Print shops make a lot of money creating vinyl decals for business promotions, but you don’t have to own a shop to engage in this type of business. You can make your own vinyl decals using only a small space in your home. You can even sell your creations and earn extra cash.
With a little capital, you can invest in a vinyl cutter and printing supplies to include a roll of vinyl film (such as a 15-inch-wide eco-solvent vinyl roll with adhesive backing). Your vinyl cutter can be connected to any personal computer using a parallel port. Most computers will recognize the vinyl cutter as just another printer.
Most vinyl cutter brands provide free editing and printing software that can import .bmp (bitmap) files. The software will convert incoming files into vector files to be cut by the vinyl cutter.
All you need to do is clean up around the edges of the vector to make sure that the cut lines do not cross other lines. Cutting the graphic is as simple as hitting the print button just like you would normally do when you print a document. The vinyl cutter will slice into the vinyl without compromising the adhesive backing.
After the vinyl cutter is done cutting the outlines of the pictures, you will have to weed out any vinyl pieces that should not be part of the picture. You should then place transfer film over the vinyl picture. The transfer film will cover the cut picture and move it to the destination surface. Use a squeegee to push the air bubbles out of the vinyl. When the cut picture is attached to the destination surface, you can remove the transfer film. It’s quick and easy and gives you a great feeling of accomplishment when you see the finished products.