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DTS-MA, Dolby, etc sign

Where is the best place to get quality images to make my own theater wall plaque for the various equipment, surround logos? I am thinking about taking a black piece of plastic and getting custom vinyl logos made then mounting them to the plastic and framing it beside my rack. Anyone done something similar and liked it or not? I don't need the $100 signs off ebay but I would like something a little polished looking with the logos on it.
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it's amazing what a little google can find. hope these work for ya


http://www.demo-world.eu/logos/

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Are folks taking those logos and getting vinyls made or what? They look great but I'm trying to figure out what is the best final result.
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the only ones I've ever seen done, the ppl took the images to walmart or someplace similar and had them print out 'photos' of them.


some ppl made posters as well, but imo they looked terrible because the 'sheen' effect was ruined when you have multiple images on the same poster and the effect didn't line up the way it should.


anyway, once the photos were printed, it was up to them how they mounted. some just used simple frames, others a little more 'up-class' plaque looking frames. that part is totally up to you, as long as there's a glass/lexan cover to give the image a more glossy and professional look at the end.

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There was a guy on ebay doing them lazered but he stopped . He was doing like 4 for 60 bucks.
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A friend and I partnered up to make some plaques in 2011. I was in charge of making the base plaque, plexiglass, and mounting hardware. He customized the images we found online and sent them to whcc.com for printing.
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Wow those look nice

Remember how you actually did them?
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Sure, the base is 10"x12"x3/4" MDF with a routed edge and painted semi-gloss black. The plexiglass is 8"x10"x1/4" and print is 8"x10", centered on the base and secured with black wood screws.
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All sounds easy besides the routes edges. Not a DIY persona at all. What was the cost you had in each plaque?

I bet you could make a killing making those.
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Material costs were $15-20 each.
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i was looking into buying something like this, its not individuals, but his craftsmanship looks good and has positive feedback

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Personalized...item2a41f56c59

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He was the one selling seperates . He said he stopped because not enough profit .

Try emailing him to so some singles
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Material costs were $15-20 each.
i bet 3/4 of that was the plexi!

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So for the plexiglass. What are you just cuttin 2 sheets the same size and printing the logo out and putting it in between them
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1 piece of 1/4" plexi with the print sandwiched between it and the MDF.
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I just happen to come across this site while browsing my ShopDiscover cashback benefits.
http://www.overnightprints.com/posters
The 18"x24" poster prints are $0.99, yes 99 cents. I can't give any insight on the quality, but they at least require 300 DPI images. This might be perfect for some of you wanting to make you own. You could fit a 9x12 and get two knocked out on one print possible too.

My issue is finding logos with that high of a resolution. Klipsch so far is all I can find that provides high-res branding logos on their site. My budget is low though for frames so I might just do the text at the top and have however many logos all on the same print.

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http://www.demo-world.eu/logos/
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I just happen to come across this site while browsing my ShopDiscover cashback benefits.
http://www.overnightprints.com/posters
The 18"x24" poster prints are $0.99, yes 99 cents. I can't give any insight on the quality, but they at least require 300 DPI images. This might be perfect for some of you wanting to make you own. You could fit a 9x12 and get two knocked out on one print possible too.

My issue is finding logos with that high of a resolution. Klipsch so far is all I can find that provides high-res branding logos on their site. My budget is low though for frames so I might just do the text at the top and have however many logos all on the same print.


my first post dude...

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I am probably missing it, but are there unmodified manufacturer logos in that link? Those I see in the link would be great if there weren't gradients applied and other affects applied. Will be a pain getting a smooth logo to make it a fresh copy of the original logo.
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I waited for Aluminyze to have a sale and then ordered a print of my logo array that I made in a photo editor, with all the brands and technologies represented in our theater.

It gets made on aluminum and comes ready to hang on the wall.

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A friend and I partnered up to make some plaques in 2011. I was in charge of making the base plaque, plexiglass, and mounting hardware. He customized the images we found online and sent them to whcc.com for printing.
Did you glue the print to the mdf to avoid having sagging or bubbles over time. How did you cut the plexi? Anyone found a good Xbox One logo or a M&K Audio logo or does anyone out there create these logos from scratch?
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Did you glue the print to the mdf to avoid having sagging or bubbles over time. How did you cut the plexi? Anyone found a good Xbox One logo or a M&K Audio logo or does anyone out there create these logos from scratch?
http://www.6aming.com/wp-content/upl...GB_stacked.png
Does that work? And thanks for the idea of another logo to add

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I waited for Aluminyze to have a sale and then ordered a print of my logo array that I made in a photo editor, with all the brands and technologies represented in our theater.

It gets made on aluminum and comes ready to hang on the wall.
I am going to check Aluminyze out that looks pretty cool. Do you have a pic of the one you got?
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Did you glue the print to the mdf to avoid having sagging or bubbles over time. How did you cut the plexi? Anyone found a good Xbox One logo or a M&K Audio logo or does anyone out there create these logos from scratch?
No glue. They've been hanging on the wall for 3 years and no sagging or bubbling. I ordered the plexi pre-cut from the place below.
http://www.mostanythinghardware.com/plexiquarter.asp
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I am probably missing it, but are there unmodified manufacturer logos in that link? Those I see in the link would be great if there weren't gradients applied and other affects applied. Will be a pain getting a smooth logo to make it a fresh copy of the original logo.
oh, no I don't believe there's any originals there. they're all 'ready to print' versions.


in all honesty, I've never seen a collection of untouched manufacturers logos. that could be tricky

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I am going to check Aluminyze out that looks pretty cool. Do you have a pic of the one you got?
You betcha. Our sign is near the entryway to the basement/theater, at the halfway turn point going down the stairs. This should give you an idea what it can look like (sorry for the flash on the second pic).





I got the logos from an old link somewhere here on AVS. Will see if I can dig it up and if it's still active.
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that looks really good. my only worry with something like that is i'll end up trying to stay brand loyal when I maybe shouldn't just so I don't have the wrong plaque, haha. it's so much easier(and cheaper) to go get a new one printed at walmart, and change the picture under the plexi.


but I guess if you choose carefully what you put on it, don't get too specific. like you have dolby digital and dts, which let's be honest, will likely be around for a long time. as opposed to getting dolby 7.1 or dts es or something specific that will only be relevant for a few years.


the things I worry about...

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You remember how much you paid for it
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that looks really good. my only worry with something like that is i'll end up trying to stay brand loyal when I maybe shouldn't just so I don't have the wrong plaque, haha. it's so much easier(and cheaper) to go get a new one printed at walmart, and change the picture under the plexi.


but I guess if you choose carefully what you put on it, don't get too specific. like you have dolby digital and dts, which let's be honest, will likely be around for a long time. as opposed to getting dolby 7.1 or dts es or something specific that will only be relevant for a few years.


the things I worry about...
Yep I know exactly what you mean, which is why I listed general brands or technologies. For example, instead of PS3 I put Sony.

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You remember how much you paid for it
Don't remember exactly but I know it was under $100. I signed up for their email alerts and waited for a sale. Still more expensive than a paper print in a glass frame but we like the look and it's one less breakable thing.

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I need a source for the BenQ logo you have.
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I think I got all the logos here.

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Threw together a rough draft of what I might end up getting printed. For around $7 it's worth seeing what this ends up looking like. Only bad thing obviously is if I change equipment the entire thing has to be redone. Still need to figure out a better font and styling for the "this theater features" (I'm taking suggestions) and attempt to make the faux metal look on the logos a little bit more realistic and more 3D without using cheesy bevel and embossing. Wish I was doing this 10 years ago when I was good with Photoshop. Full size is 24x18 300 dpi which I think print wise will end up looking real good.

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