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#1 CadillacPat

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 11:23 PM

Everything You Need To Know About Making Your Own Decals

by CadillacPat

 

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"

 

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 12:30 AM

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 12:42 AM

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Absolutely Don,

When I began putting these up on the Internet almost 10 years ago there was no one making Decals other than the casual sticker made in Word.

I needed crisp clear Graphcis for my Promotional Customs so I had to come up with ways to produce them.

More to come,

Stay tuned,

 

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:45 AM

Thanks Pat. This is very helpful to me.



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:48 AM

More please!!!  Everything so far I have found true.  I purchased Printshop 2.0 thinking I had Photoshop, what a costly mistake.  I then purchased Testors Decal Maker and have been using this.   Have you ever tried the Testors program and if so, is Photoshop way better?  I have the more advanced program that can import images. 


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:45 AM

I've recently made a couple of decals and have been at a tutorial on making them.  I still need more info and am ready when you are.



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:40 AM

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Thanks Pat. This is very helpful to me.

 

 

More please!!!  Everything so far I have found true.  I purchased Printshop 2.0 thinking I had Photoshop, what a costly mistake.  I then purchased Testors Decal Maker and have been using this.   Have you ever tried the Testors program and if so, is Photoshop way better?  I have the more advanced program that can import images. 

 

Ron, Printshop and Printshop Pro were of the many programs I first used.

I went to PhotoShop because of its ability to save everything in Layers.

 

PrintShop had a lot of nice Text features but PhotoShop was actually much easier to learn

 

Everything is different in PrintShop opposed to PhotoShop so all the Tools and Features and Manipulations are different.

Yes, PhotoShop is way better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:07 AM

I also bought Coral Photoshop Pro X5 can`t wait for more info how to use this program with the nodes and what not. With this program someone told me you could take sponcer decals off the real car and downsize them to fit the model.

 

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:21 AM

I also bought Coral Photoshop Pro X5...

 

There is no such thing.

 

Are you talking about Corel PaintShop Pro? That's a completely different thing, made by a different company than who makes Photoshop.



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:50 AM

I also bought Coral Photoshop Pro X5 can`t wait for more info how to use this program with the nodes and what not. With this program someone told me you could take sponcer decals off the real car and downsize them to fit the model.

 

John Pol

 

John, check your software and double check that name.  Let me know what you have.

You either mean Corel or PhotoShop, not the two together

 

And,

Nothing will take images off a real car and edit or manipulate them.

I'm sure you mean using images that you have either found on the Net or scanned from originals.

 

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:51 AM

I also bought Coral Photoshop Pro X5 can`t wait for more info how to use this program with the nodes and what not. With this program someone told me you could take sponcer decals off the real car and downsize them to fit the model.

 

John Pol

 you can shrink  images in any program , the key to corel ( a vector program) is you can "redraw" the decals..than shrink/expand/resize them  instantly to whatever shape you want without any loss of resolution or pixelising....and modify the decals ...at any size.. without starting over

 that's why illustrator and corel are the choice of aftermarket and professional decal companys

 

it's this redrawing process that makes aftermarket decals cost what they do, it takes time and  a hefty learning curve


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 10:37 AM

Everything You Need To Know to Make Custom WaterSlide Decals

by CadillacPat

 

Part II     Decal Tools

 

I make Promotional Custom DieCast for Companies, Events, Parties, Movie Premieres, Conventions, Weddings and Individuals to publicize and advertise themselves with 1/64 scale DieCast mementos and souvenirs of their Events.

 

Making your own Decals at Home allows anyone to achieve personal "One of a Kind" results.

The possibilities decorating or personalizing objects with Decals are limitless.

 

To begin with you need good Clear InkJet Decal Paper.

I've used several kinds of Decal Paper in the past 12 years and Clear InkJet Decal Paper from Papilio.com is by far the superior brand, it is all I use.

It's thin, conforms to complex surfaces and is always fresh.

Papilio.com offers the best options around for shipping and my Decal Paper always arrives quickly.

 

Here's a picture of all the tools you will need for easy perfect application of your Custom Decals.

These tools are what I use.

 

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Here we have our Decal Application Tools,

 

Good sharp scissors, Titanium, about $7.  Keep them clean and use them only for your Decals.

 

Small manicure scissors used to cut away sections of an applied Decal that is draped over any window or wheel well opening.

 

X-Acto Knife with #11 blades.  Dollar Stores carry an X-Acto Knife Kit full of blades.

Keep this clean and don't use your Decal blade for anything else.

The X-Acto Knife is used to trim away small clear negative sections of a Decal after it is cut out and before it is immersed in water.

With the X-Acto you need not cut all the way through the Decal and the paper it is printed on.

You only need to lightly scribe through the layer of Decal film itself.

 

Curved Jewelers Tweezers

Sure you can use simple straight tweezers but you will notice greater ease and accuracy in applying Decals with Curved Tweezers.

 

1/2" Square Wash Nylon Artists Brush (the orange one in the pic), Nylon NOT Camel Hair, Nylon is firm for brushing the Decals flat.

This one tool will transform the way you apply Decals.

Just wet it and blot it dry before using.

 

#2 Artist Brush for wetting down a surface before application, and for applying either of the shown Decal Solvent or Decal Set.

 

Toothpicks for gently sliding and making adjustments in a Decal's position.

 

Pedicure Wedge Sponges,

Yes, the wedged Rubber Sponges women put between their toes when painting their toenails.

After a Decal is brushed down flat I dampen one of these, wring it out and press down on the Decal.

Found in Dollar Stores or Cosmetic Departments of Grocery Stores.

 

Micro-Sol and Micro-Set,

Used to soften a positioned Decal so it can be pressed down into recessed areas or around compound curves.

Other brands are available.  I use these by MicroScale.

Micro-Sol is the stronger of the two and I rarely use Micro-Set.

 

#10 Artists Brush (very tiny) used to touch up Decals after applied if you should crack or break the surface color.  Just use good water based Artist paints like Golden, Wicked, Com Art.

 

Sharpie Permanent Marker, Permanent ONLY, also used for Decal touchup.

 

Lastly all you will need is a shallow saucer or bowl with no more than 1/2" warm or room temperature water to soak your Decals.

Add no more than 2 or 3 drops of any liquid dish soap, gently stir, and this will lubricate the Decal assisting in sliding it into position.

Not pictured is a Rubber Squeegee available at Papilio.com for gently dragging over the surface of a Decal applied to a flat substrate.

 

These are the only tools I use.

Like all my Customizing Tutorials I teach people the way I do things so they can achieve the same crisp clean results that I do.

So, if you decide to substitute tools, products and methods, you run the risk of also altering your results.

 

Part 3 coming up,

 

CadillacPat


Edited by CadillacPat, 02 April 2013 - 10:38 AM.


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:02 PM

Keep it going Pat never to old to learn thtas for sure.

 

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:06 PM

Yes Pat the program I have is called I have it right in front of me CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5.

 

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:35 PM

Yes Pat the program I have is called I have it right in front of me CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5.

 

John Pol

 

Thanks John,

I've used Corel for a few things.

 

Confusing the names is no biggie,

There actually are a PrintShop and Printshop Pro so you had part of it correct.

 

I use PhotoShop for everything but as you can see these CadillacPat Custom Decal tutorials are not just about the Graphics Program.

You can still use your Corel and perhaps the PhotoShop discussions will help you along with it.

 

CadillacPat



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 05:43 PM

learn something new ever day..



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 07:30 PM

Anxiously awaiting installment #3. Headed out in the morning to gather up the tools. Great info, Pat! Thanks!



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Posted 03 April 2013 - 03:19 AM

You're doing a very complete job, Pat. Everything has been clear as day.



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Posted 06 April 2013 - 03:16 AM

Pat...I want to thank you for doing this tutorial. I have struggled with making my own decals, never quite achieving the results I am looking for. Probably could get it right with more patience and practice but it seems to me that there are some parts of the process that are critical for success and they all have to be done right for that success. Got the supplies you listed in Part 2 on order and am looking forward to the rest of the tutorial. Thanks again.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 06:03 AM

Great info Pat! I too have collected the tools you listed. Can't wait for the next installment.