I’d like to take up a challenge once in a while. Who doesn’t?
There is an interesting entry about Mamaberica Nintendo Stroller on Before Mario blog. On his site, Erik shows a badly damaged flyer circa 1970. Sadly, there is only one picture circulating on the net that I’m aware of.
Having a day to spend, I had immediately started working on it. And oh boy, what a challenge it was! Mind you, I’m not proficient with Ps and Ai. But I digress.
Firstly, I begun separating the main image from the background using the Lasso tool by hand. This took about two hours.
Secondly, I had to redraw the Mamaberica logo in Illustrator. This was an easy task. About 15 minutes.
Lastly, there is some writing between the image and the logo. So I had to get the Japanese characters translated. This was probably the most difficult task for me, as I don not speak Japanese. So how did I go about it? Well, I had enlarged the picture to 600dpi and removed the picture noise and sharpen the text. This took about eight attempts. Then, using the open source OCR software I have moved onto translating. Basically, I tried to match the characters visually as best as I could… (how unprofessional of me, I know). But I think I have managed and the final result is for you to enjoy. Below, is an original picture I’ve been using for this project.
Now I’m asking for help!
And here is where I come to you, the readers, for help. I’d like to remake the second page of the flyer as well. If anyone of you does speak English/Japanese and could help me with translation I’d be eternally grateful. Just drop me a line.