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Photoshop Scan Recovery Help?

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  1. Scarred Sun

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    So, I often get asked questions by people who have skills other than writing/hoarding every game ever how they can help out with Retro projects, and I think I finally have something that may be up some folks' alley.

    Normally, when I process incoming scans, part and parcel of that process is cleaning up any human errors that have been made--either with the original object or something that happens in scanning. A quick example of something I'm working on now, for instance, is just doing a bit of dust removal:

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    As you can see, nothing too taxing. However, sometimes we receive scans that are a little more...intensive in terms of work, and a little past the scope of what I'm comfortable fixing:

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    That's one nasty crease.

    Would anyone here be interested in volunteering to clean up scans like this?
     
  2. RattleMan

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    You mean this crease? http://I.imgur.com/Nmhl07n.jpg

    I can do better with the high-res version :v:
     
  3. Scarred Sun

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    Daaaamn, son.

    Full res is at http://ss.sonicretro.org/tnnbass_md_us_cover.jpg
     
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    Done :v: Got a spot on the server I can upload to? Imgur isn't liking the filesize =\
     
  5. Scarred Sun

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    I've GOT A SPOT

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    Alright; I didn't want to assume you wanted it uploaded directly there :P

    Uploaded it to http://segaretro.org/File:TNNBToC_MD_US_Box.jpg
     
  7. Mastered Realm

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    ScarredSun, next time just make a tight manual selection on the crease and press Shift+F5 (Command+F5 on a MAC I believe?) and select Fill: Content Aware. 95% of the times it'll get rid of it automatically.
     
  8. Black Squirrel

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    The 3366 x 2100 size ones from TheCoverProject or wherever shouldn't be marked as "good" - Universal Game Cases are fatter than Mega Drive ones, so everything gets stretched (or cropped). We can do better
     
  9. Scarred Sun

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    Fiiiiiiiiight me

    Seriously though right now I'm more interested in completionism than whether they are the best, especially because as you note UGC is a little off. However, it's usually not skewed to a degree that bothers me (I mean, sometimes I alter the "good" scans I do too—for example, the Sonic 3 Majesco on Sonic Retro was altered by me to fix some issues on the front from the copy I had :ssh:/> )

    I do suppose this goes back to our internal question on quality=good vs. another like quality=great.

    Edit: Also before anyone goes and checks that Sonic 3 cover, the blurriness is actually on the back of the box. I had to triple-check the physical box because I was getting paranoid.
     
  10. Mastered Realm

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    Also, the dust on the front of this cover art is from the original art, because it's affects two layers of the halftone (cyan and magenta) and you can see a little offset on the dust marks as well on the rest of the artwork. So I believe it was dirt on the original art/film they used to make the printing matrices.
     
  11. Black Squirrel

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    You can do that

    but it doesn't matter in this case because they're neither "good" nor "great" :eng101:


    Truth be told every scan needs re-assessment anyway. "Good" was meant to mean "you don't need to replace this file" but I'm thinking 600 DPI would be a better standard to live by, rather than the 200/300 DPI of years long past.