How to Make Hard Hat Decals

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How to Make Hard Hat Decals
Custom Hard Hat Decals (Images Courtesy of Fotosearch and CafePress)

Decals for professional hard hats can be costly to purchase, and difficult to find. If you have a construction or demolition company, and you require specific decals for your hard hats, you can create your custom decals using your PC computer and a print-on-demand company. By making your hard hat decals yourself, you can save time and money, allow you to order more hard hat decals, and your company to cut in-needed expenses. Here is a step by step guide to help you create your own custom hard hat decals.

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Things you need

  • CafePress Account
  • PC Computer
  • Adobe Photoshop

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  1. 1

    Install the Adobe Photoshop program onto your PC computer. You can find the full Adobe Photoshop program at any computer software store. To save time and money, you can also download a free version of Adobe Photoshop at Soft32 website (See Resources Below.) On the main page of the website, click on the link in the middle of the screen called "Download Photoshop." The download will begin immediately.

    How to Make Hard Hat Decals
  2. 2

    Create a new Photoshop file by clicking on the word "File" at the top of the screen, then clicking on the word "New" from the list that drops down. A pop up window will appear requesting the dimensions of your new image. For an oval hard hat decal, type in 5 inches for the width, and 3 inches for the height. For the resolution, type in 300 DPI or higher, then click "OK."

    How to Make Hard Hat Decals
  3. 3

    Type in the text by clicking on the capital "T", located in the toolbox on the right side of the page. The "T," or "Text" tool will allow you to click and drag a marquee box onto your image. Click inside the marquee box to begin typing the logo or saying you want on the hard hat decal. To change the look of your decal, use the text adjustment buttons, located at the top of the screen when the "Text" button is used.

    How to Make Hard Hat Decals
  4. 4

    Save a copy of your image file onto your PC computer by clicking on the word "File" and selecting "Save As" from the list. When the pop up window appears, type in a name for your file. Select the file type "JPEG" from the file type drop down list, then click on the "OK" button.

    How to Make Hard Hat Decals
  5. 5

    Upload your hard hat decal onto the CafePress website (See Resources Below.) On the main page of the CafePress website, click on the link at the top called "Start Selling." This will take you to the registration page. Register for a free account, which will allow you to upload up to 50 different images. Once you have registered, click on the link on the left side of the screen entitled "My Shops." Inside this page, click on the link entitled "Manage Sections and Products." Once this page loads, you can upload your image and select the decal stickers you would like to put it on.

    How to Make Hard Hat Decals
  6. 6

    Purchase your hard hat decals by going into the "My Shops" page, and clicking on the link at the bottom of the screen entitled "Buy From your Shop." Click on the custom decals you designed, and select how many you would like to purchase, then click the "Next" button. Fill in your payment information, shipping address, and select a shipment method, then click on the "Submit" button. Your custom hard hat decals will arrive in the specified time that you chose during the payment process.

    How to Make Hard Hat Decals

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