Creating the TourDeluxe Poster

Thursday, 18. June 2009

People have asked me how I create my posters. So I have decided to post the things that I find important when I create posters.

Get to Know Your Software
I use Photoshop myself, I am no Photoshop expert and I continue to learn new things about the program but I know my way around it.

Doing a Sketch or Not
Sometimes I do a quick sketch of what I have in mind for the poster. The sketches I do are not pretty but they serve their purpose. Commonly I just pick out the main picture for the poster, load it in Photoshop, add a headline, try out different fonts, add other things that may suit the poster, move things around, try different effects, etc. Then things usually start to happen, but if they do not I look for inspiration elsewhere; like in newspapers, magazines, nature, other people’s posters, movies, etc.

TourDeluxe 1 - Sketch
TourDeluxe 2 - Photoshop
Doing a Sketch.. ..or Not

Thinking You Are Done
Sometimes somewhere along the process you get new ideas, feeling that something is not quite right or your wife comes up with something! πŸ™‚

So what should you do, should you pursue your new ideas or should you finish what you are doing? Well I usually ask myself the following questions to figure that out.

  • How long will my new ideas take to do?
  • Are my new ideas really better than what I am already doing?
  • Does it require a total redesign, then perhaps I should save my new ideas for another poster?

Sometimes it is better to leave it as-is, sometimes it is better to follow you new ideas. It all depends..

TourDeluxe 3 - Photoshop
TourDeluxe Poster
Thinking You Are Done The Final Version

Useful Tips

  • Remember to use the web, you can find lots of useful stuff there for both inspiration and for Photoshop (if that is what you are using).
  • View your work on different monitors and do test prints on a printer you are familiar with. That way you know that what you create looks right on more than just your own monitor.
  • Get critique from others. I use my wife for this, she knows me inside out and she is honest and I can see right away when she is right about the comments she makes. (Which can be a bit annoying from time to time). πŸ˜‰

TourDeluxe Poster

Tuesday, 9. June 2009

A Father’s Day present.

TourDeluxe Poster

Mr. McGuire’s tourDeluxe.
Poster design by me – Simon Holm List.


Syborg Twin Turbo Poster #3

Tuesday, 26. May 2009

Poster 3 ouf of 6.

Marty's Syborg Twin Turbo 03

Marty McGuire’s Syborg Twin Turbo V6.
Poster design by me – Simon Holm List.


Wheel But No Tire

Monday, 25. May 2009

I could not wait to see how the Foose wheel looked on the Camaro.

Camaro with Foose Wheel

Tires for the Bigger Wheels

Monday, 25. May 2009

After checking a lot of tires at tirerack.com, these made it to my final selection:

BFG g-force Drag Radial tire_bfg_gforceta_kdw2_1000 tire_ku_ecsta_xsku36_1000
BFGoodrich g-Force T/A Drag Radial
 
BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2 Kumho Ecsta XS
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec Kumho Ecsta MX
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec Kumho Ecsta MX

Then considering all the pros and cons I ordered 4 Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Specs at the tirerack.com.


Dead Weight

Wednesday, 20. May 2009

The engine in my Camaro engine is not breathing the way it should and is therefore a bit exhausted.

For some time I have felt that the engine was lacking power. And after doing a 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) test the car was a whole second slower that it used to be. Later a knocking sound could come and go untill the beginning of this week the knocking sound would stay when pushing it only a bit.

A quick check of the engine reviled that the exhaust valve on cylinder #6 is not opening as much as it should. So either the cam, the lifter or the push rod or all of them need to be changed.

Another thing I found looking through the engine:

Torn Distributor Weights

The weights in the distributor have been torn by the pins that hold them and you could easily move them from side to side and up and down. Not something I have seen before.


Bigger Wheels

Tuesday, 19. May 2009

I have decided that my Camaro needs bigger wheels. In my opinion 17″ front and 18″ rear look better than 15″ and they will also suit my project. A kind of street Trans Am racer with a modern look, is perhaps what describes my project best.

American Racing Torq-Thrust II Vintage Wheel Works V48

American Racing Torq Thrust II

Vintage Wheel Works V48

When I got my 15″ Centerline Warrior wheels I was also looking at the American Racing Torq Thrust II wheels. Now I am looking at them again but everybody has these it seems and I want something a bit different. If I was building a “traditional” Trans Am racer I would go with the Minilite copies, V48 from Vintage Wheel Works with the center painted black. I was also looking at the AR Torq Thrust M with the black center, but then I found these:

Foose Legend Gray

The Foose Nitrous Legend Gray

They look like the TT-IIs only better, in my opinion. They will also fit the future paint scheme on my Camaro and they come in the sizes I need. Looking like thatΒ  they are perfect for the Dark Horse.

Now I need to figure out which tires I should get..


What Have Been Done Lately

Monday, 4. May 2009

My old battery was not performing well anymore so it was time to get a new one. I wanted to get one with high cranking power so the Optima RedTop battery seemed to be a good choice. And it was, the Optima sure does have a lot of cranking power!

I also installed four new ball joints, a drive shaft loop for safety, a few wires under the carpet and then I changed the oil, the oil filter and the spark plugs.

Parts Changed/Installed

The New Parts


Syborg Twin Turbo Poster #2

Monday, 6. April 2009

Poster 2 ouf of 6.

Marty's Syborg Twin Turbo 02

Marty McGuire’s Syborg Twin Turbo V6.
Poster design by me – Simon Holm List.


Syborg Twin Turbo Poster #1

Monday, 9. March 2009

Poster 1 ouf of 6.

Marty's Syborg Twin Turbo 01 w/Flame Background

Marty McGuire’s Syborg Twin Turbo V6.
Poster design by me – Simon Holm List.

You can see four versions of this poster with different backgrounds at my flickr site.


Installing Red Procar Seats

Sunday, 1. March 2009

Installing these seats is quite straight forward. But if you like me have installed an eye bolt for your race harness you may run into a little trouble. Luckily I was able to solve the problem by just removing a washer.

Procar Seat in My Camaro

At first I could not Install the seat in the driverside. A bolt on the seat was interfering with the race harness’ eye bolt. But removing a washer under the bolt on the seat made just enough room for me to install the seat.

Procar Seat in My Camaro

The Procar Elite 1100 seats are done by Scat.


Special Offer: Custom Designed Car Poster

Sunday, 15. February 2009

Special Offer

   
The special offer includes:
β†’ One custom designed poster.
β†’ One digital file at 1680×1120 pixels.
β†’ One high quality photo print at 75×50 cm (30×20″).
β†’ Shipping.
   
How the offer works:
β†’ You mail me high quality high resolution digital images along with the information I need for the poster.
β†’ I design the poster based on your wishes, if you have any.
β†’ I mail you the design for approval.
β†’ I ship the final poster.

Read about how to order.

See examples of posters.