6/29/14

Photo to Vinyl Decal - The Obamas 2011

I went looking for family portraits so I could practice converting group photos to portrait vinyl wall decals.  I found a nice Obama family portrait.  This is the outcome of the one I just finished.  Click on the image for a larger view.



Update 6/30/14:  Here's a room showing a sample of how this decal could look on a wall.  In this room I also added the Josephine Baker Decal.



Etsy Listing - MTC 4.6.1

Etsy Listing - Pazzles Inspiration Studio Pro 2010

Etsy Listing - Sure-Cuts-A-Lot 3

6/27/14

Converting your photos to vinyl decals

I'm sure that many of you know that I convert photos to vinyl decals.  Did you also know that I can cut, weed, and mail them out to those who live in the USA?  I can also convert your photo for you and you can cut it on your own die-cutter if you use svg, mtc, and/or wpc files.

I've been running across some posts on Facebook (FB) where people are saying they are afraid to work with vinyl.  Trust me, vinyl is easy to work with.  I find that my Pazzles loves vinyl.  Vinyl is so easy to cut.

The one good thing about vinyl is the fact that if you use non-permanent vinyl, you won't have issues when you take it off the wall.  The non-permanent vinyl I use is Oracal 631.  Oracal 631 comes in matte only....no shine so you don't get glare from lights in your room.  I use Oracal 651 for other surfaces such as car doors, windows, and other surfaces.

The transfer tape is important too.  I use contact paper to transfer my designs from the paper to the surface.  I have to use two different kinds because I use two different kinds of vinyl.  I need a heavier adhesive for the Oracal 631 than I do with the Oracal 651.  I didn't know that at first. I also found out that a cold area makes it difficult to adhere the vinyl to surfaces.  I just learned that this year.  I now know why I had a difficult time putting on one of my window decals last winter.

Vinyl really is easy to work with.  No holes in the walls is always good.

Here's a few portrait vinyl wall decals I've converted from photos.




Etsy Listing - MTC 4.6.1

Etsy Listing - Pazzles Inspiration Studio Pro 2010

Etsy Listing - Sure-Cuts-A-Lot 3

6/25/14

Josephine Baker Vinyl Wall Decal

I found an old black white photo of Josephine Baker online and converted it to a vinyl wall decal.  I'll be using this one and the one I did of Dorothy Dandridge.


6/23/14

Cheetah In the Room - Vinyl Wall Decal

I'm getting a lot better converting animal photos to vinyl wall decals.  I really like the fact I don't know what I'll get upon making the conversion.  I can tell you that this one required a lot of cleanup. Since it is a photo and we all know about pixelated stuff, the cuts will be jagged looking, but that's the beauty of it this process.


6/22/14

Photo to Vinyl Decal - Mary

I get so excited when I see someone use files that I create.  Mary sends me photos to convert to portrait vinyl wall decals.  She then enlarges them and add them to her wall...and she adds them to t-shirts.  Super cool!  I'll add more here as she cuts.  Mary is such a wonderful lady to work with.  :-)




6/21/14

Orange Background Photo to Vinyl Decal

Wow, I was browsing around to see if I could find some photos to convert for a challenge and to broaden my skills. I found this image with an orange background. I couldn't wait to see what happened during conversion.

 This is what I ended up with after I cleaned off the background.



I just knew I would get the entire scarf, but nooooooo...  :-)

I like it, but I really wanted the entire thing.  While I was trying to convert, one part of the face got too dark where I couldn't see any eye details.  So, I had to decide if I wanted the eyes or the rest of the scarf. I will always choose the eyes.  :-)

Update 6/30/2014:  Here's a better version of this photo (I got the whole scarf).  I added it to a room to show a sample of how it could look on a wall.


6/20/14

Music Man Vinyl Decal

I've had this photo for a while.  I found it in the Public Domain.  When I first starting with vinyl, this photo was one of the first I tried to convert to a vinyl decal.  This came out a lot better than the first few times I tried the conversion, but I would like it to be even better.  I am thinking that black and white photos are not the best to convert because there's not much detail to work with.  I would have love to have had more face details.  There was a ton of cleaning to do too.






Tiger Vinyl Wall Decals

Here are a couple of tiger vinyl wall decals I created in my Pazzles software.  I converted photos I found online to make the vinyl decals.  I can't sell these because the photos are not mine, but this should give you an idea for vinyl wall decals you can create at home.

Normally I mail vinyl decals to people so they can add them to the walls themselves, but lately I've been getting requests for digital files so that people with die-cutters can cut and weed the decals themselves.  The digital files can also be used multiple times.  One of my customers like to add her vinyl wall designs to t-shirts.





6/16/14

Vinyl Wall Decal - Graduation Photo

Here's my latest portrait vinyl wall decal. I chose this photo because of my aunt's shirt.  I wanted to see how it would convert to a silhouette.  It wasn't bad.





6/12/14

Convert Photo to Silhouette for Vinyl Wall Decal

Samples of larger vinyl wall decals I've created.



Wall Vinyl Decal meets a T-Shirt

One of my commissioned wall vinyl decals made it onto a t-shirt.



Mary put this image on a t-shirt too. She used heat transfer vinyl.  Great job Mary!


I love this because she is definitely showing different ways to use these decals.

Gina

Vinyl Wall Projects - June 2014

Here are some vinyl wall projects I've done by converting photos to partial silhouettes.  Not all, but some.  You can see more in my facebook vinyl photo albums.






6/11/14

Vinyl Wall Art Decal From Photo

If you've been following me, you know that I've been creating vinyl wall art from every day photos.  I don't post them all though.

Today, for the first time, I shared a digital file with a facebook buddy.  I don't usually do that.  I either mail the vinyl out, weeded already, or place the image on the wall myself.

She sent me an instagram photo.  I cleaned it up and converted it my usual way.  She asked if I could make an SVG for her.  I did.  She cut it on her die-cut machine and look at it on her wall!


I have the other images on my facebook page in my Vinyl Photo Album.