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    help with writing on old gun box

    I'm looking for any tricks/hack to help read faded pencil markings on an old gun box.
    All help appreciated
    Mike

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    If you have a flatbed scanner, you can try taking a high-resolution scan, and manipulating it with image editing software on your computer to enhance sharpness and contrast.

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    Here's another suggestion to try if the other doesn't pan out.

    If it was done with a sharp pencil on cardboard, you might be able to do a rubbing impression. You lay a sheet of thin paper (tissue or onion skin) over the area and lightly rub the paper with a piece of artist's charcoal or a very soft lead pencil. The indented areas will be lighter than the rest giving you an sort black and white negative.

    Good luck
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    Thanks Forward /Chaparosa
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    You might try to illuminate the subject with different colored lights. You could make filters with colored cellophane or some such thing and rig it up pretty easy.
    It might just hit the right contrast enough so you can decipher the thing.
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    Get a high rez image, over adjust the contrast then reverse it to a negative image.

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    Try different kinds of light, such as LED, blacklight, etc.; it has worked reading penciled serial numbers on old S&W grips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Bowles View Post
    Get a high rez image, over adjust the contrast then reverse it to a negative image.
    ???
    looking for 2188320190613_212035.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    ???
    looking for 2188320190613_212035.jpg
    I give it a try if you send me a large file image that's in focus, this image is not.
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    Mike,
    You might consider a professional photographer for taking a high resolution image. Rick might have a perferred format type. TIFF files are often used by photographers for high res quality.
    Vic
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