As many of you will know as well as running ASYLUMseventy7 I also worked for Earache Records as the graphic design and production manager. Part of this work involves recreating/revamping and reissuing classic albums. Due to the age of these albums a lot of the original artwork has been lost or damaged, files corrupted or out dated and there fore need recreating from existing products.
This is a run through of how this process happened with Bolt Throwers second album WARMASTER for it’s 2013 FDR reissue.
First I’ll scan in the artwork, this is done at 600dpi to get the best quality image to work from, using the de-screen option in the scan function you can avoid scanning in moire style patterns. Once scanned in the collection of A4 scans need compositing together and blending to give a layout I can start to work with.
Once the layers are blended I can start removing the creases, scratches, spine marks and other damage caused to the sleeve over time. The next step is to remove all the text from the “rastered”image so it can be reapplied later in Adobe InDesign to give a crisper image when printed. Since. I do this with clever use of the clone, patch and healing tools. With CS5 having the content aware fill a lot of this job is easer however this does only start the job and still needs fixing to be the flawless image you need. This can be very tricky depending on the background you are removing text from for example removing the old hard to read blue lyrics from the inner sleeve of Carcass: Symphonies of Sickness vinyl reissue
After removing the text you need to get the file ready for the print template, this means sizing it right and adding the required bleed (in this case 8mm). This can be done by selecting a section and reflecting it then blending it together to make a flawless seem and redraw elements back in that will have been lost by the cut. In some cases this does not make for an effective method and needs a more carful cloning/painting in to extend the artwork. Here’s the artwork without and with the full 8mm bleed added and text removed.
When re adding the text you obviously need the right typeface. These are usually found through either font recognition knowledge or painstakingly hunting through fonts and forums. the font used here on Warmaster is Serif Gothic. Some parts needed recreating completely from Scratch, as a scan would not do it justice. This label was done with Adobe Illustrator.
The final print and production of this vinyl can be seen here soon and is available from the earache records webstore