(Topic ID: 240964)

Using Photoshop with the playfield


By mark532011

38 days ago



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  • Latest reply 9 days ago by ktownhero
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    #1 38 days ago

    I thought I would try and document some techniques for using photoshop to help with small playfield repairs. I am not a PS expert so if others have some examples and how-to's, please add them in!

    #2 38 days ago

    Ny first submission is a pretty simple one, creating a small graphic for a playfield plastic. Although it uses Photoshop, I suspect the concepts are pretty similar to other apps. If you have PS and have been a little nervous of trying anything with it, I hope this helps!

    #3 37 days ago

    Here is a quick little video showing creating and manuplating text in photoshop while creating an apron graphic:

    #4 35 days ago

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    #5 11 days ago

    Here is a key video, how to use photoshop to clean up a camera picture of the playfield and get it accurate. It follows how to use trandform, distort and barrel distortion as well as image-scaling to get an accurate, scaled image that can be used for printing decals or vinyl or whatever. I hope its useful for people:

    #6 10 days ago

    Awesome, thanks!

    #7 9 days ago
    Quoted from mark532011:

    Here is a key video, how to use photoshop to clean up a camera
    picture of the playfield and get it accurate. It follows how to use
    trandform, distort and barrel distortion as well as image-scaling
    to get an accurate, scaled image that can be used for printing
    decals or vinyl or whatever. I hope its useful for people:

    That was helpful, thanks.

    #8 9 days ago

    This is great man! Have you considered doing this with scans of plastics to repair or replace them? Personally I’m on a hunt for plastics that I can’t seem to find but I’ve obtained scans of the entire set. Interested in your approach for something like that.

    Reference for scans I’m referring to:
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/looking-for-shangri-la-plastics#post-4954478

    #9 9 days ago
    Quoted from mrm_4:

    This is great man! Have you considered doing this with scans of plastics to repair or replace them? Personally I’m on a hunt for plastics that I can’t seem to find but I’ve obtained scans of the entire set. Interested in your approach for something like that.
    Reference for scans I’m referring to:
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/looking-for-shangri-la-plastics#post-4954478

    The concept is similar. In your case you already have accurate scans so the photoshop warping thing is not really needed. You might have to clean up the graphic, depending on how good the scan is.. they can be washed out and need to have brightness and saturation pumped up. Then you can print onto some decal paper

    For me the issue is how to accurately cut some new plastic. That is something I have been playing around with, might be able to post something after the Tacoma show

    #10 9 days ago
    Quoted from mark532011:

    The concept is similar. In your case you already have accurate scans so the photoshop warping thing is not really needed. You might have to clean up the graphic, depending on how good the scan is.. they can be washed out and need to have brightness and saturation pumped up. Then you can print onto some decal paper
    For me the issue is how to accurately cut some new plastic. That is something I have been playing around with, might be able to post something after the Tacoma show

    If you have an original plastic that is structurally in shape you could use a router table with a flush trim bit to get a perfect match.

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