Guitar Making Tip No. 254 is about making a soundhole label template. As you make acoustic guitars, you will need soundhole labels. Instead of making a new label every time, simply make a template that you can use over and over again. Here is how you do it.
Guitar Making Tip No. 254 – Soundhole Label Template
If you make even just one acoustic guitar, you absolutely have to glue in your own personal label, marking the guitar as yours. After all that effort, it’s important to show the world that you made that guitar.
For those of you that are making several instruments, you need something a little different. Since you are not only making one guitar, you need a way to create multiple labels without a lot of effort.
Thankfully, you do not have to work very hard to create a soundhole label that you can modify to suit the current guitar.
Making a Soundhole Label the Free Way
Thanks to the internet and lots of creative programmers, there are several free options to making a soundhole label. Some of them may already be on your PC, and others can be downloaded if you want to try them.
One of the easiest free options that comes on nearly all computers is Microsoft Paint. This is a simple drawing program, but it will let you copy/paste and create your own designs. You can also add to the files, which means you can save a blank master template.
Perhaps all you need is the model of the guitar, the date it was made, and the serial number for your labels. All you do is create the label and leave those areas blank. When you need a new label simply open the file, add the details, and save it under a different name.
If you are a bit more advanced, you can use Pixlr or Gimp. Both of these are free programs that mimic some of the features of Photoshop. There is a much steeper learning curve, but you can make a more detailed label.
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Paying for Higher End Software
If you are really into working on the computer and you don’t mind spending a little money for a purpose built program, there are options for you. Photoshop is a good start, but you can also use InDesign.
These programs are not free, and you can get them on a monthly subscription. They allow you to control every aspect of the label. For those of you that are thinking about making a truly custom label that has a lot of detail, these are the programs for you.
These programs allow you to place every individual item, and create your look. You can manipulate every last detail, and make a very high end label. Again, if you don’t mind spending a little, you can make something incredible.
Guitar Making Tip No. 254 Wrap-Up
When you make several guitars, you need a way to create a label that you can duplicate easily for your different models. There are a number of free and paid programs, and all you need to do is make the majority of your label and leave certain things blank.
Make your label, and leave the details that change blank. For most people, this will be the date, model, and serial number. All you have to do is open the file, add those details, and then save it under a different name.
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