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#1 diannecp

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 10:39 AM

I scanned in some of my own journaling (and saved as a PNG). But I want it to be a different color. When I change the hue/saturation, that works but all the letters with little holes (the O's, A's, etc.) are filled in. Is there an easier way to go about this, short of redrawing the holes in my letters (which i'm not about to do - haha!)
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 10:52 AM

I'm not exactly sure I understand your question, but I'm thinking if you open the scanned image then place it onto a new blank document with a transparent background, then save it as a png file, maybe that would help?
Maybe someone else will come along soon with a better idea...

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 11:07 AM

I figured it out. I just have to select and delete the areas i don't want to include . . . before I save it as a PNG. a bit of a pain but worth it i guess ;)
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 11:23 AM

Glad you got it to work! :)

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 11:42 AM

Glad you worked it out.

You've got me thinking, I've never thought to scan my own handwriting in, might be worth trying when I have a good amount of time and nothing to do.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 11:49 AM

I put some handwriting on a postcard in a layout I did recently--sorry it isn't posted, but I can't post it yet. I put the scan of thehandwriting over a piece of journaling paper and simply adjusted the blending mode until it looked like it was written on the journaling paper. No extraction required!

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 12:05 PM

I put some handwriting on a postcard in a layout I did recently--sorry it isn't posted, but I can't post it yet. I put the scan of thehandwriting over a piece of journaling paper and simply adjusted the blending mode until it looked like it was written on the journaling paper. No extraction required!


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Posted 16 July 2012 - 12:08 PM

hm, that is a great idea. thanks!
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 12:34 PM

I use Paint.net (getPaint.net) for this. ( It is a free and easy program) It has a plug in called Isolate Line Art. If you are using black and white, even a jpg, it is a snap to delete the scanned paper and keep the text. You can then change the color with the eye dropper tool. If you are doing a full page, it is tedious.But a few lines and a few minutes and you have something precious.
If you are a pen and tablet user, you can write right atop your page, and blending works for all of the above. I do this quite often, as Art Journal pages really need that personal touch as much as Scrap pages. :D

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 03:15 PM

Have you thought of making the image into a brush? I learned that in the brush class and did it with my signature and always use it to sign my ATC's. And if it's a brush, you can stamp in any color, size, etc.
And once it's made, it's always there! :)

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 06:28 PM

I've done this by adding a color layer above the journaling and use a blending mode, or if I make it a png, use it with a color layer and us it as a clipping mask.
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 05:52 AM

WOW lots of helpful hints in this thread --- there are always so many ways to do one thing --- thanks ladies!
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