First post, by wiretap
There have been several threads where case badges have been mentioned. I would like to make a dedicated thread where people can put their custom made case badges for others to download/print/make. So here we go!
Making Case Badges:
The easiest way is to print on 1x1" photo sticker paper. Inkjet or LaserJet works, just be sure to wait for dry time with InkJet. Choose the right paper for your printer. You can use generic full sheet sticker paper for odd size stickers as well.
Product example, Microsoft Word template included: https://www.sheetlabels.com/labels/SL596
Alternatively, you can also print on 1x1" crystal clear sticker paper (same link above) and stick it to the metallic duct tape (not regular duct tape), then cut out the 1x1" square to have a metallic looking sticker.
Product example: https://www.amazon.com/Aluminum-Professional- … 76247594&sr=8-1
Then, place a 1x1" dome resin sticker over it, if desired. (other sizes available from various sellers)
Product example: https://www.etsy.com/listing/672751599/1-inch … fBoC6qsQAvD_BwE
If you want to protect the sticker without a dome, you can use clear sticker laminate.
Product example: https://www.amazon.com/Avery-Self-Adhesive-La … e/dp/B00007E7D2
Watch this 8-bit Guy video for some ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYeIr1fPHHU -- he also uses a label maker with clear tape for smaller black & white labels.
When making badges, I try to do 1x1" or 2x2" at 300dpi in Photoshop. Keep in mind white areas will print clear when using clear sticker paper. This can be useful for metallic badges, where you want the brushed metal look to be under the logo. There are tons of free fonts available online, so just install them on your computer and experiment.
As far as getting logos, try to find high resolution PNG or SVG images using google image searches. I have amassed a huge collection of high quality images of dozens of brands of retro stuff. If you are looking for a logo, ask and I might have it. Some I have re-created from scratch, some I have used a vectorizing program to duplicate a lower quality image. You can also help out by taking a high quality close photo (no reflections) of existing case badges and logos so we can duplicate them if no images exist online.
Some examples of case badge art I made: