Large Apple stencil (90% completion)

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  1. Bobdude161 macrumors 65816

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    Parents got a new house and they have an extra room (very small) for me to store my old Macs. So I painted the room gray and made this 3.5' x 3.5' stencil to paint on the wall after the gray dries. Has anybody else tried this? If so, just wanted to see how it came out. I'll post some pics, either tomorrow or a couple days from now when this is all said and done.
     

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  2. pknz macrumors 68020

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    That could turn out awesome. Show us when your done!

    Have fun watching the pain dry.
     
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    You did an awesome job of creating the stencil. Can't wait for pics!
     
  5. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    Not gonna lie, kinda weird and obsessive.

    Stencil looks awesome. I can't wait to see the finished product.
     
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Kind of weird yes, but still cute. Nice job.
    Can you make me a windows one?
     
  7. Stratification macrumors regular

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    The best would be if the gray walls were matte and you just did the stencil in a clear glossy finish. I've seen it done a couple places, it's a pretty cool look.
     
  8. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Very cool Bobdude161, I can not wait to see some pictures after you are done with your room! :D :) :apple:
     
  9. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    How did you trace the apple logo so perfectly? It looks flawless, I can't imagine how you did that
     
  10. Hummer macrumors 65816

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    I'll need that when you're done. I'm painting my room aluminum as an homage to the Pro macs. I could use a giant apple logo.
     
  11. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Are you going to change your decor if/when Apple switches materials? :p ;) :D
     
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  13. Bobdude161 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you all for grand support and lovely comments.

    lol, I think the mechanial pencil in the picture threw you off. I'm not good at drawing AT ALL. So with the help of computers, this has all been an easy ride. Here's my method:

    -You need PS (I used CS 1) and AppleWorks (6) in order for this to work my way.
    -Find a large black Apple logo on white background (or vice versa), I got one from Google images.
    -Import that into PS with a canvas of whatever size (I had 42" by 42"). And scale it to the max! You can hold shift while scaling so you don't distort the picture.
    -Then use the "Find Edges" filter and an outline of the Apple has been made so you wont waste so much ink.
    -Now I couldn't find a way for PS to print in multiple pages so I had to use AppleWorks 6. So in order to export to AppleWorks save the PS image as a TIFF and let AppleWorks open it.
    -Print in AppleWorks
    -Watch all those trees go to a good use (38 pages for me)
    -Line up all those printed pages. Some will be blank because they are the inside or outside of the outline.
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    -Tape up the pages horizontally and vertically with large clear tape.
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    -Cut it out
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    -Tape it on the wall. I just taped the four corners.
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    -Paint! It took me 5 coats with an inch wide paint brush. I recommend a small paint brush because it's easy to be a clutz and have lingering bush hairs to go outside the outline.
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    -I ended up painting with an off-white color so I had to, once again, paint the logo, but this time with a different color (flat white)
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    -Take stencil off and enjoy
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    -I'm going to do some pin striping around the logo because it looks a little frayed around the edges.
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    Also it seems that the left part of the Apple is slightly larger than the right (about 3/16" taller). This probably originated from the taping up procedure. The picture I took exaggerates that because of the angle it was taken in. But it always seems the left one is always slightly larger than the right. ;)

    Well I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and let me say "Try at your own risk" I got lucky and only have a few small things on the logo to clean up.

    Also, for the love of MR DON'T QUOTE THIS POST WITH ALL THESE PICTURES PLEASE!!
     
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    here is a quick trick to keep the edges complete

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    pick up some painting medium, like gel medium, comes in glossy or matte, wont matter for this purpose, but glossy is easier to see where youve got it covered. many off-brands make this stuff, its cheap and cleans up with water.


    paint this over the edges to be clean, it will seal it down. a couple of coats at least, but nothing to thick, cut it with water at least 20%.

    then just paint as normal.

    when finished, peel it easily and slowly, should come cleanly off.

    :D
     
  17. joepunk macrumors 68030

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    That Looks Great :)

    I think I'll use Freehand instead of PS if I ever want to do this.
     
  18. jordygreen macrumors 6502

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    actually looks very nice and i bet it was very tedious to do but in the outcome looks better than i thought it would :)
     
  19. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    AppleWorks... wow, I forgot I even have that on my computer. The last time I used it was in like 8th grade. Hahaha good times.
     
  20. Bobdude161 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Phase 2

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    I'm going to try to make it this way [​IMG]

    I'm not sure if I have the length on the wall. I'll find out when I get there. If not, I'll put part of it in the Apple and invert colors (white on gray, gray on white). :)
     
  21. JHacker macrumors 6502

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    Don't forget to show us the finished product of the entire room!
     
  22. ironring2006 macrumors member

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    For others that are looking to do something like this, another way to do it if you have access to a video projector is to just project the image on the wall (make sure to adjust the keystone!) and trace the outline. My old roommate actually used this technique to do a pumpkin carving since the projector solved the flat paper to round pumpkin surface translation problem.

    Anyway, Kudos to you bobdude! Looks great.
     
  23. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    ... I'm not at all tempted to do this on my bedroom wall.
     
  24. ToddW macrumors 6502a

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    yeah but that isn't his bedroom it is his macroom!
     
  25. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020

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    Wow that looks really professional, good job and congrats!


    How many macs does it take to actually have them deserve their own room in the house though :eek:
     

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