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Custom print decals?

Post by Tommy8008 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:10 am

Any one know any where to get 1 sheet of custom decals printed? I have the image ready to go, just need a good vendor that won't charge the earth.

I know you can get decal paper to do it yourself, but I want a quality print done, and my printer isn't up to the task, as I've tried and failed.

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Re: Custom print decals?

Post by DaveVan » Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:24 am

Is a white underlay needed??? If not take your art and paper to a store that has a laser printer and have them print. What file format are you using??? A JPG will not look good no matter what method of printer.
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Re: Custom print decals?

Post by Tommy8008 » Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:00 am

I forgot I made this thread haha.

The image format is png and white is in the print, hence.

I don't know anywhere around here that has a laser printer to print it out. I suppose I could ask Google.

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Re: Custom print decals?

Post by DaveVan » Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:03 am

A PNG file will not give great results from any printer. Also if you need white print then you must print on white decal paper as even a laser will not print white. Kinda involved or pay someone with a working ALPS printer to create art and print it right.
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Re: Custom print decals?

Post by Stu Pidasso » Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:30 pm

Tommy8008 wrote:
Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:10 am
Any one know any where to get 1 sheet of custom decals printed? I have the image ready to go, just need a good vendor that won't charge the earth.

I know you can get decal paper to do it yourself, but I want a quality print done, and my printer isn't up to the task, as I've tried and failed.

UK preferably.
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Re: Custom print decals?

Post by Tommy8008 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:17 pm

DaveVan wrote:
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:03 am
A PNG file will not give great results from any printer. Also if you need white print then you must print on white decal paper as even a laser will not print white. Kinda involved or pay someone with a working ALPS printer to create art and print it right.
Shame. The image is quite complicated, it's a football club badge, so I guess it'll be too much. Cheers anyway.
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Re: Custom print decals?

Post by naoto » Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:53 pm

DaveVan wrote:
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:03 am
A PNG file will not give great results from any printer. Also if you need white print then you must print on white decal paper as even a laser will not print white. Kinda involved or pay someone with a working ALPS printer to create art and print it right.
Actually, there are laser printers that print white....
http://www.okidata.com/procolor/711wt
http://www.okidata.com/pro920wt
(okay, perhaps a bit pricey for many -- but then again, these are at the prices B/W laser printers used to be at back in the mid-180s)

As for graphics, it's probably best to make the graphics in a vector type format which is scalable rather than raster (i.e. you should use a "draw" program rather than a "paint" program). If you do use raster, just remember that size of dots on paper will be much smaller than what will be on paper --- as a rule-of-thumb, if we take something that fills your video display monitor and match it dot-for-dot on paper, it'll be the size of a postage stamp. If you scale the image to fit the paper, it ends up looking pixelated (if the extra dots are created by simply duplicating rows and columns of pixels required to fill out the image) or blurry (if the scaling involves sub-sampling and averaging to "fill in" the extra pixels).
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