Making Decals - what you need before you start You need either: Water decal paper & Acrylic varnish OR Dry rub off paper (Both types are available for Inkjet Papers and Fabrics, Window Stickers and Other Arts and Craft Materials You also need Printer with a high DPI rate - preferably a photo qaualitytype Photo editing and layout software Sissors Clear topcoat Lots of patience Importand point Regardless of the type of paper you buy, remember that:~ CLEAR decals are used for deorating light coloured nails WHITE decals are used for decorating dark coloured nails. If you dont cut round the edges of a decal it will leave a white border!! Stage 1 - create your decal Photo editing The first stage is to create your design or edit a photograph that you want to use. use what photo editing software you find easiest or what you have available. Load your choice of photo editing software start by opening or even copying your picture into your software editing programme. then remove the background around it until you are left with just the image. How you do this depends on your progra. Normally an eraser will do the trick. crop the image down to remove all the background you dont need then save the picture as a .jpg file OR Create your own designs Load your choice of photo editing software open up a blank page to work on use either the pen or brush tools to create your own designs crop the image down to remove all the background yur dont need then save your design as a .jpg file Layout your decals Now you need to find a program that will let you easily layout your designs. I used ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR. MICROSOFT PUBLISHER will work just as well or you could have a go in your photo editing software! AVOID MICROSOFT WORD Load up your choice of software start with a clear A4 page try to switch on the rulers around the page, have them measure in CM or MM Insert your photograph or design that you created earlier Reduce the size of your design so it will fit in a 2cm long by 1.5cm wide area. copy the image, paste it back on the page and line it up Repeat this until you have 10 copies of your image slightly reduce the size of your images as they go along the line - this ensures a design would fit on even the smallest of nails then select the line of decals and group them together copy the group and paste a new one underneath fine the "reflect" or "mirror" tool and flip the new line, so the images now face the opposite direction. this insures your designs will look well on either hand whatever you do, save your page now!! Print your decals the print process is different for both typs of decal paper before you print onto your decal paper, print off a draft sheet of y our page. this way you can check the declas are the right sizes or edit them Water slide decals slide in the sheet of paper print the page in a high quality setting - but dont change the printer settings regarding the type of paper. Leave it set as it is normal paper onc printed leave to dry for at least 30 minutes then you finish by spraying the paper with any type of acrylic varnish. its recommended to spray three thin coats of varnish to make sure that the ink is sealed onto the page OR Dry rub slide in the transparent paper, making sure your page will be printed on the rougher side. print the page in a high quality setting - but dont change the printer settings regarding the type of paper. Leave it set as it is normal paper leave to dry for AT LEAST 1 hour place the sticky paper page side up on a flat surface and carefully stick on the transparent sheet printed side down work together and push out any air bubbles Apply your decals water slide decals cut carefully around your decal - remember white decal paper will leave a border if you dont cut along the edges drop your decal into a small bowl of water and leave for 30 seconds pick the decal out of the water, slide off the backing and then slide the decal straight onto the nail you have to work the decal flat, smoothing out wrinkles once the nail is dry, coat the nails in a clear topcoat to seal and protec the design. Dry rub decals cut carfully around your decal-remember white decal paper will leave a border if you dont cut along the edges peel of the white back paper and press sticky side to the nail press firmly down then rub the transparent plastic sheet with an orange stick or your fingernail peel off th e plastic transparent sheet coat the nails in a clear topcoat to seal and protec the design.