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Need Help What font did GM used for Chevrolet (Camaro) door labels 1997?

Discussion in 'Labels and Decals' started by aaberg, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. aaberg

    aaberg New Member

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    I'm restoring a Camaro 1997 and need to make new labels for the driver door side. What font did GM use?
     
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  2. oldgoatroper

    oldgoatroper Roper of Goats. Old ones.

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    Nearly all automotive badging is custom drawn by in-house designers.

    In the cases where fonts exist like "Nissan" or "Porsche", these fonts were built after the fact by font designers who are fans of the badge style.
     
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    Try here..... Search | Brands of the World™
     
  4. aaberg

    aaberg New Member

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    Well, I'must not interested of their logos. I need to know the font used on labels, like door labels showing tire pressure, VIN label etc. Label font on short side of driver door. Those labels are used in all GM cars and are more common text.
     
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    oldgoatroper Roper of Goats. Old ones.

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    Well, then post a picture of the labels in question, the best quality you can, and likely someone will be able to tell you what font they are...
     
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    ^^^ That label is Helvetica Bold Condensed
     
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  8. aaberg

    aaberg New Member

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    Thank you! You have made my day! :)
    Perhaps you also know what brand of the Helvetica Bold Condensed?
     
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    Adobe or Linotype would work fine. Either classic Helvetica or Helvetica Neue would also be fine. The differences between them are too miniscule to identify on a label that small.

    You could also rasterize the text at a low resolution without anti-aliasing for a more authentic look.
     
  11. aaberg

    aaberg New Member

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    I'm doing the label in InDesign. Can you explain more about rasterize effect?
     
  12. shoresigns

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    I'm referring to the "staircase" effect where you can see the square pixels around the edge of the letters.

    Once you're done in InDesign, export to TIFF at 300 ppi, then import into Photoshop
    1. Shrink the image down so the text is around 28-36 pixels in height
    2. Add a threshold layer and tinker around with the setting (default is 128) to adjust the weight of the letters.
    3. Image Resize > UNTICK "Resample" > Change width/height back to the original print size. Your resolution will be low - that's what you want.
    4. Export to TIFF for printing
     
  13. aaberg

    aaberg New Member

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    I used Gaussian blur in Photoshop, guess that gives same effect?
     
  14. shoresigns

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    No it doesn't. Gaussian blur and threshold are two completely different effects that look nothing alike.
     
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