my invisible text
Categories
  • TIMELINE

converting a photograph to vinyl

<<

User avatar

5 Star Contributor

Posts: 8678

Joined: Mon Jul 22, 2002 10:04 am





Post Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:42 am

converting a photograph to vinyl

I am in need of some advice/help. I have been given a photograph that the customer wants etched onto a mirror in vinyl.
I'm not sure on how to go about this and if it's possible without losing too much of the photograph detail.
I know Signlab has a facility to do something along these lines but haven't used it before.

Can anyone help me out please?


thank you :D
<<

User avatar

5 Star Contributor

Posts: 14363

Joined: Tue Sep 21, 2004 2:36 pm





Post Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:03 am

Marcella, in signlab you can do it with the photocut facility, but its a bit hit and miss to get the number of lines right, because signlab doesn't give a good preview. You could also do it as a two tone cut out, similar to the Che Gavara t shirts of the sixties. Create a mono tone pic in corel, or PS
and adjust till you have a "cutable" image, then take it into signlab and trace.
Peter
<<

User avatar

L-Gold Member
L-Gold Member

Posts: 344

Joined: Fri Nov 12, 2004 8:41 pm





Post Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:06 am

<<

User avatar

5 Star Contributor

Posts: 8678

Joined: Mon Jul 22, 2002 10:04 am





Post Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:13 am

thank you ...... I'll give it a go and see if I can manage it! :)
<<

User avatar

3 Star Contributor

Posts: 210

Joined: Mon May 26, 2008 11:24 am





Post Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:46 pm

This is how we do it Marcella:

1. Open in Photoshop and convert to greyscale or desaturate.
2. Click Image>Adjustments>Threshold and move slider until getting the required shades.
3. Save as highest quality jpg.
4. Import jpg into Coreldraw and trace as black and white image.

In Photoshop there is also a trace facility that sometimes works well by using Filter>Stylize>Trace Contour.
<<

User avatar

5 Star Contributor

Posts: 2256

Joined: Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:05 am





Post Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:23 pm

Mes about with the stamp filter in photoshop, it can give good results, just get the smoothing and light/darkness right
<<

User avatar

5 Star Contributor

Posts: 8678

Joined: Mon Jul 22, 2002 10:04 am





Post Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:07 pm

Hi Guys,

I'm not having much luck with this. Am I wasting my time? Is there any likelihood of this image being cut in etch??????? :-?

Image
<<

User avatar

Premium Member
Premium Member

Posts: 5740

Joined: Sun Dec 03, 2006 12:43 am





Post Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:13 pm

I had a quick try and couldn't come up with anything suitable

could you not print it on to etch?
<<

User avatar

5 Star Contributor

Posts: 8678

Joined: Mon Jul 22, 2002 10:04 am





Post Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:20 pm

thanks Warren. They don't want it printed unfortunately. :-?
<<

L-Gold Member
L-Gold Member

Posts: 2342

Joined: Tue Sep 27, 2005 6:53 pm





Post Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:32 pm

Try importing in to Illustrator make it bigger, then Efect > Sketch > Bas Relief > Photocopy will give you a good image to trace with Illustrator


works quite well for me, will need a bit of cleaning up.
<<

L-Gold Member
L-Gold Member

Posts: 2342

Joined: Tue Sep 27, 2005 6:53 pm





Post Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:41 pm

or use the stamp one
<<

User avatar

5 Star Contributor

Posts: 8678

Joined: Mon Jul 22, 2002 10:04 am





Post Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:44 pm

that's not a bad way of doing it Nick. But I'm still struggling to get anything suitable ......... if it was a face or something it would be better but I think this boring grey ship is the problem!
<<

L-Gold Member
L-Gold Member

Posts: 2342

Joined: Tue Sep 27, 2005 6:53 pm





Post Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:51 pm

can you just do a silhouette of it?
<<

User avatar

5 Star Contributor

Posts: 8678

Joined: Mon Jul 22, 2002 10:04 am





Post Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:53 pm

I'm trying to get some sort of image together that I can email to him before cutting it in etch, as long as it looks good and looks like this ship then I don't care LOL. He's wanting it on a mirror to present to the officers on the ship ............ that leaves port THIS FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-?
<<

User avatar

Premium Member
Premium Member

Posts: 5740

Joined: Sun Dec 03, 2006 12:43 am





Post Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:10 pm

posted a file in file swapping for you to look at.

cheers

Warren
<<

4 Star Contributor

Posts: 463

Joined: Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:00 pm





Post Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:54 pm

Marcella,
How big is the mirror?, just wondering if it would look better when converted it to a laser file (via photograv etc) and get it laser engraved on to the mirror instead of sandblast etch.

Alex.
<<

User avatar

5 Star Contributor

Posts: 8678

Joined: Mon Jul 22, 2002 10:04 am





Post Tue Jan 13, 2009 7:34 pm

the mirror is 900 x 600mm ........ there's text to add to it as well. Not got time to get it engraved ........ needs to be done by Thursday!!!! :-?
<<

4 Star Contributor

Posts: 463

Joined: Thu Sep 01, 2005 8:00 pm





Post Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:42 pm

He's wanting it on a mirror to present to the officers on the ship ............ that leaves port THIS FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Opps, should have read the entire topic... :oops:

Alex.
<<

User avatar

5 Star Contributor

Posts: 8678

Joined: Mon Jul 22, 2002 10:04 am





Post Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:27 am

:lol1: no probs
<<

User avatar

5 Star Contributor

Posts: 7257

Joined: Fri Jul 15, 2005 11:32 pm





Post Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:34 am

Will it be cut from the same grade of etch or can you use two/three shades or textures? It would probably be possible then.
<<

User avatar

4 Star Contributor

Posts: 352

Joined: Sat Oct 02, 2004 10:24 pm





Post Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:24 am

Marcella,

Have not tried it but is it possible to print onto a piece of etch through a solvent printer (it is only greyscale after all) - then hand cut out - say - the sky area? You could keep an etch border all round.

Looks a difficult photo to reduce to say even two colours/shades without losing too much - notwithstanding cleaning the nodes etc.

Martin
<<

User avatar

5 Star Contributor

Posts: 8678

Joined: Mon Jul 22, 2002 10:04 am





Post Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:55 am

Martin-G wrote:
Looks a difficult photo to reduce to say even two colours/shades without losing too much -


yeah, that's what I've found. Hopefully I'll get something that will suit him, he's aware that a lot of detail will go.
<<

User avatar

5 Star Contributor

Posts: 8678

Joined: Mon Jul 22, 2002 10:04 am





Post Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:54 pm

Can anyone suggest a font similar to the one used for D32 on this? Eurostyle is the closest I've found but wondered if there was anything better.
<<

User avatar

L-Gold Member
L-Gold Member

Posts: 1265

Joined: Fri Nov 25, 2005 8:24 pm





Post Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:59 pm

Microgramma light will be quite close I expect.
It's probably something special designed for the MOD - Warship light expanded :D
<<

User avatar

5 Star Contributor

Posts: 8678

Joined: Mon Jul 22, 2002 10:04 am





Post Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:37 pm

Steve Morgan wrote: - Warship light expanded :D


:lol1: :lol1: :lol1:
<<

User avatar

5 Star Contributor

Posts: 8678

Joined: Mon Jul 22, 2002 10:04 am





Post Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:55 pm

OK - emailed the customer a 'rough' drawing ............. and he's going with it!!!!!!!! LOL Thanks for all your help guys. :D
<<

User avatar

L-Gold Member
L-Gold Member

Posts: 1265

Joined: Fri Nov 25, 2005 8:24 pm





Post Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:45 pm

I'm fascinated to know what the finished job will look like now.
I used to do this years ago by photocopying the original, and then the copy several times to get rid of midtones then set to work on a print and get rid of the rest with white paint and black paint/ink using brush and pen. I'm sure it could be done quicker nowadays but I'm not sure exactly how.

Steve
<<

2 Star Contributor

Posts: 132

Joined: Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:19 pm





Post Sat Jan 17, 2009 6:30 pm

Hi, if it's just the ship they want then take the background out in photo shop, then mess around with color and live trace in illustrator see if this brings you to where you want to be. might be a long shot as tones and colors in picture are very similar. may also be worth some color edits ahead of this to get some better defined areas.
hope this helps.

Return to General Sign Topics



Who is online

Registered users:
No registered users

 

About
Contact
Board Rules
Membership
Terms & Conditions

 

Signapp - iPhone & iPad
Signapp - Android
Vehicle Wrap Training
Vinyl Application Training
Vehicle Wrap Accreditation
UK Sign Group
Site Membership
Advertising
Videos
British Signs & Graphics Assoc.

 

Facebook
Twitter
Youtube
Linkedin
Instagram
Pinterent

 

Who is Online

In total there are 51 users online ::
1 registered, 0 hidden and 50 guests
[based on past 5 minutes]

Most users ever online was
370 on Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:02 pm

Registered users:
No registered users

Copyright © 2000 - 2019 Robert Lambie