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I'm very impressed by the capabilities offered in Affinity Photo, but it's overwhelming when attempting a first piece of work and the excellent video tutorials don't seem to help in this case.

 

I have a 600dpi jpg scan of an old certificate with a badly faded ink signature. The objective is to put the original certificate in storage and display a new printed copy. Can anybody give me a few hints on how to enhance the signature which has faded from the original black to a very pale sepia?

 

Attached is a low quality copy of the signature section.

 

Many thanks,

John

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Hi VIPStephan and MBd, thanks for your suggestions.

I've now got text that is plainly visible, but looks very artificial.

I'm still struggling to:

a. Make the handwritten text look natural, and

b. Extract just the handwritten segments to overlay on the original backdrop layer.

Still stumbling around...

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I'm very impressed by the capabilities offered in Affinity Photo, but it's overwhelming when attempting a first piece of work and the excellent video tutorials don't seem to help in this case.

 

I have a 600dpi jpg scan of an old certificate with a badly faded ink signature. The objective is to put the original certificate in storage and display a new printed copy. Can anybody give me a few hints on how to enhance the signature which has faded from the original black to a very pale sepia?

 

Attached is a low quality copy of the signature section.

 

Many thanks,

John

 

Did you forget the attachment?

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Hi, I had a try.

 

I used a highpass filter. Radius 36. Blendmode colour burn

Then I used a black and white adjustment filter. Used the red and yellow slider all the way to the left; -200.

 

I suggest you make a white layer underneath and use the eraser to tidy up (more than I did).

 

EDIT: The white layer needs to be the same colour as the background of the document. Use the eydropper tool.
OR/AND experiment with a blendmode.

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- Affinity Photo 1.7.3
- Affinity Designer 1.7.3
-Affinity Publisher 1.7.3

 

MacBook Pro 8 GB
MacBook Pro Mojave 10.14.6

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Madame, that's brilliant! Better results than I could have expected from my previous attempts. I'll follow your suggestions this evening.

 

Many, many thanks!

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Just ask.

I made an cmd alt shift E on top of the filters so I could work with the eraser.


- Affinity Photo 1.7.3
- Affinity Designer 1.7.3
-Affinity Publisher 1.7.3

 

MacBook Pro 8 GB
MacBook Pro Mojave 10.14.6

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Hi Madame,

I've only been able to spend half an hour on the problem this evening, but already have a pretty good result, close to your example.  Intend to start on a fresh copy tomorrow working even more carefully. Thanks again, ready to go solo on this now.

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Glad to hear! :) Good luck! 


- Affinity Photo 1.7.3
- Affinity Designer 1.7.3
-Affinity Publisher 1.7.3

 

MacBook Pro 8 GB
MacBook Pro Mojave 10.14.6

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