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I ended up finding the lighter weight ProRox SL930 (formerly called RHT40) from InsulationSaver. They can ship to a warehouse up here. It was $52 for a bag of 7 boards, but more importantly, the acoustical characteristics a pretty close to OC703 and equivalents. At 3.5pcf it is much closer in density.

PRODUCT THICKNESSDENSITY 125HZ 250HZ 500HZ 1000HZ 2000HZ 4000HZ NRC
703, plain 2" (51mm) 3.0 pcf (48 kg/m3) 0.17 0.86 1.14 1.07 1.02 0.98 1
RHT 40 2" (51mm) 3.5 pcf (56 kg/m3) 0.26 0.68 1.14 1.13 1.06 1.07 1

Nickbuol, I appreciate your input and totally agree with you. I'm trying to stay on budget and get most of the way there, but don't want to through even a small amount of money at something that won't be good enough.

Next steps is to order up some prints - Nickbuol, here is where I really need could us a little digital help or advice from you. You probably already have the digital files already built out for most of my images hopefully. Could I PM you to describe what I'm hoping to do?
Shoot me a PM. I am a bit busy right now (slowly working through requests still though). My youngest is graduating from high school in just under 2 weeks and I am not only in charge of the large landscaping projects that I've been working on for over 6 weeks, but also have my hand deep into everything related to photos and videos (including a slideshow that I just started tonight - for my oldest who got married last year, I spent about 30 hours getting everything "just right" so that won't happen this time). Throw in 4 hours Tuesday and Thursday for the orchestra and band concerts that she is in (they are longer due to senior recognition) and a "grad roast" for 3 hours on Wednesday, and it is getting deep into crunch time. LOL

But seriously. Shoot me a PM and I will at least get you into the mix of stuff. With any luck I may have some images already started or even done. Do NOT take my comments about about the craziness as being unwilling to help. Quite the opposite, I like working on the images for people here on my laptop while my desktop is doing some video rendering of stuff, so I can multi-task.
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After reading through most of this thread I've come to this conclusion....image size and quality is everything when it comes to these panels. The problem I'm seeing is that all of the images I am searching for are nowhere near the size they need to be. For instance,this one I am interested in having on three different panels but,the only image size I can find is 811x456.



I also like @xylem 's three panel Falcon but, I'm at a loss on where to find these images that are large enough to look decent on that size panel. When I use the design tool on myfabricdesigns I get a preview with 10 pics of the same image across the yard of fabric.

Can anyone suggest where to get these images?
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After reading through most of this thread I've come to this conclusion....image size and quality is everything when it comes to these panels. The problem I'm seeing is that all of the images I am searching for are nowhere near the size they need to be. For instance,this one I am interested in having on three different panels but,the only image size I can find is 811x456

I also like @xylem 's three panel Falcon but, I'm at a loss on where to find these images that are large enough to look decent on that size panel. When I use the design tool on myfabricdesigns I get a preview with 10 pics of the same image across the yard of fabric.

Can anyone suggest where to get these images?
In the design tool for the fabric, you need to select "center" on the design layout. it will center your design on the page. Also, your design needs to be oriented as "landscape".

To find the design, you can use the advance G00gle tool, where you can select pic size, beware it doesn't always work...

Also, your keywords for the search are very important, the order of the word as well. Use "high resolution", "Wallpaper"...

Some software like Photoshop, Photozoom or other can also help with picture enhancement to a certain degree

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In the design tool for the fabric, you need to select "center" on the design layout. it will center your design on the page. Also, your design needs to be oriented as "landscape".

To find the design, you can use the advance G00gle tool, where you can select pic size, beware it doesn't always work...

Also, your keywords for the search are very important, the order of the word as well. Use "high resolution", "Wallpaper"...

Some software like Photoshop, Photozoom or other can also help with picture enhancement to a certain degree

Thank you, that helped some. It's going to take some digging to find what I want I guess. I don't see a "center" button for the design layout on myfabricdesigns. I can only select bigger or smaller. What size are you using to do the 3 panel sets? I have two walls I'd like to do these on. Yours look great!

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Thank you, that helped some. It's going to take some digging to find what I want I guess. What size are you using to do the 3 panel sets? I have two walls I'd like to do these on. Yours look great!
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Starting image: 2.3MB at 4509x2396
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At the end, each panel is: 11MB 8250x4650 (24x48 panel).

it's not necessary to go through all these steps, it s just me :-)

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for example, details for the Red Falcon:
Starting image: 2.3MB at 4509x2396
Enhance pic: 90MB at 20325x10800
Resized at: 11250x7200 for 150 ppi
At the end, each panel is: 11MB 8250x4650 (24x48 panel).

it's not necessary to go through all these steps, it s just me :-)
Ah, I see...you are using software to modify the image to match what you are looking for. Unfortunately, I don't have the software to use. I'll have to play around with the stock images to find something that works. You're using "basic combed cotton" for your fabric, correct?
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If you really want the 3 panel Falcon, I have it all enlarged and such.

In fact, you would be the 2nd person this week to mention wanting it.

xylem's tips are spot on too. Somewhere deep in this discussion I did a big post about using Google's image search tool, but there are so many images that, unfortunately, just aren't high enough starting quality and don't have other versions out there.

My 2nd daughter graduates from high school this weekend, we have a graduation party at our house on Saturday, and over 20 people (besides us) staying at our house Friday - Monday, so I am in full on party prep mode. I can dig up the images and even help with resizing and such (I've helped several hundred people here at AVS with this exact thing), but I would just ask that you "hit me up" next week. I have all of the tools and know-how to make things work in all sorts of different ways. I've just been quiet in here for the last 6-8 weeks because I am busy with graphics work, and all of the spring projects around the house leading up to this coming weekend, but I am still here and still willing to help people out.
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xylem's tips are spot on too. Somewhere deep in this discussion I did a big post about using Google's image search tool, but there are so many images that, unfortunately, just aren't high enough starting quality and don't have other versions out there.
When looking for my images, I used google image search, and under tools instead of just selecting large, I would choose Larger Than... and start around 12mp and then see if I could find an image I liked. If not then I would reduce the larger than setting until I found what I wanted. That gave me some pretty high resolution photos.
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Good point on the "larger than" option.

Here is a link to my original post from almost 2 years ago (wow. Didn't realize that it was that long ago.) on the step by step process for doing the search (minus the "larger than" options just to keep things simple)...

How to use Google Image Search to find larger images

Good luck, and if people have questions about finding images, resizing, or touchup work, just let me know.
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Good point on the "larger than" option.

Here is a link to my original post from almost 2 years ago (wow. Didn't realize that it was that long ago.) on the step by step process for doing the search (minus the "larger than" options just to keep things simple)...

How to use Google Image Search to find larger images

Good luck, and if people have questions about finding images, resizing, or touchup work, just let me know.
You haven't by any chance written that "how to set up the image" guide have you? You mentioned at the bottom of that post you were going to write one up but it seems someone literally rained on your parade. I flipped like five pages forward and didn't see it but hoping I just missed it.

PS: Is there a way we can send you a beer or like $5 through paypal or something as a "you spend more time on this thread just posting info than you probably should so thank you"?

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Edit2: It looks like some of that info on how to choose target size was above the post you linked. Find it here
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If you really want the 3 panel Falcon, I have it all enlarged and such.

In fact, you would be the 2nd person this week to mention wanting it.

xylem's tips are spot on too. Somewhere deep in this discussion I did a big post about using Google's image search tool, but there are so many images that, unfortunately, just aren't high enough starting quality and don't have other versions out there.

My 2nd daughter graduates from high school this weekend, we have a graduation party at our house on Saturday, and over 20 people (besides us) staying at our house Friday - Monday, so I am in full on party prep mode. I can dig up the images and even help with resizing and such (I've helped several hundred people here at AVS with this exact thing), but I would just ask that you "hit me up" next week. I have all of the tools and know-how to make things work in all sorts of different ways. I've just been quiet in here for the last 6-8 weeks because I am busy with graphics work, and all of the spring projects around the house leading up to this coming weekend, but I am still here and still willing to help people out.
That's very generous of you sir and I would like the 3 panel Falcon image when you have free time. I would certainly donate some green for your time. I'd really like a good 3 panel Tie Fighter image but, I haven't found anything yet.

Enjoy the party!

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That's very generous of you sir and I would like the 3 panel Falcon image when you have free time. I would certainly donate some green for your time. I'd really like a good 3 panel Tie Fighter image but, I haven't found anything yet.

Enjoy the party!

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Shoot me a PM with your request (for the Falcon) as well as image size needs. I won't be able to do anything until after the weekend, but at least then it won't get accidentally lost in this topic while I scramble around to get stuff done for our grad party.

Thanks for understanding about the delay.
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I just wanted to contribute my results and pass along many thanks to all the people who have contributed information in this threat over the years! I sourced all my images from google images by specifying images "larger then X MP" where I had X set as high as possible while still finding images I liked. I ended up going with movie posters from A New Hope, Back to the Future, Superman, Indiana Jones, Toy Story, and The Matrix. I made the movie posters exactly 24"x36" to match the frames I made, and then added a 3" border to each side. For the borders, I made them a mirror image, so when I wrapped the fabric it looked like the image continued around the side, I think that worked out really well. Once I had all 6 images, I combined them into 2 separate images of 3 posters each so I could group them onto a piece of fabric. I first tried one massive image, but even though it was under the file size limit, apparently the resolution was too high and the system reported it. Each of my two submitted images were 6300x13500 at 150dpi. I first tried printing through Spoonflower, but that order got canceled. So I then ordered through MyFabricDesigns.com and use Combed Cotton. It took about 2 weeks for me from ordering to receiving it in the mail. I was extremely pleased with the print quality.

Mounting the fabric went pretty well. I ended up mounting them with duct tape first so I could tweak the positioning before stapling them into place. I definitely recommend this approach. I am also glad I didn't go with a stretchy material. It was hard enough to get the words and lines straight, and I think that would have been a nightmare with a stretchy material. In hindsight I would have made my images 0.5" smaller than the frame size, so that I could stretch it more when wrapping it. Other than that, I'm thrilled with the result. Visually they are awesome (Especially the toy story poster, that one just pops!), and they made a large difference on the acoustics in my room. My wife even noticed the improvement so that says something!
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I just wanted to contribute my results and pass along many thanks to all the people who have contributed information in this threat over the years! I sourced all my images from google images by specifying images "larger then X MP" where I had X set as high as possible while still finding images I liked. I ended up going with movie posters from A New Hope, Back to the Future, Superman, Indiana Jones, Toy Story, and The Matrix. I made the movie posters exactly 24"x36" to match the frames I made, and then added a 3" border to each side. For the borders, I made them a mirror image, so when I wrapped the fabric it looked like the image continued around the side, I think that worked out really well. Once I had all 6 images, I combined them into 2 separate images of 3 posters each so I could group them onto a piece of fabric. I first tried one massive image, but even though it was under the file size limit, apparently the resolution was too high and the system reported it. Each of my two submitted images were 6300x13500 at 150dpi. I first tried printing through Spoonflower, but that order got canceled. So I then ordered through MyFabricDesigns.com and use Combed Cotton. It took about 2 weeks for me from ordering to receiving it in the mail. I was extremely pleased with the print quality.

Mounting the fabric went pretty well. I ended up mounting them with duct tape first so I could tweak the positioning before stapling them into place. I definitely recommend this approach. I am also glad I didn't go with a stretchy material. It was hard enough to get the words and lines straight, and I think that would have been a nightmare with a stretchy material. In hindsight I would have made my images 0.5" smaller than the frame size, so that I could stretch it more when wrapping it. Other than that, I'm thrilled with the result. Visually they are awesome (Especially the toy story poster, that one just pops!), and they made a large difference on the acoustics in my room. My wife even noticed the improvement so that says something!
Sweet art work. Do you have a build thread for your theater it looks pretty nice?

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I'm having a bit of trouble trying to figure out how to resize my images in photoshop so they come out the right size on myfabricdesigns. It's a bit confusing on their site to understand what your final product will look like. Any tips?
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Sweet art work. Do you have a build thread for your theater it looks pretty nice?
Thanks, no build thread yet, but now that the acoustic panels are up, I just have to wait for the one chair in the back for it to be finished. Then I'm going to put up a build thread. I do have plenty of pictures from the process.
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I'm having a bit of trouble trying to figure out how to resize my images in photoshop so they come out the right size on myfabricdesigns. It's a bit confusing on their site to understand what your final product will look like. Any tips?
Shoot for 150dpi.... Even if some sites can accept larger, you will start delving into really big file sizes. Plus, we are having them "print" on to fabric, it already has some level of "maximum dpi" anyway since it isn't a smooth and solid surface.

Other than that, just make it the exact size that you want in Photoshop (150dpi, plus 24" x 36" or whatever your needs are).

What kind of issues are you seeing? Maybe the problem isn't related to what I just typed, but I made a stab at it based off of the information you gave so far.
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I just wanted to contribute my results and pass along many thanks to all the people who have contributed information in this threat over the years! I sourced all my images from google images by specifying images "larger then X MP" where I had X set as high as possible while still finding images I liked. I ended up going with movie posters from A New Hope, Back to the Future, Superman, Indiana Jones, Toy Story, and The Matrix. I made the movie posters exactly 24"x36" to match the frames I made, and then added a 3" border to each side. For the borders, I made them a mirror image, so when I wrapped the fabric it looked like the image continued around the side, I think that worked out really well. Once I had all 6 images, I combined them into 2 separate images of 3 posters each so I could group them onto a piece of fabric. I first tried one massive image, but even though it was under the file size limit, apparently the resolution was too high and the system reported it. Each of my two submitted images were 6300x13500 at 150dpi. I first tried printing through Spoonflower, but that order got canceled. So I then ordered through MyFabricDesigns.com and use Combed Cotton. It took about 2 weeks for me from ordering to receiving it in the mail. I was extremely pleased with the print quality.

Mounting the fabric went pretty well. I ended up mounting them with duct tape first so I could tweak the positioning before stapling them into place. I definitely recommend this approach. I am also glad I didn't go with a stretchy material. It was hard enough to get the words and lines straight, and I think that would have been a nightmare with a stretchy material. In hindsight I would have made my images 0.5" smaller than the frame size, so that I could stretch it more when wrapping it. Other than that, I'm thrilled with the result. Visually they are awesome (Especially the toy story poster, that one just pops!), and they made a large difference on the acoustics in my room. My wife even noticed the improvement so that says something!
Looks really good. You are the 2nd person (that I remember) that went with the "gallery wrap" style borders. I did them for someone here a few years ago as well.

I think that they can look really nice, but can get a bit "funky" when working with mirrored lettering. For the ones I had done, there was no text on the images. An option for others if they go that route would be to just have the text removed from the border area only. Gives people a lot of options.

Poster with text/solid color border
Poster with text/gallery wrapped border (with mirrored text)
Poster with text/gallery wrapped border (with text removed from border area)
Poster without text/solid color border
Poster without text/gallery wrapped border (no text obviously)

Thanks for posting about your experience.

I've gone back and forth with people about final front-face image (the "poster" or whatever you want to see, not the border) size over the years. Some want it spot on to their dimensions, others want it a hair smaller so that they can stretch the fabric a bit to make sure that it doesn't sag, and to help remove some wrinkles. 0.5" is quite a bit though. I would suggest people that want a slightly smaller front-face image to allow for some stretching, to reduce by about 1/8" to 1/4" max. Some fabrics have almost zero stretch at all, and it will be tough to get even 1/4" of stretch. Plus, the more that you stretch it, the more that it will be prone to distortion.

I also like your tape first, staple later approach. That is something that I've recommended several times over the years, but I am not sure that many people actually do it. They get so excited to staple up their fabric, and they rush it. You offered up a good reminder to people to just take your time and that it will turn out very nice.

Your room looks great by the way.
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Thanks for the help! The site itself was a bit confusing. It was hard to tell what size the final print was going to be after I uploaded it. I'll mess with the dpi and file size in Photoshop and see if it comes out better. Though when I made the file 24 x 48 the file size was wayyytoo big using png file type.
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I also like your tape first, staple later approach. That is something that I've recommended several times over the years, but I am not sure that many people actually do it. They get so excited to staple up their fabric, and they rush it. You offered up a good reminder to people to just take your time and that it will turn out very nice.

Your room looks great by the way.
Another suggestion I'll offer is clamps. I have like 20 clamps for building speakers and use them to hold fabric before attaching it. They've got plastic "grips" for heads so I just wipe mine down so no marks and good to go. There's also a useful pattern for wrapping (see image below), its the order you staple in. I've seen variants of this but the general zig zag around the frame concept worked for my DIY screen. Seemed to let me work out any small wrinkle I might have missed as I went along.


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I just wanted to contribute my results and pass along many thanks to all the people who have contributed information in this threat over the years! I sourced all my images from google images by specifying images "larger then X MP" where I had X set as high as possible while still finding images I liked. I ended up going with movie posters from A New Hope, Back to the Future, Superman, Indiana Jones, Toy Story, and The Matrix. I made the movie posters exactly 24"x36" to match the frames I made, and then added a 3" border to each side. For the borders, I made them a mirror image, so when I wrapped the fabric it looked like the image continued around the side, I think that worked out really well. Once I had all 6 images, I combined them into 2 separate images of 3 posters each so I could group them onto a piece of fabric. I first tried one massive image, but even though it was under the file size limit, apparently the resolution was too high and the system reported it. Each of my two submitted images were 6300x13500 at 150dpi. I first tried printing through Spoonflower, but that order got canceled. So I then ordered through MyFabricDesigns.com and use Combed Cotton. It took about 2 weeks for me from ordering to receiving it in the mail. I was extremely pleased with the print quality.

Mounting the fabric went pretty well. I ended up mounting them with duct tape first so I could tweak the positioning before stapling them into place. I definitely recommend this approach. I am also glad I didn't go with a stretchy material. It was hard enough to get the words and lines straight, and I think that would have been a nightmare with a stretchy material. In hindsight I would have made my images 0.5" smaller than the frame size, so that I could stretch it more when wrapping it. Other than that, I'm thrilled with the result. Visually they are awesome (Especially the toy story poster, that one just pops!), and they made a large difference on the acoustics in my room. My wife even noticed the improvement so that says something!
These look awesome, thanks for sharing and including all the relevant details. I especially love the Toy Story one.
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I just wanted to contribute my results and pass along many thanks to all the people who have contributed information in this threat over the years! I sourced all my images from google images by specifying images "larger then X MP" where I had X set as high as possible while still finding images I liked. I ended up going with movie posters from A New Hope, Back to the Future, Superman, Indiana Jones, Toy Story, and The Matrix. I made the movie posters exactly 24"x36" to match the frames I made, and then added a 3" border to each side. For the borders, I made them a mirror image, so when I wrapped the fabric it looked like the image continued around the side, I think that worked out really well. Once I had all 6 images, I combined them into 2 separate images of 3 posters each so I could group them onto a piece of fabric. I first tried one massive image, but even though it was under the file size limit, apparently the resolution was too high and the system reported it. Each of my two submitted images were 6300x13500 at 150dpi. I first tried printing through Spoonflower, but that order got canceled. So I then ordered through MyFabricDesigns.com and use Combed Cotton. It took about 2 weeks for me from ordering to receiving it in the mail. I was extremely pleased with the print quality.



Mounting the fabric went pretty well. I ended up mounting them with duct tape first so I could tweak the positioning before stapling them into place. I definitely recommend this approach. I am also glad I didn't go with a stretchy material. It was hard enough to get the words and lines straight, and I think that would have been a nightmare with a stretchy material. In hindsight I would have made my images 0.5" smaller than the frame size, so that I could stretch it more when wrapping it. Other than that, I'm thrilled with the result. Visually they are awesome (Especially the toy story poster, that one just pops!), and they made a large difference on the acoustics in my room. My wife even noticed the improvement so that says something!


Do you have a PSD file you'd be willing to share?


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Thanks for all the compliments everyone! And sure, I'm happy to share the files I used to print them. I could either share the jpeg files or the xcf files (I used GIMP, not photoshop). Full disclosure, I don't know GIMP at all, so I just learned the bare minimum to get the result I wanted, probably doing some steps "incorrectly". PM me your email and I can share either one.
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OK, I think i got everything ready for my build. I will take pictures and post up the final project after as I go along. I got some JW 3lb board from SPI that I'll be building a frame around using 1" x 3" pine from home depot. Will be using wood screws and corner brackets to hold it square. I also ordered these today which I made in photoshop for the panel covers. Thanks to nickbuol for the tips!
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I like those a lot. Maybe a bit bright for my room, but the color blends make sense and those will look nice once up.
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Thanks! The room isn't going to be strictly home theater, so I was ok with the brighter colors.

On another note, the JW insulation I bought had a sheet of foil on the rear. Is it ok to leave this on as sound will still be traveling to the front uncovered area or should I remove this?
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Thanks! The room isn't going to be strictly home theater, so I was ok with the brighter colors.

On another note, the JW insulation I bought had a sheet of foil on the rear. Is it ok to leave this on as sound will still be traveling to the front uncovered area or should I remove this?
If the foil is against the wall, then it really doesn't matter much. If you have an air gap, then definitely pull off the foil. It should come of somewhat easily.
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Thanks! I'll be hanging it with heavy duty picture hangers, so I imagine there will be a little space between it and the wall. I'll just peel them off.
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Well, after a super busy week, I am completely caught up on everyone's Photoshop work (not just here in this thread, but elsewhere on AVS and other internet "places"). That being said, I am off for a work trip this week and vacation the next until July 5th.

People can still send me PMs, but I probably won't be able to check on things until the 5th as part of my commitment to my family during vacation, and the part that isn't vacation (the "day job" part) will have me busy all day as well.

I will have my laptop with all software with me, but I really doubt that I will find any time. Sorry if that is an impact on anyone's projects.
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