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 Posted: Fri Nov 15th, 2019 11:08 am
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Looks sharp Tom!



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Thanks for the encouraging comments and recommendations.


Thayer - I'll give your suggestion a try. 
Sounds like a good way to locate the image where I want it. 
Thanks.


I couldn't wait until next week for the decal-set solutions,
and went ahead and applied it to the air tank. 

I immediately realized that the great colors all disappeared,
and the decal might as well have been done in black. 

I'm thinking this situation calls for white water slip decal paper,
and have ordered some of that. 

Why do all my projects snowball?

- Tom





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Yes, the white component is missing from the colors,
as most ink printing systems use somewhat translucent colors,
and rely on the white base.

If you look at commercial decals,
many have a white layer under the color layer.
White decal paper will fix it.

Because most of your projects are stuff that many of us can only dream of accomplishing.
If it was my scene, I'd have a hot dog shaped compressor in some grimy color,
with no manufacturers logo and think I had done something great.

Pioneers always have to slog through the mire to reach their goal.
We all benefit from your hard work.

Tom


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Tom - Thanks for the explanation. 
I wasn't sure but suspected that was the problem. 

Also thanks for the comments about my snowball project. 
I'll keep slogging. 

Luckily for me I enjoy the learning process as much as the final product.

- Tom


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Hi Guys  :wave:



Thanks for all the top tips on doing DIY decals !  :dt:

I'd love to have a go myself.  L:



I'm not sure if my humble Canon is up to it ?  ???

But it might be.  :us:



A reasonably good 2-cart inkjet bought a couple of years back.  :P

Mmm ...  L:



GREAT results on the compressor & decals Tom !  :bow:

And of course the ever intrepid backwoods Updah Sign Writing Dept.  :mex:



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Si,

Today almost any fairly new inkjet can do good decals.

Just be sure to use INKJET decal stock (it is different from laser decal stock)
as ink from an inkjet printer is absorbed into the media,
whereas the ink from a laser is fused to the media surface.

Dye-sub is somewhere between them, the ink is vaporized and infused into the surface.
Also put a clear coat over the finished decal, as most inkjet inks are water-soluble.
The spray clear coat and the carrier film will embed the ink protecting it.

The big "gotcha" with decal printing is that printing inks are not like paints.
They are designed to blend on the media so they are almost all translucent.

If you are making a decal for use on a dark object,
you will need to use white decal paper or really play with the colors to get it right.

Try printing something in color on colored paper to see what I mean.
Each of the colors (normally Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow) is semi-transparent,
and relies on the white paper base for some of the color and most of the vibrance.

Easiest is to make decals for light-colored backgrounds, then you can just use clear decal media.
Almost all of the standard inkjet profiles are based around having a white background.

If you look at the pull down for paper selection in most printer drivers,
you will see multiple possibilities.

Some of these deal with resolution and drying time
(smoother papers give better detail but take longer to dry)
and some deal with the luminosity of the paper used
(brighter or duller whites). 

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