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A Guide for Making Custom Decals

Post by 667thLegion on Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:47 pm

Ok, so Rook wanted me to show how I make my sticker/decals, so here we go...

1. You'll want to download this. Serif Drawplus version 4. This version is free, and gives you all the things you need.

2. Once you have that downloaded, the fun begins. You will see a box that pops up. Push OK twice. For clones, I usually download one of FC's regular clone decals. You copy and paste to Drawplus. You won't see anything, but your curser will be a small grey box with a plus in the corner above it. click and drag. You will see blue lines outlining a box. get it as big as you want, then let go.

3. Over to the left, you will see a tool bar. Four down, you will see a picture of a pencil. click on that. a box will pop out that has a straight diagonal line and a squiggle line. the diagonal line just makes straight lines, and is alot easier to use than the pencil. Under that, you will see a white square. This opens up my favorite tool, shapes! There a wide variety of shapes and designs to choose from. Every other tool on the right are things I don't use, so I can't explain those. Wink

4. Ok, to get started, I will tell an easy way to make a great clone. So say you want a line down the middle of the chest. take the square tool, and drag it to the size you would like. Once you have that, drag it to where you want. There should be a little box in the right corner of the page that says "Fill". If not, right click up in the top margin. A box will appear with lots of check boxes. Find the one that says "Fill Tab". Now, you can change the color to whatever you want. You can play with whatever you want, to get a perfect clone suited for you.

5. If you make something in a group, and you want to make a group bigger or smaller, click on the top arrow in the left tool bar. Drag a square around whatever you want to grab. This also comes in use when it comes to printing.

6. When you are ready to print, use the top arrow to drag a square around the whole design. Make the design extremely small. It might take a few tries to get it just right. Now, I advise that you open Microsoft Word. Copy and paste the design to Word, and print. Have a minifig on site with you to get the size right. If it's not right, cut the design, shrink or enlarge on Drawplus, and try again. When you get the size perfect, SAVE it on Word. This way, when you are making other decals, you can measure up on the computer.

7. I use a sticker maker like this to make my stickers. You can find one at a craft store like Michael's or Hobby Lobby. I'm not sure exactly how Uberlag makes his, so ask him for that info.

The best thing to do is just play around with the program for a while to get comfortable with it, then it becomes really fun and easy. If you need anymore help, just leave a post or PM me. Wink

But don't worry if you don't get a reply back for a while if you pm, I'm leaving Sunday for vacation, but will answer any questions when I get back Thursday.
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Re: A Guide for Making Custom Decals

Post by astoriabluelegos on Sun Jul 13, 2008 12:02 am

Thanks a TON man! I am deffinetly using this technique! Smile Blue Arc
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Re: A Guide for Making Custom Decals

Post by Comrade Faie on Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:02 am

How do I download Kamino's decals? Fordo Yo!

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Post by astoriabluelegos on Sat Jul 19, 2008 1:40 am

Commander Faie wrote:How do I download Kamino's decals? Fordo Yo!

Go to the decal you're interested in, there are two choices: add to cart, and download. Wink Blue Arc
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Re: A Guide for Making Custom Decals

Post by Brandon9 on Sat Jul 19, 2008 1:43 am

Go to his site and select the design you want then click the Download Design button and check the I Accept box in the pop-up then a picture of the design will apear right click it and press Save to my pictures and then your done. Smile Fordo Yo!
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Re: A Guide for Making Custom Decals

Post by Axel on Sat Jul 19, 2008 3:15 am

Hmmm...anyone know what Wuzzupbob uses for his decals?

Send him a PM!
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Re: A Guide for Making Custom Decals

Post by astoriabluelegos on Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:15 am

As it's already been stated PM him, we all know he's very friendly and I'm sure he'll Blue Arc tell you. Smile
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Re: A Guide for Making Custom Decals

Post by Axel on Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:33 am

Yeah, I Pm'ed him awhile ago, and he replied. Don't know if I'm meant to say what he uses here...
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Re: A Guide for Making Custom Decals

Post by astoriabluelegos on Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:00 pm

Axel wrote:Yeah, I Pm'ed him awhile ago, and he replied. Don't know if I'm meant to say what he uses here...

Probably not, if we want to know, we'll PM him ourselves. Wink Blue Arc
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Re: A Guide for Making Custom Decals

Post by swlegoboy on Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:47 pm

thanks very helpful

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Re: A Guide for Making Custom Decals

Post by Gerrard on Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:29 am

Yeah, it really helped me! Thanks man!
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Re: A Guide for Making Custom Decals

Post by Green Tee on Tue May 26, 2009 4:58 am

Who's FC? I wan to download the templates (sorry if I sound like a noob. I am one(I just started(<--this is starting to annoy you))). Blue Arc Embarassed
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Re: A Guide for Making Custom Decals

Post by Chaotic Good on Tue May 26, 2009 11:24 am

FC is the Fine Clonier; Kamonian, Jared Burks. His site is linked to on the Portal, but here it is:

http://www.fineclonier.com/

And never fear; it's always best to ask questions if you're confused. I'd recommend asking this in a PM to someone in future, though. Wink
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Re: A Guide for Making Custom Decals

Post by Green Tee on Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:34 pm

Thanks for helping out guys. Smile This is the best forum ever!

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Re: A Guide for Making Custom Decals

Post by Commander Eddie on Wed Sep 23, 2009 5:26 pm

How do I get the decals to stay on the legs Yellow

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Re: A Guide for Making Custom Decals

Post by Tac on Wed Sep 23, 2009 5:29 pm

Commander Eddie wrote:How do I get the decals to stay on the legs Yellow

Did you use stickers or ordinary paper? Razz
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Re: A Guide for Making Custom Decals

Post by Commander Eddie on Wed Sep 23, 2009 5:30 pm

I use stickers

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Post by Bantha on Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:38 pm

Does anyone know if this works on a MAC? Thanks for all the helpful info! Smile
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Re: A Guide for Making Custom Decals

Post by Bizzle on Sat Oct 17, 2009 9:40 pm

Bantha wrote:Does anyone know if this works on a MAC? Thanks for all the helpful info! Smile


The program he talks about in the guide doesn't work on Macs but GIMP works on Macs. Thats what I have started to use for my comics.

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Thanks a lot1

Post by gaburaisu on Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:32 pm

I am going to use this for my decals, I've never tried decals before but this technique is so good I'l try it!

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Post by commander_gree on Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:28 pm

who can get a decal for the 41st legion I want to create it!Also I signing everything with Camo or maybe Kashyyyk prabably Kashyyyk

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Re: A Guide For Decals

Post by frrylander55 on Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:35 am

I have 15 sheets of decal paper from Tango Papa Decals. I want to print them and says use laserjet printers, but my computer teacher says the stuff will melt and use an ink jet which it says don't use. What should I do?
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Re: A Guide for Making Custom Decals

Post by Chaotic Good on Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:36 pm

frrylander55 wrote:I have 15 sheets of decal paper from Tango Papa Decals. I want to print them and says use laserjet printers, but my computer teacher says the stuff will melt and use an ink jet which it says don't use. What should I do?

Does it say 'laser decals' on the back or in the order description?

If so, use laser printers. If not, inkjet. It's really that simple. Wink
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Re: A Guide for Decals

Post by frrylander55 on Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:56 pm

Chaotic Good wrote:
frrylander55 wrote:I have 15 sheets of decal paper from Tango Papa Decals. I want to print them and says use laserjet printers, but my computer teacher says the stuff will melt and use an ink jet which it says don't use. What should I do?

Does it say 'laser decals' on the back or in the order description?

If so, use laser printers. If not, inkjet. It's really that simple. Wink

Well on their website and with the order sheet it says user laserjet printer but my computer teacher says it will melt it and use and inkjet. It says dont use an inkjet.
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Post by Chaotic Good on Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:08 pm

Well on their website and with the order sheet it says user laserjet printer but my computer teacher says it will melt it and use and inkjet. It says dont use an inkjet.

Based on the balance of probability, I'd say use Laserjet. The decal paper people do their stuff for a hobby and a business, and so they probably have a more expert opinion...
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