Motocross decals can be costly and difficult to find. Luckily, you can design your own custom motocross decals using your home computer and print them using a print-on-demand company, such as CafePress. Using a print-on-demand company can save you time and money and will allow you not only to use your designs for your own equipment, but also to have the option of selling them online to make a small profit. Here is a quick and easy way to design your own personalised motocross decals.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Adobe Photoshop
- CafePress account
Download Adobe Photoshop to your PC computer. You can buy the full version of Photoshop at any office supply store or computer software store. Buying the full version can be costly, so downloading a free version can allow you to use the Photoshop tools you need to create a great motocross decal without the heavy price tag. To download a free version pf Photoshop, go to the main web page for Soft32 (see Resources below) and click on the blue link that is called "Download Photoshop." The download will begin right away, and the program will be available for use within minutes.
Open a new image file in Adobe Photoshop by clicking the word "File" at the top of the screen, then selecting "New" from the drop-down list. A window will appear containing dimensions for the new image. For an oval decal, type in 5 inches for the width and 3 inches for the height. Type in 300 DPI, or dots per inch, for the resolution, then click on the "OK" button. Your new image will appear ready for your design.
Add the text to your design by clicking the "Text" tool, located inside the toolbox. The toolbox is a vertical window containing many of the editing tools, typically located at the right-hand side of the screen. The "Text" tool looks like a capital "T." Once you have clicked on the "Text" tool, click and drag the marquee box anywhere on your image to select where your text will be. Click inside the box to begin typing. You can change the font, size and colour of your text by using the text-adjustment tools at the top of the screen.
Save the image file onto your computer by clicking the word "File" at the top of the screen, then selecting the words "Save As" from the drop-down list. A window will appear asking you to name your file. Chose any name you wish, save your image file in "JPEG" format, then click on the "OK" button.
Upload your motocross design onto the CafePress print-on-demand website (see Resources below). On the main page of the CafePress website, click on the link at the top of the page called "Start Selling." This will take you to the registration page that will allow you to create a free CafePress account. Once you are finished with the registration, click on the "My Shops" link at the left-hand side of the screen. Once that page loads, click on the link in the middle of the page called "Manage Sections and Products." Next, upload your Photoshop image file using the CafePress uploader. Select the items that you want to place your design on, such as an oval decal sticker. To order your decals, go to the "My Shops" page and click on the link at the bottom of the page called "Buy From Your Store." Select the decal you have created, and type in the amount that you want to buy. Fill in your shipping address, shipment method and payment information, then click on the "Submit" button. Your shipment of custom motocross decals will arrive to you in the shipment time you specified during the ordering process.
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