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Preparing Calligraphy for Printing

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Jane Farr:
Hi, Erica! Thanks for sharing your process; I loved hearing your voice! I do things differently as well, but I especially look forward to trying these two tips you gave: minimum pixel and color overlay.  (and FYI, I thought **I** was the worse housekeeper ever!)  :D Jane

Erica McPhee:
Great Roseann! If you get stuck, just let me know and I'll try to walk you through it.

LOL Jane! I'm pretty sure that award goes to me. I'm famous for my "Stash and Dash" when anyone comes over. And no one can look at my ceiling fans!  :D My voice -  :-X UGH!  :D But thank you!

I'll be making another video shortly on how to keep the shade in lettering (not pure black and white) and how to adjust the color on that as well. It's a little more involved and a completely different process.

Roseann:
Erica,
What would happen if I just cleaned up the scanned version?   Is it possible to erase the dust, and flecks?  What would happen if I didn't transfer the calligraphy into it's own layer?  How would it come out if I submitted it just like that?  Would it print the background an off shade color, or would it print white?

Love,
Roseann

FrenchBlue Joy:
Go Erica!! 

The minimum one pixel thing is new for me, and I'm very glad to know about it now!  The color overlay too... 

Erica McPhee:
Joy, glad that is helpful!

Roseann - you can just clean up the scan, however, you may end up losing some thin lines. It depends upon how much contrast there is in your document. I like to letter in walnut ink which when scanned doesn't make for a good camera ready. However, sumi ink does.

Also, most printers are savy about what will and won't print well. So they should be able to look at what you submit and tell you if it will print OK.

You can erase some of the dust and noise. There are a few filters which do this automatically. Filter, noise, reduce noise. And also filter, noise, dust & scratches. However, both add a slight blur to the image or scan. You can overcome this by sharpening. Filter, sharpen, unsharp mask. I use the following settings:
Amount: 75-100%
Radius: 1.0 pixels
Threshold: 2 levels

Play around with the filters to see if there is one or the other you like or makes the best impact.

You can also use your eraser tool to erase unless it leaves the white showing through in which case I would use the clone tool. This will keep the same color as the background and go over whatever needs to be erased.

The healing brush and newer spot healing brush work great, too. You just touch where ever you want to erase and it replaces it with the background. Pretty slick!

Let me know if you have questions!

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