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In Topic: ?? about decals yellowing

20 February 2010 - 03:29 AM

ok I have a general question on some decals that look like they have started to yellow a little bit or more so kind of an off white color. What is the best way to care for them is there something that I should spray on them so nothing happens to them and when applied will they still have that yellow look if over a white surface??

Do you think that it is possible to scan them on a high resolution scanner and reprint them on a decal sheet with an inkjet or laser printer? I have seen somewhere on this site where guys are making their own decals??

Let me know if you have had any experience with this and what you did. Or if you have any advice on what to do. Thanks in advance for the help guys. Its a kit that I really want to be able to use the decals bad for the car.

My experience with scanning existing sheets and trying to print decals from the scan is mixed.

At the very least, the scan will need to be cleaned up in Photoshop to remove the yellowed clear
around the image. Sometimes, it takes a LOT more work to clean things up to the point that the scan is at least usable.

When you are dealing with an old sheet that is difficult to replace, I always recommend that you get a decal maker
to take the scan and redraw it, usually in a vector program like Illustrator or Corel Draw. The printed decals will be
clearly superior to just printing the scan. The bonus is that the colors can be corrected or changed easily, and you can change size also.

If you are making a scan of a decal sheet, save the file as a .TIF file. This ends up being a bigger file, but the image is
not compressed, so you get the maximum image quality.

Good luck!

In Topic: Alps Printer???

17 February 2010 - 12:25 AM

"Von Don Koolkat" forwarded your original post to me.

I don't use an ALPS printer, but I make decals that have a color sheet, and separate white sheets.
If you send a good quality scan of what you need, I can work from that.