Make your own decals using your inkjet printer
- I don't know if anyone here has tried making their own decals but you
can now use your inkjet and laser printer. Is is a very cost effective
method and much cheaper than having them custom made. Each sheet cost
about £1.55 for and A4 sized sheet. If you have a look at the site you
will see a step-by-step method of how to use them. the example shown
shows a candle being decorated but the inkjet decal paper can be used
on any hard surface. There is also a dry rub off transfer version too.
- On Wed, 03 Oct 2007 12:23:18 -0000
"charlotte Gaisford" <Tcgaisford@...> wrote:
> I don't know if anyone here has tried making their own decals but youYou might also want to look at lasertran if you are trying to do inkjet as
> can now use your inkjet and laser printer.
their paper avoids the whole spraying with varnish business.
The big problem I find however is that with the exception of some obscure
(discontinued) ALPS printers you can't really print white. So you can
either print decals with white background (and try to colour match), or
decals with clear background that really need to go onto a white or near
The tnt-z container decals appear to be printed this way, and I've got
other N scale stock which has been done by that method.
- There are many ways to make decals now-a-days. The most expensive
being having custom silkscreen decals made. The next best option is
using the ALPS MD100 or ALPS MD5000 printers to make them. ALPS
made several more types of printers but these two in particular were
made to print using white.
The next option available is using inkjet or laser printers to print
decals onto clear or white decal paper. For most applications this
is the cheapest and best way to go unless part of your decal has a
need for the color white, or some of the colors you are printing
need a white background to make the color stand out. Like printing
green or red on clear decal paper and putting the decal on a brown
boxcar. You need a white background printed behind the red or green
to make them stand out. But if what you are decaling is already
white, then colors will all be bright. This is where inkjet and
laser printed decals will work best.
I have seen several different companies offering different ways to
print decals. Some are ok and some are time consuming. I use a
ALPS MD1000 printer for my decals. Cost about $500 to get a printer
some cartridges and some decal paper. It's enough to get started.
If I had the equipment I would prefer to make silkscreen decals like
Microscale makes. Now that is a decal!
Has anyone ever tried this (see quote from website underneath) ?
Sounds nice, but creating a graphical background color that matches you loco or
car will be tricky if you ask me.
FROM Website: http://www.mcgpaper.com/modeldecals.html
Color inkjet printers will not print white. For this reason we created White
To make white decal paper we put a white pigment into the water slide decal
To print white letters and numbers or to print graphics which have white areas:
Create a block (rectangle).
Color or fill the block the same color as the color of the surface on to which
you will be placing the decal.
You can also scan your fill color - i.e. scan your wood grain and use it as your
fill, background color.
Type the words on top of the colored block
Make the words white on the screen
If you are drawing a graphic place it on top of the colored block.
Print on white decal inkjet decal paper.
After printing your decal cut out your image area
Coat your decal allow to dry.
When you slide the decal onto the surface the colored border will blend into the
color of the surface appearing like a small shadow.
- On Thu, 4 Oct 2007 11:22:01 +0200
"Ysbrand van der Veen" <y.m.vanderveen@...> wrote:
> Hello,I've seen it done with some success in certain cases (normally dark
> Has anyone ever tried this (see quote from website underneath) ?
> Sounds nice, but creating a graphical background color that matches you loco or
> car will be tricky if you ask me.
shades) and weathering. Sometimes you can just magically get away with it
however. One way is doing the whole side as a decal onto white paint -
which works well for things like the sides of trucks, or for signs. Also
sometimes stock just happens to be a useful colour - eg UK railway
coaches were blue with a white stripe around the windows. So for Z you
paint the whole coach side (except the windows themselves!) white and put
two blue and transparent decals on it above and below them.
Even with a white background some colours (notably bright yellows) are
One decal vendor here (UK) - electra railway graphics - also has some kind
of printing setup that can print white on clear decals and ships decals in
two sheets, a white and clear one as a base and a second one you align
over the top which has the colours on clear.