I am often asked how we produced such high quality reproduction flyers at CAG. When I purchase a game, I like to have as much paperwork for it as I can find and that starts with the flyer and the manual/schematics. Most collectors like to have a flyer for their game, or at least for their favorite game. Many collectors who either cannot afford a rare game, cannot find a game, or simply have no room for a bunch of games, collect the flyers in their place. These are great restoration references and having a physical print will often reveal details that you do not notice on a computer screen. If you are printing a flyer, you might as well print it right! Why not make it look and feel like the original.
You can print a flyer on glossy photo paper and it will look good but it will be the wrong size, there will usually be white edges, and you can only print on one side. Here is how we used to produce flyers. You may have to find an updated version of the printer but you will now know what to look for:
We used a HP Photosmart 7960 printer. This printer has two important features, edge printing and very high quality photo prints.
We printed on
Mitsubishi Diamond, Dualsided Semi Gloss paper.
I purchased mine from inkjetart.com part number T-MGC2085115 Mitsubishi Dual-Sided Semi-gloss 8.5 x 11. This paper looks and feels just like mass produced original flyers.
You can print on both sides(feed one side, turn over the paper and print the other side). The resulting print both looks and feels just like most of the flyers produced in the 60s and 70s. A good print can be difficult to distinguish from an original.
That is all there is to it. Use the factory HP ink for the best quality. No special coatings, nothing fancy. Remember, these original flyers were produced in quantity and were meant to be disposable. There was no effort put into making them high quality collectables. They are easy to reproduce.
You will need a good scan to make a good print. A 300dpi Tiff scan is the best option. Scanning to a jpg file will result in fuzzy details and unclear text. You can try scanning at 600dpi but I have not found a 600dpi scan to print any better than a 300dpi scan. The flyer scans found on the internet are poor quality, often 200dpi or even worse 72dpi which are unprintable. Most desktop scanners made today are high quality and can make good 300dpi scans. Older scanners, no matter what the box claims, may not make true 300dpi optical scans.
The best scan will usually not produce a print that is a perfect match and small text, even if scanned well, may be a little fuzzy when printed. This may only be noticeable when comparing the print with the original. Many new prints are difficult to distinguish from originals without a known original to compare to.
I use my flyers during restorations. I can keep my originals safely tucked away and never have to worry about finding a flyer. It is easier to print out a digital copy than to look through my collection for the original. I also like to print out larger 36 inch x24 inch collections showing games in my collection along with some history. These are great to show off my collection and to enjoy games that I have no room for in the house.