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 Posted: Wed Nov 13th, 2019 03:16 pm
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Tom Ward


Joined: Tue Nov 14th, 2017
Location: Florida USA
Posts: 673
The image I'm using for the air compressor decal comes from a color photograph,
of the restored Oro air compressor I based my model on. 

I spent a lot of time using Photoshop to clean up the photo,
to remove flash glare and reflections. 

When I thought I had it ready to print as a decal I reduced the image 93% to get the correct size,
and was relieved to see that the detail of the image carried through. 

I then printed it out on paper to hold up against the compressor tank for final evaluation.
That's when I realized the background maroon color from the prototype didn't match my model. 

Using Photoshop I tried to match the background colors but finally realized the only way to get it to look right,
I would have to eliminate the background maroon color on the decal so the painted tank would show through. 

Below is a photo showing the image on paper before a removing the background color.

I'm posting this as an update to explain what I've been doing to prepare the decal,
and to show the need to remove the background coloring. 

I'll post a photo of the completed model with decal in a few days.

- Tom

Tom Ward

"When I die I want to go quietly in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming in terror like his passengers."
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