Using Gimp to clean up (scanned) images

Some of you know that I do a lot of preserving-the-past-on-present-day-media, which is not only about dumping software for Commodore computers to PC, but also scanning boxes, manuals, disks, codewheels, maps etc.

The scanning doesn’t take long, but the post processing do. I’ve made a short video showing some of the stuff that I regularly do to improve the result of the scans.

When you scan an image, the result isn’t the same as what you scan. Colours can seem faded, it could also be that the material that you scan is faded itself, gotten dirty, coffee stains etc etc.

I always keep atleast 2 copies of my scans. The original unmodified, cropped with a good margin outside the scanned material, and the modified version.

After doing some processing work you can see the differences, of what doing a little work can do.

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Well now that I’ve shown you the result, I’ll show you the tricks in the video below.

The video was meant as a crash test tutorial for some friends whom also work with images so the quality of the video isn’t set up to my normal high standards, sorry about that, I hope you’ll enjoy it anyway.


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