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ALPS Thermal Printer Custom Printed Decals
Short Run No Minimums

Clear Water Slide Decal Paper

Custom printed decals for model railroad, model building, automobiles, trains, airplanes, helicopters, cars, boats, vehicles, ships, railroads, rockets, slot cars, bicycles, motorcycle, restorations, nails, guitars, company logos.

Application Instructions
Optional Oven Curing (ceramics, glass or metal only):
Once decal is applied and let dry for 3 hrs. The decal can be oven cured up to 350°F for 10 min.
This can provide a better decal bond for some surfaces.

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Below are the Prices for ALPS Custom Decals.

8" x 10" Image Area

These are the spot colors the ALPS printer can print.
ALPS spot colors

3 single colors max per sheet or one 2 color overlay max per sheet

White, Black, Magenta*, Prosses Yellow*, Cyan*, Metallic Gold, Metallic Silver

Single Color= Single ink color that doesn't overlapping or touch any another ink color.

Overlay Color= Two ink colors that are overlapping or touching another.

Custom ALPS Printed Clear Water Slide Decal Pricing

Your Ready to Run Artwork Submitted Must Meet Our File Preparation Requirements.
NOTE: A photo of an object or a old decal set is not ready to run artwork.

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Ink fee based off average coverage area.
If Ink coverage area is heavy extra fees will apply per sheet.

Additional preparation fees will apply if original submitted artwork is not set up to file requirements. (see below)
If we accept a incorrectly setup file any modifications needed will be billed at $90 hr with a $25 minimum + normal file fees. If fonts are not converted to outlines, there is a $15 minimum fee per font for installing or substituting fonts.

(All fonts used must be supplied with file if fonts are not converted to outlines.
embedding fonts is not acceptable.)


Your Ready to Run Artwork created from
Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw.

Pricing Examples (Vector Artwork)
8" x 10" Image Area,
Your Ready to Run Correctly Setup &

Submitted Artwork
with Average Ink Coverage

Extra fees may apply.

Your Ready to Run Artwork created from
Photo Editing Software.

Pricing Examples (Bitmap Artwork)
8" x 10" Image Area, Single Color Only,
Your Ready to Run Correctly Setup &
Submitted Artwork
with Average Ink Coverage

Extra fees may apply.

Custom Printed Water Slide Decal -
from your ready to run Vector Artwork,
1 Standard Color - Starting at $30+S&H
Custom Printed Water Slide Decal -
from your ready to run Bitmap,
1 Standard Color - Starting at $40+S&H

Custom Printed Water Slide Decal -
from your ready to run Vector Artwork,
White Ink - Starting at $33+S&H

Custom Printed Water Slide Decal -
from your ready to run Bitmap,
White Ink - Starting at $43+S&H

Custom Printed Water Slide Decal -
from your ready to run Vector Artwork,
1 Metallic Color - Starting at $40+S&H

Custom Printed Water Slide Decal -
from your ready to run Bitmap,
1 Metallic Color - Starting at $50+S&H

Custom Printed Water Slide Decal -
from your ready to run Vector Artwork,
2 Standard Colors - Starting at $35+S&H

 
Custom Printed Water Slide Decal -
from your ready to run Vector Artwork,
1 White Ink & 1 Standard Color - Starting at $38+S&H

 
Custom Printed Water Slide Decal -
from your ready to run Vector Artwork,
1 Metallic Color & 1 Standard Color - Starting at $45+S&H

 
Custom Printed Water Slide Decal -
from your ready to run Vector Artwork,
1 Metallic Color & 1 White Ink - Starting at $48+S&H

 

We don't print full color ALPS water slide decals.

Standard Solid Ink Colors Offered (Minimum $5 per sheet fee)
Black, Magenta*, Prosses Yellow*, Cyan*
*= Colored inks are not opaque they are around 33% translucent.
So the color of the substrate you place the decals on will affect the final ink color.

White Ink (Minimum $8 per sheet fee)

Metallic Solid Ink Colors Offered (Minimum $15 per sheet fee)
Metallic Gold, Metallic Silver
Note: Due to the nature of the way ALPS printers print metallic inks, the ink seam overlap from the printer ribbon may be visible when printed depending on your layout.

Overlaid Solid Colors
Colors may be overlaid for additional colors. Maximum of 2 colors can be overlaid otherwise micro scratching will occur due to the thickness & stiffness of the decal stock. 100% standard color value overlays only.
Examples:
100% White +100% Prosses Yellow* = Opaque Prosses Yellow
100% White +100% Magenta* = Opaque Magenta
100% White +100% Cyan* = Opaque Cyan
100% Prosses Yellow* +100% Magenta* = Red* (Not Opaque)
100% Magenta* +100% Cyan* = Dark Blue* (Not Opaque)
100% Prosses Yellow* +100% Cyan* = Green* (Not Opaque)

*= Not Opaque (must be applied to white background)

Blending/Fading Colors
We don't recommend color blends/fades or guarantee the results.
If screened blends/fades are wanted the result will be output with a very course 60 dot per inch screen. Maximum of 2 colors can be blended/faded otherwise micro scratching will occur due to the thickness & stiffness of the decal stock.
Blends & Fades are not opaque and must be applied to white backgrounds only.

This is a sample of the ALPS very course 60 dot per inch screen.

300 dpi scan of a 1X1 in box printed on 20 lb bond from the ALPS.


This is a sample of the ALPS Printers font resolution capabilities. ARIAL .5PT to 6PT.

Kadee® decal thickness should be about 0.0003 in. or 3 ten-thousandths thick once applyed.

Making ALPS Ink Scratch Resistant
The decal paper manufacturer recommends "Liquid Decal Film" by MicroScale. I have found it takes 2 heavy air brush applied coats to make ALPS ink scratch resistant. After the 2 heavy coats of Liquid Decal Film is applied the ALPS ink should be also resistant to acrylic clear coat for further protection although not recommended.

The ALPS printer is not a "traditional" printer.
ALPS Custom Decal File Preparation Requirements for Ready to Run Artwork
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Note: The Alps Printer only prints "C - 100%, M - 100%, Y - 100%, K - 100% = black" as a solid color. Any other ink color value the printer will interpreted as a screened image & printed with a 60 lpi course screen. Ink color is set manually during decal output process by us.

We only accept tif, eps, al, & psd file formats with font's converted to outlines. If your file is not in one of these formats then you will need use some other software that can save to one of these file formats. Cad software will not work for vector artwork.

Note: All font's must be converted to outlines & files must be set up to file specks as described below otherwise we will not accept the file (Embedding fonts is not acceptable). If converting to pdf file using a pdf converter. Single color decals only, NO EMBEDDED OR PLACED IMAGES your artworks color value must be C - 100%, M - 100%, Y - 100%, K - 100% = black. Additional preparation fees will apply for converted pdf files, to C - 100%, M - 100%, Y - 100%, K - 100% = black (at our hourly rate).

(Best Quality) Vector Graphics Artwork: 8" x 10" Image Area with 1/8" min margins, Multiple or Single color decals. Artwork created from Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw software saved as (eps, al). NO EMBEDDED OR PLACED IMAGES.

Single Color Decals: The artwork needs to be on its own layer (layer named the print color), with artwork in CMYK color mode & set to CMYK format and "C - 100%, M - 100%, Y - 100%, K - 100% = black" set as the artworks color value.

Multiple Color Decals: Each color needs to be on its own layer (layer named the print color) and trapped between layers as necessary, with artwork in In CMYK Color Mode & set to CMYK format and "C - 100%, M - 100%, Y - 100%, K - 100% = black" set as the artworks color values for each layer. A full color composite layer needs to also be included in file named (proof). Maximum of 2 layers can be overlaid in trapped artwork.

Note: You need to make sure you check your Color Mode, it should be in CMYK Mode. Before submitting them making sure the file colors are "C - 100%, M - 100%, Y - 100%, K - 100% = black". If using color swatches be sure you set your color swatch up before you start your artwork. It should be C - 100%, M - 100%, Y - 100%, K - 100%, CMYK Color Mode, Spot Color & Global. Test color swatch settings before starting artwork. You should be able to change the color values of the swatch and it will automatically change values in artwork. If artwork color doesn't change when the swatch values are changed your swatch color is not setup correctly. By setting up a correct color swatch you will be able to proof your artwork color values and be able to make color changes without having to select each individual artwork element and change color values manually. Saving to different file formats or even saving to a different version of software may reset your color values to something other the the required color values. This may be trial and error process, until you get your file options figured out so that your software keeps the correct color values intact. Double check your files color values, trapping, & layers before submitting your files! Ink color is set manually during decal output. Additional setup fees will apply if files are submitted incorrectly.
Sample Vector Artwork Adobe Illustrator File

(OK Quality) Bitmap Artwork:8" x 10" Image Area with 1/8" min margins, Single color decals only! No Multi Colored Decals. Black artwork created from photo editing software saved as (psd or tif) only. No (BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG) files. The file must be actual size in "bitmap color mode" (Photoshop: IMAGE/MODE/Bitmap) (Not Index, Grayscale, RGB, LAB or CMYK) the resolution of the file must be a minimum of 600 dpi but preferably 2400-3600 dpi. Sample TIF Bitmap Artwork File
Final file conversion will be preformed by us. Ink color is set manually during decal output.
Additional setup fees will apply if files are submitted incorrectly.

Note: Bitmap color mode Artwork will print Saw-Toothed on the edges. The higher the resolution the file you submit and cleaner edged the artwork the better quality it will print. You can proof your decal quality by viewing your artwork to bitmap color mode, 600 dpi, at 100% size and looking at your edges. Every rough spot (saw-tooth) you see on your artwork proof will print when decal is printed.

Decals are printed on clear water slide decal paper.
ALPS Custom Decals Terms & Conditions
You are responsible for the quality of original artwork reproduction, color setup, color separations in spot color, color trapping, turning all fonts to outlines, artwork margins & file setup. All multiple color run decal artwork files must be setup with each color on its own layer. We accept artwork in EPS or AI form (vector graphics produce best results) as well as TIFF or JPG form (bitmap images not recommended). We reserve the right to review decal artwork.

You are responsible for all copyright, & trade mark conformance’s.
You need written permission for copyrighted material, even when it is for personal use. There are exceptions, you must read the copyrighted materials owners legal-notice's for their copyright policy's. You are paying someone to reproduce the copyrighted material and not reproducing it yourself. We do not reproduce copyrighted material without written permission.

We don’t guarantee the visibility of white ink to the light blue decal substrate, ink seam overlap visibility, multiple pass registration, color trapping or printed results from customer files. Decal are run usually within 2-3 business days. Extra fees may apply. Prices subject to change without notice. + shipping & handling charges.

Kadee® Quality Products Co.
(541) 826-3904
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