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#1 Rob McKee

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 10:00 AM

I often see custom license plates on many of the builds here.

Is there some software that could be used to make them? Free if possible.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 10:11 AM

Rob, I use several different websites to make my plates, then I resize them in mircosoft word. most of the times I resize to around 21-22%
http://www.acme.com/licensemaker/
http://www.licensepl...nse-plates.html
http://www.plateshack.com/

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 10:30 AM

However, you need to check how recent the license plates are on those sites. Just the other day, I was checking Tennessee plates on one of them and they didn't have the current design. I found what I needed by a simple Google Images search for blank Tennessee license plate, which yielded the proper result and is easy to adapt for custom numbers.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 12:10 PM

Rob, http://www.licensepl...h-columbia.html

You can just type in what you want on the plate and it automatically puts it in the correct font and color, just right click and import it to miscrosoft word, resize, then print.

Nick


And if you do not have the proper font....do a search for the font you need, download, unzip and load into windows fonts folder. then you can type the correct font
I did this for another person and when reduced the fonts are dead on and level.....I have found at least 12 plate font sets online that I use


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Posted 05 February 2012 - 12:27 PM

That's way easier than my way. :lol: Thank you for posting that link Nick!


It is NOT the easiest way if you're looking for current plates. Most of the plates on that site are outdated.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 12:29 PM

It also leaves out Truck plates, which in many areas are different from Passenger plates.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 12:57 PM

Also, those "make your own plate" sites do not have the correct type fonts for each state. You're better off making your own. Using Google and your own software, it's all free.

Edited by sjordan2, 05 February 2012 - 12:58 PM.


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Posted 05 February 2012 - 01:07 PM

Sorry, tried to help. Comments removed.

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#9 Rob McKee

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 02:05 PM

Thanks guys for all of the suggestions. Although the site Nick suggested doesn't contain every type of plate from each state or province I find it easy to use and very usefull.

Thanks again everyone.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 02:23 PM

:lol: I posted the same site first

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 02:51 PM

Yes, thanks Jonathon. I have played around on all of the sites you referred.

You guys all taught an old dog a new trick!

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 03:50 PM

We got new license plates here in NB in 2009 and nobody has them on their websites... Our plate designs are the same no matter what they're going on, however there are slight variations for veterans, firefighters, antiques, amputees, seasonal and conservation (I have a buck on my truck :)). Fortunately, when they released the new plates there was a press release with beautiful large pictures of each variation. I can modify plates as I see fit. The only font I have, however, is for German EU plates. I'll have to go digging for fonts and see if I can find the one we use here.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 04:24 PM

Rob, I started printing my plates on photo paper, they come out much better on photo paper then decal paper for me. I use double side clear tape to attach them to the model.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 04:28 PM

Rob, I started printing my plates on photo paper, they come out much better on photo paper then decal paper for me. I use double side clear tape to attach them to the model.


That is a great idea Jonathon.

I'll have to find some double sided clear tape. Is it like carpet tape?

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 05:15 PM

I meant to say it was double sided scotch tape

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 05:22 PM

Here in Illinois we have ex govenors who make license plates as they are spending time in the clink.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 05:23 PM

Here in Illinois we have ex govenors who make license plates as they are spending time in the clink.


lol, I think most politicians should be making them at the end of their careers! lol

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 05:30 PM

Once you find the right image that you are searching for whether it be already existing or you make your own custom plate using the Acme site or whatever, the easiest way (that I have found) is simply laying out your decals in a Word document and printing them out from there. No pricey graphics programs needed, just a basic computer tool if you have it loaded in your own.

I also print my decals onto photo paper and merely glue them in place. No double sided tape needed.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 05:51 PM

I don't know how it is where you are, but the Virginia DMV has pictures of all their plates on their website. You might check your jurisdiction and see if they do also. Photoshop the text in.

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 06:33 PM

Hey don't guys in jail make licence plates?