Need assistance please, and help in merging two JPG files in Photoshop

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Need assistance please, and help in merging two JPG files in Photoshop

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I am trying to create an image of a censor marking (the first of two or three). Generally, I do this by taking a scan, then painstakingly use the eraser tool to leave myself with a "clean" image of the marking. Needless to say, while the results are usually very good, it can be time consuming.

I need a facsimile of a marking with a particular date for an exhibit. I have one I created years ago, but a different date. I figured I could just create an image of the date I need by cleaning a scan of the marking, then make a copy of the existing facsimile and remove the date, then combine the two images to get the desired result.

It's that last step that is confounding me. No matter how many time I try to follow Photoshop instruction I found online, it has me stumped.

Can anybody provide some easy to follow instructions?

Here are the two jpg files I am trying to merge:

Any help greatly appreciated! :D :D

c-Fort Henry 2 - Copy.jpg
1IMG_20231230_0001.jpg
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Looking ahead, this would appear to be the only such merge I need to do.
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Open the date image in Photoshop.
Unlock the background layer and delete it.
Select colour range, click on a white area.
Delete the selected range.

You should just have the black script with the rest of the layer transparent.

Open the Kingston image.
Copy the date image onto it.
Move to where you want it.

Save as a jpg and voila! Your task is done.
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Re: Help Merging Two JPG Files in Photoshop

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satsuma:

I appreciate the assistance. :D

Unfortunately, I get stuck at step 2. Just how do I unlock the background layer? :oops:

Perhaps my problem is an outdated Photoshop version.
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Also, it looks like I spoke to soon. There is a second marking I need to merge. :oops:
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How's this? I did not know exactly where the date-line was positioned relative to the circular text.

It required about a minute. Open both files in Photoshop, crop the date-line then copy and paste and transform in the first scan to create the collage. Hoping the scan of the date-line was at the same dpi as the circular text i.e. sizes must be the same. The dateline could be rotated to agree with the other text if required.
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The two scans for the second needed merge are below:
c-Dominion Police 1 - Copy.jpg
1IMG_20231230_0002.jpg
If somebody knows how to do this and it is easy enough, perhaps they would be willing to have me send these by email and return the merged images to me. (I may be asking too much here, if so, let me know.) :D
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Send me the scans by board email if you have an entire cancel as a sample. I would need to know precisely where the date-line is relative to the surrounding text for a better, more accurate collage. I can do this shortly if needed.
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How does this appear? Is it accurate?
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Apologies. The previous collage required 3½ minutes to create.
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Thanks Kaininkanada! :D

It is close, but the date is a bit high. I was about to send you an email via the board. I have the target images available and can send them as well. However, it seems that the board facility does not permit attachments.

If you could send an email to me at b i g r i d e a u m i k e at s y m p a t i c o dot c a, then I can reply with attachments. Out here in the boonies, my internet speed is prehistoric, so I may have to send the scans one at a time.

I truly appreciate you offer of assistance. It is a great help. :D
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Took me longer to reply and load the image.
The image took 20 seconds. :D

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I included download time, renaming files etc. which you obviously haven't. Unless you have remarkable abilities that are superhuman. Merging uploaded files would only take 20 seconds i.e. crop, copy and paste.
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I am constantly amazed at how helpful my fellow Stamboarders are! Much appreciated! :D

That's getting very close, Allanswood. Still slightly high. Had I known that folks would work with my posted scans, I would have given sample of complete markings before this. Below are complete markings (different dates than I need) that I used to create the "dateless" images. Perhaps this will make it easier to assess the orientation. I had tried to make the paired scans to be merged exactly the same size, but I may have been off. :oops:
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Allanswood seems to wish to usurp this request so I will defer to him as he so wishes (sigh).
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Thanks for your help, Kainninkanada! :D

I now have the images I need for my exhibit. I pity those collectors who have not yet discovered Stampboards!

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Kainnikanada wrote: 31 Dec 2023 14:38
Allanswood seems to wish to usurp this request so I will defer to him as he so wishes (sigh).

Sorry Kainnikanada, not trying to usurp anything :) . I don't use Photoshop much (although I have the software), and am often amazed at how complicated some software seems to make things that to me are quite simple, even old school.

Literally for me it was copy/paste, copy/paste, select/move/save. I used the images posted here.

But I find some commercial software tends to bloat the process as its geared towards much more complicated images.

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Re: Need assistance please, and help in merging two JPG files in Photoshop

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Allanswood wrote: 31 Dec 2023 17:13
I don't use Photoshop much (although I have the software), and am often amazed at how complicated some software seems to make things that to me are quite simple, even old school.

Literally for me it was copy/paste, copy/paste, select/move/save. I used the images posted here.

But I find some commercial software tends to bloat the process as its geared towards much more complicated images.

You are not wrong; but the original request was to provide guidance on how Ottawa Mike could do it himself in photoshop.
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Re: Need assistance please, and help in merging two JPG files in Photoshop

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Ottawa Mike; if you click the padlock indicated by the red arrow, you will unlock the background layer.
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