Design Your Own Airline tutorial
With the introduction of the new Design Your Own Airline or Repaint an Existing Airline - Official Thread I thought it would be a good idea to show you how to get the perfect livery design.
There are a number of ways you can design your own livery. I suggest the following software:
There are other options which might be cheaper or free, but these are the tool that I use and highly recommend
For Templates I use airline-empires.com. There you have a wide selection of template and they are really simple to download.
- Logos should have transparent background.
- When searching for a logo / image make sure it has a high enough quality.
- When using a logo from the internet, make sure you give credit to the original owner.
Searching for the perfect logo
When searching I recommend using this tip. After you’ve search for the logo you’d like to use, go to the search bar and click on tools.
After click on colour and select transparent. Google will then only show you images / logos with a transparent background.
Note: Sometimes it may not always show a transparent background so just double check before you use it.
Importing the template
Importing the template is very easy. Just right click on the file you have downloaded and then select open with the software you would like to use. I will be using affinity designer.
The template will open up and you should see this on your screen. (Layout can vary depending on your settings)
Designing your aircraft
After you have opened your template you are ready to start. I will only be showing how to create a simple livery.
I like to start off with tail. First I import my image by dragging it in from my Desktop. Then I find the layer that it needs to go in. On the right hand side you can see the many layers that this template has. Make sure you also have it on the correct layer. As you can see I have it just between the TAIL_DETAILS and the TAIL layers.
Now for the logo on the front. What I did here was inserted a textbox and typed the word Tutorial. I then made sure it was on the correct layer. This time I put it just above the FUSELAGE Layer. This way the textbox will be in front of the fuselage, but still behind the windows. It’s very import that you put you images and texts on the correct layer!
This is where I start to add a bit of colour to the aircraft. First select the part you would like to change by searching in the Layers section.
Once selected go to Effects > Colour Overlay and tick the box. Your part will now change colour. From here you can change the colour to what ever you want.
Next up I’ll show you how to do the Sharklets. It very simple and is the same process as we just did for the engine. Select the Sharklet by searching in the Layers section.
Once selected go to Effects > Colour Overlay and tick the box. The Sharklet will now change colour. From here you can change the colour to what ever you want.
Exporting your design
Exporting is very simple. First click on file > Export.
Then choose the file type you would like to export as. If you want a transparent background export the image as a png and if you want a white background choose jpg / jpeg.
Note: Discourse will convert you png automatically into a jpeg, so don’t worry if you picture has a white background.
After you have done that, you can then choose what to call the file and then save it.