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This webpage contains information, a disclaimer, links to supporting web pages for the creation/printing of a vintage Christmas Card, helpful images, and links to graphic images suitable for printing.
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Evolution of Project
The goal of this project was to reproduce a vintage Christmas Card from 1968 and allow non-commercial distribution.
The working assumptions are:
- Basic computer graphic skillset.
- Knowledge necessary to manually manipulate computer printer feed trays.
- A working knowledge and experience downloading and installing application software.
OpenSource LibreOffice Draw. Mac, Windows, Linux Copy-Paste URL**: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/download/
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- Author: Original artist/author of the card is unknown
- Associated Publication: The cadet publication staff which might have been associated with the card is the Pointer Magazine or Cadet Calendar
- Purchase: A box of Christmas Card was purchased during the Fall of 1968. The box of cards purchased is believed to have been a leftover from
prior year's Pointer Magazine fund drive. The card shows two cadets walking punishment tours in the Area. Note they are wearing Dress Grey
but no Long Overcoat.
- Specific Card: The specific card replicated in this project was the last card remaining. It has traveled along as an office artifact since graduation in 1972.
- Christmas Card Rendering:
- Low Quality: There is a rendering of the card at 320dpi in three colors. This quality of card yielded a suitable 2.5 x 4 inch folded card.
- Fine Quality: A much better rendering of the card was executed at 800 dpi in three colors. This level of quality was found to produced an excellent quality card.
- "Finer" Quality: Better quality dpi color scanning such as 1200 dpi is available upon request.
- Paper Quality: As a minimum 80 lb. was found to provide excellent card media and still process through the printer without making printer feed changes.
- Printer Used: An HP LaserJet P3010 Series printing non-color printer delivered excellent results.
- Orientation: The plates (regardless of low or fine quality) required experimentation to obtain the proper image orientation on the card itself.
- Factory Edge: Sizing of the card stock to fit the printer tray used the plate one top and left side as the "factory edge". Trimming of excess paper stock to fit the tray was made along the bottom and right side.
- Center Fold: The card should be center folded longwise. The actual fold-break should be press along the edge with a straight edege. Trim as needed.
- Envelope: After folding the card fits nicely in a 3-5/8 x 6-1/2 envelope for mailing.
The following observations were made:
- The 320 dpi card was suitable for "gift" tags.
- The 800 dpi card yielded a presentable quality Christmas Card.
The LibreOffice Draw Opensource graphic application was used to view and edit the rendered low and high quality versions of the Christmas Card.
Low quality rendering (320dpi) of Christmas card both front and inside images on one plate.
Fine quality rendering (800dpi) of Christmas card displaying one cadet image on the first plate with three colors. Note that the red and green will only print as colors on color printers. Otherwise the objects will print as black-gray-white.
Fine quality rendering (800dpi) of Christmas card displaying two cadets on the second plate displaying only black-gray-white.
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