Customs: Does anyone have any pointers on how to create a custom TF box?

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  1. Big_Daddy

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    Any tips and pointers would be highly appreciated :)  I'm gonna try making a box for my RID kitbash R.A.W. which is a decepticon spychanger made from W.A.R.S.
     
  2. aussiehippy

    aussiehippy Au contraire, Blackadder.

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    Well, I never made any, but off the top of me head, I would imagine you'd need:

    Photoshop or similar to create the hi-res image of your box
    Good quality printer
    Good quality printing paper with the right amount of shine
    some card
    scissors
    doublesided tape
     
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    aussiehippy Au contraire, Blackadder.

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    Well, I never made any, but off the top of me head, I would imagine you'd need:

    Photoshop or similar to create the hi-res image of your box
    Good quality printer
    Good quality printing paper with the right amount of shine
    some card
    scissors
    doublesided tape
     
  4. Wreckgar

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    Are you making a box or a bubble?

    A Box is much easier. And since it's a small figure, it would be pretty simple to do. Take a regular TF box for design specifics, layout and such. measure your areas, import those sizes into photoshop. Then design it the way you want.

    The ony lthing, use a good heavy stock paper.
     
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    Are you making a box or a bubble?

    A Box is much easier. And since it's a small figure, it would be pretty simple to do. Take a regular TF box for design specifics, layout and such. measure your areas, import those sizes into photoshop. Then design it the way you want.

    The ony lthing, use a good heavy stock paper.
     
  6. Jimmyjimjim

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    Just take apart an existing box, use it for your template. You'll need to scan it in and redraw it in something like Illustrator (or just measure it carefully and start from scratch), then do your box art, print it, cut it out, and fold it together.

    You can get larger format printers for as little as $250 that will do up to 13x19", or you could print it out in sections and tile it together from a standard 8.5x11" printer.
     
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    Just take apart an existing box, use it for your template. You'll need to scan it in and redraw it in something like Illustrator (or just measure it carefully and start from scratch), then do your box art, print it, cut it out, and fold it together.

    You can get larger format printers for as little as $250 that will do up to 13x19", or you could print it out in sections and tile it together from a standard 8.5x11" printer.
     
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    I drew the box up by hand in Photoshop. Since it's a custom, I don't want a standard TF look for it. Then I printed it on normal paper since I didn't have any glossy or photo paper, and glued onto a card, which unfortunately turned out to be a tad too thick. Need to get a slightly thinner card and then redo the process.
     
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    I drew the box up by hand in Photoshop. Since it's a custom, I don't want a standard TF look for it. Then I printed it on normal paper since I didn't have any glossy or photo paper, and glued onto a card, which unfortunately turned out to be a tad too thick. Need to get a slightly thinner card and then redo the process.
     
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    awsome! please show pics when you are finished
     
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    awsome! please show pics when you are finished
     
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    Here's the screwed up one for now ;) 

    [​IMG]
     
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    Here's the screwed up one for now ;) 

    [​IMG]
     
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    I made some custom G1 boxes for the cassettes and learning each time.
    Some tips:
    Calculate size and form and recalc a few times, this is IMPORTANT!!!
    Print out a fast test shot and see if size isn't deformed.
    (I had this due to the fact I didn't think about the marges on the A4 paper)
    Print it out on glossy photo paper, but the thinnest one you can get.
    Glue the paper on some thin cardboard (you can buy it a the local bookstore)
    with gluespray. the cardboard must be folded easily, otherwise you get lousy bends)
    Then, after a few hours, cut out the ridges with a good cutting knife and a steel ruler. Remember, don't buy a cheap cutting knife, take a good quality one!!!
    Remember to always try to fit the box together before you actually glue it or fold it together.

    Good luck!!
     
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    I made some custom G1 boxes for the cassettes and learning each time.
    Some tips:
    Calculate size and form and recalc a few times, this is IMPORTANT!!!
    Print out a fast test shot and see if size isn't deformed.
    (I had this due to the fact I didn't think about the marges on the A4 paper)
    Print it out on glossy photo paper, but the thinnest one you can get.
    Glue the paper on some thin cardboard (you can buy it a the local bookstore)
    with gluespray. the cardboard must be folded easily, otherwise you get lousy bends)
    Then, after a few hours, cut out the ridges with a good cutting knife and a steel ruler. Remember, don't buy a cheap cutting knife, take a good quality one!!!
    Remember to always try to fit the box together before you actually glue it or fold it together.

    Good luck!!
     
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    What do most people use to create box inserts? I've considered using Styrofoam, butI can only find it in blue in the Uk and I'd want it in white.
     
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    What do most people use to create box inserts? I've considered using Styrofoam, butI can only find it in blue in the Uk and I'd want it in white.
     
  20. Jimmyjimjim

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    A couple more recommendations:

    Sometimes just gluing two pieces of thicker paper is plenty. If you think about it, a good cardstock is like, 90lb (I think). If you're printing on 45lb brochure paper, doubling it up will make it 90lb.

    Also, remember to score the box before you bend it for neater folds. Either you can VERY lightly score it with an x-acto, or some art shops have scoring tools that look like mini pizza-cutters. Usually you find them near scrapbooking supplies.
     

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