Make Your Own Window Clings
Can't find the window clings you want?
No one selling window clings with your puppy's picture, favorite symbols or your name on them?
Easy solution, make your own.
If you have a scanner, printer and graphics software on your computer you can do this, easy as pie!
Even if you don't, you may be able to do this at the local print shop.
Wanna see how it's done?
Start with the Art
Here are some guidelines to follow:
- Draw or find the symbol or image you want to turn into a window cling. They can be black and white or color. Make sure you have a color printer if you choose a colored image. Otherwise turn the image into a black and white one by scanning it and changing its "mode" in a graphics program. In Corel it's referred to as "mode" but in other programs it may be different. Check your menu bar or help section for info.
- Scan the image into your computer. Adjust it, clean it up or ad some text using your computer graphics program.
- Size the image so that it will fit inside the parameters of the cling sheet. Cling sheets are usually standard letter size 8 and 1/2 by 11 inches.
- Remember if the image has text or is not symmetrical, you will need to reverse it before printing. Otherwise when you place it on the window it will be reversed. This may work for you or it may not, so think it through first and print as many paper copies as you need to figure it out before printing to the cling sheet.
- If you are going to do this at a copy shop, make a clean black and white copy of the image to use. You can use white-out correction tape or liquid or matte, white graphic chart tape to easily cover blemishes or things you don't want on your cling.
Remember that unless otherwise noted art and symbols found in magazines and on the Internet are copyrighted and cannot be used for commercial use. That means your cannot make these clings to sell to others. Some art may have further restrictions tied to it. Look for the copyright information before you grab an image.
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Find Cling Ideas
If you want to try this and are stumped for image ideas, it is easy to find them.
Just look around you. Lots of items have printed images or would make a good image to print.
You can also get ideas from cling products already being sold.
Buy Window Cling Sheets - These work in your home printer
There are many to choose from. Read the label and instructions to make sure you buy a brand that works with your type of printer.
Larger sheets can be cut down to fit a printer.
Make Full-Size Window Clings
Check with local printers to find one that will print on large cling sheets.
You will need to provide artwork to the full-size on a CD or jump drive for the printer to work with.
Print Your Window Clings
- Print a paper copy first to make sure the image fits on the page properly. Nothing worse than wasting a sheet of the cling material!
- Now, print your window cling by placing a sheet of the cling plastic into your printer. Make sure you place it facing the correct way for your computer's printer settings (sticky side face up or face down?).
- Cut out the image from the cling leaving about an eight of an inch around it. Peel away any paper backing, some may have backing and some may not. Apply to the window.
- If you are printing at a copy shop, place the cling sheet in the paper box on the machine and the image on the printer's flat bed surface. Print. Make sure you check with the people at the copy shop to insert the cling sheet correctly into the printer.