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THE ADDAMS FAMILY PINBALL DECALS" (BALLY) scanned files in restoration

By Mikonos

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    #1 42 days ago

    THE ADDAMS FAMILY PINBALL DECALS" (BALLY) scanned files in restoration. By Mikonos.

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    As in all my restorations, I will be as faithful to the original as possible, avoiding using vectorization so that the hand of the original author does not disappear.

    This is the philosophy that I follow and it is costly over time, but I always manage to be the most precise in all my restorations.

    I will show large HD screenshots with links to the original images so you don't lose quality, as well as the thumbnails that the Pinside forum itself shows. I strongly recommend you to use my links to check the restoration work.

    Let's go there!

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    "The Addams Family Front Art Pinball Decal" (BALLY). Restored by Zona Arcade & Mikonos.
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    Details in "The Addams Family Front Art Pinball Decal" (BALLY). Restored by Zona Arcade & Mikonos.
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    #2 41 days ago
    Quoted from Mikonos:

    ...avoiding using vectorization...

    The only issue with that is, that while the original artwork was hand drawn, it was converted to vector art(hence the computer generated half-toning as seen in the leaf on the flower) for the use of standardized Pantone spot colors as the artwork was screen printed directly onto the cabinets and the only way to hit those colors exactly is by printing with only those colors. With your Photoshop method, because the images are raster, when it comes time to print these out it'll be a four color process and while you'll get some colors dead on, others will be off and there's really no way around this. The most accurate way to replicate the original artwork for the most accurate reproduction, is to vectorize it and use all spot colors as they are standardized colors that have definite values that any print shop worth its salt should be able to hit dead on.

    This same situation is evident in the two different runs of the TAF playfield by CPR, one screen printed, the other inkjet printed. The screen printed one is more vibrant and the colors are dead on when compared to the Pantone Spot colors that are called out for each screen(and there are a LOT of screens!). The inkjet one, which is essentially a CYMK/four color process, will be close, but some of the colors will be very noticeably off. Even CPR themselves say this on their site about the neon orange color of the Power Cloud.

    Keep in mind, too, that the scans you're taking of one particular cabinet's artwork will be completely different from someone else's game. Due to the way these were screen printed, the centering of each screen was never perfect. So, one game's yellow is 1/8" off to the left while the very next game on the line's yellow is 1/8" off to the right. These imperfections can be left in as a way of maintaining some form of replication of original production, but these imperfections were never actually intended. Using the scan of the leaf again, you can see how the screen for green half-toning was laid down to the left of where it's supposed to be. I'm sure that's not where the original artist wanted it to be. Same can be said for the purple in the flower petals, and where the lightning meets the yellow. This "drift" of screens was extremely common back then on just about every game they made, unfortunately.

    None of this means what you're doing is wrong or bad in any way, shape, or form. So please don't take it that way. I've redone some TAF artwork myself and have left in some of the imperfections as well, to help make it look more authentic and similar to the way they produced them. I'm just warning you about the kind of things you might expect to see when it comes time to print. With raster images(in Photoshop), your edges will have a slight blur to them and the colors will be slightly off. If they were vectored, every line would be 100% crisp and sharp, and you could use the Pantone Spot colors to guarantee accuracy.

    Here are a couple examples from my own samples and artwork I've done:
    These first two show the clarity and sharp edges that you retain with vector art when zooming in and when you end up printing- Far away Zoomed in

    This one shows the difference with spot colors and CYMK printing. Even though the color I specified in the artwork is the exact color used on the cabinet side(I have a swatch book that I used to match it), the inkjet printer just can't get it correct. It's close, but it's just not right. CYMK vs Spot

    I hope all this info helps you on your journey with reproducing this artwork. I know from firsthand experience that it's no small undertaking, but it's a labor of love and can be really fun and fulfilling.

    Good luck!

    #3 41 days ago

    Hi Miguel351!

    Thanks you so much for your comment!

    Miguel351, you don't know my work and my skills, but they are the best that I know in pinballl and arcade hobbies. My "fan work" will speak by me. you will understand it when you are familiar with it.

    let's go with some of your very correct appreciations!

    Quoted from Miguel351:

    The only issue with that is, that while the original artwork was hand drawn, it was converted to vector art(hence the computer generated half-toning as seen in the leaf on the flower) for the use of standardized Pantone spot colors as the artwork was screen printed directly onto the cabinets and the only way to hit those colors exactly is by printing with only those colors. With your Photoshop method, because the images are raster, when it comes time to print these out it'll be a four color process and while you'll get some colors dead on, others will be off and there's really no way around this. The most accurate way to replicate the original artwork for the most accurate reproduction, is to vectorize it and use all spot colors as they are standardized colors that have definite values that any print shop worth its salt should be able to hit dead on.

    This same situation is evident in the two different runs of the TAF playfield by CPR, one screen printed, the other inkjet printed. The screen printed one is more vibrant and the colors are dead on when compared to the Pantone Spot colors that are called out for each screen(and there are a LOT of screens!). The inkjet one, which is essentially a CYMK/four color process, will be close, but some of the colors will be very noticeably off. Even CPR themselves say this on their site about the neon orange color of the Power Cloud.

    Yes, silkscreen artworks have very brilliant and powerful colors, but some of them are possible in digital CMYK printings. It depends of kind of vinyl and gloss protective lamination you use. Protective lamination increases the colors a couple of shades. Digital prints are cheaper that silkscreen prints, $30 to $1.

    An advantage of digital printing is that you can use the U.V. protective laminate, this protects the print indefinitely from dirt and color fading.

    Quoted from Miguel351:

    Keep in mind, too, that the scans you're taking of one particular cabinet's artwork will be completely different from someone else's game. Due to the way these were screen printed, the centering of each screen was never perfect. So, one game's yellow is 1/8" off to the left while the very next game on the line's yellow is 1/8" off to the right. These imperfections can be left in as a way of maintaining some form of replication of original production, but these imperfections were never actually intended. Using the scan of the leaf again, you can see how the screen for green half-toning was laid down to the left of where it's supposed to be. I'm sure that's not where the original artist wanted it to be. Same can be said for the purple in the flower petals, and where the lightning meets the yellow. This "drift" of screens was extremely common back then on just about every game they made, unfortunately.

    Correct! Nothing can be done about this, can it? Yes, with digital restoration, I can do a perfect aligned with the silkscreen layer colors, like the original author wanted it. For example, I'm fixing this in Pinball Magic Decals (CAPCOM) restoration by me.

    Quoted from Miguel351:

    None of this means what you're doing is wrong or bad in any way, shape, or form. So please don't take it that way. I've redone some TAF artwork myself and have left in some of the imperfections as well, to help make it look more authentic and similar to the way they produced them. I'm just warning you about the kind of things you might expect to see when it comes time to print. With raster images(in Photoshop), your edges will have a slight blur to them and the colors will be slightly off. If they were vectored, every line would be 100% crisp and sharp, and you could use the Pantone Spot colors to guarantee accuracy.

    Of course, Miguel351! I really appreciate this detail with me. I want you to wait to learn more about my work, how precise it is and the quality I achieve in my printed reproductions for users who asked me for help.

    I call it "fan work", because I do it to collect, but you will see that it is the most professional thing you have ever seen. And, since I am so sure of this "fan work", I show it with screenshots and high resolution photos, which is a real novelty.

    Quoted from Miguel351:

    Here are a couple examples from my own samples and artwork I've done:
    These first two show the clarity and sharp edges that you retain with vector art when zooming in and when you end up printing- [quoted image] [quoted image]
    This one shows the difference with spot colors and CYMK printing. Even though the color I specified in the artwork is the exact color used on the cabinet side(I have a swatch book that I used to match it), the inkjet printer just can't get it correct. It's close, but it's just not right. [quoted image]
    I hope all this info helps you on your journey with reproducing this artwork. I know from firsthand experience that it's no small undertaking, but it's a labor of love and can be really fun and fulfilling.
    Good luck!

    I'll show you some much more ambitious comparisons and show you how to achieve brilliant colors in CMYK print reproductions.

    Believe me, I have a lot of experience restoring, collecting and reproducing art, simply for the love of the pinball and arcade hobbies and because it's the icing on the cake of hard restoration work.

    I invite you to comment without fear and making constructive criticism, as before, because surely you can help me improve my "fan work". For my part, I'm sure I'm going to surprise you.

    Cheers!

    #4 40 days ago

    "The Addams Family Right Side Art Pinball Decal". Restored by Zona Arcade & Mikonos.
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    The Addams Family Right Side Art Pinball Decal. Restored Mikonos1.jpg

    Details in "The Addams Family Right Side Art Pinball Decal". Restored by Zona Arcade & Mikonos.
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    #5 36 days ago

    "The Addams Family Left Backbox Pinball Decal" (BALLY) artwork restored By Zona Arcade & Mikonos.
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    The Addams Family Left Backbox Pinball Decal. Restored Mikonos1.jpg

    Details in restoration of "The Addams Family Left Backbox Pinball Decal" (BALLY) artwork. By Zona Arcade & Mikonos.
    https://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/capturas/The%20Addams%20Family%20Left%20Backbox%20Pinball%20Decal.%20Restored%20Mikonos2.jpg
    The Addams Family Left Backbox Pinball Decal. Restored Mikonos2.jpg

    #6 33 days ago

    "The Addams Family Right Backbox Pinball Decal" (BALLY) artwork restored By Zona Arcade & Mikonos.
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    Details in restoration of "The Addams Family Right Backbox Pinball Decal" (BALLY) artwork. By Zona Arcade & Mikonos.
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    Details in restoration of "The Addams Family Right Backbox Pinball Decal" (BALLY) artwork. By Zona Arcade & Mikonos.
    https://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/capturas/The-Addams-Family-Right-Backbox-Pinball-Decal-Restored-Mikonos3.jpg
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    #7 28 days ago

    "The Addams Family Right Side Art Pinball Decal". Restored by Zona Arcade & Mikonos.
    https://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/capturas/The-Addams-Family-Left-Side-Art-Pinball-Decal.-Restored-Mikonos1.jpg
    The-Addams-Family-Left-Side-Art-Pinball-Decal.-Restored-Mikonos1.jpg
    "The Addams Family Right Side Art Pinball Decal". Restored by Zona Arcade & Mikonos.
    https://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/capturas/The-Addams-Family-Left-Side-Art-Pinball-Decal.-Restored-Mikonos2.jpg
    The-Addams-Family-Left-Side-Art-Pinball-Decal.-Restored-Mikonos2.jpg
    "The Addams Family Right Side Art Pinball Decal". Restored by Zona Arcade & Mikonos.
    https://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/capturas/The-Addams-Family-Left-Side-Art-Pinball-Decal.-Restored-Mikonos3.jpg
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    #8 23 days ago

    The moment of the truth! I don't like to leave anything to chance, so, before my most expensive prints, I usually order a color card to make sure of them and compare them with the originals.

    In photography, lots of color cards that I have been ordering to print along of all this time from digital plotter that I normally use in my habitual print shop.
    https://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/artes/Color-Match-Cards-Mikonos-print1.JPG
    Color-Match-Cards-Mikonos-print1.JPG

    "The Addams Family Pinball Decals" (BALLY) reproduction printed in vinyl with glossy protective lamination (photo 1)
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    "The Addams Family Pinball Decals - Main Left Side Art" (BALLY) reproduction printed in vinyl with glossy protective lamination (photo 2)
    https://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/artes/The-Addams-Family-Pinball-Decals-print2.JPG
    The-Addams-Family-Pinball-Decals-print2.jpg
    "The Addams Family Pinball Decals - Main Left Side Art" (BALLY) reproduction printed in vinyl with glossy protective lamination (photo 3)
    https://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/artes/The-Addams-Family-Pinball-Decals-print3.JPG
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    "The Addams Family Pinball Decals - Main Left Side Art" (BALLY) reproduction printed in vinyl with glossy protective lamination (photo 4)
    https://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/artes/The-Addams-Family-Pinball-Decals-print4.JPG
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    #9 23 days ago

    Amazing work. Once I get my hands on an Addams (again), I will want replacement decals like these. Of all the pins that left my ownership, I miss Addams the most. Can't really complain because I did not want to lug all my pins to the new house and the down payment on the house was from my old pins.

    #10 22 days ago

    Hi dantebean!

    Thank you for your comment about my work! Because I spent a lot of time with every of my restoration, I always want the best printing. I order these printings at 16 inkjet slices (maximum) and U.V. gloss protective lamination.

    When you need them, tell me!

    A secret: I worked several mods of these decals, I mean colors and printing materials. I will show them soon.

    Cheers!

    #11 22 days ago

    As a part time graphic artist I learned a ton in this thread. AMAZING how this is progressing and how they turned out. Glas to see that I'm not the only vector\photo guy here.

    #12 21 days ago

    Thanks for your comment!

    I think we can all learn from each other. Precisely today, I decided to learn how to make 3D epoxy resin drop stickers. I already have all the components at home and the stickers cut

    Cheers!

    #13 21 days ago

    Have you ever thought of sharing your work with those who reproduce this stuff for a living?

    #14 21 days ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    Have you ever thought of sharing your work with those who reproduce this stuff for a living?

    Thank you for ask!

    Yes, I shared my all my artworks (restoration, scanned files and customizations) with all pinball and arcade users. Even I customized artwork for free and I gave away those files; It was always an entertainment for me. Do you know what happened? Something very normal happened, It happened that my artworks ended up being sold in arcade and pinball art stores without my permission, but I exchange files (scans, restorations by me and my skills) with other collectors and fans.

    I don't sell files and I don't sell my originals.

    Cheers!

    #15 21 days ago

    "The Addams Family Pinball Decals - Front Art" (BALLY) reproduction printed in vinyl with glossy protective lamination (photo 8 )
    https://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/artes/The-Addams-Family-Pinball-Decals-print8.JPG
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    "The Addams Family Pinball Decals - Front Art" (BALLY) reproduction printed in vinyl with glossy protective lamination (photo 9)
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    "The Addams Family Pinball Decals - Front Art" (BALLY) reproduction printed in vinyl with glossy protective lamination (photo 10)
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    #16 18 days ago

    "The Addams Family Pinball Decals - Main Right Side Art" (BALLY) reproduction printed in vinyl with glossy protective lamination (photo 5)
    https://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/artes/The-Addams-Family-Pinball-Decals-print5.JPG
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    "The Addams Family Pinball Decals - Main Right Side Art" (BALLY) reproduction printed in vinyl with glossy protective lamination (photo 6)
    https://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/artes/The-Addams-Family-Pinball-Decals-print7.JPG
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    "The Addams Family Pinball Decals - Main Right Side Art" (BALLY) reproduction printed in vinyl with glossy protective lamination (photo 7)
    https://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/artes/The-Addams-Family-Pinball-Decals-print6.JPG
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    #17 18 days ago

    Amazing work!

    #18 17 days ago
    Quoted from TroyS:

    Amazing work!

    Thank you!

    I will release last photos in some days.

    Cheers!

    #19 16 days ago

    I had Mikonos create custom apron cards for several of my games a few years ago and the quality of his work is amazing.

    Gord

    #20 14 days ago
    Quoted from GRB1959:

    I had Mikonos create custom apron cards for several of my games a few years ago and the quality of his work is amazing.
    Gord

    Thank you a lot for your comment, GRB1959!

    Yes, I do some customization in my free time!

    Cheers!

    #21 10 days ago

    GRB1959, one of my users told me about to restore "Tales From The Crypt Pinball Aprons" (DATA EAST). I think I can do something very special with real metallic silver color for some parts of these aprons. I started with them!

    Cheers!

    #22 7 days ago

    "The Addams Family Pinball Decals - Backbox Side Arts" (BALLY) reproduction printed in vinyl with glossy protective lamination (photo 11)
    https://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/artes/The-Addams-Family-Pinball-Decals-print11.JPG
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    "The Addams Family Pinball Decals - Backbox Side Arts" (BALLY) reproduction printed in vinyl with glossy protective lamination (photo 12)
    https://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/artes/The-Addams-Family-Pinball-Decals-print12.JPG
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    "The Addams Family Pinball Decals - Backbox Side Arts" (BALLY) reproduction printed in vinyl with glossy protective lamination (photo 13)
    https://www.zonaarcade.com/fotos/artes/The-Addams-Family-Pinball-Decals-print13.JPG
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