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DIY Custom-Printed Movie Poster Acoustic Panels - cheap!

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I have an insert fireplace, which means a bump out on the outside of my house on one side of the living room. I'm considering putting an 18", maybe even a 24" sub in the wall and building an enclosure within the bump out. I'd then use some Spoonflower printed artwork to hide the beast of a sub. I'm sure it would work...

That's a great idea! You could even take a pic of how it looks now, print that on fabric and it'll still look like a fireplace😎


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I had an idea to try and create acoustically transparent movie posters. Has anyone done that before?

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I had an idea to try and create acoustically transparent movie posters. Has anyone done that before?
Out of what material? Fabric is working great and that is what this thread is about.

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By the way, for those people that are looking for some Photoshop help and are thinking about sending me a PM, if I haven't already talked to you, I am pretty much booked up until the beginning of August. I have a few that I am working on now, plus some that I should be getting later this week, and then it is vacation time for 2 weeks.

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My bad. In re-reading some posts in the thread it sounds like the information that I'm looking for is already here.

Thanks!

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Yeah, I saw your original (unedited) response.

It's all good.

Most of the acoustical tests that were done were with the fabric (many times in a frame) just in front of a speaker with a microphone taking measurements. The end results for acoustical transparency was very good from an absorption panel perspective. For hiding speakers you will want to find the graphs buried back a bit in the thread to see if they will work with your speakers and space. I would think that they would.
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Thought I would post in here, as I posted these in my own build thread. Ordered some new posters from spoonflower in the performance knit, just got done redoing one, and it turned out awesome. Spoonflower has come along way since I ordered posters from them about 3 years ago....



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That looks fantastic Robins! Nice work!!

I have mine finally completed and am going to post pics soon!
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Great looking poster.

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So I finally finished all of my posters and have some pics to share. But first I need to say a huge thank you to Nickbuol again for his help with photoshop and setting up the posters to print. Also Spoonflower was super fast shipping my order. I placed the order on a Friday morning and had them by Monday evening with regular shipping!

My pics turned out pretty terrible and do not speak to the quality of these prints! I only have my iphone to take pics with and the lighting in the home theater washed them out, but they look incredible in person.
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Those turned out great. Glad I could help.

How did my editing turn out in the final product? (for those that don't know, I edited out dates from a number of the posters)

I particularly wonder about the Inception one since it took quite a bit of editing....

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Those turned out great. Glad I could help.

How did my editing turn out in the final product? (for those that don't know, I edited out dates from a number of the posters)

I particularly wonder about the Inception one since it took quite a bit of editing....
The final product looks flawless. No one would ever no they originally had dates on them. Matter of fact I can't remember where the date was on the inception poster and couldn't find the spot it used to be.
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The date was right in the middle of the words at the bottom. Lots of shifting and editing. Glad it looks good.

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I just received my order from Spoonflower - things look nice - however, I was looking to get a high resolution (50-70MP) photo - with lots of detail - that I want to split between 3 panels. Problem is that they have a limit on how large an individual .jpg can be - so I have to down res. and the difference is noticeable in the print.
Is there a similar company (not too high priced) that has AT fabric and allows larger files?
The files are over 100MB - so even when split into 3 separate files- they exceed the Spoonflower max. Also - I'd like to increase the dpi and make the files even larger if possible.

Also - I was pretty amazed at how tightly woven the PK fabric is - All I can say is - are you sure it's AT? :-) Compared to the Guildford of Maine and SeymourAV AT screen material - there's a major difference in how tightly the PK is woven - no one would think it's AT, whereas the others mentioned are clearly apparent that they are AT.

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I just received my order from Spoonflower - things look nice - however, I was looking to get a high resolution (50-70MP) photo - with lots of detail - that I want to split between 3 panels. Problem is that they have a limit on how large an individual .jpg can be - so I have to down res. and the difference is noticeable in the print.
If you are going to split one image into 3 panels, why not split the image into three files? That would allow you to keep the hi resolution you want and not exceed the Spoonflower size limit.


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I just received my order from Spoonflower - things look nice - however, I was looking to get a high resolution (50-70MP) photo - with lots of detail - that I want to split between 3 panels. Problem is that they have a limit on how large an individual .jpg can be - so I have to down res. and the difference is noticeable in the print.
Is there a similar company (not too high priced) that has AT fabric and allows larger files?

Also - I was pretty amazed at how tightly woven the PK fabric is - All I can say is - are you sure it's AT? :-) Compared to the Guildford of Maine and SeymourAV AT screen material - there's a major difference in how tightly the PK is woven - no one would think it's AT, whereas the others mentioned are clearly apparent that they are AT.
Are you planning to put your prints in front of your main or surround speakers? If so, you might need to do some testing to see how frequencies are affected, mainly the top end. However, for acoustic treatments I doubt you'd have sensitive enough equipment to measure a difference between a couple different fabrics when placed over insulation.
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If you are going to split one image into 3 panels, why not split the image into three files? That would allow you to keep the hi resolution you want and not exceed the Spoonflower size limit.
Oops - I wasn't clear (going to edit my post) - The files are over 100MB - so even when split into 3 separate files- they exceed the Spoonflower max. Also - I'd like to increase the dpi and make the files even larger if possible.
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Are you planning to put your prints in front of your main or surround speakers? If so, you might need to do some testing to see how frequencies are affected, mainly the top end. However, for acoustic treatments I doubt you'd have sensitive enough equipment to measure a difference between a couple different fabrics when placed over insulation.
I'm putting them over the surrounds and acoustic panels.
I was also going to put straight black on top of the center -it sounds like I should use GOM for that.
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I'm putting them over the surrounds and acoustic panels.
I was also going to put straight black on top of the center -it sounds like I should use GOM for that.
This is the AV SCIENCE forum so the only surefire way to know is to measure the difference. I'm not sure what measuring equipment you'd have but unless it is very good, I doubt you'd be able to measure a difference at the listening position.

Here's a simple test since it sounds like you have some of the fabric. Close your eyes and do a blind test. Let someone else hold the fabric (with a makeshift frame) in front of the surround. Have them move it in and out and see if you can tell the difference. Since you might hear the frame going in front of the speaker and your brain will try to say there was a change, have them try to trick you by starting to put the frame in front but not really change it. So with them trying to trick you, see if you can really identify when the fabric is in front...I doubt you'll be able to.

If you can tell a difference, then you should be able to measure a difference so then I'd recommend doing that so you can post on the AVS forum. Without the measurements, some people get a little up in arms with saying you can hear a difference.
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The PK actually tested better than the other fabrics the Spoonflower offers for AT properties, and those tested out great for panel use like GOM does. While GOM is the defacto standard that people use, it is very "industrial" looking and obviously can't be printed on.

100 MB divided by 3 is 33.3MB and under the 40 MB file limit. You really aren't going to notice higher than 150 dpi since you are printing get on fabric. I mean, you aren't printing on solid, smooth photo paper... ;-)

I used original artwork on 24x48 inch panels (larger than others are doing) and it turned out perfect. I created it at 100% resolution and the art spans across 3 panels. Just saved them as the largest file size closest to the 40MB max and it was really spot on.

That is my experience and I am pretty picky.

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That's a great idea! You could even take a pic of how it looks now, print that on fabric and it'll still look like a fireplace😎


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Are you removing the insert (firebox) portion? Most are made of sheet metal with multiple layers for heat insulation from the combustible surfaces nearby, it's gonna rattle like a snake. Not to mention the flue pipe. Oops, just did.
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Are you removing the insert (firebox) portion? Most are made of sheet metal with multiple layers for heat insulation from the combustible surfaces nearby, it's gonna rattle like a snake. Not to mention the flue pipe. Oops, just did.
Maybe this should have been a PM.....?
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Good points but I plan on using isolation hangers to hang the sub or otherwise separate it from the structure. So no, I don't plan to remove the firebox insert...but then again, that would then give me a perfect place to put the sub.
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Good points but I plan on using isolation hangers to hang the sub or otherwise separate it from the structure. So no, I don't plan to remove the firebox insert...but then again, that would then give me a perfect place to put the sub.
OK last OT post..........next will be a PM. Sorry fellas.
Hell, my dishes are 30 feet away and isolated from my sub but they rattle and so do the windows during heavy Sub scenes playing movies.........Just sayin' test it out first. you may get lucky!
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Perfect, just perfect. The room I am working with has some recessed pockets that would be perfect for movie posters (I'm pretty sure that's what they had in mind when the room was built out, we bought it this way). I wanted to treat the pockets acoustically but still have a decorative feel. Now I can do both. I've read the first page and the last couple of pages of this thread. Looks like the performance knit is the way to go? Moviepostersdb.com is still the best place for high res posters?

Thanks again. Saved me some time researching how to do this.


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Perfect, just perfect. The room I am working with has some recessed pockets that would be perfect for movie posters (I'm pretty sure that's what they had in mind when the room was built out, we bought it this way). I wanted to treat the pockets acoustically but still have a decorative feel. Now I can do both. I've read the first page and the last couple of pages of this thread. Looks like the performance knit is the way to go? Moviepostersdb.com is still the best place for high res posters?

Thanks again. Saved me some time researching how to do this.
I ended up just using Google images to find all mine. I would do that first then use movie posterdb if they have what you want.
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Perfect, just perfect. The room I am working with has some recessed pockets that would be perfect for movie posters (I'm pretty sure that's what they had in mind when the room was built out, we bought it this way). I wanted to treat the pockets acoustically but still have a decorative feel. Now I can do both. I've read the first page and the last couple of pages of this thread. Looks like the performance knit is the way to go? Moviepostersdb.com is still the best place for high res posters?

Thanks again. Saved me some time researching how to do this.
Performance Knit or Silky Faille. They both have pros and cons that I've outlined somewhere in this thread. (I should really save links directly to them.)

As already mentioned, Google images can be your friend (and is free).

Blu-Ray forums has a Hi-Res movie image repository with all text removed.... http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=176706

I have a decent collection of posters built up now from doing a lot of Photoshop work for people here too. I just don't post them, but I *might* have something that people need. Funny thing is that I see the same movies being requested to be worked on, but the starting images/posters are different styles. So lots of posters, but many from the same movies.

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Wow These look great! Thanks for everyone showing your work off. I am subscribed to this thread. I am in the process of moving now and in a few months time going to need some help once I am in there. I have a few ides of what I want but with out having access to the space and what work needs to be done I do not know exactly yet.


Below are some of my choices so far...

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Batman - not sure what one
Evil dead
Twin Tower Spiderman
LOTR
The Simpsons
Lego movie
The Neverending story
Legend
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Star Wars - ton of options!!!!

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Boba fett full size and a Han Solo in Carbonite That would be Awesome!!
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I just wanted to express my sincere thanks to all the contributors to this thread, especially OP, nickbuol and Soupy.

I am in the process of making around 13 acoustic panels with varying photographic artwork (not movie posters). Some will be spread around the apartment to improve the acoustic comfort of rooms with 10 feet ceilings and some will take the first reflections in my home theater basement.

I will start my first batch by making and ordering a single photo distributed on 5 panels, and another photo on a large single panel. I think I will go for the Silky Faille, actually, as I think I will have an easier time mounting it and I would like the deepest blacks. I'm so glad I read the entire thread, beacuse I am pretty sure I would have just ordered Kona without it.

I will keep you posted on the progress, and pics when they're ready!

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I just wanted to express my sincere thanks to all the contributors to this thread, especially OP, nickbuol and Soupy.

I am in the process of making around 13 acoustic panels with varying photographic artwork (not movie posters). Some will be spread around the apartment to improve the acoustic comfort of rooms with 10 feet ceilings and some will take the first reflections in my home theater basement.

I will start my first batch by making and ordering a single photo distributed on 5 panels, and another photo on a large single panel. I think I will go for the Silky Faille, actually, as I think I will have an easier time mounting it and I would like the deepest blacks. I'm so glad I read the entire thread, beacuse I am pretty sure I would have just ordered Kona without it.

I will keep you posted on the progress, and pics when they're ready!

Thanks again from Norway!
Be sure to share your photos when done.

Oh, and Silky doesn't have the deepest blacks under all situations.

Just making that clear for people that it depended on what you were doing. Laying on a flat surface, the SF looks more black than the PK, but hanging on a wall the PK looks more black.

They are both so stinking close though that it really doesn't matter. I just wanted to make sure that it was clear since even I initially thought that the SF had deeper blacks until I looked at it not on a counter top with a light above it, but more vertical.

I cover all of the ins and out in somewhat of a rant/end-all-be-all post against Soupy's random ramblings here (post 1279 of this topic):

DIY Custom-Printed Movie Poster Acoustic Panels - cheap!

I am not saying NOT to go with SF. Please feel free to, I just wanted to make sure that someone else jumping into this topic and reading the first few posts, and then just the last few posts, would have a link to some of the final testing that I did and make their own decision (like you did) without just assuming that the blacks are bad on one fabric over another. As long as they aren't getting the Kona, people will be happy.

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Be sure to share your photos when done.

Oh, and Silky doesn't have the deepest blacks under all situations.

Just making that clear for people that it depended on what you were doing. Laying on a flat surface, the SF looks more black than the PK, but hanging on a wall the PK looks more black.

They are both so stinking close though that it really doesn't matter. I just wanted to make sure that it was clear since even I initially thought that the SF had deeper blacks until I looked at it not on a counter top with a light above it, but more vertical.

I cover all of the ins and out in somewhat of a rant/end-all-be-all post against Soupy's random ramblings here (post 1279 of this topic):

DIY Custom-Printed Movie Poster Acoustic Panels - cheap!

I am not saying NOT to go with SF. Please feel free to, I just wanted to make sure that someone else jumping into this topic and reading the first few posts, and then just the last few posts, would have a link to some of the final testing that I did and make their own decision (like you did) without just assuming that the blacks are bad on one fabric over another. As long as they aren't getting the Kona, people will be happy.
Thanks for clarifying about the blacks. I think I will still go with SF for the first go, although it is a toss-up. I've just got a hunch that the mounting will be a bit easier for me with the less stretchy fabric. If I don't succeede, I'll go with the PK next time.
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