[scribus] Scanning photos for a book project

admfubar at gmail.com admfubar at gmail.com
Sun Feb 1 01:28:25 UTC 2015

Can you post a scan somewhere. I'd like a crack at this. I have some ideas that might help. just need to try them on an image.

On Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:53:13 -0500, Rolf-Werner Eilert <eilert-sprachen at t-online.de> wrote:

> I am about to make a family chronicle with a lot of old photos. The
> older ones are of course baryte paper prints which have a nice rough
> surface.
> Scanning the first photos, I find that there is too much light on the
> shadows, and the surface structure results in tiny white stripes and
> spots, reflections which show the paper structure but may be disturbing
> when the photos are viewed in the book.
> With the Gimp I can easily compress the shadows a bit so that black
> becomes black, but the tiny spots remain.
> The scanning tablet from the TWAIN interface for this scanner (an office
> Brother 3-in-1) only allows for tweaking brightness and contrast. I
> didn't find any other option to scan, and I don't know if it's usual to
> set up brightness and contrast accordingly, and how. (And I don't know
> whether you would scan in 24bit colours or in grayshades for
> black-and-white photos...)
> So there are actually 2 problems: There is no automatic for finding the
> right black value point, and there is the problem that the lamp lights
> the paper structure too much. I tried to turn the photos by 90°, but to
> no avail.
> What would you guys do here? I don't want to scan 100+ photos only to
> see that it was a fail, so I ask before I actually start working :)
> Is there a chance to install another, more intelligent scan tablet or
> TWAIN interface? And would you accept the lights on the paper structure
> as given, maybe "nice to look at"?
> Thanks for your opinions!
> Rolf
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