There are 50 folio size plates in the Clara Roth Chip Carving folder. I could do a print job at original size through a custom printer but that would end up retailing for an arm and two legs.
The options are to split each plate in half (not in reality, in Photoshop) and use a two page spread. But, many of the images span the middle of each plate. Detail is what this folio is all about. Therefore, my decision is to, as much as possible, add an image per page, with each project arranged page by page for continuity. This will bring the book, at an 8.5 x 11 format to nearly 500 pages. But, the retail will be under $25.
These are raw scan images. The separated images have undergone initial contrast/brightness adjustment preparatory to converting to white background grayscale.
When I can't sleep, I work on books to publish. It's my crutch, what can I say?
The Chip Carving folio by Clara Roth is a conundrum. There are specific limits inherent in print on demand publishing. Namely, 8.5 x 11 is the maximum page size in vertical layout. There is no horizontal layout to choose without leaving standard trade paper books.
Roth consists of 40 folio size pages, each with anywhere from 4 to 8 engraved images of various projects. Each project has multiple views depending on the complexity and build. Thus the problem to decide to:
A. reproduce each folio page as a split image
B. reproduce each folio page as distinct images
A.1 as split facing pages. Note that this image lacks a full gutter which would add .75" to each inside margin.
You can see that in order to reproduce as distinct images, many would have to be rotated. The obvious advantage of a single image per page is greater detail. the disadvantage is that the orientation of images will vary according to their dimensions.
If the split page option is chosen, plans that cross the dividing line of any given page will have to be split onto facing pages. This preserves the visual connection between projects but produces smaller images.
Which is why I do stuff like this at 6 in the morning when I can't sleep.
This one had to be conserved page by page. Each page surface cleansed, ironed and stored flat for a month or so to ensure stability. At the end of this process, I made around 70 scans, each at 300 dpi resulting in 50mb RGB files to be processed through Photoshop, Preview, Pages and Acrobat.
In addition to the folio plates, I'll also produce the instruction booklet which is in German and will remain in German, largely because while I can swear in Yiddish and to some extent in Cantonese, I neither read nor speak German.
Here are web versions of two pages in reduced size but unedited format: