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Old 08-04-2008, 03:47 PM   #21
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I've done a tutorial here which has worked really well so far.

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i VE GOT photo shop, you reckon I should scan with that ?
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Yeah Photoshop should be ok.
I dont know if CS2 has got Photomerge, but I use CS3 because the photomerge takes out alot of the headache when it come to stitching the images together (especially when the image is across two pages)

Here's a complete scan of M**F**r vol 34/08 I've done using my methods.
http://rapidshare.com/files/134822966/MF3408.rar.html

Let me know what you think of them

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Due to the original forum I posted my tutorial closing down soon I have moved my step-by-step guide here.

Right ok...you might've seen some scans i've posted that I've altered in a way to merge pages and remove the seams. Here's how I do it with examples along the way.

1) Get yourself a copy of P*otoshop CS3 (If you google this with R****share at the end of it you'll find a couple of blogs or forums with RS links)

2) Install 'PS CS3' and then get your scanner ready.

3) Get a peice of dark paper to use and take the staples out of your magazine carefully (these can be replaced later) get your image that is printed over two pages with a seam in the middle and scan you image with the dark paper face down over the top of the page (this reduces lighter colours from the opposite side of the page showing through the scan) using an 'unsharp mask', 'no trimming', 'highest dpi' and 'at 7% scale'. Your scanner might use different terminology for these. Make sure the image is as straight as possible (if not, then preview the scan and check the alignment with marquee tool on the scanner option and see if the lines agree with the seam.)

4) Click scan and wait. (If you have an A4 scanner its best to scan a single page into two halves because some scanners and pages differ in size and this will give you the whole page in segments rather than a single page with an inch missing from the sides)

5) Open the images in PS and do the following goto Filter>noise>despeckle and despeckle the image. Then goto Image>image size and choose your resolution (I use 940 for height) keep all the boxes ticked and select from the menu 'Bicubic Sharper'. Then sharpen the image by going to Filter>sharpen>sharpen

Here's what you should have so far:


6) Now for the fun part. Open up PS and goto File>Automate>Photomerge. a window will popup with some options. Select 'Interactive Layout' and make sure 'Blend images together' is ticked. Click on browse and select both images of the same page like the ones I have done below. (Tip: Hold down CTRL and select both images you want merging) Then OK to them. Wait a moment while PS does it's merge. When its done, click ok to it.



After you've done that save the image and you'll have something like this:



Then do the same for the other page, and you'll end up with two complete pages ready for editing and further merging like so.



7) Crop the excess you dont want so you end up with your two images. Goto Photomerge again and select Interactive Layout but dont select Blend. when you've done that and OK'ed to it try and align the images as close and as accurate as possible ready for editing. Now were getting there. Thats the hardest part done. Here's what I have saved so far:



8) Now all we got to do is edit the images using a few tools in PS. The first is the clone stamp tool (from the menu on the left). Hold down alt to define a source point to clone and click on the area you want to change like so: (This tool is also great for getting rid of printing artifacts and tears, seams, etc) Tip: Use the slider underneath the mini window to zoom in + out.



9) Now with that done, we can clean up using the 'Healing brush Tool' (It's on the left hand side menu and looks like a plaster). And just use it to blend the stamped patterns you did earlier to correspond with the gradient of the surrounding colours.

10) Looking good now ...ok now do a final crop, and adjust the colours a bit using contrast and brightness. To do this goto Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast and then alter the colours to suit you need. Then save.......

Your all done. Here's the final product:



I know this might seem a bit long-winded but its not as bad as you might think when you do it a few times you get the hang of it. As you can see, the final result is a big difference to the picture and as perfect as you can get from a scanned magazine with two parts.

This is a good method for archiving your magazines. Also try and save your finished scan as a *.png format as this will keep most of the quality that *.jpg loses.

This was a quick tutorial. Any questions or suggestions let me know or pm me if you need help with a certain part.

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With tip #5 above you shouldn't have to use the despeckle filter if your image was scanned from high grade paper (e.g. Pl*yb*y, Jap mags). If your getting too much noise in your scans from quality pages lower your scan resolution (dpi). As a rule I scan at 240-300 dpi for the quality glossy pages, 120-180 for the low grade stuff. I only use the despeckle filter with images scanned from low grade paper as found in newspapers or tabloid/cheap magazines particularly when lowering the dpi isn't going to help any further because the image is already very small.

With tip #3 use a Descreen filter when scanning to help eliminate the Moire effect. Sometimes you'll find when scanning at a too higher of a resolution (dpi) you'll get a Moire effect despite using Descreen. Obviously you don't need Descreen with prints and transparencies. And if you picture is wonky after scanning just take a little time with (Photoshop) Image > Rotate Canvas > Arbitary... to straighten it up, most times I cannot be arsed to make sure the source is dead straight under the scanner lid. Oh, and save your scanned images as either TIFF or BMP. I does suck up hard drive space, but your images will be a better quality source before editing and finally saving as a JPG.

Sometimes though no matter what you do you cannot cure problems like in this stitched together centerfold image below (work in progress BTW):



The ink is stronger on one side than the other thanks to how the pages were printed. Not to mention slight moisture damage along where the spine was. It's gonna require a lot of work to blend out the colour differences.

One last tip. Buy a bottle of Isopropanol. It's perfect for spotlessly cleaning the glass bed of your scanner of greasey finger prints and any muck you cannot see but your scanner may pickup. You can even clean dirty disks with it. I also frequently use a lint free cloth between batches of scans to remove any particles that may have either floated in or been left behind by the magazine, etc. Beats editing them out later.
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A quick question. Does the scanner driver have much bearing on the quality of your scans? I have an old Mustek scanner but finding a driver for XP was a task and a half. I finally found one but the quality of the scans I'm getting is pretty awful. I've used a lower dpi and Descreen (I'm trying to scan old copies of Men's World and Tease) but I'm still getting ropey results.
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A quick question. Does the scanner driver have much bearing on the quality of your scans?
Not really. The quality of the scanner's mechanical ability to copy different scanable media does. This good, but old, review shows how much different models of scanner can deviate in their resulting scans (see page 7 of the review for magazine scan results). The scanning software can have some bearing.

I don't have any comparisons to show but the difference between scans from my Epson Perfection 3200 Photo and CanonScan LiDe 50 is noticeable enough that the former is better at scanning pages. Despite that I use the CanonScan LiDe 50 to do the donkey work of my scans due it's very long bulb life by using LEDs isntead of a fluoresent tube. The Epson scanner gets used only for professional work.
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Hello Hartwig.

The picture took about one-and a half hours.

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Not really. The quality of the scanner's mechanical ability to copy different scanable media does. This good, but old, review shows how much different models of scanner can deviate in their resulting scans (see page 7 of the review for magazine scan results). The scanning software can have some bearing.

I don't have any comparisons to show but the difference between scans from my Epson Perfection 3200 Photo and CanonScan LiDe 50 is noticeable enough that the former is better at scanning pages. Despite that I use the CanonScan LiDe 50 to do the donkey work of my scans due it's very long bulb life by using LEDs isntead of a fluoresent tube. The Epson scanner gets used only for professional work.
Thanks for that. I ask only because on an old win98 laptop I have, the scans looked much smoother and I didn't need descreen. Unfortunately, I had a drive crash on that and can't get the scanner to reinstall, no matter what. No power and the Mustek has no external PSU.
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With tip #5 above you shouldn't have to use the despeckle filter if your image was scanned from high grade paper (e.g. Pl*yb*y, Jap mags). If your getting too much noise in your scans from quality pages lower your scan resolution (dpi). As a rule I scan at 240-300 dpi for the quality glossy pages, 120-180 for the low grade stuff. I only use the despeckle filter with images scanned from low grade paper as found in newspapers or tabloid/cheap magazines particularly when lowering the dpi isn't going to help any further because the image is already very small.

With tip #3 use a Descreen filter when scanning to help eliminate the Moire effect. Sometimes you'll find when scanning at a too higher of a resolution (dpi) you'll get a Moire effect despite using Descreen. Obviously you don't need Descreen with prints and transparencies. And if you picture is wonky after scanning just take a little time with (Photoshop) Image > Rotate Canvas > Arbitary... to straighten it up, most times I cannot be arsed to make sure the source is dead straight under the scanner lid. Oh, and save your scanned images as either TIFF or BMP. I does suck up hard drive space, but your images will be a better quality source before editing and finally saving as a JPG.

Sometimes though no matter what you do you cannot cure problems like in this stitched together centerfold image below (work in progress BTW):



The ink is stronger on one side than the other thanks to how the pages were printed. Not to mention slight moisture damage along where the spine was. It's gonna require a lot of work to blend out the colour differences.

One last tip. Buy a bottle of Isopropanol. It's perfect for spotlessly cleaning the glass bed of your scanner of greasey finger prints and any muck you cannot see but your scanner may pickup. You can even clean dirty disks with it. I also frequently use a lint free cloth between batches of scans to remove any particles that may have either floated in or been left behind by the magazine, etc. Beats editing them out later.
Hello Darth.

Can I suggest that you have commited the cardinal sin of joining (Not stitching. Yuk!!!) two halves of a picture before you have matched their brightness, contrast, intensity and saturation and in doing so given yourself lots more work to do. BIG,BIG NO, NO!

Regards.

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