Decals are the fastest and easiest way to create professional looking customs, and to take your hobby to the next level. We have over 200 free decals here at the Factory, but you can also make your own. The software I recommend using is Adobe Illustrator, which has a free 30 day trial. I have a tutorial here for Minimate Decal Design using Illustrator. You can also use Photoshop, which I also have a tutorial for: Minimate Decal Design Using Photoshop
Here is a simple guide to using decals: print the decals on either inkjet sticker paper or laser sticker paper, cut out the design you want to start with, peel off the back, then press the decal onto the minimate. Easy, huh? For more tips on applying decals, check out this tutorial: Applying Minimate Decals
Basic Minimate Decal Template
The template above is an easy way to get started with Minimate decals. All of the templates on this page are the correct print size, scaled at 300 dpi. You can download this template in the following formats:
Advanced Minimate Decal Template (Laser)
Our vinyl laser sticker paper has the ability to curve and bend around surfaces without cracking or fading the graphics where it bends. I have been using this new template for the past few months with great results. If you want to hide the edges of your stickers, this template is definitely the way to go, because it wraps around most of the Minimate body parts, giving it a factory-made look. For a good example of the graphics wrapping around the figure, check out my Brainiac custom.
Notice that there is a neck hole that you will need to cut out with a hobby knife prior to applying the wrap-around torso decal. This paper has some stretch to it, so after cutting out the hole, when you apply it you can pull the hole open around the neck peg, then place the decal in the proper position.
This advanced template covers most of the Minimate body, and will drastically cut down your painting time. You can download this template in the following formats:
As an example, here are two free decals that use this template, Spawn, and the Goblin Queen:
As you can see, I didn’t need to use all of the parts of the new template – only what was appropriate for the custom. For example, Goblin Queen’s back is always covered by her cape, so I didn’t make a back decal for her. By the way, Spawn’s face is sized for a slip-on mask, which is why it is larger.
Advanced Minimate Decal Template (Inkjet)
If you do not have access to a laser printer, you can use the inkjet template above. The inkjet paper doesn’t work as well around corners, so you can’t do the wrap-around decals. But you can still get good coverage.
You can download this template in the following formats:
If you do not have access to any printers, feel free to contact me, and we can work something out. Good luck with your customs!