Re: Reading White Decals printed on pale blue backing.paper

A Clemens

I would have done your D116 set but couldn't find it online.

So I did the following set to show results.

Use a computer photo app to invert and change to grayscale and then increase the exposure as necessary.

Hope this helps

On Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 12:20 PM Ken Adams <smadanek44g@...> wrote:
Like many of you I too have received one of the excellent Rapido X31a box cars. The only modification needed is to change the reweigh date to a period within 48 months prior to the  end of 1950-54 period as the car is lettered for NEW 4-34. 
I am an SP modeler not a PRR modeler and the only set of PRR decals with PRR reweigh locations and later dates I have on hand is a National Scale Car (ex Speedwitch) D116 for X29 box cars. This should have the locations and dates that I want.  However there is a problem. NSC like other decal makers use the newer Microscale very pale light blue decal backing paper. I have tried all different lighting and angles and still am unable to read the smaller reweigh date information. I tried backlighting but the decal paper was too thick. 
I have tried using a black marker on the reverse side of decals in the past and only ruined the decal.

Has anyone tried scanning such decals and creating a negative image? What photo software settings did you use to create the negative image? I am currently using InfranView.
Ken Adams
Still in splendid Shelter In Place solitude, about half way up Walnut Creek

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