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Handy Virtual Tools of the
Virtual Desktop Calipers, Stamp
Color Picker, AND A Virtual Album ... with zoom magnification and stamp
slide show facility. All come as bonus software with our comprehensive
compact disk full of ready-mounted, high quality, virtual stamp images:
THEME MASTER 2001
(Click this link)
VIRTUAL POSTAGE STAMPS
are accurate digital
images of genuine postage stamps, in mint or used condition, which are scanned and
transferred between collectors electronically. They are collected for exactly the same reasons as normal stamps in
as far as their non-physical form will allow.
The Virtual Stamps on this Web Site were produced as follows:
HOW TO 'FLOAT'
CYBERSTAMPS - SPECIFICATIONS
Genius Color Page Vivid Pro II Film Flatbed Scanner (or
similar)* See report below. Most Flat bed
scanners will do a good job theses days.
insects, bread crumbs or coffee stains from the scanning
surface for best scanning results.)
Color Page View Pro Version 1.4 (or similar dedicated
Normal/Color Photo/300dpi/Brightness 51
Contrast 51/ Preferences: Keep RGB values same
Scanning Attributes: Descreen - Filter
Tone Map: Default
Line up the stamps absolutely straight on the scanner surface.
Use a straight edge aid or template if necessary. This is important as
afterwards, some software with ''Rotate Image'' features can distort the image
Leave generous gaps between stamps for "cutting" and
Place a clean black cover gently on top of the positioned
When cutting (or copying) and pasting the image from the bulk
image, crop the stamps as close to its perforated edges as possible. Then use
your graphic application's feature to leave a 2mm black border (paper colour) on all sides. For
example, using Corel Photo-paint, go to the Image... Paper size ... increase
the image size by 2mm while maintaining the Aspect Ratio.
Resample - Reduce size to 400x350 pixel constraint (ie.
max horizontal and vertical dimensions)
Effects/Sharpen/Edge detect settings from factor 5 to 10 (Too
much sharpening can create a grainy effect especially on older stamps)
SAVE AS: JPEG (JFIF) - Interchange Format (A
File Format with a Compression ratio
20:1 with almost no loss) Give the file a useful reference name. Virtual
stamps on this site are given a filename comprising the 1st 3 letters of their
country of origin, two digits for their year of issue and 3 other unique
classification code digits.
e.g. United States,1976, 001 = USA76001
"Joint Photographic Expert Group"
- is a graphical file format used to display high resolution colour images on the World Wide
Web. JPEG (or JPG) images apply a user-specified compression scheme that can significantly reduce
the large sizes usually associated with photo-realistic colour images. A higher level of
compression results in lower image quality - whereas a lower level of compression results
in higher image quality.
Settings: Quality Factor 150 (Mid Quality) on a scale of 2 - 255
(File size drops considerably without perceptible loss in
- Standard (4:4:4)
The resultant Virtual Stamp JPG File Size for the 400x350
screensize should come out at betwwen 20k and 30k
depending on the size of the original stamp, having been scanned in at 300
DPI. This is an important
consideration since the viability of Virtual Stamps is determined by a
combination of acceptable viewing quality and transportable file size.
See Virtual Forgeries -
A tell-tale sign of a "virtual forgery" is a much smaller initial
file size (compared to a similar sized stamp) after the "picture" of the stamp,
NOT AN ORIGINAL STAMP, has been scanned.
(Some of the Virtual Stamps on these Web Pages have been converted
to GIF images for quicker loading, transparency and interlacing. They may not be as vivid
or as true to the originals as their JPEG counterparts. Although these may be easily
plucked from your History Folder, all products that are actually traded
on this site will be in highest quality JPEG file format as described above.)
APART FROM COLOR BRIGHTNESS AND INTENSITY ADJUSTMENTS
FOR DULL LOOKING STAMPS, NO OTHER IMAGE ENHANCEMENTS OR PAINT TOUCH-UPS ARE
(Simple Integrity Test: Are you proud of your reproduced
stamp image? -
Is it difficult to tell it apart from the original? Has the quality been
compromised beyond acceptable limits? Would you be happy to receive the same quality
that all Virtual Stamps it
for trading on this Web Site adhere to the above minimum specifications. While
every effort is made to procure similar or better quality stamp swaps from the general
public and virtual stamp dealers around the world, no guarantees are given for any
material traded through or with CyberStamp Club
and no claims of any nature whatsoever can be entertained.
Traditionally, it is the hallmark of stamp
collectors to upgrade and improve their collections as time and means allow. With the
rapid advancements in computer hardware and software technology, it may be necessary, from
time to time, to adapt these virtual stamp specifications in the interests of progress.
*AN INDUSTRY REPORT
Genius Color Page Vivid Pro II Film Flatbed Scanner
"Very few low-end scanners are capable of scanning negatives and
transparencies. This scanner can. In fact, its jaw-dropping results - even in high
resolution - completely bowled us over. The results were simply stunning. Add to that the
kind of attractive price that would suit a small office or home user, and you have a
magnificent offering that certainly deserves recognition. The scanner supports an optical
resolution of 600x1200 dpi, which can be pushed to 19200dpi with software interpolation.
It also scans standard reflective images quickly. In short, it's a great time-saver, and
the quality is pretty impressive too."
S.A. Computer Magazine - January/February