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Old 09-29-2007, 05:41 PM
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Creating graphics for decals

I'm wanting graphics on my new sedan-delivery project depicting a commercial business...in this case a tongue in cheek surf shop owned by my dog, Buster, and located here in backwoods of northern Wisconsin. I created the graphic I wanted on Photoshop and later will have a local outfit use this file to create decals which will be applied to each side of the car just prior to spraying the clear coats. This is a brief description of how I made the graphic - more photos and info in my cboy-two journal here http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...81&action=view

I began by taking about four dozen pictures of our dog, Buster. This is the basic one I chose to work with because I loved the sort of freaky scared look in his eyes.



I then picked a simple side shot of my roadster that I liked.



Next I started cutting and pasting the various pictures of Buster and putting him behind the wheel of the roadster. I also used a number of Photoshop filters to move, stretch, shrink etc. his legs and paws to get them in the right position. Also I grafted on a new set of ears "catching the wind". Once I had Buster done, I added a surfboard, some background trees/brush and pavement - including a yellow line. I then used a blur filter on the road and background to give a sense of movement.



I then cropped the photo into an oval shape and did a surround with diamond plate texture on which to put the business name and location.



And finally, I photoshopped the graphic onto a picture of the sedan delivery just to get an idea of how it's going to look.

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Old 09-29-2007, 09:21 PM
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I always wondered what you were going to do with that empty space. Looks great!

Looks like you are well on the way to finish welding and grinding the body panels. Or is that photoshopped too?
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Looks like you are well on the way to finish welding and grinding the body panels. Or is that photoshopped too?
Photoshopped. And a dang site easier than welding and grinding. Actually I started in on the graphics things as a diversion from all that real work.
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