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How to make type in Photoshop match that on a scanned image


Question

I have scanned some text, and I need to add a name in matching type and style. I have tried, but it's not as jagged as the scan, and doesn't look the same.

How do I make the added type match the scanned text? Please see the image for a comparison of the scan and what I've added.

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2014/06/25
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6/25/2014 9:45:00 AM

Accepted Answer

In your case you need to break regularity of your letters to look more like printed raster. I worked with your current image, if you will have higher resolution, you will need to adjust effect settings accordingly.

  1. Copy you letters in a new file enter image description here

  2. Double the image size (it will add some blur, which is good)

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  1. Add effect. Filter -> Pixelate -> Crystallize. Use "5" for cell size.

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Image with effect:

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  1. Copy and paste back to your original file. Decrease the size to your original:

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Quite close to the printed letters you try to mimic.

2014/06/25
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6/25/2014 10:19:00 AM

You can make the new text perfectly match the scanned text, if you can replace the scanned text also.

It may or may not work for your use case, but I think it's the only way to really do what you ask, "make the added type match the scanned text".

2014/06/25