These were scanned in out of a few different sources of Rainbow Family publications. These were several years worth of various regional newsletters and howdy folks from OM Valley Family, Katuh Family, SCROLL, Colorado Family, Northwest Tribes, Ozark Family, HO!, SOS, Orb, All Ways Free, and Rainbow Vision into Practice.
The idea was to make these available to other focalizers. Many folks already have their own collections of Rainbow clip art, and do all of the editing by xerox machine, scissors, and glue. This collection is to bring this process into the digital age, and to spread this resource around to folks that may need them.
All of the tools I use to process, edit, or modify these images is
free or shareware. They're every bit as good as Photo Shop. I start by
using Paint Shop Pro to scan
in, and do the initial mixing. This program runs on Win95 and NT. I
then use Gimp to remove most of the image
editing work, although paint shop can be used for this too. I just prefer Gimp,
because it runs on my Linux machine. Gimp also has a excellent "fuzzy"
selection tool that's perfect for cleaning the fuzzies and other
random glitches left from scanning. (newsprint isn't a very good
material to scan) Finally I then use XV to manipulate the images
which I store as 2 index gifs. By storing the images as indexed gifs,
I can using xv, grab the foreground or background colors and
manipulate their colors. This is great for making web site
backgrounds, plus the images take up less disk space.
Briefly, I scan all my photos in as 256 colors, 150DPI. This seems to be the best resolution for web sites. I'll then resize the photo to make a postage stamp sized version for the web page, and then clicking on that smaller image will bring up the full sized one. I can convert most any grahpic format, but for a web page, I use .jpg or .gif. Both of these are compressed formats, and I use .jpg for the final image cause they load much faster over a slow modem connection.
How To Submit
There are several ways you can submit photos. Ideally you can ftp them
to ftp.welcomehome.org and leave them in the incoming
directory. Then email me and
tell me what the file name is. I'd also appreciate a few lines of
description for each photo roughly telling folks what it is, or what
you were feeling at the time.
Other ways to submit are to email me a photo as a MIME attachement, or as a final way, snail mail me a photo to:
and I'll eventualy scan them in and add them to the web site.