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Printing Engine Turn

Discussion in 'Designs & Layouts' started by kalvix, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. kalvix

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    I understand that many people are now printing Engine Turns on clear or clear vinyl and then mounting them onto silver or gold chrome to simulate engine turn.

    My client would like 1.25" turns, but I've been having problems getting the exact good solution. any suggestions of setting this up in illustrator?
     
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  2. JR's

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    :popcorn:
     
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    Alien Skins plug in. "Impact" is the one then select brushed metal effect. You can set your size to any radius.

    Forgot to mention...Check Fred's stuff, he probably has one there already.
     

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  4. Fred Weiss

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    Here's a close up of one of our Engine Turn seamless tiles. You could print it directly on gold or clear as you suggest either as is or with the color lightened in Photoshop first. The scale is very easy to adjust to your needs just by reducing the size or by first defining it as a pattern in Photoshop and then using the scaling slider. The pattern itself in the seamless tile (not the closeup shown here) is infinitely repeatable so your final quality is very good.
     

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  5. HulkSmash

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    Fred, that's some nice quality engine turn.
     
  6. Fred Weiss

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    Thanks. I never much cared for the blurred effect used by Alien Skin or Mr. Dave Dorsey. :ROFLMAO: Having the actual grooves clearly defined works a lot better as you step back from it.
     
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    Dave Dorsey.................................................. that name sounds familiar :Oops:​
     
  8. JR's

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    Thanks Fred

    :thumb: :thumb:

    JR
     
  9. Fred Weiss

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    And thanks to you JR. Post a pic when you use it.
     
  10. jfiscus

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    I don't see how printing this in any way would make it "turn" as real engine turn does as you look at it from angles... does it?
     
  11. Pat Whatley

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    The clip art business isn't doing that well. Last I heard he'd started calling himself Diemond Dave and was teaching self defense classes.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2U-ZQMf56I
     
  12. Fred Weiss

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    Engine Turned refers to the finishing of metal with a machine turned pattern. I've never heard it described as an effect designed to look like it is actually turning. So it seems to me that what you're describing is the way the pattern would react on a reflective surface such as shiny gold. If that is the case, then you probably would get a similar effect by printing the engine turned pattern shown earlier in this thread onto shiny gold instead of simply white media. I can't say for certain since I've never tried it. Perhaps, Kalvix or JR's could give you a better answer.
     
  13. Si Allen

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    Printed engine turn will look like the real thing ... BUT ... will not "move" like the real thing because it is not 3 dimensional.

    Printed will work nicely as a presentation, but not well on a vehicle.


    "Gold is gold and paint ain't!"


    :omg2:
     
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