Antigua and Barbuda—Slave Returns, 1742–1863[M3V5-PH4]
I just indexed a batch and had issues with a blurry scan. When I zoomed out so that I could see the entire page on the screen, it was less blurry. But when I zoomed in at all to see the small print, it got blurry as if the scan was low res or something. I tried using the brightness/contrast controls, but that didn't help. Any other suggestions?
Other than low res scan, I'm not sure why it was blurry. I zoom in on other handwritten records of the same category and age and don't have that issue. After squinting through one batch of these records, I'm done. There's no way my eyes can take indexing several of these batches in a sitting.
It is best to return these and hope someone else can see them better.
Thank you for your efforts with these difficult documents.0
I have had the same problem with some of these batches. I return them and hope someone with better eyes will have luck with them.0
It's tough, and I'm not sure what can be done or who can make it out. Every time I try processing blurry images through a de-blur program I'm disappointed. I wonder if the original scribe could do a good job.
Here is the before and after from an unregistered program I have called SmartDeblur that I've thought about purchasing. I've left the controls as the program analyzed them without trying to tweak them further. Sometimes these results look pretty good until you zoom in and then they don't make much difference for our purposes. See what you think.
Here from another program that I do own (InPixio Photo Focus) is a zoomed-in before and after portion using its Sharpening Tool. Still disappointing, but interesting to look at. I slid the controls around and this is the best I could do.0
I don't want to mess with my original post because the system seems to have accepted my images. But an additional note is that the human eye and brain (plus handwriting-reading experience) are pretty good at seeing through the clutter and blur. Mostly, these fancy enhancements I've tried have done little more than confirm what I thought was there already - in my experience. Brightness and contrast controls plus the white to the black toggle are typically your best friends and can make a tangible difference. But some cases are just too tough - for most of us. However, some folks seem to have supercomputers in their head, so I don't rule it out for them.1
I have noticed many of these blurry images recently. Sadly, I have to return them. I do the ones I can make out, but it's causing my eyes to hurt.0