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a big ball of wibbly-wobbly... timey-wimey... stuff. - Diary of a Necromancer
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robling_t
robling_t
a big ball of wibbly-wobbly... timey-wimey... stuff.
I am very, very, VERY bad at breaking tasks down into smaller pieces to actually get them done. Case in point, this thing where it occurred to me that it would be A Good Idea to have some business-cards made up specifically for the Current Project, given that a very large convention is blowing into town soon and could well be bringing with it people I haven't seen in ages who might even be interested in what I've been up to lately... but then that went all "Okay, so, business cards are how much... and then I could... but I'd need an illustration for that, and that means finding/paying an artist, and..." and I start to despair that I could get this put together in a mere two months. I wish my brain didn't have this annoying way of seeing too much of the overall picture to concentrate on lining up and solving the details in some sort of do-able order, man...

(The really frustrating part is that the art I have in mind is a stylized/cartoony chapter-heading sort of style that Mum actually happens to be reasonably good at, if I were to ask her... but we're not set up to do it on the computer, and we don't have a scanner if she just draws it on paper, either. {sigh})

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tuftears From: tuftears Date: July 2nd, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Many offices have copiers now that also include scanners and the ability to email the scanned artwork!
robling_t From: robling_t Date: July 2nd, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Yeah, but that would involve having access to an office... {sigh} (It is kind of darkly amusing to realize that I can't think of anybody I know who does have a job in an office-equipment-rich environment...)
tuftears From: tuftears Date: July 2nd, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Anyone with smart phones or iPads? Most such now come with cameras which could be used to photograph art.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: July 2nd, 2012 11:38 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Not so good a method for line-art, alas... (at least not with the aim of printing from it)

Edited at 2012-07-02 11:38 pm (UTC)
tuftears From: tuftears Date: July 2nd, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Well, maybe not but it's a start!

What you want to do is grab Gimp, go to the color tools and select curves, then tweak the curve so that the whites are as white as they can be, and the blacks are similar. Then use the eraser tool to remove the speckles.

Alternately, you could print out your contact information, cut out strips of paper, and arrange them on top of the art and use that as a master for copying at your local copy shop.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: July 3rd, 2012 12:03 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
The example above was the most tweaked-up version I could get from my available cameras-and-lighting setup... {shudder} Unfortunately a manual paste-up job isn't an option for what I need to do, either. Technology, technology everywhere, but always some missing link keeping the process from going smoothly...
tuftears From: tuftears Date: July 3rd, 2012 12:15 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)


SCIENCE!
robling_t From: robling_t Date: July 3rd, 2012 12:51 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Heh, pity it's not the illustration I'm going to need to have done for the card though...
tuftears From: tuftears Date: July 3rd, 2012 12:56 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Sure, if you take a phone camera picture of that and stick it somewhere, I can give it a go though.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: July 3rd, 2012 12:58 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Hm, I'll keep that in mind if I do end up getting Mum to do the art on paper, thanks!
bibliofile From: bibliofile Date: July 3rd, 2012 05:47 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
and libraries! Hell, you could mail it to me, and I could use the library scanner up here, and email you the file. Or something.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: July 3rd, 2012 05:50 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Hm, actually not a bad idea, if I can't lay hands on a scanner more local...
ashnistrike From: ashnistrike Date: July 4th, 2012 02:44 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Kinko's and similar have scanners; so do many libraries. Or you could mail to us; we have a scanner.

I have used, and been pleased by, both Vistaprint and Moo for card printing.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: July 4th, 2012 07:29 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Moo is what I'm looking at, since the illustration I have in mind would particularly lend itself to their mini-card format. Still keeping an eye out for a local scanner, but you may well be getting snailmail soon...
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