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Restoring Cabinet Graphics - Overview
There are several techniques available when restoring damage to cabinet graphics. Which one you use depends on how the graphics where originally applied, the type of damage and the complexity of the graphics. The purpose of this article is to help you decide which is the best approach for your situation and link to the appropriate techniques. This article is oriented towards major graphics repair requiring creating decals or stencils. For repairing cabinet graphics damage by painting with a brush or airbrush see this article. Types of Cabinet Graphics Many...
 
 
Editing Graphics with Vector Software
Once you've copied a pinball graphic using a camera or scanner (see references for how to do this) it's time to create a final graphic for publishing. While some will skip the editing step, you are going to get a much more professional looking product with a little editing work. For these examples I'm using CorelDraw X6. It has a very slick tool called PowerTRACE for easily converting bitmap images into vector files. Other vector problems like Adobe Illustrator have similar tools or there are free online services that will convert a bitmap graphic...
 
 
Editing Graphics with Bitmap Software
Once you've copied a pinball graphic using a camera or scanner (see references for how to do this) it's time to create a final graphic for publishing. While some will skip the editing step, you are going to get a much more professional looking product with a little work. For these examples I'm using Corel PaintShop Pro X5 (a bitmap, or raster, editing program). It has a very slick tool called Find All Edges which makes the process about 10 times faster than doing it manually (of course you do give up some accuracy). ...
 
 
Recreating Playfield or Cabinet Graphics
This article will walk you through duplicating cabinet or decal graphics using a camera or scanner. Both approaches can be used to create either decals, stencils or silkscreens. Although I should add that you can get a good VuPoint Magic Wand Scanner for under $100 and the scanner method will be more accurate than the camera method. For more info, see Restoring Cabinet Graphics - Overview, which covers the different types of pinball cabinet graphics and provides an overview of the restoration process. Links are then provided to individual articles (like this one) that...
 
 
 
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