Front Panels - Follow up
hachti at hachti.de
Wed Jun 14 04:05:13 CDT 2017
On 14.06.2017 10:41, Paul Birkel via cctalk wrote:
> How about adopting the "fallback" photorealistic approach that Oscar V. is using for the PiDP-8 panels?
Very bad idea. They just don't look good enough. And they can't meet the
Nothing you can print with a "normal" colour printer will compete with
the real thing. Real silkscreen is more than "some color spread over the
place". It's a piece of art in its own right. Just believe me :-)
I once had a problem with one of my lab8/e peripheral modules' (clock?)
little module cover. The paint was flaky and only there in parts. I
decided to redo that panel: Made a scan, repaired it, vectorized it,
specified the closest Pantone color to the green and let it be printed
with inkjet on adhesive film. In a professional shop. With colour
management etc. Looks "usable" but a) the color is FAR off and b) If you
come close than three feet, you immediately see that it's a fake.
In fact I already thought of redoing it with silkscreen. I only have to
find the right colours (Already doing silkscreen on panels for money but
only printing black and gold so far).
The DEC front panels are quite complex examples for silkscreen printing
from both sides. I really like them.
And Rod's (right, or?) front panels are just... new originals.
So my idea is: Silkscreen or die. Colour printer is good enough for
those pidp8-toys, but that's it.
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