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The objective of this "specialty page" is to focus on how DecalPRO can be used uniquely in the Graphic Art arena.

We are completely versed in the graphic arts world. We speak your language because we've been in the industry since 1988 - we understand what you need.

DecalPRO was developed and introduced on the market in 2005 as a tool to help you achieve results that have never been available without any special equipment... other than a laser printer. DecalPRO's tricks reduces the dreaded "subbing-out" for support companies to finish an image you can't do "in-house". Well now you can. You have at your disposal, some fascinating new capabilities we think you'll get a kick out of.


The "Cure" image above was submitted to us by Josh Finklea, student for his class project to create a fake product to encompass design, product variations & marketing.

It all comes down to manipulating graphics outside the computer monitor screen. For example, you can take your 2D graphic image and put it on a 3D object for your client to be able to see in real-time what their product is going to look like.... exactly look like. You can add real metallic foils directly to 'comps', create real white graphics and even lay down UV "Varnish" effects... and there are more tricks where those came from.


If one was creating a presentation booklet or something similar as a 'comp' to a client, you'd probably want a high gloss looking cover. As we all know, color toner is very "flat". So, if you were to pick a nice high-gloss, heavy weight paper (like a 10pt Chrome Coat paper stock) and run it through a color laser printer or copier, you are going to have a dumb looking result... glossy paper surrounding flat, dull color. We have a fantastic solution to this dilemma that will absolutely knock your socks off!

This simple technique was developed quite by accident when DecalPRO was first being developed back in 2005. We discovered that if you place a very thin Mylar foil over a color toner image and subject it to high pressure and heat, when you peel back and remove the Mylar film, the toner becomes polymerized; that is to say, the entire surface of the toner is reflecting light cohesively which is in fact how you make surfaces glossy. Unfortunately we can't capture in a photograph the impact this technique makes, however, you can see in the photo to the right that the reflection is equal between the paper's surface and the color toner. When you create this effect, your cohorts would swear you had it micro-thin laminated or commercially "UV" coated (which of course would be cost prohibitive to print just one or two or a dozen, etc.)That's kind'a cool but not totally useful in and of itself. However, if you were to print a color graphic on 10pt Chrome Coat paper stock (shown on the right) and then add the Mylar effect, you wind up with a printout that is 100% absolute super-high gloss as if it had been laminated with plastic (!) yet there is nothing added to the printout. The glossed toner matches the paper's gloss perfectly. This is an extremely powerful effect for presentations, mock-ups and anything else you want to use to totally impress those who will see it.

The DecalPRO system uses a total of 19 specialty foils. They are basically the same as conventional 'hot stamping' foils but do not require a "die" to imprint. Rather, they have a "sizing" that will only transfer to plastics when subjected to high heat and pressure (which is where the unique pouch laminator come in). Since toner is 55% plastic the foils fuse perfectly to the exact shape of the toner image. You can do this directly onto paper materials that have been printed directly through a laser printer or photo-copier. If, however, your client wants to see the design on a 3D object (like a golf ball perhaps?) all you need to do is follow the procedure to convert your graphic into a "rub down" dry transfer image and then just press it down and remove the carrier film. What makes DecalPRO standout from commercially made dry-transfers, is that our "carrier" is extremely thin (1/2 mil). Yes, that makes handling a bit more difficult, however, you can transfer to concave and convex surfaces.... in the case of the golf ball here, you merely create a dry-transfer image and press it onto the ball. This particular company logo is a full color graphic using a color laser. The foil we used here is the 'ClearCoat' foil (one of the 19 in the kit) which is mainly used over full color toner graphics.

And speaking of 'ClearCoat' here's an amazing effect you can do yourself... create UV (or 'spot varnish') effects! No one has ever been able to do this without going through a lot of trouble! The technique is simply to first print a mirrored image using any laser or copier onto plain white paper. Next run the 'ClearCoat' covered image through the laminator and peel off the foil carrier. Normally you would discard the remains of the foil, instead, we throw away the print and keep the foil! The image that was printed on the paper successfully removed everything we didn't want, leaving just a positive of the image still on the foil. The foil is now sprayed with the DecalPRO adhesive (KK-2000) and applied to the end item... in this case, a piece of cardboard. It's an amazingly simple technique with far-reaching capabilities.


We think you'll agree, DecalPRO has some very unique properties specifically geared for the professional Graphic Artist. To gain a better understanding of DecalPRO we invite you to start by clicking the "OVERVIEW" button above and work your way down the menu.

So what does the system cost? The entire kit is only $89.95 plus the laminator at $69.95. Together at $159.90, you have a very powerful tool at your disposal with never ending telephone tech support (or email if you prefer) to guide you out of any problem you might experience, or possibly the need for a new technique for a particular application. The last point we'd like to make is that we sell "peace of mind" with any purchase you make with PULSAR. We've been in business since 1988 and our Customer Satisfaction guarantee has never changed, "If You Don't Love It... We Want It Back."