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Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 201 (March 2006)


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You should let me edit these before you release them. I can get rid of the rip marks on the sides rather quickly or  at least take a day or 2 to finish.

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3 hours ago, MigJmz said:

You should let me edit these before you release them. I can get rid of the rip marks on the sides rather quickly or  at least take a day or 2 to finish.

Actually, that's something the editor themselves is supposed to do before releasing them here.  Our releases should not have any visible damage from creases, tears, or any other flaws caused by debinding.  It's one of the things that sets our Photoshopped releases apart from the Internet Archive's plethora of raw unedited scans.

EDIT: I just took a look at this file, and it has not been properly edited to meet Retromags standards in its current state.  It would not have been approved if submitted by a first-time uploader until further revisions were made.  Too many pages show evidence of debinding and need to be cleaned up in Photoshop or another photo-editing software. As Migjmz points out, those adjustments are relatively easy (content aware fill tool!!) but they should have been made before this was uploaded here.

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38 minutes ago, kitsunebi said:

Actually, that's something the editor themselves is supposed to do before releasing them here.  Our releases should not have any visible damage from creases, tears, or any other flaws caused by debinding.  It's one of the things that sets our Photoshopped releases apart from the Internet Archive's plethora of raw unedited scans.

EDIT: I just took a look at this file, and it has not been properly edited to meet Retromags standards in its current state.  It would not have been approved if submitted by a first-time uploader until further revisions were made.  Too many pages show evidence of debinding and need to be cleaned up in Photoshop or another photo-editing software. As Migjmz points out, those adjustments are relatively easy (content aware fill tool!!) but they should have been made before this was uploaded here.

His other egm scans have these tears visible too, I wish he ran them by me first. He obviously doesn't know how to fix these simple mistakes so he might need a editor before releasing them (me). 

What exactly is his title? Content contributor? Why does he have upload powers.

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14 minutes ago, MigJmz said:

His other egm scans have these tears visible too, I wish he ran them by me first. He obviously doesn't know how to fix these simple mistakes so he might need a editor before releasing them (me). 

What exactly is his title? Content contributor? Why does he have upload powers.

The entire mag can be fixed in under 10 minutes.  He doesn't need an editor - he's already done the hard part of (mostly) cropping and straightening, so someone swooping in and taking the editor credit for doing a little bit of touch up work isn't really fair or necessary.  The edits simply aren't complete, that's all, so what he really needs is some advice.

@hardcorehubz - if you're using Photoshop, please familarize yourself with two tools - the "content aware fill" tool and the clone stamp.  These two tools are all you need to get your current scans in Retromags-worthy condition.  The content aware fill tool is the most valuable tool in Photoshop.  You can select an area using a rectangular box, or else by drawing a freeform loop around the damaged area.  Then use the content aware fill tool and presto - the tear is gone, replaced by what looks indistinguishable from the background.  And if the tear is over a particularly busy part of the picture (such as text), you can always use the clone stamp to try to have a more direct hand in reconstructing the missing or obscured part of the page.

If you're using a free software like GIMP, no worries - there are content aware fill add-ons that can be downloaded and installed for free.

Since pretty much all of your problems are on the gutter side of the page (due to debinding), I'd be surprised if the content aware fill tool couldn't quickly fix ALL of your problems in a very short time.

Here's another tip: after editing a mag, always view the entire thing in two-page mode, making sure that facing pages are displayed together - this makes seeing editing flaws along the gutter side of the page readily obvious.

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The content fill tool will only fix the easy parts but he's gonna need help fixing the complicated missing graphical parts. But yes familiarize your self with clone and content fill!

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Not really interested in doing the touch up stuff if I'm being honest, would rather spend that time scanning. But happy to put them on the FTP for someone else to fix and release if they want to. I don't care about the credit, just want this stuff out there.

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18 hours ago, hardcorehubz said:

Not really interested in doing the touch up stuff if I'm being honest, would rather spend that time scanning. But happy to put them on the FTP for someone else to fix and release if they want to. I don't care about the credit, just want this stuff out there.

That's not a problem. Not everyone likes or wants to edit. I've said in the past that it's bitch work. Some people like it though, so having a mix of people who scan and people who edit is good. Maybe more people would contribute if they didn't feel they had to do everything on their own.

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