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Old 01-29-11, 09:47 PM
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Originally Posted by iab View Post
Nice in theory, but not really based in reality.

As others have stated, pixal artwork is worthless. It needs to be converted to vector artwork. Adobe Illustator is the industry standard. It costs about $600.

Then there is the time. To convert a logo from pixal to vector will take 2-6 hours for someone with a lot of experience with the program. This comes from first-hand experience as I recreated Cinelli, Frejus and Gloria logos. I have over 20 years experience using Illustrator. What's shop rate at your LBS? $50-$60 /hour? Granted a decal maker can reuse the artwork, but there is no guarantee you won't be his only customer.

Next is color. Color is an SOB. Is the color in the photograph correct? Is the monitor showing the correct color in the photograph? PMS (Pantone matching system) is the industry standard. Does Pantone have an exact match? Then comes the hard part. Even with a specified PMS color, every printer will print them different. Even 2 different printers that are the same model are likely to print different colors. Then there are usually a few colors a printer won't print well. The chroma is off in the red for example. Then there are metallics. You have to print out multiple times to get the color correct. And now you need a printer to do this all. That isn't a cheap printer. The inks aren't cheap.

So $50 to get 1 page of decals is pretty much an excellent deal. And I am fairly certain anyone charging you $50 is not getting rich.

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I am sitting here with what might be the last set of mid seventies CCM Tour du Canada decals on the planet. I do not want to take the chance to use them. So, I scanned and now I am trying to make my own decals.

I have made decals before and with some success, however; I am always trying to improve the way I restore my bicycles. With that in mind, I would like to try the Vector art thing.

I did some checking and there are free Vector Software downloads available. Does anyone know if these are worth using?
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Old 01-30-11, 03:21 PM
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Just playing now printing out some graphics on the Papilio samples I got: clear and white waterslide; clear and white waterproof vinyl; silver metallic.

Looks like the clear is going to be fairly useless, unless going on a white bike. Silver is too dark and inks too transparent. White vinyl prints well and seems very thin, but it has a matte finish. Trying some gloss clear spray over. White waterslide looks nice, somewhat shiny. Supposed to wait 3 hours to let dry then coat with their fixative solution and let dry another 8 hours before using.

Certainly has possibilities if graphics are simple enough in shape to be cut out by hand.

randyjawa: I've only ever used Adobe Illustrator, don't know about any other vector programs... Oh, if your decals are right reading and visible, you could probably print from a good hirez scan from Photoshop.
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The attached pdfs are the decal design for a Raleigh Twenty. I don't know who made these, perhaps forum member lilpixel.



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Old 01-31-11, 03:27 PM
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Questions on Copyrights - Well its pretty clear that Ford is not going to sue you for painting a Ford Logo on your Ford truck - Now if I sell a couple of hundred T-Shirts with that logo on it then I think he rightfully has a case and deserves his cut - What I am saying here is we have a group of individual bicycle enthusiasts that want to decorate their bikes with decal reproductions - I am not interested in trying to make a piece of equipment something thats its not...

My buddy down the street is hand drawing a 1940s Peugeot decal for a down tube and a guy over in Austin is going to put it on his 1940s Peugeot - I don't think even the French will have a problem with that...

And again - A knock off is a knock off - Sometimes they just stink (like the ones I have posted)

Some bikes are so special they deserve special decorations - Now if I can just find some Western Auto streamers and a Varooom......
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Old 02-01-11, 12:18 PM
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High contrast monochrome - Paste at 2" for fair resolution, but still needs work...

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Despite the time element, I've got no problem with Velocals.
I did the work up front, design and create, converted to a format for commercial printing.
10 days later I had 'em.

I also use Cyclomondo if he has it in stock.

I don't know a think about that kind of graphics work, so I trust their judgement.
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Heres another GettoCal - Its sized to paste onto a bumper sticker template 10"x3" and then go on a downtube - This has been a very hard font to reproduce and makes you appreciate the professional work done at Velocals and others...



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Old 02-01-11, 02:22 PM
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Re: Velocals

I also did all my own artwork in professional format and paid up front. Received the decals 2 months later. Had an issue that was never resolved despite assurances that it would be.
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Originally Posted by iab View Post
Nice in theory, but not really based in reality.

As others have stated, pixal artwork is worthless. It needs to be converted to vector artwork. Adobe Illustator is the industry standard. It costs about $600.

Then there is the time. To convert a logo from pixal to vector will take 2-6 hours for someone with a lot of experience with the program. This comes from first-hand experience as I recreated Cinelli, Frejus and Gloria logos. I have over 20 years experience using Illustrator. What's shop rate at your LBS? $50-$60 /hour? Granted a decal maker can reuse the artwork, but there is no guarantee you won't be his only customer.

Next is color. Color is an SOB. Is the color in the photograph correct? Is the monitor showing the correct color in the photograph? PMS (Pantone matching system) is the industry standard. Does Pantone have an exact match? Then comes the hard part. Even with a specified PMS color, every printer will print them different. Even 2 different printers that are the same model are likely to print different colors. Then there are usually a few colors a printer won't print well. The chroma is off in the red for example. Then there are metallics. You have to print out multiple times to get the color correct. And now you need a printer to do this all. That isn't a cheap printer. The inks aren't cheap.

So $50 to get 1 page of decals is pretty much an excellent deal. And I am fairly certain anyone charging you $50 is not getting rich.
I don't have near the experience of anyone on here in regards to bicycles nor in decal printing specifically for bicycles but the above is a BRIEF overview of the work needed to be done for proper graphic design. Recreating image files (.jpg, .bmp, .png) into a vector based format is incredibly time-consuming even when you're good at it. Those prices are ****** over on velocals. Good work, too, from what I can see.
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Old 02-04-11, 11:33 AM
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Just got these in - Heres a low res pic of two bumper sticker decals I got in last week - At three dollars each they are not bad - Especially for two bikes just cleaned up and rattle can painted...

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You guys are killing me with the Peugeot knockoffs.....




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OK - Just put these together for a Univega I am putting together - Its going to be Rustolium Rattle Can Orange as soon as the primer drys - Again these are made for 10"x3" bumper stickers and created using GIMP and Openoffice software - They are just knockoff logos...

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^^^ Pretty cool!!

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Here's some art I've done. Someone send me an email if they want it in vector. I've had spotty luck at sign shops for getting them printed. Kinda depends who is doing it that day, and how knowledgeable they are.

These are really great. A couple of us have begun to collect vector art into a sort of archive for everyone to be able to access. Would you consider adding yours to the collection here? This is an open invitation to everyone, by the way.
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Does the yahoo group have a size limit of 100MB. I think this will fill up pretty quickly (hopefully!).

Can it be increased or do you have to start another group.
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Originally Posted by old_dreams View Post
Does the yahoo group have a size limit of 100MB. I think this will fill up pretty quickly (hopefully!).

Can it be increased or do you have to start another group.
Vector art is usually pretty small in file size.
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Originally Posted by old_dreams View Post
Does the yahoo group have a size limit of 100MB. I think this will fill up pretty quickly (hopefully!).

Can it be increased or do you have to start another group.
Yes, there's a 100MB limitation, which would be a terrific problem to have! I'm looking into the possibility of expanding without starting a second group.
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Originally Posted by AZORCH View Post
...Would you consider adding yours to the collection...
Wow - This looks great - But the ones I make are not vector art but just jpegs and sized to about 3"x10" for printing onto a cheap bumper sticker - Hence the name "GettoCal" - But I am sure interested in your site and I think it is well needed - I will be joining your group...
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I like tweaking others logos as well as creating new ones. Here's my take on the Giant logo.

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I need to get a image of the Vitus Carbone tubing label (the one on the lower part of the front page shown) as seen on this picture of a brochure that I think came with a frameset sold in the 80's.

I think my brother who works at a big sign company can easily reproduce them as decals for my bike for me, but I just can't find a good image anywhere of it except for this pic I found in the net that I can to forward to him.
Does anyone here have this Vitus brochure that can maybe post a nice facsimile of this front page and add it to this Decal Logo thread so we can use it?

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Originally Posted by iab View Post
Nice in theory, but not really based in reality.

As others have stated, pixal artwork is worthless. It needs to be converted to vector artwork. Adobe Illustator is the industry standard. It costs about $600.

Then there is the time. To convert a logo from pixal to vector will take 2-6 hours for someone with a lot of experience with the program. This comes from first-hand experience as I recreated Cinelli, Frejus and Gloria logos. I have over 20 years experience using Illustrator. What's shop rate at your LBS? $50-$60 /hour? Granted a decal maker can reuse the artwork, but there is no guarantee you won't be his only customer.

Next is color. Color is an SOB. Is the color in the photograph correct? Is the monitor showing the correct color in the photograph? PMS (Pantone matching system) is the industry standard. Does Pantone have an exact match? Then comes the hard part. Even with a specified PMS color, every printer will print them different. Even 2 different printers that are the same model are likely to print different colors. Then there are usually a few colors a printer won't print well. The chroma is off in the red for example. Then there are metallics. You have to print out multiple times to get the color correct. And now you need a printer to do this all. That isn't a cheap printer. The inks aren't cheap.

So $50 to get 1 page of decals is pretty much an excellent deal. And I am fairly certain anyone charging you $50 is not getting rich.

We charged $50 to get something "camera ready" before making a nylon plate and so many customers complained; they had no idea the amount of work that went to make a picture look right. And this was before Illustrator; we used to blow the image way up, get out the ink pens, then scale it back down. $50 was often a losing proposition for us.
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Sending these off to the bumper sticker dude - Replaced the background with light green to match the bike - Again these are for a 3"x10" bumper sticker - Will post pictures when mounted...
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Here is another set - I did not like the first set when I printed them out and taped them on the frame - People have asked me why I included other logos on the stickers - Its because the bike is not really a restored PR-10 - I am using a modern wheel set, Campy derailuers and Universal brakes on the 531, simplex dropout, PR-10 - Kind of a French/Italian with Oriental shoes - I will post pictures when done... Again these no bigger than 3"x10"...

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