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30th-Jan-2005 11:25 am
I have some character sheets that I want to scan in. They are documents I purchased (so I have legal rigths to copy them) and I want to scan them so I can print them. What's the proper setting for that so I get a nice clean print?
30th-Jan-2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
Trial and error.

Failing that, try a 300 dpi scan and a 600 dpi print. Do *not* save as JPEG. Your storage format should be either BMP, GIF, or PNG. (TIFFs, IME, are far too big to be useful.)

(Oh, and simplying buying a document doesn't give you the right to copy it. The fact that forms aren't copyrigtable and most character sheet companies give you an explicit license just in case does.)

30th-Jan-2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
Well the package said that the sheets were designed to be easily photocopied. So I can make photocopies legally, according to the package. I just want to have them on my computer to print them cause I don't want to run to Kinko's when ever I need a sheet. ;)
30th-Jan-2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
use Jpeg, but before you save use the tone and contrast (or brightness)... you can clear out a bunch on the pixilation and the shading used, making the page whiter - easier to see when printed out and smaller as filesice... i agree 300dpi should be fine... also trying 'black and white' or 'greyscale' might help too.

30th-Jan-2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
Black & White plain text

100-300 dpi.

You can save them as gif files. IF you save it as a gif file you should be able to easily import it into a PDF file which will then take less space and you can have both sides in one file.

You can also check online at wizards.com...they have an archive of pdf character sheets from several different editions.

There's also a website called rpgsheet.com (I think that's what it is) that has several versions of every sheet from just about every game imaginable.
30th-Jan-2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
What books are the sheets from? Most companies make their character sheets available online as PDFs, so maybe you don't have to scan them...
30th-Jan-2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
They aren't from a book. They were a package of sheets from the RP section of a book store for D&D 3.5. They are 4 page long and class specific. (Only classes from the PHB.) And there are spell lists by class.
30th-Jan-2005 06:20 pm (UTC)

Doesn't answer my question.
30th-Jan-2005 06:28 pm (UTC)

just giving you the link so there are no scan problems... sorry :-/
30th-Jan-2005 07:08 pm (UTC)
People should have to put, "I am a big fat jerk!" on their posts if they are going to be like that.

Don't worry. There are people like this everywhere. They can't think outside their little blinders and try to see that people are trying to help.
31st-Jan-2005 03:31 am (UTC)
I have that link already. But what I bought are more extensive sheets then that. I cannot find them already scanned online so I need to scan them myself. So I needed to know how to do it right.

And no, I wasn't being rude. I was stating a fact that indeed, a link to another character sheet did not answer my question of how to scan a document the easiest.
31st-Jan-2005 07:42 am (UTC)
Well I apologize then... I figured that I might've been able to help in your search of finding the sheets you had bought somewhere online and save you the trouble of scanning (scanning is a pain)... which I was also going to recommend RPG Sheets.com... I was only trying to help

1st-Feb-2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah I made the mistake of purchasing Character Sheets from a store once, only to realize that those exact same sheets could be found free online along with many other free (and much better) sheets from various websites.

So I know where you're coming from when you say scanning is a pain in the ass and downloading/printing is a lot easier. And its cheaper as well.
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