Post # 1
Inspired by Papersource and Weddingbee, I decided to create our own personalized motif that I would turn into a custom rubber stamp and emboss our invitations and programs with.
Well, we have the invitations sitting in a box, waiting for me to do this stamp. I finally finished a pretty design, but every time I scan it so that I can send it in to be made into a stamp, I get a grey background. 🙁 This won’t work. I already asked a stamp company and they confirmed I need clear black and white.
I guess because I was working with vellum as my tracing paper, it scans in with all these little grey dots in the background. I have tried copying it lighter and lighter. You can still see the grey dots. I need a solution, QUICKLY, and I don’t know what to do. I’m so frustrated.
And I’m terrible at drawing, so I don’t want to start all over. I finally got something pretty down. Any advice? I am at the point where maybe I will buy a white pen and color the background, painstakingly, white.
Post # 3
photocopy then scan…try that and let us know.
Post # 4
oh… you already try photocopying?!…photoshop it? trace it on illustrator? Is it intricate? trace it again in white paper?
Post # 5
most scanners have contrast settings, you could try playing with those, if you don’t have them, then with a scanner you should have some type of photo editing program (like photoshop or an equivalent) – that program should have a place to adjust the contrast of an image, if your scanner doesn’t. Often you can use a "eyedropper" tool to indicate which shades you want to be white and which shades you want to be black. Hope that helps!
Post # 6
Run it over to Kinkos and see if they can get your a clear copy that you can scan.
Post # 7
Have you tried tracing paper? You should be able to get it at Michael’s or an art supply store.
Post # 8
what about copy it wite-out all grey dots and copy again? (i have no idea what you’re doing but it just sounds like you’re having copying issues).
Post # 9
1. Scan it in as-is with the gray background.
2. Open it in Photoshop
3. Go to Image -> Adjustments -> Levels
You will see a graph that looks like a mountain, with arrows below it. Pull the right arrow in toward the right edge of the mountain. Pull the left arrow in toward the left edge of the mountain. Play with these until you eliminate the gray.
4. If there are any scattered blips remaining, you can easily select and delete them.