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Making Waterslide Decals

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I bought some waterslide decals recently, and they were complete rubbish. Four of the sheets were really badly printed, the last time I saw colour printing so bad it was done on a 9 pin dot matrix. One sheet was a little better, so I tried to use it only to discover that the printing floated off the decal along with the backing paper and they look terrible on the car. These were from scalextric-car. just to be clear, I have previously bought transfers from PSR and they were great quality.

I decided that I may as well make my own, but couldn't seem to find much information here about it. Has anyone done it, and if so do you have any tips you can share? I have found some paper available locally and checked the instructions, I'm using an inkjet so will need to spray them with a clear topcoat. But I'm sure there are probably some do's and don'ts that I should know. Any tips gratefully received.
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Decals for the car on the left were done using Word, an HP LaserJet printer on Testors clear decal paper. I made a spelling error in one word and the blue was not as dark as it should have been - the actual Blaupunkt blue is somewhere in between what I did and the on the right. One tip, for when you print - make sure, if there is a setting for it, to print blacks as pure black. Do a test print and use high quality setting.

Most of the text was easily found using website, Most of the graphics were found on logo websites, scaled down and converted for pasting into Word. Some of the graphics were done in Word.
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I have not idea mate 😁, the fact is that also use Word just for writing legal docs so mostly of my work when doing decals is just copy and paste and adjust the size.

I suppose than when printing I could try adjusting printing settings in the printer 🙄

You change the output resolution in the printer settings, not in Word.
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