Image Processing Services

If you’ve already scanned your books or microfilm to digital files, we can make them better. Of course, Creekside Digital can also apply these processing options to scans we create for you from books or microfilm we digitize for you.

Black Border Removal / Deskew

Black Border Removal / Deskew -- Before & After

Often, raw images coming off of a scanner will be crooked, or “skewed,” and have black borders (“overscan”) showing around the edges of the original document scan. This wastes disk space by making the document files larger than they need to be, and reduces Optical Character Recognition accuracy. Creekside Digital can remove the black borders from around your scans and straighten the document at the same time, which results in smaller file sizes that will be processed more accurately by OCR. And yes, we can process grayscale and colors images, with absolutely no loss of quality! Our server-based software can process thousands of images per hour.

Geometric Curve Correction

When a bound book is digitized, the resulting scanned pages will have a certain degree of curvature to them where the pages meet in the book’s gutter – even when taking steps to minimize the effect such as using a V-shaped book cradle or glass plate to flatten the pages. To remove this distortion and maximize the accuracy of subsequent OCR processes, Creekside Digital uses cutting-edge algorithms to geometrically restore the original shape of the pages and the content they contain. We can implement this processing on scans of bound books as well as scans of microfilm containing images of bound books.

Geometric Curve Correction -- Before & After

Background Removal and Lighting Correction

Often, scans of bound works will have dark shadows present in the gutter area, due to excessive curvature or where lighting from the sides didn’t properly illuminate the entire page surface. Creekside Digital can identify and remove or minimize these shadows as well as other lighting problems such as hotspotting and glare / reflections from poorly placed illumination.

Bitonal Conversion / Downscaling / Format Shifting and Derivatives

If you don’t need all of your documents to be color or grayscale, or stored at the high resolution at which they were originally scanned, Creekside Digital can help! Our batch conversion services can process thousands of images an hour to quickly reduce color depth, decrease resolution, and shift file formats – resulting in smaller files which open faster and take up less disk space to store.

We can also create any required derivatives from your archival Digital Master files: for example, JPEG2000 lossy / lossless, downscaled searchable PDF, and XML structural metadata from your uncompressed TIFF master. Contact us for details.

PDF Compression

Using best-in-class technology from LuraTech, Creekside Digital can process your existing documents to reduce the size of your PDF files by 85% or more compared to standard PDF files. This processing results in smaller PDF files which take up less disk space, open faster, and work better on older PCs while retaining the details captured by grayscale images such as fine handwriting, rubber stamps, embossed seals, and photographs.

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News Release 2015 - 142 August 3, 2015 2:45 p.m. Digitized Newspapers Now Available Online Full editions of The Enterprise and Saint Mary’s Beacon now available on Library’s website Leonardtown, MD – The St. Mary’s County Library is excited to announce the availability of digitized newspapers on the St. Mary’s County Library website, www.stmalib.org. Full editions of The Enterprise from 1952 to present, and the Saint Mary’s Beacon from 1923 – 1984 are available for the public to search from anywhere with internet access. Customers can search by keyword the entire collection of The Enterprise or the Saint Mary’s Beacon at one time. It is also possible to search individual editions or years. Sara Stephenson, Virtual Services Coordinator for St. Mary’s County Library, has been instrumental in this project. “Initially, those who wanted to access historical St. Mary’s County newspapers had to do so in person via a microfilm reader at the Lexington Park Library,” she explained. “Then, in the fall of 2014 we were able to provide searchable digital files on computers at all three library branches. Today, we are excited to make available a searchable archive that researchers can access from anywhere they have an internet connection. This resource will allow both local residents and those researching St. Mary’s County from afar to access valuable information about our county and its history.” The transition from microfilm to searchable digital files was completed in 2014 by St. Mary’s County Library staff in partnership with Balance Imaging Solutions, LLC; The Enterprise and Post Community Media, LLC; St. Mary’s College of Maryland Library, St. Mary’s County Library Board’s Midge Cannetti Fund; St. Mary’s County Historical Society and St. Mary’s County Genealogical Society. Once the newspapers were digitized, the Library Board contracted with Creekside Digital from Glen Arm, Md. to create a searchable, online database. Jim Studnicki, owner of Creekside Digital, has partnered with the Library to create an easy to use product for customers in St. Mary’s County and beyond. “The Library Board is proud to have been able to allocate a portion of the library’s operating budget for this very important local history project,” said Joan Springer, Library Board President. “We are committed to funding the ongoing costs to maintain this service.”

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