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     Scotty VH 
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    Is there a tutorial on how to stitch partial playfield scans into a single image?  I have some new machines that I’d love to share resources for, and I also bought a scanner (but not large enough for the full playfield).  I’d love to stitch the scans into a single image, and then do a vector trace for 4k support (for now, and 4 jillion support in the future).  I’ve read many tutorials for hugin, but cannot get it to work, and most of those tutorials are 10-15 years old.  I’m reasonably skilled with Inkscape, and have some experience with GIMP.

    Computers and software are way better today… what am I missing??  How are the smart people doing these thesedays? Rather, how are the semi-smart people doing this thesedays?

    #88219
     randr 
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    Photoshop is great has built in stitching and is very good. YouTube stitching photos in photoshop it’s like 3 clicks and done. Send me images I can always stitch them for you

    We need a POP front end signature!!! Or no?


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    #88220
     rothbauerw 
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    I think talented people are using the stitching function in photoshop.  Smart people send their images to talented people to have them stitched in photoshop.

    Current Project: Perpetual updates of Pinball Magic


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    #88221
     rothbauerw 
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    I’ve been corrected.  Non-talented people can stitch in photoshop too.

    Current Project: Perpetual updates of Pinball Magic

    #88223
     Scotty VH 
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    I think talented people are using the stitching function in photoshop. Smart people send their images to talented people to have them stitched in photoshop.

    That was a brilliant statement.  If you’re not in politics, my advice is to quit your day job, and get into politics!!!

     


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    #88227
     bord 
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    A lot of the time flatbed scans have some distortion around the edges. Not enough to be out of focus, but enough to prevent perfect alignment. I started requesting huge amounts of overlap from people willing to do scans for me, then cropping the edges before the stitch. If not, then I stack layers with rough alignment and set the top layer to “difference” in PS. That shows me only what isn’t lining up. A little work with the puppet tool and I can usually get things corrected to the point where I don’t have to do much image blending. Automated stitching is great most of the time, but with distorted edges it can leave strange artifacts at the stitch points.


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    #88228
     BorgDog 
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    ok, wtf is the puppet tool?

    and for the record I’m pretty sure I sent my scans to someone who haunts what they are doing  :)

    Oh and why would you vector a lovely high res scan?  I much prefer the realism the defects and not-perfectness imparts on the end result, but maybe that’s just me.


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    #88229
     bord 
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    ok, wtf is the puppet tool?

    Puppet warp lets you set specific points to bend or adjust but lets you pin everything else down so it stays in place. Really good for small matching work at edges.


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    #88234
     BorgDog 
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    sounds like that could be useful, thanks.

    #88237
     HauntFreaks 
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    I’ve stitched some of Borgs 1200dpi  per images scans… so were talking as detailed as it is possible (for the most part) and as perfect as those scans were the PS stitching still didnt pull it off  as perfect I or borg would have wanted…. it came down to stitching 2 images at a time then manually blending them together to get it to where I felt it looked good… oh and the puppet tool… if people use that… make sure you work on a copy of the main layer, because as much as it can help it can easily fuck shit up….

    I also agree with borg if you have a great scan even if the PF isnt perfect… it will always look better than it being vectorized (yes I said it better then vectorized)
    only time to make a vector PF is when you really want the table and no good scan is available… this doesn’t mean there isn’t some awesome vector PF’s out there and the guys that make them… they have WAY more detication than me, I love the hobby and some people in it… but fuck all that on some of the complex PF redraws some guys do… to create then silkscreen halftones that are need on some PF its insane…..

    anyway thats my thoughts


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    #88238
     nFozzy 
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    In my experience you’ll find out pretty quickly if it’s right for vector restoration or not

    Good candidate:

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