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How to prepare a custom screen lens.

“Collaboration gives the freedom to come out form the narrow scopes of life to the field of endless possibilities.” 
― Amit Ray

 

The entire purpose of my services is to forge that special (limited) edition console that never existed, but you wish it did.

I'm sure you found yourself pondering over the matter (I know I did) on several occasions. And if you are reading this, I am 99.99% sure you did too.

I am here to help.!

 

One of the aspects of it is a custom screen lens.

The possibilities are nearly endless and often only limited to your imagination (and maybe sometimes limitations of my own capabilities).

I get a lot of questions about whether something can be achieved. The short answer is YES.! Another short answer IT DEPENDS.!

In a majority of the cases, it is best if you could supply a file that I can drag & drop, and don't even think about it.

This way you have more control over the entire process, save time (for both of us) and most importantly - I can turn it around much quicker.!

 

I do however realize that not all of us have access to specialized software. So following are a few options of how the artwork for the lens can be prepared.

Starting from "ideal" to "worst case scenario".

 

First one is the "ideal". For best results and easiest adjustment on the fly. A VECTOR file.

 

Most commonly made with Adobe Illustrator and has an extension of .AI, .EPS and on some occasions .PDF or even .SVG.

Vector files are composed of mathematical formulas rather than raster images that are made out of individual pixels.

Which means if you wanted, theoretically you could increase the size of the image to cover the entire building without compromising quality and appearance.

So the first thing is you gonna need access to software that is capable of working with vectors.

Second - is to create (or source) vector image of your logo or a character. (In some cases, a very high-resolution raster image can also be "vectorized").

Then in each individual custom lens listing in the store - you will find a template to download (for example GBC Template Example.pdf).

Where you will find two layers: artwork and trim.

Everything that is visible inside the compounds of a grey colored trim line is how your lens will appear when it's finished.

But it is important to extend the artwork beyond the line even though it will not appear on a finished lens.

You can find an abundance of tutorials on how to use the software of your choosing and don't be afraid to give it a go,

it usually is very intuitive and you will be a master of all in no time. :)

From here, you are only limited to your imagination.!

The finished file together with an order number then can be passed on to my email info@bluishsquirrel.co.uk 

And if all goes well (which it should) your new lens will be on the way to you in the next couple of (working) days.

 

The second option is the "that it'll do". Acceptable results, but a bit more limited with the adjustments after the fact. A RASTER image. 

 

(currently writing ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Bluish Squirrel on 09 June 2017 11:53

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