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Hi!

I'm doing a small research about pre-digital Type Specimens Digitalization.
I found the communication from Stephen Coles at ATypI 2017 but need some more information.
Does anyone here know any good articles on the subject that can point out?
Thanks in advance.
António Fonseca

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Hrant H Papazian's picture
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What is your article trying to do?

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I'm writing a little article about the History of an old typography foundry. I found some old type specimens scattered around the world and I paid for their digitalization. However, these scans are almost always of insufficient resolution for the study of typefaces, mainly printed in small size (below 10pt). I wonder if anyone has thought about this problem and what solutions it has found.

Thank you
António

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Maybe this will help.
I use a digital microscope for imaging those small specimens; for larger type such as 18 point and above I use an 8mp digital camera in Macro mode. Then I do post-processing in Photoshop to achieve what I want to work with.
I also only use specimens printed from original metal (hopefully not too worn) but none that have been reproduced by offset printing.

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George Thomas,
This is exactly what I'm looking for.
Do you have any paper/document/samples that you could share (you can PM) so I can see what is like to see those small typefaces viewed big?

AF

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You may find Zapf’s Palatino interesting. The original metal cut was actually quite lively and there’s an incomplete digitalization (look for Palatino BQ). Then along came Linotype, digitalized Palatino and it seems that ever since we’re stuck with a somewhat flat and limp version of the original metal cut. Sad, really... Not sure if this helps but it’s a nice illustration…