Gathering Art for your pinball project is never easy. I should also point out that the majority of images you find on the net are rarely usable for printing, especially for the scale you’ll be needing.
If its true vector art you create or find like from Illustrator, Corel Draw, etc. you’ll be fine, vector art scales out without loss of resolution and gives you/the printer more control over color changing/correcting if necessary.
But if your working with raster images like jpgs or photoshop files, you’ll want your artwork a min of 300dpi and to scale. You’ll find that most web images are relatively small and usually only 72dpi.
So your best bet is to find real source material and scan the images you need yourself. This way you can control the resolution/dpi if you need to scale it up. So for example if your image is from a cd cover and it needs to be twice as big scan it at 600 so when you double your image size your still at 300dpi for printing.
A perfect example is a piece I needed to create my sideart image for this project. I knew I needed vector art so it could be plotter cut into stencils and picked up this little piece of screened glass on ebay. Listed as a “1980s Carnival Prize” it was exactly what I needed to recreate a very 80s pinball stencil.
My first Pinball project, Journey. A re-themed 1981 Bally Elektra
I know many myself included were amazed to find that they never made a Journey Pinball BITD. Elektra just seemed such a right fit for this project the shape, the colors, the music, the Stanley Mouse art just begged for a pin. But this project has more behind it then meets the eye with a surprise ending to the main reason and inspiration for this project yet to be revealed. Wait for it…Its going to be BIG!
So its time to get started…For the past year or so Ive been gathering source material, working on ideas, designs, etc. then about a month ago it all just came together and the timing was just right to finally wrap this project up. I wanted to create a pin that looked and felt like an 80s pin from BITD. Much like my last Video Pinball project. Video Pinball 2.0. A Tron-itized version of the 1978 Atari Classic.
I also didn’t want a lot of modern pinball elements in it at all and decided to use ENCOM once again as the company source just so I could take a few extra liberties with some of it. Using Encom also didn’t seem that far of a stretch since Journey was used and promoted along side the original Tron movie. Which from the soundtrack will include the use of Journeys 1990s Theme as the main music track for game play.