Everything You Need To Know About Making Your Own Decals
Part I What Are InkJet Decals?
The simple answer here is InkJet Decals are images printed on Clear or White InkJet Decal Paper using an InkJet Printer.
The same information will apply here for LaserJet Decals printed on Clear or White LaserJet Decal Paper.
InkJet Decals printed on Clear InkJet Decal paper are just like Stained Glass Windows, they are printed with transparent inks whose colors can be affected depending on the surface color of the object they are applied over.
InkJet Decals printed on White InkJet Decal Paper are completely opaque and can be placed over any color without any interference from underlying colors.
Both Clear and White InkJet Decal papers have their own distinct advantages.
All my Decal Paper comes from Papilio.com
There is no White basecoat behind InkJet Decals like on the Decals that came with your Models you built as a kid.
InkJet Printers do not contain White ink, so they will disappear if placed on top of very dark colors like Black.
InkJet Printers see the color White, on your images, as a blank space. After all Printers use White Paper so there is no need for White ink.
With varying degrees of color appearance in your applied Decals, you can place Clear InkJet Decals over White or SnowWhite Pearl with perfect results, over Silver with a very slight change in color, over Yellow and light Pastel basecoats with a slight change in color, over Gold with a slight change in color, beyond that on darker colors the Decals suffer a heavier degree of color change.
Light Metallic colors or colors with Pearl Powders in them will have an amazing Neon effect to the colors of Decals applied over them.
The Cyan, Yellow and Magenta of InkJet Inks suffer the greatest change over very dark colors but the Black Ink will show up on anything other than Black paint.
However, I have come up with ways to apply Clear InkJet Decals over dark colors, later in these tutorials.
If you own a Laser Printer, stay with me, everything is the same except you print on Clear or White Laser Decal Paper.
By far the best Graphics Program I have found for making Decals is Photoshop.
I have tried and used nearly 2 dozen other graphics programs and none yield the results or are as easy to use as PhotoShop with its Layer abilities.
Now Stay Tuned for Part II "Decal Tools"