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Home-made decals

Posted by Konrad on 03 May 2009, 20:08

I am asked again and again for my home-made Decals.
Here I try to show, how I make them.
Step by step.


First I measure the size of the flag.
Here 1cm (0,39inch)
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Then I look for a suitable motive.
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We take that here.
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Now I bring the motive with the instruction: " File open" into my photosoftware.
With the tool "cut" I remove everything that I do not need no more.
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Still the motive is too large.
And it has the wrong dissolution.
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Now the MOST IMPORTAND!!! step comes.
I now change the size on the measure which I need.
I select a high resolution.
My motive is now only 1cm largely.
If the dissolution is not correct, the printing becomes BLURRED.
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Only one motive on a DINA4 sheet to print, would be wasting.
Thus I make a new file of 10x10 cm.
Like an empty sheet.
It must have the SAME dissolution as my motive!!!
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Now I can draw as many motives with "Drag and Drop" on my sheet as I want.
Naturally also different motives, signs, flags etc.
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Printing.
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Here we go!
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Doesn't look so bad nevertheless at all, or?
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I hope, the pictures and my description help you.
Who has still questions, a PM writes me.
I want to try gladly to help everyone.
All property and much success for your first flags (or whatever).

Konrad
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Posted by Benno on 03 May 2009, 20:16

@ Konrad: When you hit the button Prt Scr (Print Screen) you can make a screenshot of your screen. Paste it into your photo program and save it as a picture.

Nice walk through. :thumbup:
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Posted by Mai Strac on 03 May 2009, 20:38

What kind of paper used for the print?
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Posted by Maurice on 03 May 2009, 20:51

Nicely :-D

So next time we need some specialized decals, we can ask you?

Do you use self adhesive paper or dry transfer or something else?
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Posted by Poniatowski on 03 May 2009, 20:53

Konrad, I do it exactly the same :) Now I'm working on some technique of making eyes. If I find out somthing I will let You know :)
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Posted by Konrad on 03 May 2009, 20:54

For the print I use completely normal paper.
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Posted by Maurice on 03 May 2009, 20:59

And then you glue them on the model? Doens't the glue ruin the paper?
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Posted by Poniatowski on 03 May 2009, 21:05

Of course it doesn't I use thin paper, but its nothing special, ten I use a glue namwed in Poland "Vikol", its white, and when it dryes its invisible. Its mixed 50/50 with water.
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Posted by Susofrick on 04 May 2009, 07:40

Great!
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Posted by Adam on 04 May 2009, 11:16

You can buy decal paper in both clear and white for a few pounds/euros each too, Of course Konrad seems to be doing an excellent job without, especially for flags, but for some areas on vehicles and aircraft paper is a little visible so you can buy this paper and do exactly the same as konrad has here.
Great work mate :thumbup:
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Posted by Paul on 04 May 2009, 11:31

Thanks Konrad, I´ll have a go (erst job finden)
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Posted by Peter on 04 May 2009, 22:00

Thanks Konrad for sharing this with us :thumbup:

Greetings Peter
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Posted by remmchen on 05 May 2009, 19:10

Thank You very much, I`am working on a medival diorama and this will help me a lot. :mrgreen:
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Posted by Martin on 12 May 2009, 21:06

Hi,
I saw Thomas Willers do the same thing with the inside of (wooden) shields!!
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Posted by Michel on 13 May 2009, 05:42

Thomas Willers has his Shields from my Hands...;-)

For Example the Pavises...!

I always use my selfmade paper decals since 3 Years...!
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Posted by Valion on 13 May 2009, 07:20

Dear Konrad,

thanks for sharing your knowledge with us !
One more reason to go ang buy some new color ink cartridges for my goode olde printere.. :roll:
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Posted by Paul on 13 May 2009, 16:49

Martin wrote:Hi,
I saw Thomas Willers do the same thing with the inside of (wooden) shields!!

Ah HA!!, so that´s how it was done
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Posted by Martin on 13 May 2009, 23:11

Paul wrote:
Martin wrote:Hi,
I saw Thomas Willers do the same thing with the inside of (wooden) shields!!

Ah HA!!, so that´s how it was done

Yep.
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Posted by Fenton on 14 May 2009, 00:34

Konrad

The shields look excellent...Do you allow a little extra size for the curve of the shield?
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