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 on: May 19, 2021, 10:41:48 PM 
Started by 1-32 - Last post by fspg2
Hi Kim,
You can test Affinity Photo (and also Designer or Publisher) 90 days for free!
You’ll get a licence code for each program:


The program has almost the same user interface and keyboard shortcuts such as Photoshop - on YouTube there are plenty of tutorials:


I am excited about these programs !!

 on: May 19, 2021, 10:39:47 PM 
Started by Bill Gill - Last post by greenie
A quick way to apply a "Gold Leaf" look to anything, is to use an ALPS printer and have a decal made of whatever you want.

When using the Gold ink in an ALPS, it prints it out as one SOLID colour, NO pixilation at all.

So a simple sign in any scale, will have the same look as if you used the Gold Leaf method, with NO dots or any defects showing, unless you stuffed up and tore the decal or rubbed thru it.

Well worth finding out if somebody owns one nearby.

The other alternative to an ALPS printer, is a ROLAND printer, a lot of decal makers use the Roland printers and they can do the exact same things, as an ALPS Printer can.

 on: May 19, 2021, 03:06:34 PM 
Started by 1-32 - Last post by 1-32
Thanks, Russ.
It will check it out it sounds great will buy it straight out if I like it, Abode thinks they have a monopoly and want a monthly rental.

 on: May 19, 2021, 11:12:17 AM 
Started by Bill Gill - Last post by Bill Gill
Thanks, Ray. One reason I wanted to use goldleaf was because everything else (including a goldleaf spray) was far too grainy for HO scale. (See first photo below). This 3D print was my first version. The idea was to apply the gold to the idividual letters  (printed on tiny stalks to raise them above the base) Then individually apply each letter to the balck signboard. The letters were too fragile. I broke some just looking at them.
Ed's second version, with the letters on the background worked better.

The irregularities in the finished Finnuken's sign letters are due to my fiddling with trying to fill gaps in the leaf from working with tiny scraps and doing several touchups.

The second photo shows a full size sign I did some years ago. It had been out in the weather over 20 years when the photo was taken. It has flat rather than raised letters, but you can just make out the textured black smalt background.

 on: May 19, 2021, 01:27:40 AM 
Started by 1-32 - Last post by finescalerr
Kim, I know I've mentioned it a few times here but you can pick up Affinity Photo for either $25 or $50 depending on whether they are running a special and own it forever. They are very good about making improvements and don't charge for them. I now use Affinity instead of Photoshop and, for everything I've tried, it is just as good. If you decide to get it, I'll send you my shortcuts and help you get started. -- Russ

 on: May 18, 2021, 10:18:08 PM 
Started by Bill Gill - Last post by Ray Dunakin
Amazing results for such a small scale!

 on: May 18, 2021, 06:20:55 PM 
Started by Bill Gill - Last post by Bill Gill
Thanks, Russ. Sometimes  projects are more difficult than others, the "insanely" seems yo be my stock & trade.

Jerry, Ed's work is what made the sign even possible. He does do great 3D stuff.

Thanks, Kim! The interior of this building has been another ongoing project. Finally finishing the sign will now allow me to start assembling the insides again. The top half is an old Sylvan resin kit, the bottom was scratchbuilt.

 on: May 18, 2021, 05:01:34 PM 
Started by Bill Gill - Last post by 1-32
Hi Bill
great building one of the nicest HO buildings I have seen in a while. Being a fan of u Tube  I stop by HO modelling once in a while the engines and rolling stock are great examples of manufacturing the rest is rubbish with exceptions[ to cover my arse] and yes the sign is lovely.

 on: May 18, 2021, 04:54:46 PM 
Started by 1-32 - Last post by 1-32
just another note.
My background clouds are heading towards the photo collaged approach I would love to get into layering images onto my models but the easiest software is Abode photoshop but expensive for a learner like me. With my rail pick up looking at one of the pictures it is too high my decision to make the vehicle higher by 3 mm has issues, one of the problems for freelance designing.

 on: May 18, 2021, 04:42:09 PM 
Started by 1-32 - Last post by 1-32
 good one Bill.
the old boy on the bike is certainly on a mission much to the amusement of the audience.

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