Wait, I have a video on how they do the hairdryer method. Maybe before you start you want to watch this.
I recently debound my first book using the iron method. I must say it was insanely easy. I had some doubt and the hairdryer method seemed safer, but I decided to try using the iron and it went swimmingly. It was a much simpler process than I had thought.
I followed the tutorial fxu posted above and just heated the spine, took some pages out with ease, and when it got difficult again as the glue began to dry, I just popped it back on the iron and repeated.
Though I noticed my cover was starting to burn a bit, so be careful how hot you set the iron. And I don't know why you'd expect to get glue on the iron, I had no such trouble.
Last edited by Luco; May 03, 2009 at 08:59 AM.
I actually put a dry cloth between the hardcover & the iron to prevent burning.
alrite. i tried both iron n hairdryer.
n i guess hairdryer works best 4 me even tho its slower than using the iron.
thanks 4 all ur suggestions n tips
now i hv another question haha
when u scan the raw, what should u save the raw as?
i no most use jpeg but wouldnt that make the quality go down or somethin?
PNG is also lossless to the kind of colour information that manga entails. If you want to be certain of keeping it almost exactly the same, just scan and save as 64-coloured PNG-8. 64 colours is very safe, if not overkill, since perceptually you cannot distinguish between 64 different shades of greyscale, unless you are a falcon or cat. But I can presume you are not.
TIFF is too large with no benefit. It is both slower to open, and larger.
The time I can maybe understand the use of TIFF is for the RGB coloured pages if you want to be sure not to have any loss from a PNG-8 (which you should never use) or block artifacts from a JPG; although a JPG saved with 100 quality is very unlikely to get any visual defects, especially after a resize. Unless you release your chapters in 600 dpi.
Even a PNG-24 might end up with better size than the TIFF, and still be lossless.