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Norman Rockwell Question

Years and years ago I went to see the Normal Rockwell exhibit in downtown Atlanta. A question that has always stayed with me is this. "How did the publishers get Norman's paintings from the canvas onto their magazine covers?" I mean, they didn't have scanners, or anything.
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This is a really good question. I look forward to hearing some of the responses...
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Large format camera.
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With a big ole Stat Camera:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stat_camera

They created separations for CMYK printing using filters and screens.

...still looking for an image.

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I'm assuming they took a photograph of the paintings. This is how prints are usually made.
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Originally Posted by satellite
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You lazy, lazy joker. You just have to ask again do ya

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Originally Posted by satellite
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That looks like a 1950's version of a futuristic torture device!



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Originally Posted by eedoon
You lazy, lazy joker. You just have to ask again do ya

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread.php?t=487569
HA HA HA!!!! Opps, Well for some reason I never got the e-mails saying that I had replies to that one.... I actually even forgot I had posted about it.... Oh well.


A photograph *does* sound like a feasible idea, however, the magazine covers looked as if they were nice and sharp and stuff. And other pictures I've seen from that era are kind of grainy and blurry.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid

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Originally Posted by Joxer
A photograph *does* sound like a feasible idea, however, the magazine covers looked as if they were nice and sharp and stuff. And other pictures I've seen from that era are kind of grainy and blurry.
Well, for the logistics involved in magazine publishing (massive quantities, quick turnaround, multiple presses), I can't see anything other than offset sheet-fed or web (paper coming off a roll) being used. There's also another high-quantity option I cannot recall the name of (used for printing stamps and such).

Quality wise, the printer is only limited by budget. To feature Rockwell works prominently (and for a cover) you aren't going to skimp on the process. A very fine line screen, the proper paper, and a skilled pressman can create stunning reproductions.
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I'll see the reproduction cameras in the newspaper classified ads from time to time. Some of them have bellows that stretch to 8 or 10 feet. People can't give them away. The whole technology has been made obsolete by scanners.
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They made rockwell handpaint every cover
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Originally Posted by Nick Danger
I'll see the reproduction cameras in the newspaper classified ads from time to time. Some of them have bellows that stretch to 8 or 10 feet. People can't give them away. The whole technology has been made obsolete by scanners.
I used to work at a newspaper and this is definitely how they did it. They even laid out ads like this. No difference.
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You can see them use a similar device in Zodiac I think.
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They don't look grainy or blurry because the negative is the size of the page. No enlargement. Also, the lens and bellows are large enough to eliminate distortion caused by the lens being round.
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Originally Posted by satellite
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