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The Digitisation of Pixar Postcards

Section 2

The Digitisation of Pixar Postcards
Copyright Issues
The Scanning Process
The Results
Acknowledgments

The Digitisation of Pixar Postcards

Dog licking boot - Toy Story Pixar is a world famous digital production company with close ties to Disney and to celebrate 20 years of animation, from those famous lamps to the Incredibles via Toy Story, the science museum in London held a special exhibition. I have some commemorative postcards from the exhibition. The postcards mainly show concept drawings from their famous films. I have decided to digitise them mainly because they are beautiful images and I would not want to lose them, so a digital copy would act as a back up. I also quite like the ironic and fitting nature of the postcards in that here we have analogue concepts of characters which were then digitised turned into an analogue postcard form being turned back into a digital form. It is like a circle of life of the digitisation process. It also shows how Pixar have digitised their original concept drawings for archival purposes.

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Copyright Issues

Since I am scanning work that is not my own, there are copyright issues to address. For example I could not reproduce the images onto a poster for example without express permission from the copyright holder, in this case, Disney/Pixar. However, because I am using the images for education purposes I am allowed to reproduce the images in my work as long as I present it with sufficient acknowledgment. For more information on copyright law, see the UK Patent Office

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The Scanning Process

As explained in section one, if one is digitising they should attempt to digitise to the best of the capabilities of their equipment. Therefore my images were scanned at a resolution of 400DPI, with the highest bit-depth possible and also pattern removal (descreen). I decided upon TIF as my archival file format. This would ensure a high quality scan to act as my archival copy and should mean I do not have to scan the images again for any other purpose. The image was descreened to ensure the scan did not have a repetitive pattern showing as a result of its own production. The process was rather straight forward. From Adobe Photoshop I went to the import section in the file menu. I then chose the source of the input, in this case my Lexmark scanner. From here I was presented with a preview of the postcard to be scanned. I selected the image area to be scanned and selected my specified scanning criteria. I then scanned the image and it was imported into Photoshop for saving in the file format TIF. No specific problems arose in the whole process although I did originally use a different scanner but its descreening did not achieve the desired effect and the images produced had very definite patterns.

Scan Settings

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The results

Below you will find thumbnails of each of my scanned images. These images have been resized and converted into JPEG for use in a web browser. The original archival copies can be found in the TIF folder of this project. I:\Digitisationproject\Images\TIFS

Sully Thumbnail Woody Thumbnail Nemo Thumbnail
Buzz Lightyear Thumbnail A Bugs Life Thumbnail Monsters Inc Thumbnail

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Acknowledgments

All Images Copyright of Disney/Pixar.
Original Artists - Tia Kratter, Bob Pauley, Pete Docter, Joe Ranft and Ralph Eggleston.

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