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Help scanning a textured photograph
« on: Tuesday 14 September 21 11:00 BST (UK) »
Can anyone please give me some advice in the best way to scan a photograph that is printed on quite textured paper? When I scan in the usual way the texture seems to cast shadows.

Or is the best way to improve the photo only after scanning by some of your "magic"?

Here is a snip of the photo in question.

Many thanks in advance.

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Re: Help scanning a textured photograph
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 14 September 21 13:20 BST (UK) »
Hi Maddsy

Have you got a setting on your scanner to select the source type as "Newspaper" rather than "photograph"?

Ive used that with some success in the past

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Re: Help scanning a textured photograph
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 14 September 21 13:40 BST (UK) »
with a bit of "adjustment". What do you think?


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Re: Help scanning a textured photograph
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 14 September 21 15:40 BST (UK) »
If you just open it add Gaussian blur just touch the slider
This is the effect
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Re: Help scanning a textured photograph
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 14 September 21 15:58 BST (UK) »
Can anyone please give me some advice in the best way to scan a photograph that is printed on quite textured paper? When I scan in the usual way the texture seems to cast shadows.

Or is the best way to improve the photo only after scanning by some of your "magic"?

Here is a snip of the photo in question.

Many thanks in advance.

Could you scan the whole picture? We could look to use a blur but I think the dress looks to have some detail that we would want to keep, however the magicians may be able to help  ;D
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Re: Help scanning a textured photograph
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 14 September 21 16:09 BST (UK) »
My extremely old Adobe Photo deluxe programme has a section called blur which has a sub section smooth, I made a very light adjustment using this and this is the result.  I think if you keep the adjustment light and keep trying until you get the correct result, you should be able to keep the decoration, but lose that texture.
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Re: Help scanning a textured photograph
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 14 September 21 18:07 BST (UK) »
The following link has some other possible options:

Photography Stack Exchange
photoshop - What is the best way to remove texture from a scanned textured photo paper?
https://photo.stackexchange.com/questions/23445/what-is-the-best-way-to-remove-texture-from-a-scanned-textured-photo-paper


Of the options detailed I've used a couple on my own photos, to remove regular patterns. The "rotate and scan multiple times, then blend" option was OK but I found the "Fast Fourier Transform (FFT)" option worked a bit better.

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Re: Help scanning a textured photograph
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 14 September 21 23:47 BST (UK) »
Quick example using FFT.

It's reasonable but there's some artefacts; lines on the forearm and strips (vertical bars) along the top and bottom.


EDIT: Couple of YouTube demos showing how to use FFT

FFT Denoise (Affinity Photo)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wfeMGwcF0c

Using an FFT Filter to Remove Repeating Patterns (Photoshop)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyox358zIRw
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Re: Help scanning a textured photograph
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 15 September 21 02:57 BST (UK) »
Thank you so much to everyone for the good advice!

I'll have another go myself after I absorb the info on the site cuffie suggested. Then I may ask for help with a restoration if you all don't mind.

Thanks again.  :D