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Post by Henri da Flipper on 11/16/2010, 8:06 pm

Ok, so let's start with a fun-fact to lighten the mood: A few seconds prior to posting this I was really thinking of calling it:"Decal Making for Dummies" but I don't want to be sued

So here are the first things you should know:

Decals are stickers applied to objects(usually toys) to make them look better, a few years Lego minifigures actually had decals to be applied in their torsos and currently Lego only produces decals for pieces(not minifigures) since their minifigures are printed.

In the modern day, people use decals to apply to their minifigures, this is a great way to make minifigures that were never made by lego or to make your figures look like they are official.

With the wonders that are called computers it is now relatively easy to make decals, they don't look perfect but usually work, plus making decals and posting them online is a great way to meet people.

Moving on to resources:

Here is a template I use, I got it from a great website(http://www.minifigcustomizationnetwork.com/):


And the greatest addition to any decal maker's tools, Lego's official color palette for 2010(Thank you "The Brothers Brick" for letting me know about this):


I hope you use this information in your future projects, if you have any questions, ask away, if you can answer other people's questions, then do so, all help is appreciated.

Cheers.

By: Henri, Decal maker supreme(or not...)
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Post by JackDawson1010 on 11/16/2010, 8:45 pm

This is going to help me making my better decals!

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Post by Henri da Flipper on 11/17/2010, 7:11 pm

lennonfan1010 wrote:This is going to help me making my better decals!

Always nice to know this topic is helping people!

Any questions to make me or The_Custom_One?

Also stay on the look out for a tutorial on how to make decals with a photoshop like program called Paint.NET(it's free)
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Post by The_Custom_one on 11/17/2010, 7:14 pm

Okay, here is a little tip.
Microsoft Paint is NOT the best program to make decals with. I would recommend GIMP (I use that)
or Inkscape ( I use that as well.).
GIMP is free, and can be downloaded Here.
So, feel free to use it!
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Post by JackDawson1010 on 11/17/2010, 8:34 pm

The_Custom_one wrote:Okay, here is a little tip.
Microsoft Paint is NOT the best program to make decals with. I would recommend GIMP (I use that)
or Inkscape ( I use that as well.).
GIMP is free, and can be downloaded [url=
So, feel free to use it!

I already use GIMP

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-Pink Floyd "The Thin Ice". The Wall

Everybody needs somebody to love.
-The Blues Brothers "Everybody Needs Somebody". Film Soundtrack

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-The Beatles "Strawberry Fields Forever". Magical Mystery Tour

See me, Feel me, Touch me, Heal me.
-The Who "Go to the Mirror!". Tommy

You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need
-The Rolling Stones "You Can't Always Get What You Want". Let it Bleed

An open letter to the snotty barista at the Coffee Bean on San Vacente Boulevard: I know there were twenty people behind me in line, but I was on a cell phone call with my mother. Didn't you see me hold up my index finger? That means I'll order my soy decaf hazelnut latte in just a couple minutes. So what's with the attitude lady? No tip for you!
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Re: Quick start to Lego decal making!

Post by The_Custom_one on 11/17/2010, 9:00 pm

lennonfan1010 wrote:
The_Custom_one wrote:Okay, here is a little tip.
Microsoft Paint is NOT the best program to make decals with. I would recommend GIMP (I use that)
or Inkscape ( I use that as well.).
GIMP is free, and can be downloaded [url=
So, feel free to use it!

I already use GIMP

Good! But do you know the functions of each of the tools? And how to use them?
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Post by JackDawson1010 on 11/17/2010, 9:04 pm

The_Custom_one wrote:
lennonfan1010 wrote:
The_Custom_one wrote:Okay, here is a little tip.
Microsoft Paint is NOT the best program to make decals with. I would recommend GIMP (I use that)
or Inkscape ( I use that as well.).
GIMP is free, and can be downloaded [url=
So, feel free to use it!

I already use GIMP

Good! But do you know the functions of each of the tools? And how to use them?

Not all. If you could help me some of them, that would be epic!

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-The Blues Brothers "Everybody Needs Somebody". Film Soundtrack

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-The Beatles "Strawberry Fields Forever". Magical Mystery Tour

See me, Feel me, Touch me, Heal me.
-The Who "Go to the Mirror!". Tommy

You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need
-The Rolling Stones "You Can't Always Get What You Want". Let it Bleed

An open letter to the snotty barista at the Coffee Bean on San Vacente Boulevard: I know there were twenty people behind me in line, but I was on a cell phone call with my mother. Didn't you see me hold up my index finger? That means I'll order my soy decaf hazelnut latte in just a couple minutes. So what's with the attitude lady? No tip for you!
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Post by The_Custom_one on 11/17/2010, 9:17 pm

lennonfan1010 wrote:
The_Custom_one wrote:
lennonfan1010 wrote:
The_Custom_one wrote:Okay, here is a little tip.
Microsoft Paint is NOT the best program to make decals with. I would recommend GIMP (I use that)
or Inkscape ( I use that as well.).
GIMP is free, and can be downloaded [url=
So, feel free to use it!

I already use GIMP

Good! But do you know the functions of each of the tools? And how to use them?

Not all. If you could help me some of them, that would be epic!

Okay, the Pencil tool is used to make straight/diagonal lines, or the like, but it is not smooth, for smoothness, use the Paintbrush, this makes it smooth.
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Post by JackDawson1010 on 11/17/2010, 9:19 pm

The_Custom_one wrote:
lennonfan1010 wrote:
The_Custom_one wrote:
lennonfan1010 wrote:
The_Custom_one wrote:Okay, here is a little tip.
Microsoft Paint is NOT the best program to make decals with. I would recommend GIMP (I use that)
or Inkscape ( I use that as well.).
GIMP is free, and can be downloaded [url=
So, feel free to use it!

I already use GIMP

Good! But do you know the functions of each of the tools? And how to use them?

Not all. If you could help me some of them, that would be epic!

Okay, the Pencil tool is used to make straight/diagonal lines, or the like, but it is not smooth, for smoothness, use the Paintbrush, this makes it smooth.

I knew those, but there are like 30 buttons. I know like 10 of them

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-The Blues Brothers "Everybody Needs Somebody". Film Soundtrack

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-The Beatles "Strawberry Fields Forever". Magical Mystery Tour

See me, Feel me, Touch me, Heal me.
-The Who "Go to the Mirror!". Tommy

You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need
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An open letter to the snotty barista at the Coffee Bean on San Vacente Boulevard: I know there were twenty people behind me in line, but I was on a cell phone call with my mother. Didn't you see me hold up my index finger? That means I'll order my soy decaf hazelnut latte in just a couple minutes. So what's with the attitude lady? No tip for you!
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Post by The_Custom_one on 11/17/2010, 9:26 pm

lennonfan1010 wrote:
The_Custom_one wrote:
lennonfan1010 wrote:
The_Custom_one wrote:
lennonfan1010 wrote:
The_Custom_one wrote:Okay, here is a little tip.
Microsoft Paint is NOT the best program to make decals with. I would recommend GIMP (I use that)
or Inkscape ( I use that as well.).
GIMP is free, and can be downloaded [url=
So, feel free to use it!

I already use GIMP

Good! But do you know the functions of each of the tools? And how to use them?

Not all. If you could help me some of them, that would be epic!

Okay, the Pencil tool is used to make straight/diagonal lines, or the like, but it is not smooth, for smoothness, use the Paintbrush, this makes it smooth.

I knew those, but there are like 30 buttons. I know like 10 of them

We should probably move this to PMs. So, PM me all the buttons you know how to use, okay?
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Re: Quick start to Lego decal making!

Post by Henri da Flipper on 11/17/2010, 10:11 pm

The_Custom_one wrote:Okay, here is a little tip.
Microsoft Paint is NOT the best program to make decals with. I would recommend GIMP (I use that)
or Inkscape ( I use that as well.).
GIMP is free, and can be downloaded Here.
So, feel free to use it!

I didn't mean Microsoft paint, I meant Paint.NET, it's photoshop for guys who don't like waisting money, I use it for greenscreen and photo editing in general
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