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Post by clonefactory on Sun Jul 26, 2009 1:27 am

I appoligize if this all could have been researched by I am working on a few new items that I have to get out for a special project for Gareth. Smile

I am looking at doing some new decals and possibly looking for a person that can print decals for me. They must be able to print in layers using white.

Previously I have used the Fine Clonier but I would like some options.

Also for the Fine Clonier to print my decals they had to be in corel CDR format. Does anyone know of another CDR application that is free and maybe a little easier. I like the quality in the format and want to use it for all future developments (CDR format that is).

Finally, what are some other file format that you use besides BMP and JPEG and GIF.

Finally, Finally. Does anyone have a Lego snow trooper and CW trooper decal in CDR format.

Thanks.
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Post by CT44 on Sun Jul 26, 2009 1:44 am

What do you mean by "Print in layers using white?"
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Post by clonefactory on Sun Jul 26, 2009 1:51 am

In order to show detail on a darker background (figure) a layer print is required the first layer is an almost white layer then it is printed over with color to neutralize the background. Hope that makes sence.
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Post by Green Tee on Sun Jul 26, 2009 2:49 am

Not really.... But, I read somewhere on the CABG, JPEG is bad for decals. PNG good. PNG is a file format you can change your picture to. I'm still getting in the groove of this. What is CGR?
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Post by JediSpring on Sun Jul 26, 2009 4:20 am

CDR is Corel Draw. That's what I use to make my clone trooper templates.
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Post by Axel on Sun Jul 26, 2009 5:04 am

CommanderKill wrote:Not really.... But, I read somewhere on the CABG, JPEG is bad for decals. PNG good. PNG is a file format you can change your picture to. I'm still getting in the groove of this. What is CGR?

JPEG and PNG are both alright for decals. As far as I know, I only use PNG for images with text in them.

Oh, and CloneFactory, just a quick question: when should I used white waterslide decals, and when should I use clear ones?
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Post by Chaotic Good on Sun Jul 26, 2009 8:15 am

Axel wrote:Oh, and CloneFactory, just a quick question: when should I used white waterslide decals, and when should I use clear ones?

This is a question applicable to normal, inkjet printers. When you use darker torsos, e.g. black, brown or green, you should use white decal paper and give the decal that colour background. When using white or tan torsos, you can use clear. This is not applicable to various printers that can underprint white ink on decals - which is what CF is looking for - because underprinting white ink allows the colour to show up on dark torsos or elements.

By the way, CF, I suggest you check out TriUmp on Flickr. He, too, has an ALPS Printer and he also uses Corel Draw, I believe. Wink

And also, CommanderKill: JPEG is NOT bad for inkjet waterslide decals. I have used them every single time, and it has not caused any mess-ups.
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Post by Green Tee on Sun Jul 26, 2009 6:59 pm

Ok CG. Somebody said it just made them look pixelated or something. I really don't know much about this (or anything else on here, for that matter) so I'll leave it to the experts.
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