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Some scores "branded": why?

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 5:41 am
by Dog Sniper
Why are some of the scores on this website "branded"? By that, I mean there is an ugly label at the top left of every page. It is obviously not part of the original scan and was added in later for some reason.

I don't like it. I don't like to complain and nitpick about a free service (and a good one at that) but it really bothers me. It's only on some of the scores, too. Is there a way to remove this, since it's liable to be a vector graphic in the PDF superimposed on the static, scanned image of the score sheet?

Thanks for your time and patience.

May have answered my own question

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 5:55 am
by Dog Sniper
Pardon me, but I may have answered my own question. It would appear, from a visit to, that all of the "branded" scores on this site are transferred from SheetMusicFox. Therefore, it is their responsibility for having branded many of the scores that appear on this site. I apologize for having jumped to conclusions.

Still, can anyone help me remove those ugly labels? I find them utterly repulsive.

Thanks for your understanding.

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 6:37 am
by imslp
Can you point to a specific file?

Also, what exactly do you mean by "branding"? What is the text branded?

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:01 pm
by Peter
If it's a vector in the pdf superposed on the image, you can remove them with adobe acrobat. but I fear it's embedded in the bitmap of the score, so you need to extract the image, remove the logo, and put it back in the pdf.

if you encounter a logo of Cd sheet music, please drop a note, because these are not allowed.

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:13 am
by goldberg988
I think he's referring to those files that came from an old website, somthing like or something, which were copied to (example: Brahms symphonies). The branding referred to is just the title of the work in the upper left. I think it's part of the bitmap unfortunately.

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:14 am
by imslp
Well, one could theoretically remove it without any quality detriment, but is it worth the time being spent on it? Maybe scanning some new scores is more productive :)

Thanks for the replies

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 6:26 am
by Dog Sniper
Thanks for the replies, guys. Actually, the Brahms symphonies were precisely what led me to bring this up. Beautiful scores, except for the branding.

Whether or not it's a vector graphic, it's quite removable; it's just more difficult if it's part of the bitmap. But either way, it will take some time to clean them manually from all the infected files on the site. It's certainly possible to automate the process, but regrettably I don't have the technical wherewithal to propose such a solution.

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 7:37 pm
by Peter
an easier solution is to apply a white square above the text. then there's no need to edit the bitmap. as the text is in the same place on all pages, this can be automated with macro.
I only know adobe acrobat can do this but there must be other programs too.

It's important that there's no quality loss - with each recompression there's quality loss.