charlequin wrote:We've been doing some experimenting on this and it turns out that we've reached the point where phone photos are a reasonable substitute for scans of difficult cards like FTV foils -- even a few years ago scans were the only way to get a solid high-res photo, but these days with 12MP cameras on regular phones we can get an image with equivalent resolution and far less color banding just by snapping a pic in diffuse light.
Which leads me to the question: does anyone here have access to full sets of any FTVs from Exiled onwards? If so we can look at replacing the existing scanned images here with ones based on photos instead.
I wish I could help, but I own only the first 2 sets of FTV (My Rarities's collection is up to 2010) and Hans did the scanning part of them back in the years, I still miss FTV Relics (Very low priority).
The scans that I used on the website are the ones from Wizards.com, of course, there's no zoom function, as I didn't replace them (I find the quality of FTV foils a disaster, not because of the people working on them but because of the foiling process). So the ones to eventually upgraded are:
From the Vault: Relics
From the Vault: Legends
From the Vault: Realms
From the Vault: Twenty
From the Vault: Annihilation
From the Vault: Angels
From the Vault: Lore
http://www.magiclibrarities.net/219-rar ... index.html
Few Judge Gift Cards from 2009 and 2015 also have banding (I believe that maybe a new foil process was used)
http://www.magiclibrarities.net/186-rar ... -2009.html
http://www.magiclibrarities.net/891-rar ... -2015.html
Convention and Various Promos SDCC 2016
Same I used the scans from Wizards.com and I added the zoom function (result is not good)
http://www.magiclibrarities.net/966-rar ... -2016.html
Masterpiece Series cards will fall probably in same the category of very hard to scan:
http://www.magiclibrarities.net/1006-ra ... tions.html
I wish a solution could be found to scan properly those "FTV foiling" cards. But as always, first, you need the cards, second, having the appropriate scanner or camera, third, willing to do the work properly and it takes time and precision, fourth processing them with Adobe or else. On my part, the list of "To do" on the website is a 24/7. The number of Promos is a more and more, for the year 2016, a new record is beaten, for Prererelease in English, we are at 262...