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post #751 of 1181
I got the movie posters from here:

http://www.movieposterdb.com/

I removed some text on some of them though and modified some of them. Like the Dirty Dancing one, I removed the yellow border and DVD thing. I did something similar on the Avatar one at the top of it. I forget what was there though.
post #752 of 1181
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Originally Posted by purbeast View Post

Hmm not sure exactly what you mean by the template. I didn't really have a template. I just opened the files in photoshop and changed the DPI to 150 and then resized them to the size I needed. And the size just depends on the frames you are making. Then I made a larger file and basically copy/pasted all 6 of them into 1 large file to upload to spoonflower.

And one thing to note - there is actually a pixel size limit with photoshop that it will allow you to save as JPG. Initially I had the file to be exactly 216"x54" @ 150 dpi (since I needed 6 yards) with quite a bit of white space between the images, but photoshop could not save it as a JPG because it was just too large. I then shrunk it down to have minimal white space between them, and it let me save it as a JPG. The JPG is like 38MB I think, the limit on spoonflower is 40MB.

On mine, the actual picture is about 25.5"x 37.5", and then I added about a 3.5" black border around all sides to wrap around the frames and staple to the rear. So with the black borders, they are 32.5"x44.5".

The fabric is the Performance Knit stuff from spoonflower. I showed them to my mom today and she too was VERY impressed with how good they turned out and she can't wait to see them hanging on the wall once they are all done.

Thanks for putting up this info, is Photoshop an expensive license? They look fantastic btw. smile.gif


DJoel
post #753 of 1181
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Originally Posted by Djoel View Post

Thanks for putting up this info, is Photoshop an expensive license? They look fantastic btw. smile.gif


DJoel

It can be.

You might also consider an open-source option like GIMP.
post #754 of 1181
Or Paint.NET.
post #755 of 1181
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Originally Posted by WhskyTangoFoxtrt View Post

It can be.

You might also consider an open-source option like GIMP.

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Originally Posted by dgage View Post

Or Paint.NET.


Thanks guys for the sites.


I'm thinking of using reusable/renowned type lumber to make the frames Shadow Box style (As they were describe to me by a member) , I like the width of the frames I have which happen to be 2" Do you guys thing I should go with 2.5 width and 1 inch thick, or 3 inches, and 1.5 thick. The 3" would go on the sides, and the 1.5" would be the face side of the frame.

Hope the above makes sense.

Thanks

Djoel
post #756 of 1181
So my french cleats that shipped Wednesday last week were supposed to be here Saturday. The last update I have on the package is from last Saturday stating it is sitting in TX. It shipped last Thursday 2-day priority and was scheduled to come Saturday. It left TX, went to LA, and is back at a processing center in TX.

This is all I'm waiting on in order to finish my panels, and it sucks that I have no clue when or if it will get here frown.gif
post #757 of 1181
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Originally Posted by purbeast View Post

So my french cleats that shipped Wednesday last week were supposed to be here Saturday. The last update I have on the package is from last Saturday stating it is sitting in TX. It shipped last Thursday 2-day priority and was scheduled to come Saturday. It left TX, went to LA, and is back at a processing center in TX.

This is all I'm waiting on in order to finish my panels, and it sucks that I have no clue when or if it will get here frown.gif

Maybe it got returned to sender for some reason if it's back in TX.
post #758 of 1181
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Originally Posted by Soupy1970 View Post

Maybe it got returned to sender for some reason if it's back in TX.

Nah it's in a different part of Texas than it originated from.
post #759 of 1181
Nothing to get that was local?
post #760 of 1181
Well someone made me custom wood ones that are the exact size I need so I can mount em and make the panels flush to the wall. Had I known it was going to take this long, I would have just gone and bought a table saw and made my own because I plan on purchasing one in the near future anyways.

That said, it's 100% not the guys fault though that the post office has screwed this up. It's totally out of his hands at this point but it just sucks.
post #761 of 1181
Hopefully the guys home town isn't the next stop. Maybe it got thrown on the LA truck by accident and is back in TX to get sorted and put on the right truck this time.

I make my french cleats out of the scraps from the frames. I have a pile of them sitting here. I make them about 12" long and put one in the middle of the frame, and take another piece of scrap about 2" long for the bottom gap. I hung my off the wall.
post #762 of 1181
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Originally Posted by purbeast View Post

Here's some pics I just snapped.
...amazing looking prints...
Those prints look like they turned out awesome! Maybe it's just the photo but it looks like you could drown in those blacks. Spoonflower does nice work.
post #763 of 1181
I still have not got around to building my frames yet but when I do I will post pics for sure sorry guys
post #764 of 1181
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Originally Posted by luma View Post

Those prints look like they turned out awesome! Maybe it's just the photo but it looks like you could drown in those blacks. Spoonflower does nice work.

Yeah the colors are just REALLY good on them, and the black is really black. I wish my projector could do blacks like this lol.
post #765 of 1181
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post #766 of 1181
Yay!

I just ordered a sample with the same color boxes that I got in Kona Cotton, Kona Cotton Ultra, and Performance Knit. It will be interesting to see the color comparison side by side, and the larger 8"x8" sample will let me compare the fabric itself better than the 2" x 2" samples in the little book that you can order.

Thanks Soupy!
post #767 of 1181
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Originally Posted by nickbuol View Post

Yay!

I just ordered a sample with the same color boxes that I got in Kona Cotton, Kona Cotton Ultra, and Performance Knit. It will be interesting to see the color comparison side by side, and the larger 8"x8" sample will let me compare the fabric itself better than the 2" x 2" samples in the little book that you can order.

Thanks Soupy!

Awesome! I have not seen blacks printed on it so I hope your are getting something black printed. I admit those blacks on the last PK pics posted are going to be hard to beat. Those were some nice pics (camera quality helps too). Looking forward to the comparison. If the print quality is near the same then we still need to get a mounting test to compare the fabric, and not just the printing.
post #768 of 1181
I am getting the following printed. The alphanumeric codes are the color codes for that particular color. Yes, one of them is black.
post #769 of 1181
Cool! I decided to go ahead and pick up a little sample too. I was going to pass as I have used the Silky Faille but decided to spring for a 8 x 8 same print in Performance Knit. I just grabbed something with a lot of black that I had on hand. This is what I am printing (150 dpi) on both fabrics. Cost me $6 total.

post #770 of 1181
Yeah I really don't see how the blacks could be beat on the PK stuff. I got a swatch book with my order and IMO the swatch book doesn't really help too much as far as picking out stuff. But I did compare the SF with the PK and I think the SF would also be great. They both feel similar IMO except the SF does not stretch at all - I tried lol. And it's pretty apparent from the swatch book that there are higher quality and lower quality fabrics. So I guess maybe the book does help if you are unsure about any fabrics.

Hey Soupy, can you PM me that hi-res Monster pic? I am going to use that for a free sample of SF as well, might as well!. I was going to grab a pic of my wife and I at home but I see it ends at noon today and I won't be home till after that, so might as well use something else and that pic seems pretty good.
post #771 of 1181
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Originally Posted by purbeast View Post

Yeah I really don't see how the blacks could be beat on the PK stuff. I got a swatch book with my order and IMO the swatch book doesn't really help too much as far as picking out stuff. But I did compare the SF with the PK and I think the SF would also be great. They both feel similar IMO except the SF does not stretch at all - I tried lol. And it's pretty apparent from the swatch book that there are higher quality and lower quality fabrics. So I guess maybe the book does help if you are unsure about any fabrics.

It's all speculation as I have not tried a stretchy fabric, but it just seems to me it would be a tad harder to work with. Not that it matters a whole bunch if you take your time and you are only building a few at once. I don't have a lot of patience so I want to get er done when I am working on a project. Spoonflower suggested that the print quality should be about the same on both fabrics. We shall see soon. Your pics looked awesome. The photo I used on my Silky Faille build had no black, except for a tire that was in the picture. The shadows looked black though and turned out nice. I don't think one can go wrong with either fabric.
post #772 of 1181
So another quick question that is probably a noob question.

I put my french cleats on tonight and am letting them dry overnight. And tomorrow I'll be putting the insulation in them, then finally the fabric on front.

I'm wondering what is the best method to get the edges/corners of the stuff so that it doesn't look all bunched up and stuff?
post #773 of 1181
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Originally Posted by Soupy1970 View Post

It's all speculation as I have not tried a stretchy fabric, but it just seems to me it would be a tad harder to work with. Not that it matters a whole bunch if you take your time and you are only building a few at once. I don't have a lot of patience so I want to get er done when I am working on a project. Spoonflower suggested that the print quality should be about the same on both fabrics. We shall see soon. Your pics looked awesome. The photo I used on my Silky Faille build had no black, except for a tire that was in the picture. The shadows looked black though and turned out nice. I don't think one can go wrong with either fabric.

I would say that for general graphics, both should be easy to work with (stretchy vs. not). The more stretch, the easier to get rid of creases and waviness, however, since this whole thread started off of the premise of doing movie posters which have words on them that need to be straight, I would say that the more "rigid" fabrics would tend to be easier to keep words "straight" since they couldn't be stretched unevenly. On the flip side though, the stretchier fabric can be "corrected" without unstapling anything, where if you need to fix the more rigid stuff because it wasn't lined up even with your frame, you would need to unstaple and restaple.

So yeah, a mixed bag for sure. Both have their positives. Both should yield good results. In my personal experience, I found the stretch of the PK a HUGE help when doing my larger panels (2' x 4' x 3.5" and 5.5" thick), but I wasn't doing posters. I would probably look closer at the Silky Faille or something similar if I was doing a poster with words, or at least get samples of both with lots of words on them to test.
post #774 of 1181
Welp I'm getting there, just set the insulation in and letting it dry then in an hour or so going to try to put the fabric on one of them and see how it turns out.




If I were to do this again though, I'd probably not put a .5" thick backing on them, and would have done a .25" or something smaller than .5". There are some parts on the panels where the insulation isn't flush with the front of the frame because the backing isn't 100% flush with the rear, and I don't have any room for extra space since the panels are 2.5" thick, the backing is .5", and the insulation is 2". I'm hoping you don't see "edges" where this is happening when I put the fabric over it though. I'm almost wondering if I should "sand" it down somehow.
post #775 of 1181
Welp I just did 1 of them. Took a lot longer than I expected lol. I think part of it is because there is no border on this one so I really had no clue how to line it up. I also wasn't exactly sure how to start it to be sure it was lined up, but I eventually figured it out.





I'm going to do a couple more tomorrow if not all of them, I just hope it doesn't take me an hour to get the others finished lol. It's also annoying that this air compressor with this staple gun has to be reset often and i have to let the air out and stuff. When I'm done I'll take better pics though for sure with my real camera.

I do think the PK material is kinda tough to work with though because it's stretchy. But I'm a noob to this too so I need to just get used to how to do it.
post #776 of 1181
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Originally Posted by Soupy1970 View Post

Cool! I decided to go ahead and pick up a little sample too. I was going to pass as I have used the Silky Faille but decided to spring for a 8 x 8 same print in Performance Knit. I just grabbed something with a lot of black that I had on hand. This is what I am printing (150 dpi) on both fabrics. Cost me $6 total.


Nice black smile.gif
post #777 of 1181
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Originally Posted by purbeast View Post

Welp I just did 1 of them. Took a lot longer than I expected lol. I think part of it is because there is no border on this one so I really had no clue how to line it up. I also wasn't exactly sure how to start it to be sure it was lined up, but I eventually figured it out.



I'm going to do a couple more tomorrow if not all of them, I just hope it doesn't take me an hour to get the others finished lol.

Whoa very nice, can you do mine, I have been procrastinating since November, finally finished covering my front wall with black velvet! I love it I can't wait to see the contrast!

Now if only I could finish tho set posters! What DPi are you using, what size are they and what fabric? Sorry for all the question!
post #778 of 1181
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Originally Posted by wse View Post

Whoa very nice, can you do mine, I have been procrastinating since November, finally finished covering my front wall with black velvet! I love it I can't wait to see the contrast!

Now if only I could finish tho set posters! What DPi are you using, what size are they and what fabric? Sorry for all the question!

Lol doubt I can do yours tongue.gif, but I used 150dpi. The frames are 25.5" x 36" on the front using 1x3's. I'm excited about doing more of them tomorrow and I hope they come out just as good.
post #779 of 1181
Is anyone cutting the "stuffing" of the panel? What do you recommend? I'm hoping to make some 1x1 panels...

Also, I second the request for tips on how to make the corners nice.
post #780 of 1181
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Originally Posted by artur9 View Post

Is anyone cutting the "stuffing" of the panel? What do you recommend? I'm hoping to make some 1x1 panels...

Also, I second the request for tips on how to make the corners nice.

I used a hand saw, worked just fine. Others have said a turkey carver works great too but I don't have one of those.

As for the corners, I just did the little fold over thing kind of like you do with wrapping paper. It actually turned out nice and looks just fine. It also won't really be very noticeable when they are hanging on the walls I don't think since they are black around the borders.
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