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Technical ART, How to make your own 'Vintage' decals!

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  1. whizzerick
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    It's Tech week! Here is a nifty idea to beautify the firewall or dash of your Jalopy - or anything else, as you'll see here: water transfer decals!

    (For the benefit of the readers, please wait till I'm finished posting EVERY STEP before replying - thanks)
     
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    The paper: many sources offer it. It's used for model building. This one is for inkjet printers.
     

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    The art: grabbed from the web. A distinctively Canadian icon.
     

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    Tweaking in Photoshop: Better definition will help us later on. Rotating till the text is straight.
     

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    In Illustrator: our image in the background. We'll use it to guide us while tracing.
     

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    Bezier curves: learning how to use bezier curves will give you a LOT of confidence while tracing.
     

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    Tracing: using a contrasting color to see where we are going with the lineart.
     

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    Flip: this design is almost symetrical. Flip it to finish the leaf.
     

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    Font: Close enough. Let's work on it.
     

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    Modify: Getting there...
     

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    Super: You see? It was there are along.
     

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    Finished: Voilà!
     

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    More: Lets give it some more color.
     

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    Shape: Adjusting the size of the decal to a familiar object's shape. It'll help a LOT later on.
     

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    Printing: A 99$ inkjet printer, NO fancy stuff here.
     

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    Cutting: You see? It's much simpler to make a nice cut this way.
     

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    The object: The tank on my 1948 Monark Whizzer could use some color.
     

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    Apply: Soak as per instructions, apply CAREFULLY! This paper is ultrathin.
     

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    Results: Looking good, right next to that N.O.S saddle!

    There you go! My first TECH POST!
     

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    Are you done? Because that rips. Nice post.
     
  21. 67Imp.Wagon
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    WOW! Unbeleivable.
     
  22. 30roadster
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    very nice tech! I learned some photoshop too!

    any problem with the ink running?
     
  23. Django
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    That's killer. I'm going to try that for sure. I was looking at "vintage" reproductions, and they look anything but authentic.

    So do most hobby stores carry this inkjet decal paper? Or even someplace like Office Depot?
     
  24. 36couper
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    Whizzer.....that's cool. Can I buy a couple of those off of you? I have limited software on this old boat anchor of a computer so I can't make them. PM me.
     
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    Great post, thanks for taking the time...
     
  26. Elrod
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    Very Cool. A long time ago I reproduced the record tray numbers for my Wurlitzer in Photoshop, because the reproductions looked like crap. I have just been waiting to find out about this decal paper! I didn't know it existed for home printers!!

    Is the decal paper clear? If so, how do you print in white ink? Or is the decal paper white and not clear?
     
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    That is really cool!
    Great work on "cleaning" it up too! Wow..... I don't have the words to describe how cool this post really is! ! ! !

    A question I would have is about the durability of it. Does that paper hold up well in sunlight and rain? Like if someone wanted a few on their windows or dash maybe?

    Man, I can think of ALL SORTS of things to do with this stuff! ! !

    JT.
     
  28. whizzerick
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    I'm done! I'll be glad to answer any questions:

    - 30roadster: these are NOT waterproof... A thin coat of Krylon Clear will help them resist smearing. They are fragile but, hey, why not change'em on a weekly basis to keep it fresh?

    -Django: Do a Google on Decal paper, I order mine from Florida. 20$ a pack of 50 if I remember well?

    -36couper: That'd be difficult for me these days. I'm already behind schedule with most of my clients... I HAD to take time for a tech post, tough...

    Fellas, remember that this is a 'decorative' process and that you'll have to experiment with it. It is rewarding, though.
     
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    Elrod, I discovered that stuff when a buddy asked for artwork for his Vintage Wurlitzers (10¢ a play) !!! It IS available clear. If you need only a portion of white, you can cut a piece of white decal paper and place it underneath the CLEAR decal your doing. It is very thin paper, the 'bump' hardly shows.
     
  30. Paul
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    This post is getting my vote!

    It is by far the coolest tech post yet!

    even if the subject is a Canadian Whizzer [​IMG]

    Paul
     

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