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My first attempt to restore a cartridge label

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Hello there,

 

I just wanted to share one of my current DIY project. I have this VIC-20 cartridge in my collection, with the label in a very poor state :

 

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So I wanted to do the same thing presented by the 8-Bit Guy, recreating the label :

 

My plan was to scan the cartridge label, restore the picture, and print/stick the new label on the cartridge. 🙂

 

I tried to see if something similar was already made or not, but I didn't really find something interesting. On the other side, it looks like that there is different versions of the cartridge (some are showing a "made in hong kong" text) ! So I choose to keep going with my label version.

 

Here is the raw scanned data :

 

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The support itself is not in a bad condition, but the colors are quite bad (moisture ???). The cover plastic layer is also very damaged (bumps), even it's not visible on the scan.

 

After a couple of hours on Gimp, here is the current result :

 

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I used threshold filters to extract the two colors (text, logos) and the two brown lines into two layers, and a small brush/eraser to clean the edges. I used the scan of an other label to compute the averages colors. Here are them : #2B1E18 for the text, #C69658 for the two brown lines.

 

Didn't know yet if I will have to use Inkscape or similar to vectorise everything, I'll make some print samples to see...

 

Next step in a couple of days : finishing the picture, and sample prints to see the result !

 

I tried to search the fonts, but it looks like that they don't exist. If someone have more information... (a name ?). Thanks !

 

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I am almost certain that the title font exists somewhere, but I can't recall what it is called.

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I tried to search on "famous" fonts sites (Dafont...) with no success. I'll try a raw google research.

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Attached is a PNG I made with Painshop Pro to replace the damaged label on my Jelly Monsters cart.  I decided to make the Commodore logo more colourful.   

 

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The label was printed by Sticker You.   The label was 5" by 2.5"  and I used a xacto knife to bevel the lower edges.

 

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I thought I had the PSP assets file with the blank label but I can't find it now.  I probably used the Final Expansion label as a starting point and deleted what I didn't need, adding in what I wanted.

 

 

 

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18 hours ago, oracle_jedi said:

The VIC20 font is Banco.

Thanks a lot ! I managed to find it here for free : https://fr.ffonts.net/Banco.font.download

 

Your result is great ! I'll totally try to get something similar.

 

It looks like that the background is not totally white ?

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No, those paper labels have a slightly off-white, cream colour from the beginning. Then again if you're making a replacement label perhaps it doesn't matter since it won't be 100% original anyway.

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Yes, sure ! I really love these colors, it matches the shell color greatly.

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Is the other font ("VIC-1xxx") available ? Did someone know it's name ?

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On 6/12/2021 at 6:18 PM, Yoruk said:

Is the other font ("VIC-1xxx") available ? Did someone know it's name ?

Not a 100% version afaik.

 

Over at Denial we discussed the same question years ago and concluded that

 

http://ufonts.com/fonts/monotone-regular.html

 

plus some extra work in a gfx app of your choice to "build" an outline is the best option we have/had.

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On 6/28/2021 at 9:22 AM, elwee said:

Not a 100% version afaik.

 

Over at Denial we discussed the same question years ago and concluded that

 

http://ufonts.com/fonts/monotone-regular.html

 

plus some extra work in a gfx app of your choice to "build" an outline is the best option we have/had.

Thanks a lot ! I'll try to see what can I do. There is a lot options to customize the fonts contours in Inkscape, maybe I can do something. 🙂

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