Digitizing “Back to the Future”

Digitizing the original screen-used newspaper prop from "Back to the Future"

Digitizing the original screen-used newspaper prop from “Back to the Future”

One of the best parts about working here is that we get to see cool stuff every week, and we recently completed another really neat project. Creekside Digital was selected to digitize the original screen-used Hill Valley Telegraph newspaper prop from the movie “Back to the Future” that Michael J. Fox’s character pulls out of a trash can upon his arrival in 1955 to confirm that he has indeed traveled back in time.

The original newspaper is shown here being captured on our i2S CopiBook HD600 overhead scanner. This equipment allows us to capture items up to 17″ x 25″ quickly and at a very high level of quality, and we use it to shoot quite a number of newspapers, manuscripts, scrapbooks, ledgers, photographs, and other loose and bound items. In addition to the digitization, Creekside Digital was asked to manually retouch out all of the flaws in the images such as wrinkles and yellowing. Soon, pristine reproduction copies of this prop will be available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

The paper as held by Michael J. Fox in "Back to the Future"

The paper as held by Michael J. Fox in “Back to the Future”

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Win this Print at PaLA!

Win this museum-grade reproduction at PaLA!

On July 15, 1863, Matthew Brady and his photographic outfit captured this iconic image of three unnamed Confederate prisoners of war. Taken on Seminary Ridge at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, just a few hundred yards from both General Lee’s headquarters and the Lutheran Theological Seminary, this photograph is acknowledged to be one of the finest records of Confederate uniforms ever recorded during the American Civil War. We will be pleased to award this museum-grade reproduction to one lucky librarian who visits our booth at the Pennsylvania Librarian Association Annual Conference – October 1-2, 2012, at Gettysburg PA.

Creekside Digital created a composite uncompressed TIFF master file from the left and right halves of high-resolution scans of the original stereo glass plate negatives (Library of Congress Call Number LC-B811-2288) using the clearest, most-detailed and least-damaged portions of the source images. The composite was then expertly retouched to remove dust, tape, emulsion scratches, and other flaws present in the original image, requiring many hours of manual work. In order to maximize the both D-Max (darkness of black) and overall tonal dynamic range present in the final print, we selected Hahnemühle’s FineArt Baryta paper for use with our 12-color pigment ink reproduction process (using four separate shades of black and gray). This 325 g/sm paper uses barium sulphate in its coating to emulate the look, feel, and depth of black & white prints made using traditional darkroom processes. Multiple proofing strips were run and adjustments made to ensure that subtleties such as shadow detail and folds and creases in the uniforms were retained in various parts of the composite while retaining D-Max and an overall balanced, pleasing contrast. If properly cared for, this archival print will last for over 150 years without fading.

Original, unretouched left and right glass plate negative halves

Finally, the printed image was mounted, double-matted, and custom-framed using quality, acid-free Larson Juhl materials. Creekside Digital is able to create such custom, museum-grade reproductions from items in digital collections, on demand and at any volume, and frame and ship them anywhere in the world.

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More Exhibits — FLA and MLA 2012

I can confirm that Creekside Digital will be exhibiting at the Florida Library Association 2012 Conference on April 19-20, 2012 in Orlando, FL, as well as the Maryland (and Delaware) Library Association 2012 Conference on May 10-11 in Ocean City, MD.  Our list of conference and trade show appearances is growing — stay tuned for more!

Also, we’re about four weeks away from our frame shop’s official “grand opening” event.  Expect special, limited-time discounts on our custom framing services, and maybe some other goodies as well!

– Jim and the team at Creekside Digital

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Creekside Digital to Exhibit at MARAC Spring 2012 Meeting

Creekside Digital will be exhibiting at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference Spring 2012 Meeting in Cape May, New Jersey.  The conference is April 12-14 and we will be exhibiting on Friday, April 13th from 8 AM until 5 PM.  Stop by and see us!

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New Database of Subtrates Used for Giclée Printmaking

In an effort to assist our customers in evaluating the enormous number of fine art papers, photo papers, and canvas used to make giclée prints, we’ve photographed over 70 substrates and built a massive database of these products. You can filter the database by type of substrate, manufacturer, blend, and texture, and then rapidly sort the resulting list by simply clicking the top of any column. A few points of interest:

  • There is a tremendous variation in the weights and thicknesses of available substrates. The lightest paper we carry is Moab’s Japanese Washi Unryu translucent mulberry paper at 55 g/sm, while Hahnemühle’s Photo Rag 500 weighs in at, well, 500 g/sm — pretty much a heavy-duty cotton rag cardstock.
  • The presence of (or lack thereof) of Optical Brightening Agents, or OBAs, is readily visible in each substrate’s swatch. “Natural” papers appear gray in the screen; those with OBAs appear to take on a purplish hue. The more purple the appearance of the swatch, the brighter-white the substrate and the higher the OBA content.

We’ll be continuing to add to and maintain this database, and enhance its capabilities to allow for even more powerful filtering and sorting. In the meantime, your feedback is appreciated.

– Jim and the team at Creekside Digital

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Creekside Digital Sponsors LYRASIS 2011 eGathering Annual Member Meeting

We are pleased to be an official sponsor of the LYRASIS 2011 Annual Member Meeting.  We’re now in the second year of our partnership with LYRASIS, whose Mass Digitization Collaborative Program has allowed us to deliver terabytes of data and millions of files digitized from microfilm to LYRASIS member institutions nationwide.  Now more than ever, it’s critical that libraries make the most of their resources, and LYRASIS helps them do just that.

eGathering 2011: the LYRASIS Annual Member Meeting
Attend either online or in-person
Date:
November 9
Time: 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Cost: FREE
Place: Members can attend either online or in-person at one of six Member Community Site locations or host a group at their location – Click here for more information

Don’t miss it!

– Jim and the team at Creekside Digital

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Price Drop on Small Microfilm Orders

Effective October 31, 2011, Creekside Digital has revised its Small Order Microfilm Scanning pricing, which offers flat per-roll pricing for orders up to 20 rolls.
Current Flat-Rate Pricing for Small Orders

# of Rolls Price / Roll
1 $149
2 – 5 $119
6 – 10 $99
11 – 20 $89
*For OCR, add $29 / roll. All small orders are scanned at 300dpi / 256-color grayscale and output in your choice of PDF or JPEG files on DVD. Pricing is for simplex, 100′ rolls only. Prices do not include return shipping & handling via USPS Priority Mail.

Creekside Digital accepts all major credit cards

This price reduction is the result of new improvements to our scanning technology and workflow which allow us to process microfilm more efficiently; hence, we’re able to pass some of these savings onto our customers while keeping quality at the highest levels possible. Creekside Digital QA’s and guarantees 100% of the images we ship, with no exceptions — including our Small Microfilm Orders at this new reduced pricing.

Happy Halloween!

– Jim and the team at Creekside Digital

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Creekside Digital is Exhibiting at PaLA 2011

If you’re attending PaLA 2011, the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Annual Conference in early October, please stop by and visit us!  We’re at booth #309 from 12:00 noon – 5:00 PM on Monday, October 3, and 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM on Tuesday, October 4.  It will be our first time exhibiting at PaLA, which this year is being held at State College, PA.

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Great Email from one of our Fine Art Reproduction Customers

Howdy folks:

I wanted to pass along this email from one of our new fine art reproduction customers, with her permission:

Hello Jim:

I just received the 8×10 proof “Lakeside Chapel.”  I cannot tell you how very pleased I am, except to say I am overjoyed with the job you guys did!  This is the quality of work I have been looking for for the past 6 months to no avail.

I am so happy I found your website.  Thank you so very much.

We scanned her original 20×24 oil painting using our BetterLight Super 8k system, color-matched it to near perfection, and printed / sealed  a proof to canvas media for her.  Now we’re in the process of printing several full-size and smaller prints of the work, and she’s getting ready to send us additional (larger) paintings.  Pictures soon!

– Jim and the team at Creekside Digital

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A little bit of website maintenance, and gallery wraps galore!

Rolling liquid laminate onto canvas

Rolling liquid laminate onto canvas

Greetings:

It’s another hot summer day here in Glen Arm: 97 degrees and rainforest-like. We have two larger microfilm digitization jobs which we’re currently seeing through, both of which should be ready to ship by next week.  I spent part of today hiding inside in the AC, revising and refitting a lot of the content on our website. Most noticeably, check out the new Frequently Asked Questions section in the navigation area. It’s got new FAQs for Book / Newspaper / Photo Scanning and Fine Art Scanning which are live right now, and others which will be up in the next few days. Essentially, we want to preload the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about our services, and this is a great way to do it.

Finished 18x24 premium gallery wrap, ready to hang

Finished 18x24 premium gallery wrap, ready to hang

On the giclée printing side of the house, as first seen on our Facebook page, we’re currently running a summer special for our artists and photographers: for a limited time, 18″x24″ premium gallery wraps on Breathing Color’s Lyve canvas, sealed with Breathing Color’s Timeless UV laminate, are just $99 plus shipping. This is a fabulous deal using some of the highest quality materials available today, for true museum-quality fine art printing. Here’s the way it works: you can send us your images via this link. We recommend selecting image files with a minimum resolution of 3,150 x 4,200 pixels to guarantee sharp, quality printing at this size, and we prefer to receive uncompressed TIFFs; but we’ll accept high-quality JPEGs and PSDs too. We’ll print your images out on Lyve canvas, and mirror the edges of the image in Photoshop so that when the canvas is wrapped and stretched onto the stretcher bars, the image continues around the sides of the wooden frame. Before we stretch the canvas, we’ll seal it with the Timeless product as shown above.  Timeless is a premium liquid laminate (gloss or matte finish) which adds a degree of UV and scuff resistance while increasing color saturation and keeping the thin coat of pigment ink from cracking off of the canvas when it’s stretched. Finally, we precisely stretch the sealed canvas onto a wooden frame. The result is a beautiful piece of artwork, ready to hang and enjoy for years to come.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

– Jim and the team at Creekside Digital

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