Stencil Tips

Faces: catch the shadows
Faces make great stencils! If you want to take a picture of someone's face to make a stencil from, make sure the person's face is lit from the side so that shadows fall across the face and accentuate the best details of the face.
Get up close
The closer you crop the image, the more stylized the details become. It's common to want to include facets of the background in your stencil, but the closer you crop, the better your results are likely to be.
Don't get hung up on color
Once you have the stencil in your hands, you can reproduce it in any colors you like. Krylon sells paint in over a hundred colors, as does Montana Gold. You won't have any problem finding the right colors.
Choose a foreground subject
That landscape with the barn in the distance looks great as an ordinary photograph, but in order to make a great stencil you'll want an easily recognizable object in the *foreground* of your image.
Cars
Yep, that's right. Cars make great stencils. Get a variety of angles in good light, and you'll be pleasantly surprised at the results.
Pets
Good luck getting Simba to sit still for a perfect shot--but once you get it--make the most of it. If your pet's face is dark, make sure you get good light from the front, with a neutral, uncomplicated background. Pets make great stencils.
Buildings
Buildings and landmarks come out great. Shoot 'em in the middle of the day, so the shadows fall in the windows and doorways. Is there a special home or landmark in your past?
Surrender the flash
Capture the best image you can with available light. Using an ordinary flash will flatten your image and eliminate the sideways shadows that help your eye recognize the features of a prominent object (like your dad's nose).
Straight from the phone
Use your phone to capture an image that you like. You can browse straight to this site on your phone, and upload the image directly from there. Receive the email on your phone, and post the resulting image directly to Facebook without ever sitting down at your desktop or laptop.
Great for business
Upload your business logo and use it anywhere. A stencil is a great way to mark and brand irregular sized packages that go out to customers. They also work great for marking company property in a personalized way. Request custom sizes to meet all your marking needs.
Better than vinyl for signs
Vinyl signs are expensive, and the second one costs almost as much as the first! With a stencil you can design once and reproduce (and repair) your signs as often as you like. Spray paint comes in many more colors than vinyl, and with a stencil you can use more than one color per layer, if you like.
My parking spot
Want to reserve a parking spot for yourself or your employees? Just craft your message in any drawing program, and save it as an image. Upload the image directly to the Stencilizer; you don't need to worry about using a stencil font or anything because the stencilizer will automatically bridge the characters for you, no matter what font you use in your message.
Your logo here
No matter how simple or intricate, your logo looks great as a stencil. Upload your full-size logo graphic to the Stencilizer, and see for yourself. You can download a vector graphic of the fully bridged stencil, and cut it yourself, or you can have us cut it for you.