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For my wife's birthday, I had the people from her office make a simple birthday greeting with a Sharpie pen on plain copy paper. I have scanned this image and plan to use iron-on transfer paper to put it on a shirt for her. I want to be able to make this scanned image into a simple two-color image. The imperfections in the scan have created many colors from the black ink on white paper (although all the colors are near black and white). I need the white background to be all exactly one white, and the Sharpie pen ink to be all the same shade of black. Then I would like to know how to change all of the white to any color and all of the black to any color.

Pardon me for what is probably an elementary issue to most of you. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Boltbait's right, However this may cause a loss of quality....

You might be able to just convert to B&W, adjust the contrast a little, then add a new layer and fill with any color, adjust the layer blending mode so that the text shows through, flatten the image, then use the conditional hue/sat effect to alter the color of the text separate from the BG.

I know it sounds like a lot of steps, but thats all I could come up with.

Would you be able to post the image on the forum. It would be easier to show you...Or you can e-mail it to me @ barkbark00 at msn dot com


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