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Lettering on photo realistic motorbike project.

Discussion in 'What would you like to learn here?' started by jackbaza, Oct 22, 2016.


  1. jackbaza

    jackbaza Young Tutorling

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    Hi
    How do I copy the writing on a bike onto an image of a bike on a crash helmet ?
    I am doing a photo realistic image of Barry sheene riding a 70's Suzuki, on the side of a crash helmet.
    The image is about 3 inch high and 4 inch wide approx......
    Hope this isn't a daft question o_O 1.jpg
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    hmm,, that's the hardest part,,,3 ways to go,, use frisket and cut out the lettering,,,or use a fine paint brush ,,or use a plotter( vinyl cutter)
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    jackbaza Young Tutorling

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    Thanks for the advice ..... I couldn't go that small with friskit ( I've tried)
    I don't know about a paint brush ?? ( Is there a fine marker pen , I could try ?)
    Will a plotter cut out words that are only 1/8th of an inch ( 2 ml). high ?
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    Aero color has 0.8 mm fine liners you can fill with your own paint this might do the trick but 2 mm is real small so I am not sure
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    There are limmits to what can be done and 2 mm high letters is probably close to it (when done by hand), some stuff just can't be achieved so make sure you know how you are going to handle stuff before you start on a project

    -I think (am sure:D) that this indeed would be too small to do with frisk
    -What @Ronald art said would be the easiest solution (use a fine liner) if that pen can pull it off
    -Cheaper plotters (like mine :p) won't pull it off that small more expensive ones (proffesional ones) might but they would be opperating at their limmit (I've seen some real small plottered stuff for prints on clothing).
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    Beanpoleuk pulled this off on the license plate of the recent Escort project. I was particularly impressed with the crispness of the lettering.
    http://www.airbrushforum.org/threads/ford-escort-mk1.16858/

    Another thought is wondering if a old style fine point quill pen would work? Just dipping it in paint instead of ink is all.
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    beanpoleuk Elite Member! Elite Member! Artist of the Month! Very Likeable!

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    Forgot to mention in the sbs, i used a fine white posca 'paint' pen and a very very steady hand :) as has been said sometimes the letters are just too small for frisk or plotters.

    Sent from my SM-J500FN using Tapatalk
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    Cocktail sticks can also be used dipping it in the paint.

    Lee
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    A super fine hairy brush and a steady hand. Marker pens can discolour over time.
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    I got away with real small lettering with a supracolor soft pencil from caran d ache but the letters were 3 mm so I am not sure if it will work for that small
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    Thanks Ronald, very helpful
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    AndreZA Elite Member! Elite Member! Artist of the Month!

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    Paintbrush will be the easiest. It does need to be perfect anyway.
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    I can tell you this about a plotter... I bought a Silhouette Cameo a short while ago and I have been really surprised about how fine it can actually cut with the right types of medium. For really accurate stuff I have found thicker vinyl is best, really thin and stretchy vinyl just doesn't cut as accurate as it flexes under the cutter blade and lifts from the backing paper... I got mine from Lion-Art and I am still playing with it endlessly.
    So far it's been a great little investment as I have been able to use it for little card stock xmas decorations for the wife and cute little stickers for the kid.
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    And right there is my problem, perfection... I can't handle things I am trying to do not being exactly right. I get the screaming poops and sand everything off and start again in a huff... it's a good thing my kid can't speak Afrikaans as that is my go-to swearing language.

    I really need to work on my patience...

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