Update: Screen shot of the “OCR Layers” (just shapes!) https://thesophic.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/i-just-ocrd-the-birth-certificate-at-600dpi-what-did-i-find-shapes/
Updated – most recent: https://thesophic.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/excellent-video-explanation-on-fake-birth-certificate-it-was-not-ocrd/
Digital artifacts. Letter recognition. Separation. Etcetera. OCR has difficulty reading cursive letters. You’d be better off using a threshold tool and selecting all of the white background, then inverting the selection, then copy & paste it where you want it. There is too much variation in the BC & too much cursive writing for it to pick up anything. While we’re on the subject….why would anyone be editing the file to begin with? Regardless of how they did it, the real question is why? Just like it should be simple to just produce the BC in the first place, it should be equally as simple to scan it or take a photo. If they had done that we wouldn’t be discussing any of this. We should be discussing the economy, healthcare, our own national disasters, etc.
The purpose of an OCR scan is character recognition. It’s crude and unreliable as you will see. OCR is not graphics software, it is merely a utility tool. Here’s what OCR deciphered from the new BC with the green background:
151 NUMBER 61
II Thio Birth
Month August Honolulu
of Father 9.
12b. Klad of
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
OCR seems really reliable, doesn’t it? OCR is just a raw recognition tool for simple shapes and letters. It doesn’t create a white outline. It doesn’t change fonts to bitmap format and leave the background in jpg or some other format. Doesn’t happen. This document was clearly edited by an amateur graphics designer, who made the rookie mistake of not flattening the layers and saving the final graphic as a single raster file. People who are on the “Obama Train” will continue to come up with irrational reasons for this flub, and try to explain it away. Obama could have presented a piece of wide-ruled kiddie notebook paper with his info written in purple crayon and they would accept it as authentic.