Taking the lines out of a hand written recipe

This is good information; but in this case,sarahpassotphotograp needs these samples of relatives’ handwriting, reproduced as though directly from the written page.


I find the easiest way to get rid of lines on a colored image is to convert it to greyscale and basically deselect the color you want to get rid of. I did a quick example to show what I mean and it took me about 5 minutes to get this far. Obviously it was quick because I have practice, but just wanted to show that it’s not that complicated once you get the workflow down.

First I did some image adjustments and used the color-picker to turn the yellow background white-ish. You want the writing as dark and the background as light as you can.

Then you can convert it to greyscale and remove the unwanted colors.
This is what the greyscale control looks like in Corel Photopaint just so you can see what I’m talking about. For your image, I moved the CYANS slider all the way the right so anything cyan was turned white.

Once you do that and the lines are mostly gone, you can use a brush tool to remove any stray lines that were missed and you can get the image as close to black and white as you can.

If you’re struggling and need these cleaned up for a pending project, I’ll be happy to do it for you, but I’m tied up at the moment. But if you want me to give it a shot and can wait a bit, let me know. (Or maybe someone else is working on it for you which is great! I just didn’t read all the responses carefully, so wasn’t sure.)


Oh my gosh!! That’s exactly what I was hoping to achieve!! Thank you SO much!!! I can’t wait to try it out! Thank you so much for the detailed description too!!!


No, you are fine. Keep the settings if they are working for you; I didn’t fully read your answer. The “340” in the info you sent is the ‘lines per inch’, which I can use to determine dpi. The “surface area” of the Gingerbread recipie has an aspect ratio of 1.4 (taller than wide) no matter what size or resolution.

All of the recipies will probably have a similar aspect ratio due to having come out of the same notebook (I hope I’m not talking out my ear, I haven’t looked at them all).


You’re not talking out your ear, I just find it hard to understand all this tech talk - I need to take a course or something if I’m gonna get good at this. Somebody was nice enough to make a beautiful rendition of EXACTLTY what I was looking for of one of the recipes AND with detailed instructions!!! I just love the helping nature of this community! I can only strive to become good enough to help back one day. Thanks again so much for your help!!!


You’re so welcome, glad I could help. Good luck and just keep playing with it. :slight_smile:

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I sure will!! Thanks again!! :heartpulse:

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How did it turn out? I am doing a similar project for my 8th grade design and modeling class. A student asked if I could etch her gmas recipe.

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Honestly, I haven’t had time to play with it yet. There needs to be more hours in a day!!

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Did you try editing your image and how did it come out?



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