We will be cutting this stencil using cardboard and the laser cutter.
First you are going to want to find a picture of your beloved ship and open that bad boy in Photoshop.
The picture I am using is already black and white and grey. So I wont need to posterize it.
I found a reference picture of the colours that I was wanting. This stencil will be a 4 layer stencil.
Colours are as listed.
Layer 1: Grey
Layer 2: Maroon
Layer 3: Olive Green
Layer 4: Black
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Step 1: Magic Wand Tool
Step 2: Layer 2-3
Use the Magic Wand Tool to select just the green part of the ship.
This is what I chose to make green after looking at the reference I posted in the intro slide.
Rinse and repeat for the maroon layer. Don't forget you will want to do each color on its own layer.
Step 3: The Final Layer
I just started this today and still have to run some practice cuts on the laser to find which pieces I need to bridge.
This is one layer you really want to spend some time with. Just make sure it looks how you want.
I continued to use the Magic Wand Tool. If you need to select multiple things with it just hold the shift key when clicking. If you are almost done with selecting things and you screw up or it selects something completely random ( It will do this.), just hit CMD+Z.
This is what I came up with. Not perfect but I like!
Note: I made the grey layer visible so you could see the black lines.
Step 4: Make Sure Everything Lines Up.
This is what the stencil will look like all layered up.
Im obviously going to get some better paint to more closely resemble Sir Fetts paint scheme.
You will then want to CMD+Shift+ S each layer as its own file.
You will then open each layer into Adobe Illustrator to get ready for cutting with the laser cutter.
Step 5: Open Each Layer in Illustrator
Go to Object> Image Trace. Then per your specific laser get it ready for cut.
I am going to cut this stencil about 26 inches by 16 inches.
Cut each layer out then we can get to painting!
Step 6: Spray Paint Onto Whatever!
Enjoy your piece of art!
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