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Decals and Printing for your HyperSpin Cabinet

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So I thought I would give back to the community and offer my services with the printing of graphics and decals for your projects. I own a sign company in Connecticut and have a 54" digital printer. I have printed some artwork for Mameman and a couple of others on the forum and have been asked by a few about printing their work. You can see the quality of the printer and material on my build http://www.hyperspin-fe.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13088. So I am starting this thread to offer my services at a fair price which I hope will be less than what it would normally cost you around your area. Here is what you get and how much.

Material:

-Arlon 3165RA (Rapid Air Release Technology) Gloss

-Arlon Oraguard 210 Gloss Laminent

-Arlon Translucent Print Media (For Lighted Marque Printing)

Quality:

-All decals are printed at 720 x 720 resolution

-Material is rated at 7 years outdoor (You'll probably have you cabinet sold 3 times by the time these decals fade :hahaha:)

-Rapid Air Technology means a bubble free application

-Translucent material will be printed and laminated with a pre-mask release tape applied for easy application to your plastic

-Professionally cut to your size specifications or custom cut to a shape specified by the graphic, packaged and shipped

Process:

Design your graphics in Photoshop, A.I., whatever and send me the files at 100% scale (Using https://www.yousendit.com/ as files will be large). Samples for color proofing can be made if you require it. Once sizes and color profiles are checked printing will begin and the artwork will be sent out within 2 business days by ground shipping anywhere in the US. US Shipping is $20, overseas shipping is $60.

Pricing:

As many of the cabinets I have seen on the forums are different shapes and sizes it is hard to offer a one price fits all or even a package. Cost will have to be quoted individually based on what you are ordering. A rough estimate on cost would be around $6.50 a square foot for the standard material, $10 square foot for Translucent (Requires more ink and is more expensive). If people generally have the same build size, I will figure out a package for 2 sides, Marquee and control panel.

This price reflects my cost for ink, material, and time for preparing and packaging your decals. Shipping should be around $10-$15 I would think. To give you an example on value, I would charge a customer in CT $10-12.50 sqft for print media, $15 sqft for Translucent. (Plus $65 per hour for design and/or changes in color, whatever). I am doing this because I wanted to give back to this awesome community, and I enjoy Pinball and Video Gaming!

I can design something for your machine if you like but to be honest, I don't have the time or the raw talent that a lot of other people on this forum have. I would much rather you design it and I will make it real.

Payment:

Paypal would be the prefered method for me. My paypal address is [email protected]. Payment can be made once artwork is sent to me or when it's ready to be shipped. I trust the community.

Contact:

Please e-mail me at [email protected] and put in the title Hyperpin Artwork or something like this.

You may use this thread as a place to ask specific questions for the general community and also your thoughts and feedback, but PLEASE do not use this as a place to ask me when your artwork is shipping, etc. All contact will be through e-mail at the above address.

Thanks and I hope you can use my services as a cost effective way to get some great looking artwork on your projects! I welcome your thoughts.

Here is a video on how to apply graphics:

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Some question on the other thread about preparing artwork and application:

Allowance for Bleed

When your artwork is finished it's important to leave about 1/2" bleed on the sides and bottom for the printing. Nothing is perfect and there is nothing worse than a seem in the graphic when it is not nessasary. This applies to all areas of the cabinet you are putting graphics on. It is not important to bleed the top as this is a perfect place for you to line up your graphic so it is straight. This is of course assuming that you built your cabinet level.

Overlapping

This is totally not nessasary if you prepared your cabinet properly. If all the edges are sanded smooth (Not rounded) and are free from defects such as chipped wood and screw or nail holes, then the graphic will bleed over your edge and allow a nice line for you to cut the graphic The key is cutting the graphic with a sharp new exacto knife blade, keeping it level along the edge of your cabinet and taking your time for an even cut. I can't stress enough that the box must have a sharp edge to it. If you round the corner on the cabinet, then the graphic will not have a clean edge and accomplishing a seamless installation will not be possible. If you feel that you want to overlap the image onto the front, then you must allow yourself at least 1/2" as anything less over time will lift. It might take a while but it will eventually lift.

Colors On Your Screen and in REAL LIFE!

Unless you have calibrated your monitor with software to allow for true 1-1 color accuracy, the colors on your screen may not represent what is actually printed. Certain colors like black have multiple levels of darkness, but on a computer screen black looks like well...black. Too many times people will have me print a design they did on their computer and when the black comes out more grayish they blame my printer. A TRUE black mixture is C-75 M-68 Y-67 K-90. Other percentages are used to achieve specific results, for example 100% black with 70% cyan, 35% magenta, and 40% yellow is used to achieve "cool" black. "Warm Black" is 100%K 60%M 60%Y and 35%C. Calibrating your screen is very important. Going through your monitor calibration will give you a 95% accurate reading on color and that is more than enough in my opinion.

CMYK or RGB

Files for best color (Vibrance) should be done as RGB, 8bit and saved as a .tiff. I have found over the years of doing this that many people prefer the look of RGB printed files rather than CMYK. CMYK colors are not as vibrant depending on the pallet that is used. Want a nice deep black, use RGB...at least for my printer. If this changes I will update.

Resolution

If you pull a graphic off of the web and that graphic is 20KB and you choose to expand that image 4 times in size, then you just made that graphic 5kb. That is way too small and it will look like a blocky mess. Things look great on the internet but if the size is not large enough, then the image will look blurry. If you plan on using any image, make sure it is a minimum of 500kb - 1 meg or more in size. The background on my cabinet was 5 megs. I expanded it 3 times in size at a resolution of 300dpi. (No need to go any higher) It's crystal clear because the image was of a high enough resolution from the beginning. Do not design artwork around low resolution graphics because when they are expanded to full size cabinets, they will look awful.

Please feel free to bring up anything else. I covered eveything that I usually run into. Give me a little bit and I will try and upload a few videos.

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I can but it might be expensive. If you are willing to pay the shipping then I will be happy to help.

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You ever done an overlay for a tankstick?

No I have not, but whatever I print will stick to it. You would have to design the image around your dimensions of the tankstick. The vinyl print will easily adhear to the stick. I have had an X-arcade before so I am aware of the material they use in creating the surface. Should be no problem.

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Had some questions about Polycarbinate laminate:

To all those out there thinking about Polycarbinate laminant here is my two cents. It looks cool and has a nice textured feel to it, but I think it dulls the graphics just a little. Some may like that effect, but I prefer to have the artwork pop and stand out more especially since everyone is creating there own original artwork. The print and laminant I provide will withstand a good amount of abuse. Of course if you are going to go out of your way to try and scrath the print, all you will be doing is scrathing the laminate and you'll see some marks on the surface. The print itself will always be protected and being that the laminate I provide is 3.5 mils thick, you really have to go the extra mile to damage it. Polycarbinate laminate is very durable yes, but really it's designed to go on control panels where hundreds of people will be playing the machine. To really protect your graphic on the control panel, you should cut a clear plastic top to lay over the graphic. Again, just my two cents. My hands are all over the sides of my Pinball Machine everyday for 2 hours since I built it in March. No problems, no discoloration, no lifting.

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Currently working on a new print for a member on the forum. Was not happy with the black background color printed so I have been experimenting with color profiles. Found an awesome profile that not only prints deep color, but amazing black! So much so I think I might re-do my own graphics. I have been getting a lot of response from members on the forum. I just want to thank you all and I hope those you have recieved graphics from me are extremely happy. My next project will be a Hyperspin cabinet or at the very least a pedistal control panel.

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I am waiting on my artist to finish up the AI file and I will be contacting you. Thanks for providing this service.:cool:

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cool to know about this as i may get you to do my control overlay as that will be the first thing built on my Cab.

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So anyone have art installed yet? love to see same samples.

great video btw will help me out alot

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INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

Just sent out some decals that weighed in at 4 lbs. Decals went to Great Britain and the cost for Priority International 3-5 shipping was $60. ($50 with no tracking which I would not recommend.) Had some people from other countries interested in knowing this. Completing custom forms is a pain but I am willing to do it if you are willing to pay the shipping. Thanks everyone.

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Hmmm.. I might consider using this service one of these days... That black DOES get kinda drab after a while, and spicing up the 4 Player Cab wouldn't be such a bad idea...

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Hmmm.. I might consider using this service one of these days... That black DOES get kinda drab after a while, and spicing up the 4 Player Cab wouldn't be such a bad idea...

CT residents get a discount!!!!!! :) Especially if they want to hang out and play some Street Fighter! hehehe (Always looking for a good challenger) Let's do that cab up right KyoKusag. Give me a call.

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MY ARTWORK IS FINALLY DONE. I will be sending you an email as soon as I get the AI files.

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Looking forward to seeing it!

So, its being uploaded to my ftp now. Its about 1.6gig :)

How do you want me to get it to you?

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