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October 9, 2009 5:48 AM   Subscribe

How would I go about creating a much larger version of this image so I could print and frame it?
posted by twine42 to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: The artist, professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka, suggests here (or here in English) that you contact him for high-res vector versions (infinitely-resizeable for Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw) of any of his illusions.
posted by rokusan at 6:34 AM on October 9, 2009 [1 favorite]

How about the Rasterbator?

I haven't tried it myself, but I have always wanted to....
posted by keep it tight at 7:02 AM on October 9, 2009

Rasterbator is a terrible suggestion for an image of this type.
posted by dmd at 7:23 AM on October 9, 2009

Yeah, although rasterbator is awesome in it's own way, and you should try it if you've got the printer ink to do the job, it's not going to get you anywhere with this. Rokusan's got the best idea, see if you can get a vector image file direct from the artist.
posted by yellowbinder at 7:27 AM on October 9, 2009

Yeah, no: rasterbator is for photos, where our eyes can deal with fuzzy dots. This is the opposite: you really want line art here, whether that means sourcing the original from the artist (they were clearly MADE with vector software) or redrawing it in Illustrator or something similar.
posted by rokusan at 7:52 AM on October 9, 2009

Best answer: If you can't get a hold of the artist, you could try running it through Vector Magic. You can do two images online for free. I've had good results when working with an image that was clearly originally a vector image, like this one. Anyway, the output will be eps, svg, and pdf, any one of which you should be able to have printed as large as you like.
posted by jedicus at 8:24 AM on October 9, 2009 [1 favorite]

Whatever you do, don't use Rasterbator that the keep it tight dude mentioned earlier...he's off his rocker...

umm, yeah.
posted by keep it tight at 1:01 PM on October 9, 2009 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Well, I contacted Akiyoshi Kitaoka and got a response. No vector graphics file, but he did give me a link to an 8000*8000px version of the file which more than does what I'm after.

Cheers guys...!
posted by twine42 at 2:58 AM on October 12, 2009

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