Can I just say how much of a pain it is getting decals sorted?
I used to make my own - there's a page at littlefishbicycles describing my rather arduous process, involving decal paper for inkjets, decal lacquer, and screenprinting. While I was successful at making a few sets, there was a lot of wastage involved and huge amounts of time.
So for my newer frames, I decided to pony up the dough and get them printed by some of the guys who do this for a living. Kristyn and I set to and designed a really cool decal sheet, shown below:
It takes full advantage of commercial printer's ability to print "4 colour", so we could do nice fades. Rather than just printing "little fish" in comic sans on the downtube, we instead designed a nice graphic version, with block letters, and with a cool shapely S to set it off. Anyway, I reckon it'll look good on a bike.
Only problem is, I sent the files to a couple of decal printers, and they're not interested. They just have too much work on, and they see my little job (rightly) as too fiddly.
So plan b is to go back to spot colour (no fades) and send the artwork to a guy who sells reproductions of classic bike decals on ebay. I redesigned the artwork to suit this process, as shown:
The printer that these decals are targeting is a Gerber edge FX, which at least doesn't involve making screens.
Fingers crossed - hopefully soon I'll have a pile of nice shiny decals to finish my frames off with.