port identification stickers/labels/decals?
i bought an antec 1200 case, and as enamored as i am with the design, they thought it would be cute if they didn't label the USB/esata/microphone/headphone jacks. they didn't even bother to color code the mic/phone jacks.
therefore, i'd like to buy some labels similar to the below:
anyone know where i can buy some stickers like these? i don't want to use a label maker because i want icons instead of words, so please don't suggest a this. in addition, please don't suggest any workarounds - focus directly on answering within the parameters set forth in the topic.
if you have any on topic information, i'd be overjoyed if you shared it with me.
Mountain View, CA
I'm not aware of any place which will actually sell such stickers -- the reason being, you have to pay royalties to the company which created them in the first place (in the case of USB, that would be the USB-IF). This is probably why you can't find what you're looking for.
I know you want actual places where you can buy the decals or vinyl -- I'm trying really hard to focus on meeting that requirement -- but you might be better off making them yourself. All you need is a vector-based (not pixel-based) logo of your choice, an inkjet/deskjet printer, and purchase clear decal paper (try Amazon). You print on it like you would normal printer paper, but the end result is a sticker. You therefore have control over the size of the logo you want, and if you get a new case you can always make more. Don't use a laser printer, as the plastic/vinyl will probably melt.
Regarding vector-based vs. pixel-based logos: pixel-based logos won't scale properly -- they'll end up looking blurry or awkward, while what you want is a very sleek/sharp edge, not anti-aliased. Here's an example of what I'm talking about.
Pixel-based stuff includes GIF, JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, and most other "mainstream" image formats you see on the web. You're going to need something in an SVG, EPS, AI, CDR, VML, or possibly PDF (PDF supports both types, so be careful) format.
You'll also need to turn the colours of the vector data from black to white (since your case is black, you're going to want white pictures on a clear background). You might want to find a forum somewhere that has vector artists on it and ask someone to make logos that mimic what you want; they shouldn't take someone very long, so I imagine they'd do it for free.
You might also try finding a place that makes vinyl stickers for you. You simply provide them the image you want put on the sticker(s), tell them what size, and provide the vector-based file to them and they give you what you want. I used to work for an engraving company doing most of their vinyl signs which is why I'm familiar with all of this.
Regardless, here are some I'd recommend using:
* USB trident logo (SVG, black, free)
* USB trident logo (EPS, black, free)
* USB trident logo (AI, black, free)
* Microphone (EPS, commercial)
I don't recommend using this one for the microphone, because someone did it half-ass (look closely at the base of the microphone compared to the sides/edges. Anti-aliased on the sides/edges while not so on the base).
This place seems to sell quite a few decent logos. Just make sure you choose "Only Vector" in your search query.
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