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Selecting a Signature from Photo


ElizabethM

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Hello!
Yes questions seems to be my favourite thing here doesn't it? Haha

I have been asked to selected a signature out of a paper image, simple stuff I realised. Now my only concern is that when I look at the image at 100%, the edges are very jagged, especially when I try to apply colour overlay to turn it into an all black signature.

Is there any way of making this a smoother transition?

Thanks in advance! :D
 
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Every signature has its own difficulties to be separated from a Background.
Maybe post your "paper image" or just a small part of it.
It is a lot easier then to help you with your problem.
 

ElizabethM

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I would love too but I don't think I'm allowed to do that as the person who asked me is very particular about what goes up on their net. The background isn't so much of a problem though, it was written on a simple white paper so that was pretty easy to take out.

It's just while the outline was fine, the moment I colorized it the edges became rather jaggered. Is this a normal or should I maybe feather my selection first?
 

Paul

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Just curious as to why you require to lift a signature and for what purpose would that then lifted signature be used for?
 
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Original signature

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Use curves tool to make the paper almost white underneath the sig.

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Make a selection of the BG, feather it a little, then delete the BG.

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Use curves tool in the channels to change the color.
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ElizabethM

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Ah curves tool to change the colour and feather for softness, I as so worried that feathering it would take away most of the little selection I had but ahhh! Genius. I was using colour overlay and that just looked sad. Thanks Chris! You're awesome. P/S: Are you German by chance? Because I've never really looked at PS in a different language and it's so cool (yes I'm a dork who finds a lot of thigns cool haha)
Paul: It's used on a little image they have on their website to make it more of a personalise imaged. :)
 

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