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Hi All,

 

I am building my dedicated theater and I came across some cool posts of high definition logos and some pretty cool plaques. I did not find anywhere to purchase these so I set out to build my own. Below are the steps that I have taken to produce some pretty cool professional looking plaques.

Please give me some feedback if any of you have created these on you own in a different manner.

 

Materials List – 5 Plaques Cost about 60 US Dollars

 

  1. High Definition Logos - http://www.demo-world.eu/logos 
  2. Plain Black Plaques - http://www.hhweb.com/bestplaques_cart/certplaques/8x10_Certificate_plaques_for_7x9_MATTE_BLACK.htm
  3. Deft 1-Aerosol Gloss Interior Clear Wood Finish Lacquer - http://www.homedepot.com/p/Deft-1-Aerosol-Gloss-Interior-Clear-Wood-Finish-Lacquer-01013/100204936
  4. Loctite 13.5 oz. High-Performance Spray Adhesive - http://www.homedepot.com/p/Loctite-13-5-oz-High-Performance-Spray-Adhesive-1408028/202365672
  5. X acto Knife
  6. My Photoshop source files and HD tif images I printed. DOWNLOAD HERE

 

Project Steps

Step 1 – Getting the HD logos

The first thing I did was find the suitable logos that I wanted to create plaques for. I browsed the Demo World Logo site and downloaded 4 separate logs. You can leave these logos as is from the site.

 

I have a little Photoshop background so I took the originals and removed the silvers slate back ground and just had the logos on a solid black background. I think it looks a little cleaner. If you do not have these skills you can private message me and I will remove the slate graphic for you.

 

Before Photoshop Modification

 

After Photoshop Modification

 

 

The fifth one I created from scratch because I did not find a suitable Paradigm logos from Demo World. If you can some special request I may be able to reproduce some for your components.

 

Paradigm logo i created in Photoshop

 

 

 

Step 2 - Printing HD Logos

I took the logos to FedEx Kinkos and had them print the separate files with the highest resolution possible. This costs about 3 dollars each. You can download my source Photoshop files along with the high resolution tif files from this link.

 

 

Step 3 – Mounting Logos

Each certificate plaque came with a clear plastic cover and four brass nail heads to secure the print to the plaque. I choose not to use these because I think it cheapens the overall look.

 

 

I trimmed all the printed logos so the edge of each logo lined up perfectly with the face of the plaque. This allowed the black background of the printed files to almost disappear when lined up properly.  I used an X acto knife and a straight edge for this process.

 

Logos before triming edges

 

 

 

 

After each was trimmed I then mounted the prints using a light coating of Loctite spray adhesive. This allowed the prints to be smooth and bond to the plaques for the next steps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4 – Applying Clear Coat

I choose to purchase spray on Deft 1-Aerosol Gloss Interior Clear Wood Finish from Home Depot. I applied about 6 coats per plaque. This took about 3 cans of Gloss spray cans.

 

 

 

After applying the first two coats it will look like the clear coats is bleeding through the paper. This will stop after you apply about 4 more coats.

 

I would keep applying coats of clear until you get a nice shine on each and the inconsistences of the surface are covered by the thickness of the clear coat.

 

 

 

Step 5 – Hang and Enjoy

I am hanging these in a vertical row in the entrance to the theater. I think they look great!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great writeup and awesome job!!
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That actually looks pretty good. Well done! cool.gif
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Good idea and great writeup. Thanks!

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Good Job..
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Agree with the others....great job!

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I may have to try this.
Looks great.
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Very nice! The lacquer is a really nice touch.
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Can you make a custom sign? I have downloaded some images from site and would like a custom one.Have 4 more to frame.
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Are the above logos the custom signs you are talking about, or is your components not listed on this logo site?

 

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I printed out all my equipment but was looking for away to make one for my my buddy's company, he helped with install.
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What is his companies name or website where I can get the logo? If you have his logo I could work with that. 

 

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Here is website, http://www.connectedhomesolutions.com, going to see if he has a logo file I can send you.
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have you considered an epoxy finish for the plaques?

See below pics of my bar top before and after o poured epoxy over the printed movie reels




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I tried that epoxy on a test plaque. It bled through the paper when I poured it on. So I had to go with spray it just looked better.

 

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Very neat! Good Job!!

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