Urgent help pls! Putting black text on a chrome cylindrical face inPhotoWorks

Discussion in 'SolidWorks' started by Flynt, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. Flynt

    Flynt Guest

    Hi all,

    I have an urgent need to get a picture back to a customer. He has
    provided their company logo as a JPG, black text on a white
    background. I need to show it wrapped around a cylindrical component.
    The Component is chromed.

    How on earth do I do that? I know that I can wrap the image as a decal
    but how to get the background to disappear so it looks like black text
    on a chrome surface?



    Flynt, Feb 28, 2008
  2. Flynt

    POH Guest


    You will likely need to modify the JPG image (using a Program such as
    Adobe PhotoShop) so that the background is transparent. Otherwise, the
    wrapped decal will continue to look like a rectangular label.

    Per O. Hoel
    POH, Feb 28, 2008
  3. Flynt

    zxys Guest

    For a decal like this,.. after you insert your image file (decal
    preview),.. select the "mask image" options below,.. choose "selective
    color mask",.. then, click on the eyedropper icon then, select the
    white area (RGB 255,255,255) on the decal preview,.. if there is more
    wht/gray noise (i.e.,.. RGB 254,253,254,.. jpg's create noise, the
    edges are not crisp),.. keep using the eyedropper to mask as much as
    you can,... if that isn't clean enuf, you'll have to do some editing
    or recreate a cleaner B/W logo label (and save it as a PNG with a
    alpha channel..
    Otherwise, you can also use the other "image mask file" option which
    mask out the background using a inverted or negative image.
    In either case, you can save the changes to a *.P2D decal file to
    preserve your changes.

    zxys, Feb 28, 2008
  4. Flynt

    zxys Guest

    oh, and,... chrome is basically "BLACK" so, with black on
    black,..you'll have to add some contrast... either add a small amount
    color difference, texture or surface finish to enhance the contrast?

    zxys, Feb 28, 2008
  5. Flynt

    lee baz Guest

    I have found that by selecting the exact same image as the image mask
    and then ticking 'invert mask' works quite well. If you make sure that
    in the material properties of the decal you set it to constant then it
    looks quite like a rub down type sticker.
    lee baz, Feb 28, 2008
  6. Flynt

    zxys Guest

    for a quick workaround,.. if you can't get chrome to work easily,..
    try one of the other reflective metals, such as, mercury.

    zxys, Feb 28, 2008
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