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Straighten distorted text in an image file

New Here ,
Aug 17, 2017 Aug 17, 2017

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I have a jpeg file where the texts in it are distorted due to scanning issues,

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How can I use photoshop to straighten the text on the left side of the image?

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Aug 18, 2017 Aug 18, 2017

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Drag down a guide to align with the good text.

Select just the problem area.

Use Free Transform, and hold down the Ctrl key while dragging up the centre left handle until that part of the text aligns with the guide.

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Aug 14, 2023 Aug 14, 2023

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I am editing some older scanned magazine articles, so redoing all of the text in them would not have made it look authentic. This was the perfect, easy solution for me. Thank you!

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Aug 18, 2017 Aug 18, 2017

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Hi

You could :

1. Make a selection of the left part of the text with the issue

2. Use Ctrl+J to copy it to a new layer

3. Right click and make that copy into a smart object

4. Use Transform Warp to bend it into shape

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Aug 18, 2017 Aug 18, 2017

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Having posted the Photoshop answer , as did Trevor, in reality  I wouldn't do either of the above.

I would drop it into Acrobat DC and use OCR to turn it into editable text and reformat slightly. Screenshot below:

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Aug 18, 2017 Aug 18, 2017

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So I need to do an OCR in Acrobat DC then reformat but what do you mean here by reformat?

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Aug 18, 2017 Aug 18, 2017

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mrnewbie10  wrote

So I need to do an OCR in Acrobat DC then reformat but what do you mean here by reformat?

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When you edit PDF in Acrobat it will turn the text into editable text characters but initially they will not be in perfect straight lines (given the bend it will have picked up at the edge). So you will have a little formatting/editing to do to get the characters into straight lines. You can do that in Acrobat or drop it into a word processor such as MS-Word if you are more familiar with it.

The good thing is you will end up with clean text characters in a text document that will print well and look much better than a jpeg scan.

Dave

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Aug 18, 2017 Aug 18, 2017

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What exactly did you do to straighten the text in DC? After doing an OCR, what is the next step you did?

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Aug 18, 2017 Aug 18, 2017

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Hi

Away from office right now but as far as I remember, rather than spend time adjusting individual characters, I selected all and set the font then deleted and retype the three "warped" words

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Aug 18, 2017 Aug 18, 2017

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davescm  wrote

Having posted the Photoshop answer , as did Trevor, in reality  I wouldn't do either of the above.

I would drop it into Acrobat DC and use OCR to turn it into editable text and reformat slightly. Screenshot below:

Dave

Abso—blooming—lutely!   Heck, I'd type the whole lot manually, rather than put up with nasty text-by-image-file with its blurred and jagged edges.  It will display infinitely better both on screen and when printed.   Plus, if you happened to scan the text from the sort of Chinese user guides I have seen recently with English that I am sure came straight Google Translate, then you can edit into soming that actually makes sense.

This is all that came with a 3-in-1 sheet metal machine that my Menz Shed purchased a few months ago. 

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Jul 02, 2023 Jul 02, 2023

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how to fix distorted text in an image

 

 

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