We often talk and suggest using a good photo enhancing software to rebuild or create new machine glasses, payout card and allwin backgrounds but no one seems to actually look at the process and point out some of the pitfalls and bonuses of using these programmes. So I thought I'd post progress reports on the glasses I'm rebuilding using Paint Shop Pro (which I much prefer to Photoshop).
Here is the top box glass from my latest project. As you can see, it's pretty bad. In this case I've decided to rebuild the artwork rather than try to repair. My plan is to scan the whole glass, separate the scan in to several sections, rebuild the sections, print the sections on to Safmat clear printing film and attach to a new glass (or perhaps the old glass if I decide to remove all the old paint from it) having sprayed the background of the glass silver first as in the original.
I've decided on three sections, the coin denominator, the blue section and the stars.
The blue section is now well on the way but not finished yet.
Most of the rebuild has been done with a clone tool. This allows you to keep the original colour although I may flood the background in the end to smooth it out.
I've removed the black writing as it was badly damaged and in fact served no point as the other wording is clear enough. The two large beer mugs were interesting to do. They are the same size, so it was possible to clone large sections of the left hand one and transfer to the right hand one to replace the damage, then, to a lesser degree, I was able to clone parts that remained good on the right and transfer to the left jug.
Large areas of the yellow writing needed to be rebuilt, often down to single pixel level although as a basic rule always use the largest brush size possible as it smooths out better that way. I could have used a text tool to replace the white writing but it was more accurate to rebuild the damaged text than replace it. So far so good, any tips much appreciated.