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How to Make a Game Board

Postby shilinski » December 28th, 2020, 3:11 pm

I was wondering how other people create images of game boards short of begging the publisher or designer for the image. In the past I have put the board on my floor in the best light I can find and photographed it, but I don't have a tripod, so it won't be straight up and may be deformed. I've also scanned it in pieces, but I find a scanner skews the edges so they don't match up. It's so difficult that nowadays, I refuse to do games with hex boards unless I get an image from the publisher.

I notice I could download "stitching" software to piece together images. Is this worthwhile? And for Vassal purposes, is there a best resolution when taking photos or scanning? I typically use 200 dpi.
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Re: How to Make a Game Board

Postby uckelman » December 28th, 2020, 5:34 pm

Thus spake shilinski:
> I notice I could download "stitching" software to piece together images.
> Is this worthwhile? And for Vassal purposes, is there a best resolution
> when taking photos or scanning? I typically use 200 dpi.

The last time I scanned a map in sections, I used Hugin to stitch them
together and deskew them. It took a bit of fiddling, but the result
looked like a single flat scan.

http://hugin.sourceforge.net/tutorials/scans/en.shtml

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Re: How to Make a Game Board

Postby shilinski » January 4th, 2021, 3:33 pm

Thanks for this, but what a pita. My first attempt to stitch 8 images resulted in a Salvador Dali painting. It worked best if I stitched two at a time. It took me all afternoon to get something I could use.
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