Remasters now going live as soon as they’re done.

January 2nd, 2011 by Reinder

I'm fed up with the fact that the current Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan website archives do not reflect the work done on the remaster project. After five years, only a handful of improved pages had been posted - until today! Starting with the storyline that is currently being remastered, The Rite of Serfdom, remastered pages will be uploaded to the archives as soon as possible once they're done. There are ten remade pages up right now: you can tell them apart from the original versions at a glance because they're a lot bigger. The old versions are 560 pixels wide, the new ones 648. At first, they appear shockingly large, but proportionally, they are only as large as the old versions would have looked on a 1024 x 768 monitor such as was common back in 2002. In a few years, they will look small again.

There are other differences, though. Many small areas of flat colour that I forgot to fill in back in 2002 have finally been filled; the panel borders are more natural-looking, even though a lot of them needed to be fixed with computer-based straight lines. A few areas here and there have been recoloured or have had light gradients or smart blurs applied to them; nothing that you would notice if you weren't looking for it, but the changes make the images 'pop' a little more.

Photoshop's scaling algorithm also includes some sharpening, which the software I used in 2002, Paint Shop Pro, did not apply. This is the one change that I'm not so sure about. The final images undeniably look sharper, but they also show some artifacts from the sharpening effect, especially in high-contrast areas. I may decide to turn that feature off if at all possible, but that will depend on the response I get from readers.

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