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John Pidliskey

Making/transfering Drawings

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How do you draw you pictures or templates on your coroplast? I was trying to use MSpaint but it is a royal pain in the ...

Do you just free hand the drawing on the coro? I don't have a projector to shine it up on the coro. Even if I did, I still need someway to draw my pattern on the PC.

Once I get the pattern drawn, then I could find a way to blow it up.

I just don't want to start drawing on the coroplast, and have to erase my mistakes.

Anyone know of a half decent drawing program?

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John, one very easy and economical method is to use a grid transfer.

Draw your design out on a piece of paper. Then draw a grid over it in one by one inch squares (or smaller--its up to you). Measure the drawing. Let's sayfor example,the original drawing is6 x6 inches(a regular piece of paper is 8.5 x 11). Transfer the grid you've drawn to the coro you're going to use. Standard coro is 8 feet by 4 feet. Each square of the grid transfered could be 6" x 6" or whatever ratio you choose. The more squares you use in your original grid, the better it will be for you when doing the drawing on the coro. Once you've done the grid, its easy to then draw in each individual square from your original design.

This method works great, doesn't cost anything more than a piece of paper but does require a little time.

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John,

Another method might work if you have access to a scanner and Excel (or other spreadsheet.) Draw your design on paper. Scan the picture into your computer. Insert the picture into a blank Excel spreadsheet and resize it to the finished size. Print the picture spanning several pages. Tape the pages back together. (The putting back together can be a pain, but it works better for me than drawing freehand onto coroplast or using a grid transfer.)

Margie

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You could make a pantograph. They're pretty simple, just hinged strips of wood or plastic tubes. Adjustable too.

Make: http://users.hubwest.com/hubert/mrscience/pantograph.html

Buy: http://woodworker.com/cgi-bin/FULLPRES.exe?PARTNUM=78147&go=5881

Or buy a bargain-basement wall projector and trace the expanded image on a large sheet of paper for your pattern.

Many price ranges for projectors. http://www1.shopping.com/xGS-Craft_Projector~NS-1~linkin_id-3055955~r-1~CLT-INTR

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If you can scan them in then you could also go to almost any kinkos or other print shop and have it printed on a large piece of paper. Heck I could even do it for you and mail you the print out. I have 3 large format plotters I use daily.

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Almost nobody uses overheads anymore, so they shouldn't be hard to find. They show up on eBay, but the shipping makes them expensive. If you have enough connections, you can probably borrow one from a company, church, or whatever. Then you can just print out a transparency and you're good to go.

As for good drawing programs -- I've never mastered doing art on a computer, so I tend to work freehand on paper. Cathy is much better at this than me...

-Tim

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LOL...Tim,

My wife Janet is better at the drawing thing than me too...

Thanks for all the comments.

The drawing I plan on doing is not that complicated, so I spent some time tonight to perfect it on a sheet(many sheets) of paper.

Now, I think I'm going to try the old school method converting it into a larger graph.

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