How to Size and Print Your Flame Stencils

Here, I'll be showing you how to size and print the flame stencils provided in this course.  In order to scale them down to any size and maintain a high quality, you will be working with one hi-res file and scaling it as per the instructions below.

You should have already downloaded it in the Step 9: Stencil course sidebar.

We are using this hi-res file, because with it you can resize it to fit any part of the blaster, but in a way that produces sharp-edged flame stencils instead of the fuzzy blotches of indistinguishable flames, which would be more difficult to cut out.

 

To print out the stencils in a size that would fit the side of the blaster, like the N-64 stencil you see on the blaster I painted, you will size the image to 50%.

To print out the stencils in a size that would fit the stock, like the flame stencil you see on the blaster I painted, you will size the image to 30%.

With the smaller sizes, you may find some of the stencils to be difficult to cut out. You will also find that some of the flames are easier to cut than others.

I would recommend starting off with one of the easier ones if you want to use a small stencil on your blaster.

Just remember, larger sizes will be much easier to cut out.

50% is the largest I would recommend you scale it to. It will fit most larger side spots on your blaster. You should try cutting out one of the 50% flames first.

Here are the sizes from 50% to the smallest recommended size:

  • 50% will be about 1.25 inch in height (for the larger sides, like main body)
  • 40% will be about 1 inch in height
  • 30% wil be about .75 inch in height (for smaller parts, like stock)
  • 20% will be about .50 inch in height

To determine the best stencil size for your blaster, you can take a ruler and measure the area you want to put a stencil on. Then reference the list here to determine the best size to scale the whole image to.

When you are ready to print, follow the steps below.

1. open the flame.png file with paint. Right click image, select paint.

2. from inside paint, select print preview. Select page setup.

3. resize image to desired percent.

4. print!

That concludes this tutorial on sizing the flame stencils. Go back to step 9.