Making Decals Using a Plotter

November 8, 2018

Making Decals Using a Plotter - different design in blackI made 100 decals for a friend who is a local hip-hop artist. He ordered them in the colors he wanted and I made them for him. He sold out of them within a week!


Total Time: 4 hours

Yield: 100

Source: Hoodlum


  • 2 ft red, blue, black, and white vinyl film.
  • machine plotter/film cutter
  • knife razor knife
  • card hard card
  • 1 ruler 39" ruler
  • 500 ft 12" masking tape
Making Decals Using a Plotter - plotter


  1. I had to get the design, put it through a program that controls the plotter machine.
  2. Once added into the system, I made the image more clear.
  3. After that I put the vinyl film into the plotter and allowed the program to cut the designs out of the film.
  4. Making Decals Using a Plotter - sheets of decals in red and blue
  5. Once complete, I pulled/cut the excess pieces of film out of the original design using a thin handled OLFA razor knife.
  6. Then I applied the masking tape over the cut out designs using 12" medium stick masking tape, and used a hard card to flatten and seal the decals.
  7. Making Decals Using a Plotter - hard card

  8. Finally I used the 39" ruler to cut straight and equal sized individual decals.
  9. Making Decals Using a Plotter - closeup of red decal
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