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Best way to print images on a case?

post #1 of 10
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Hi guys,

I have been considering a new case mod and was wondering what people reckoned was the best way to print images or artwork onto a case. Previously I have used printed vinyl stickers, but lately I've felt that they lack that 'professional' look. When I say artwork, I mean images with a fair amount of intricate detail that require more than simple colours e.g. photos.

I would rather not use spraypainting/airbrushing since I would like the images to be printed 'as is' from a graphics file rather than my or someone else's best rendition of how it looks (especially seeing as I have terrible control with a can or brush etc).

So what do you guys reckon? Has anyone attempted something similar before? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 10
You could do something like Water Transfer Printing http://youtu.be/B6gjArwuIWE
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Thanks for the suggestion duce - that looks really good. I'll see if I can't find a business that does that somewhere near me and whether or nor they can do that for specific images rather than patterns.
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If your looking to get a specific image done try to find someone thats good with a airbrush. I was thinking about getting my case done.
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Originally Posted by ClickJacker View Post
If your looking to get a specific image done try to find someone thats good with a airbrush. I was thinking about getting my case done.
Yeah, I had thought of that as an option, but would prefer not to since I'm looking for a more clean and machined look for this particular mod and some individual differences tend to come out in the artwork for airbrushing.


I had also heard of a technique that involves vapor transfer of graphics over a powder coat but am not too clear on how exactly it works and don't know who I might approach to have it done. Would anyone be able to enlighten me on this?
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You could do something like Water Transfer Printing http://youtu.be/B6gjArwuIWE
Thanks for posting this video man. learned a lot from the vid. now I know what to do.
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OK it looks like water transfer printing is a no go. Sent an email to one water transfer business and they said that creating a custom film from a photo or image costs AUD2500, not including materials >.>
post #8 of 10
If you don't mind only 2~3 shades in the artwork you could look up laser etching/engaving. All the places I looked didn't list prices so I imagine it isn't cheap.

If you have patience and a lot of time you could make your own single/multi-layered silkscreen. It will have the same appearance as T-Shirt decal.
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http://www.alternativephotography.co...intype-process
http://www.printlounge.co.uk/page/alloybox
http://www.metallurgy4.com/applications.asp

not sure what help they'll be, if any...
but is an interesting idea you have though
good luck
also just read something about an UV flat bed printer :S
what ever that is, but sounds kewl
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You could do something like Water Transfer Printing http://youtu.be/B6gjArwuIWE
I saw this the other night on American Chopper when I was flipping channels. They did this on a motorcycle... I had never heard about this before Sunday night and now I'm super eager to do it on something. It really is an amazing process.
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