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« on: July 05, 2006 08:57:08 AM »

ok so i wanted to do a stencil of a sink with the plumbing underneath showing and everything....obviously that wasn't a very popular thing to stencil, in fact the way i got the idea was by trying to think of something that hasn't been stenciled......inner-dialog:   "they've stenciled everything but the kitchen sink!"  "wait!  thats it! I'll stencil the kitchen sink!"

okay so while trying to create this stencil (normally i like to make my own, no worries about copyright and someone else having the same stencil)  i have found out a few tips....all you really need for one of your own stencils is MS Paint!

1)  pick an image you like  (generally the more contrast/starker the colors are the better, but it dosn't matter too much with this)

2) right click it and select "Save Picture As..."  and put the image in a place you'll be able to find it

3)  Open up microsoft paint, and then go to file; open; and find/select your image

4)  use a think paintbrush, straight line draw-er, and/or curve line draw-er to go over the most important lines  (for me it was the edge of the sink, edge of the basin, drain, and faucet/knobs) 

5)  go to file;save as...   and enter a different name for your image (ex: sinkb/w)  and pull down the drop box underneath the name, from the choices select: Monochrome bitmap......this will turn your image black and white(not grayscale!  stark black and white)....   a promt box will come up waring you that you will lose color information, just hit yes....

6)  this will be the part that makes you happy that you went over the main lines....there will probably be some random chunks of black or white, but the main image should  still exist, anyone with basic knowledge of paint should be able to get rid of these either with eraser or (for the larger chunks)  a rectangle selector(not to be confused with rectangle draw-er)

don't forget to draw bridges to the islands in your picture!!!!

the best part of doing it this way is that if your are really talented in paint then you can add parts that you want  (like the plumbing for my sink)

i guess thats all.......if this is in the wrong place i apologize!

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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2006 11:35:43 AM »

thanks so much! i never knew how to do just black and white on ms paint
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2006 10:13:14 PM »

Wow, this was really helpful, thanks!!!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2006 04:03:18 AM »

Thanks for this tip! This is great for me as I don't have photoshop!! Roll Eyes
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