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Custom Decals / Insignias
This tutorial shows you how to make and apply custom decals and insignias for your action figures.
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John Harmon’s Guide to Making Custom Decals for Action Figures

So you’re working on a custom, and it’s of a superhero. You’re almost finished, and you just have one last thing left to include. The insignia! The insignia is the most important part of any superhero costume, but it’s really hard to paint. If you were to try and paint an insignia, it might come out sloppy. And there are so many characters that would need one, whether it be the superhero, or a military figure, or even something like the Ghostbusters with their shoulder patches.

There is a solution to the problem: computers! Yes that’s right, you can make the insignia on your computer, and apply it to the figure. This is the best solution most of the time, because not even the steadiest of hands can match what a computer can do. For this tutorial, you will need Photoshop or a similar program, and you will need to be adept at it. If not, you’ll either have to learn or get a friend to help. Sorry if that makes it harder on some, but when dealing with custom insignias and decals, knowing graphic art is a must.

You’ll also need a printer, a pair of scissors, clear packing tape (EZ Start sold at Walmart works best), Krazy glue (or just regular super glue if you prefer), and a pair of tweezers.

So, you have all your tools ready? Alright, let’s begin!

Make sure you have read the disclaimer before attempting anything mentioned in the tutorial.

Sjefke - Saturday, May 17, 2014
Duh! I didn't know to set the DPIs!

Have you tried this with decal paper available at some hobby stores?
I have the paper, but haven't tried it yet because a) The paper costs $10 for five 5 x 8 sheets and I don't want to waste it. I'm trying to fill the sheet with as many declas as possible and b) I didn't know to set the DPIs to 600. When I shrink the images, they look like Minecraft animals.

In stead of covering the decals in packing tape, could you just place a drop of superglue on top of it?
libog - Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Awesome tutorial. I was wondering how people were able to put such super fine details in some of their figures.
CrimsonFlush - Sunday, April 29, 2012
Kryptonite-man - Friday, April 27, 2012
if you don't want to glue it on I used double sided carpet tape and it works great..
lance - Monday, April 23, 2012
to aWSOme, like the info

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