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Stencil Tutorial by BastianWolf Stencil Tutorial by BastianWolf
So, my art teacher was askin me how to do what I do, and I've had a few other people ask as well, never going into much detail, so here is a tutorial. Took me longer than I expected to do this. Also, I've put off doing an important project due one week from now that is taking me forever! Oh well. I just wasnt in the mood to cut today.


+ if you spot any errors or something, let me know please.
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magnateofcapital Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
What about wall sized stencils (or a just a few feet ) where could i get those printed at anyone know?
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BastianWolf Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
I've used illustrator to print them out, all you do is move your image around the page, and then whatevers there will print. Then I just tape them together.

Or, you can use fedex-kinkos to print large scale black and white image. (the printer is 2 feet wide, so aslong as one side falls under that, you'll be good.)
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Tioc Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
most concise easily understandable guide I'v found cheers man
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ArturKarlov Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student
sweet info, thanks!
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AndrizzleArt Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
Just the way i do it. Maybe you could write some about the spraying part if you want. The spraying patern/what kind of cap to use (fat vs skinny)/high vs low can pressure/applying adhesive spray, etc.

A lot of people write about creating stencils but they forget the bridges part (which is quite important), so that's definitaly a plus.

I'm going to create my first multilayer one in the next few days. I'll try to print it in illustrator. Never did that before (i've used the Printing Wizzard stuff in WinXP).
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cilios Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Very helpful :)
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jomobro Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks mann
i love tutorials :)
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CaliferDean Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Great! Thanks! :+fav:
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G0LDENF0X Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
This is very helpful, thank you!
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ramikin Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Student General Artist
oooh i have to do a stencil at school soon! this help HEAPS!!!!
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GyroParkour Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008
Nice tutorial. I didn't know about the threshold part before, so that part is really helping my stencil making!

Cheers! :highfive:
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BastianWolf Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008
glad I could help, I always find that threshold brings out the pictures light and dark values better, and it gives better detail, which is why I use it.
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GyroParkour Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008
Cool. I discovered that the Stamp filter also helps a lot with separating light and dark values pretty smoothly.
Thanks again.
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BastianWolf Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
yeah np. I checked it out, its not bad, but I still prefer the sharpness of threshold.
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Peas Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008  Student
What a way to knock out the essay, kid. I'm jealous. I might even steal the whole tutorial idea for that. Whoa nelly.

You're using illustrator for this, yeah?
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BastianWolf Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
i did that all in photoshop, I use illustrator to print it out.

Essay?
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TheRealTiKi Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
how can i get photoshop illustrator? i want it plz help.. btw nice stencils and ty for tutorial btw u can also go to artistic and cutout and it can fix it up abit.. anyway help on illustrator ty all look me up if any1 likes stencils dont know if im any good but anyway bye lol
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BastianWolf Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
Thanks.

well you can buy photoshop illustrator, But I dont know how much it is, or you can torrent it, but I believe thats against the law.

As far as cut out goes, I find it is sometimes too choppy/block like. Thats how I did my self portrait. After that I used this way, and my stencils have improved quite a bit. The threshold allows you to have more freedom, and gives it a nice, smooth feel too it.

As far as illustrator goes, I only use it for printing, its pretty easy, the canvas size is a sheet of paper already, so all you have to do is align your image in the dotted lines, print it, and If you have a bigger image, move it over 8 inches or so for the width, and about 10 for the height. After that all you have to do is cut and tape.

Also, I checked out your stencils, they are pretty good.. I noticed you have a bit of underspray here and there, and if you want to prevent that, you can weigh down parts that stick up with coins and washers, or you can use spray adhesive. ^^

Anyways I hoped this helped, sorry for the late response.
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TheRealTiKi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
o no its ok man ty too.. um if u want u can add me.. um my msn is

c.k4life@hotmail.com tnx btw ima buy adhesive tho rly soon ty for comments
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BastianWolf Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
Sure np mate. Glad I could help
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Peas Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008  Student
Ah. It's just that your photoshop must look different from mine.

Yeah, essay. The thing we have to write about our art-creating intentions... But I think he would TOTALLY take this instead of that. Don't sweat it.
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BastianWolf Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
Oh that thing, I had a feeling you were talking about that. I sent him this and like a paragraph.
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