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Printing Name Plates

Discussion in 'Just starting...' started by Wayneb, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. Wayneb A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Hello guys and gals,
    Been getting my name plates engraved $$$$..Anyone got any advice on what is needed to do this on my computer.
    I've seen some pretty nice name plates that have been computer generated.Is there a particular software that's needed? .........Any advice much appreciated.........Wayne
    Maybe I should have posted this in the General category........
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  2. Helm A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    If you look under the SBS section Del posted a great how to for parchment style name plates on my phone so cant link it right now
    Steve
  3. m@rp Active Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    Personnaly I create nameplate with photoshop. I start with a rectangular form bigger than the final nameplate and so I reduce a the right dimension you may insert the font you want and any pics you want. search on the web, you will discover many texture and certainly the one that you want.
    Hope this will help you
    Have a nice day
    Pascal
  4. polyphemus Well-Known Member

  5. garyjd Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Here is an another option for name plates. I have experimented with acetate that is used for creating slides for over head projectors. The example shown here was done with Photoshop. Although you can use other programs to create plates. What I do is compose the plate then flip it so all of the type is backwards. This is so when the plate is mounted the shiny side of the acetate is showing verses the matt side. After printing the back side can be spray painted with gold, silver, white ETC. The border around the box and the type shown in the example will then be whatever color paint you choose. After drying the plate can be affixed using spray adhesive or double sided mounting type tape. The plate could also be fixed to a heavy black cardstock type paper then fixed to the base.

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  6. Glen Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    I've used Photoshop Elements create plates on plain white paper. The paper is then tinted with acrylics to simulate parchment. I can alter the fonts and the parchment color to suite the figure. Lately I've been using a local trophy shop to make the plates. Three plates for 54-80mm single figure bases run me about $12.00.

    Cheers,

    Glen
  7. Helm A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Nice one Gary
  8. OneWetFrog New Member

    I use Microsoft Publisher. Much less expensive than Photoshop but more than PS Elements. Easier to use than both Adobe products for a novice. Also has pre-designed backgrounds including a parchment.
  9. garyjd Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    You can also print your plates on quality parchment meant for a CP printer.
  10. ACCOUNT_DELETED A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    That's what I do and it works a charm. Just as nice as a professional plate I bought about 8 years ago.

    Colin
  11. Wayneb A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    My brothers and sisters of miniatures,
    I thank you all for your enlightenment on this subject...Now if I can pull off one of the options given; I will with the money saved certainly take my wife to dinner or get a 12 pack instead of 8.
    All in all ; thank you very much for your response and help..........Best Regards.......Wayne
  12. captnenglish Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    I just got Office 2013, and I am having a heck of a time figuring out the new Publisher (haven't used Publisher in ages), so I might hit you up for tips on that one.
  13. Piotrec Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Gary, where do you supply yourself with acetate and what printer are you using for printing?
  14. garyjd Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    It's an older printer. An HP Deskjet F4240. Any desktop printer should do. You should be able to purchase the acetate from a Office max, Staples, etc. It should be with specialtiy type papers for printers like adhesive/sticker type paper, or iron on transfer papers etc.

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