I usually do that with the Eraser...
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    Would appreciate some help please.

    Thank you for your help. It is very much appreciated. Yes, as explained earlier, I am using the Marquee tool and I am wondering if I have altered something within that tool that is now giving me the black areas when I alter the alignment/position of any text. I have been using this method for...
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    Would appreciate some help please.

    Thank you for your help. I am using the Distort tool because usually I need to modify the "trueness" of the text. The documents I have are over 100 years old and are stapled together is a sale catalogue. I didn't want to de-staple it all so I photographed all 72 pages. I tried to do this in a...
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    Would appreciate some help please.

    I am tidying up some very mis-aligned old text in JPEG format and have been using the Rectangulat Marquee tool to outline selections and then usually Image>Transform>Distort to straighten things up. Sometimes I just use the Free Transformation option if I just want a simple move of the text...
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    Warped text.

    Thank you very much for that @[ iLLuSioN ]. I downloaded that (the 64 bit version because I am using a Win 8.1 64 bit machine) and I am s-l-o-w-l-y getting there. For some reason when I have got to the Dewarp screen with the blue grid over what I have selected (actually just a paragraph to play...
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    Warped text.

    Thank you for that @[ iLLuSioN ] You are obviously much more adept at using Scan Tailor tha I am. That is a very good job you have done there. But I didn't use the Advanced version, in fact I don't remember seeing that option. Is it also a freebie ?
  9. classictractor

    Warped text.

    Hello Jeff. My maps (plans) are actually slightly less than A0 size and I have been corresponding with my County Record Office and they have a fancy digital camera setup apparently which is capable of photographing at this size and can provide the results in JPEG or TIF format from what I think...
  10. classictractor

    Warped text.

    That is very true. The next project is the plans that were part of the sale. I would like to copy them but they are approximately 1m x 0.75m and quite delicate. Also been folded for 100 years which doesn't help. I have only got an A4 scanner so will have to get them scanned or photographed...
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    Warped text.

    Drat ! My sincere apologies to all of you, I feel as if I have been wasting your time a bit on this. I have spent the best part of 3 hours with Scan Tailor today and went through the de-warping routime but, if I'm honest, I didn't get on very well with it. It might work better on complete pages...
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    Warped text.

    I changed one of the JPEGs to a TIF format, then downloaded Scan Tailor, and now I am doing battle with that ! I have got the file loaded into a project (it is just one page) and have Selected Content (just one paragraph to start with) but struggling to see how to "de-warp" it. Looks like I'm...
  13. classictractor

    Warped text.

    Apologies John, I followed the latest link and answered Jeff's contribution before I read yours. Great minds ? Not in my case LOL Many thanks John, much appreciated. I will report back. Kind regards - David.
  14. classictractor

    Warped text.

    Good morning Jeff and many thanks for your continued help. I did put my brain into gear last evening and wondered if the following would work. Supposing I load my JPEGs into PSE and then save them in another format (PNG ? RAW ? PING ? TIFF ?), save them in a new folder in case it doesn'r work...
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    Warped text.

    Just my luck !! :cry: Went to Install Scan Tailor and found this : And guess what AV program I use !!!! Yup, Norton 360. I installed SC and tried it anyway but it wouldn't/couldn't find any of my pages which are all JPEGs. Does anyone know of any other utility that will de-warp...
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