Airbrushing is a form of art that is popular in automobiles. You will usually see this in auto shops where a car is being repainted or when it is being designed with artwork. The air brush works with a compressor. The mechanism has a bottle that houses the paint. When the compressor is turned on, paint goes out through the bottle and sprays on the surface of the vehicle.
In order to make some creative artwork on cars and other vehicles, airbrush templates are used. Using a template is easier than trying to recreate a design over and over again. Using a template also prevents paint splatters from getting into areas where they are not supposed to be. If you are into airbrushing and you need your own templates, the steps below will tell you how you can make your own airbrush template.
- Materials. For this project, you will need large plastic sheets, a sharp cutter, scissors, your choice of design, a computer with a printer, a graphics program and some masking tape. If you do not have large plastic sheets, you can purchase them from any bookstore.
- Preparing the design. First you have to choose a design that you would like for your template. You can create your own design or you can search for something that you like online. If it is your first time to do this, it is best to choose a simple design. Save the image on your computer and open it in the editing or graphics program that you have. The next thing that you will have to do is to change the image property of the image to index color. Save this image that you changed. Change the color of the image to plain black and white before printing it out.
- Making the template. Get your plastic sheet and put it on top of the image that you printed out. Secure it with some masking tape. Get your sharp cutter and cut out the pattern on the plastic sheet. Be careful in doing this so that you will have a precise pattern cut out. Use a different plastic sheet for each different color on your image. This will make it easier for you to airbrush later on.
- Using the template. When you use the template, all you have to do is to alternately use the templates based on the colors that you are going to spray on. Wait for the first color to completely dry before starting to spray another color.
These are the simple steps on how you can make your own airbrush template by yourself. You can make any image that you want as long as you follow these steps. The trick to doing this correctly is to cut the shapes exactly as they are. That is why you have to make sure that your cutter is sharp. The second thing to remember is to look at your image before you start cutting, so that you will not be making any mistakes.