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A small collection of links, info and other resources. Forever a WIP (this is a wiki after all...).

8/16/16: Some links/entries are out of date or broken, working on them...

FontsEdit

WhatTheFont -  Font recognition from an image. Comes in handy every now and then.

Some fonts. Pic related.

Fonts

A sample of fonts that have been used before on scanlation, roughly grouped by usage (speech, speech outside bubbles, SFX,etc).

Reference, tuts, etc.Edit

http://www.blambot.com/articles_grammar.shtml - A small writeup on some comic book lettering conventions and stuff. A nice read for typesetters. Slightly older revision with a few additional types described.

SFXEdit

http://thejadednetwork.com/sfx/ - Easy to search and many entries.
http://mangastudies.com/sfx/ - A tad clunky. it has a tendency to go down. I found it easier to paste all entries in a text file to search among them later.
http://www2.aasa.ac.jp/people/smiyata/CHILDESmanual/datafiles/wakachi2002v5/list_onoma.html - Just a listing.

http://www.muri.se/misc/soundfx.html

A small book on mimetic expressions, giongo, etc. Partially on English though some kana knowledge may be needed.

FiltersEdit

.8bf photoshop filters, also compatible with many image editors.

Mehdi fine threshold

Mehdi fine threshold filter

Mehdi fine threshold filter - It works nicely for cleaning large, sharp scans

Flat median , Noise shampoo helpful for de-noising images. Make a copy of the base layer, filter it and play around with the layer blend modes and opacity.

Software, etc.Edit

Irfanview release batch

Irfanview batch. Usual PSD to PNG conversion

Irfanview- Lightweight viewer with some basic edition tools. Can use 8bf (photoshop Compatible) filters. Its batch functions are useful for renaming files and batch-convert PSD files to the final release PNGs/JPGs

Google Translator Browser Add-on -  Exactly what it reads on the tin. Not Google-official despite the title, though.

Tegaki - Handwriting recognition. A bit redundant since you already have IMEpad on windows, but hey.

Charmap

charmap dot exe

Character Map - Likely available from you vanilla OS install, pretty sure of than on Windows and Ubuntu... Useful to locate certain commonly used symbols used commonly in speech bubbles (reference marks※, hearts♡♥, etc ~♪).

Clipboard manager - very useful for constantly copy-pasting text and stuff since it can hold several entries in it's buffer. For example Ditto.

FontForge- Font editor. Lets you edit a font file so you can add new glyphs, modify existing ones, etc. Example (modified I, C, S, added em dash, ♡, ♥, ♪, etc.)

Miscellaneous Links Edit

Inside Scanlation has a really nice set of textual guides for both general editing and QCing.

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Slack is something that I (Lardagus) is attempting to get everyone on board with to help communicate in a more timely fashion and to help get translating/editing processes streamlined. If you want to join, please email me (lardagus5@yahoo.com) with a quick little message with "[AK] {insert other info here}" in the subject field and I'll be sure to add you to the team. It's somewhat like a workplace chatroom with the ability to transfer and host files. So join soon!

Some benefits:

-Quicker response times for questions and problems

-Less spam and easier to read

-Built-in file transfer system, meaning less time uploading and linking to a MEGA/etc. account

-Free to use, accessible almost anywhere, and available on virtually any computer/mobile device

-More private setting: for those who want to converse without being badgered by random anons

When signing up (after acceptance email is sent): use whatever name you would like (real names not preferred. It's the internet after all) and add a short description of what you can do in the job title section. This can be as easy as "translator" or "cleaner", or something more descriptive like "Groundless Editor/Typesetter/Cleaner/Overlord".

Have fun and take it easy. Remember, we are all stuck here together forever.

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