Classic movie poster source


#1

No idea on the rights to these images sonif you plan to do anything other that good with them I’d suggest reading the rights pages carefully… buuut:

https://hrc.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15878coll84

I chose one at randomish and did this:

With a sharper light angle, more detail emerges…

I may have pushed the size a bit small, there’s some barely illegible text here:

and here… (sorry about the rotation, in a hurry.)

Beware that lots of these posters are pretty inappropriate by today’s standards. Kiss me Kate poster in particular, Oof.

Original image of the one I did, chosen largely because it had a simple-ish layout and a clear subject that has decent contrast from its background, which works well for engraves in the 6" or smaller category: https://hrc.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15878coll84/id/460/rec/14)

Edit to the edit to the edit: I went “up” a level on that site, and wow their other collections are also great. The circus posters are really cool, lots of ephemera there.

https://hrc.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/


#2

Good job. How much editing before engrave?


#3

Not much, pretty standard workflow…

GIMP: Convert to BW, curve to set contrast and black to white points the way I wanted it, rotate 90 degrees to make the engrave time somewhat shorter, export to png.

Inkscape: Import png, set scale the way I wanted it, draw cut rectangle around image. Save to svg.

UI: Import SVG. Set engrave settings to 700/70 (birch ply), default LPI, convert greys to power. Cut 220/full (pro). GO!