- 1). Determine that your vintage art is not covered by copyright. Most truly vintage art produced in the U.S. before 1923 is in the public domain. For a comprehensive listing of copyright guidelines, refer to the link on copyright information in the Resources section below.
- 2). Gain access to a large format scanner by either purchasing the equipment or using a graphics reproduction shop, which can be found by looking under "Reprographics" in the Yellow Pages. A large format scanner is the best way to capture a high-resolution, faithful digital image of the vintage artwork. If you are considering purchasing a scanner, refer to the Resources section below for more information.
- 3). Scan the artwork at a resolution of 600ppi (pixels per inch) or above. (Increasing the resolution of the image captures more detail, however, the file size increases as does the time it takes to run a print.) 600ppi is usually sufficient. Inspect the image visually on screen. If possible have the image inspected by a professional who can color-balance and enhance the image using computer software. A reprographic shop usually has the personnel and computer software to do this.
- 4). Run a test print of the digital image of your scanned artwork. If you intend to use you own printing equipment, you will need to invest in a large format printer, ink cartridges and paper stock. There are many desktop large format printers available today. Be sure to purchase a type of paper recommended by the printer's manufacturer.
- 5). Run a test print of the digital image of your scanned artwork. If you intend to use you own printing equipment, you will need to invest in a large format printer, ink cartridges and paper stock. There are many desktop large format printers available today. (Refer to the link in the Resources section below for Compare Printers.) Purchase a type of paper recommended by the Printer's manufacturer.
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