Guitar Tattoo

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Introduction: Guitar Tattoo

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Give your guitar a temporary tattoo with this instructable. This is a very simple and fun procedure, provided you have a few things:

Guitar to Tattoo
PhotoShop (or something similar)
Printable Window Decal paper (avery)
piece of paper (optional)
scanner (optional)

This is great because you can 'decorate' your guitar without damaging the finish! You'll be able to change out your guitar tattoo whenever you like. You can slap your name on your guitar. How about a picture of your significant other? Display the name of your band. Display the name of your bird. Whatever. Enjoy!

Step 1: Preparation

My first step was to draw the contour of the bottom right area of the body of my guitar. To do this I just set my guitar on a piece of paper and traced the edge... simple right?

Step 2: Design Your Tat

I scanned my traced guitar contour guide line into my PC and opened it in PhotoShop. Following the guide line contour I was able to create a 'tattoo' to accent the curve of my guitar.

If you know how to use layers in PhotoShop, put the traced guitar contour on a separate layer from the tattoo. Then before you print it, turn off the line layer. If you are not familiar with layers, just erase the guide line before you print.

Step 3: Finish Up

Now stick the window decal paper into your printer and print your tattoo. I usually let the printed decal dried for a while. Make sure your guitar is clean. Then cut out the decal, peel off the back and carefully put it on your guitar. That's it!

You don't even need to do the hole 'contour of the guitar' thing. As you can see in my final photo, just print out some of your favorite pictures and decorate! Pan, God of Music, graces the top of my guitar.

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    Where to buy window decal paper someone post a link pls

    Very nice how to!

    Can someone post a successful video of doing it cause I'm very confused on everything

    Thanks for this tutorial. I have been wanting to do something like this but knew that
    to do something like this professionally would be exspensive. Also this way I can change it when I get tired of it.

    Great idea. Where did you find that pic of Pan?

    Would it be alright to print something out and make it into a stencil to sharpie onto the guitar? I'm wondering if I need to avoid it...

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    i've tried drawing on my guitar with sharpies before, the clear coat and the alcohol based ink keep it from being permanent. it will slowly wipe off completely, but the plus side is, you can wash any mistakes off with rubbing alcohol.

    the trick is to remove the clear coat then draw.then add the clear coat

    My advice to all of you who want to do this from a professional graphic designer: use illustrator or corel draw. using a vector drawing program will make your design have very sharp edges, thus making it look like more of a professional job.

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    Agreed. The graphic on the bottom of the guitar pictured was done using Illustrator. Resizing will always stay nice & crisp. The upper graphic was a downloaded graphic and then adjusted using PhotoShop. The original graphic was slightly larger then the one I ended up printing for this guitar. The problem with Illustrator & PhotoShop for the average schlub is affordability (luckily I'm a graphic design student and only had to pay student prices for those over priced softwares). So for quick & easy guitar design... which will not be permanent... and can be changed whenever one wants, any graphic software would work out. For anything else more professional great care, design and proper software should be used. Otherwise, this is 'just for fun' and can be easily changed at will.

    yeah. well i recommend 'artrage' for any hobbyist artist. full sketch and trace program for 25 bucks! cant go wrong

    For people who don't want to pay out the ...nose... for Illustrator or coreldraw, Inkscape is a free vector graphics editor.

    This is very cool.

    What if you own a black guitar?, no raceism intended!

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    try making your image then making it negative so the black is white and viceversa

    humm, good question. I have a black decal on a black bass. Its really cool because it almost looks like a shadow. It's a very subtle graphic. But I can't really imagine anything showing up brightly on a black guitar. It would have to be a different type of printer... a professional vinyl printer or something. But the black decal I did on my black bass is pretty cool.

    print it white, itll show up lol

    could you use a lighter color ink?

    Projects are always fun when you do it yourself, but we do carry some pretty cool waterslide decals and you can get some amazing results. Check out some of the projects that our customers have done:
    http://pinupsplus.com/customer-pictures-ezp-4.html