06 4 / 2012
So the actual laser cut original poster looks awesome, and I wish I could just make a bunch of those and sell them, but that would be way too expensive, and I’m having a lot of trouble reproducing this. I’ve tried scanning, and the line work doesn’t scan well, it’s all blurry and sad. But the shadows look really nice. Taking a picture seems like the best bet, but you can see the layers of board underneath because they went all shrinky-dinks in my car on the drive home for break. So now I go find Seaboard Signs and Engraving in Myrtle Beach to laser cut new mat board. Also, these pictures aren’t big enough to make an 18x24 poster. Not unless it’s like 120 dpi, which is gonna look like poop. I try a film camera, and scan the transparency to make a 300dpi image, but the colors are off and it’s grainy. So now I’m really panicking. Looks like none of this is going to work, until Jason suggests scanning each individual piece of the poster and faking the shadows in Photoshop. I’m a little upset with this because it doesn’t seem authentic, since I’ve been cutting from mat board all year, but it works. I get the files submitted to be printed at printplace.com 2 minutes before the cutoff.
I’m not sure where to put this information in terms of the blogs. I connected with several organizations, and ultimately chose to go with IMAlive (imalive.org) the first online crisis intervention network. I exchanged several emails with Robert Mundy, and he’s excited and I’m excited and they might be able to print my posters. They can help me promote the Etsy sales through Twitter and Facebook and whatnot. Later, we decide that I need to do a trial run on my own first. Boingo’s quote was too high for me to make any money for IMAlive, so I go with Print Place, one of the places I was looking at having them printed before speaking with Robert. Working with them was still very very exciting and I’m still in contact with Robert about the progress of sales etc.
(My pictures for this post will be the bad versions of the poster, but those are on another computer which is not currently in my possession. I can probably post them tomorrow and I promise not to forget this time)