And the WINNER is

by Robert Whetton 21. January 2009 13:13
Sorry for the delay in getting this competition closed, I've had the worst couple of days of my life!

Well, 6 great answers, I just couldn't make up my mind, so I used an online randomiser and it picked:

Number 2!

So Congratulations Benny! if you e-mail me your monitor spec I will get you a Monitor Hood into the post ASAP!

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You saw how to make it, now win one - pre-made for your monitor

by Robert Whetton 9. January 2009 21:58

To Win:

Just leave a comment in 20 words or less on why I should pick you to win! make it funny or serious... I'll pick the winner.

Competition Closing Date: Fri 16th Jan 09

*Sizing will be approximate based on details given by the winner

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Make Your Own Monitor Hood : DIY Hood pt2

by Robert Whetton 9. January 2009 03:07

(If you haven't already, check out the post below first)

Right so lets look at all the stuff we need
Sharp Blade and Ruler


Double Sided Sticky Tape

Ok so this is roughly what your foamcore will look like once you've measured and cut everything out (ive made a scale mock up so i have enough material left for something special)

Next grab the Art Paper and cut two sections out to a measurement of 22cm | 220mm | 7.87in by 25cm | 250mm | 9.84in. Once you have these cut out, fold them in half along the 25cm | 250mm | 9.84in side.
Taking the double sided sticky tape, note that it has an easy peel area, so we want this on the inside of the Art Paper.

Carefully place the tape along the edges of each of the Art Paper sheets.

Once you've done that they should look like this.

Once you have done this, the Velcro® needs to be cut into strips approx. 12.5cm | 125mm | 4.9in long, you'll need 5 pairs all together

Stick 3 of these sets along the top edge of your screen, and 1 set along the side roughly so the top of the strip is 1/3 the way up from the bottom. (leave the tops of the Velcro® for now)
Then take your Art Paper sections and peel away 1 half of the tape and attach it to the top section so that the half way point is flush with the side of it. Once you have done both sides of the top, attach each of the sides. When you are happy with the hood, peel away each of the Velcro® strip adhesive covers and carefully place your hood onto the screen.
And you're finished :D

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Make Your Own Monitor Hood : DIY

by Robert Whetton 9. January 2009 00:50

Ok, so my old 19in Hitachi died after a long 12 year service, and so i was left with just my main screen. My Formac 2010, I've been using a dual screen (sometimes tripple) for a long time now and i've gotten used to being able to have Photoshop open on one screen and InDesign open on the other for page layouts.. I wanted to purchase another 2010 as I've been so impressed with it performance over the years, colour correct out of the box, the only thing i had to adjust was the brightness..

Over on POTN there have been a lot of threads about which monitor should I purchase etc. so I got reading a few and the same screen kept appearing the HP LP2475 after carefully scouring the web looking for all the information I could about this screen, I decided that the price direct from HP was just £60.00 more than I would pay for a new 2010.. So I the button on it last Friday, I received an e-mail from HP saying that they would have the screen in stock in 9 days and it would be delivered 2-3 days after that, well lo and behold I got a surprise on Tuesday afternoon, a nice man delivered the screen!

Having never suffered from screen glare with the 2010 (I guess Formac must coat it with a good anti-glare material) I was looking at purchasing a Hood for my new LP2475, the Pro Hoods retailed at about the £160.00 mark and the not so Pro looked to be around the £50-60 mark. So I had a little think, did a little phoning around for some black foamcore, used for model making and mounting, I couldn't find a shop around or online that had black in stock, I could have white if I wanted, but not black..

I was starting to think that I wouldn't be able to do it with foamcore, so popped down my local craft shop, Hobbycraft to get some Mounting Card, it's heavier than the foamcore would be, and quite flimsy when in large sheets, but cut down to the size I wanted, it should be ok, well I figured..

To my surprise when I was looking through the Mounting Card, right next to it was some white foamcore, well now I had a different plan! buy some white foamcore and then paste some black art paper onto the outside of it. So I grabbed the materials and started off to find the Velcro® I was going to use to attach everything to the monitor. HEY!! WOW!! look black foamcore!!! I couldn't believe my luck! they did black foamcore! (I had tried looking on the Hobbycraft website, but its useless for trying to find anything!) so back when the extra's I was going to purchase and out came an A1 size sheet of black foamcore! next stop Velcro®!

So many different options for the Velcro® in the end I went for a 2.5M strip of it, that way if it ever comes loose from the screen I can put some fresh stuff in its place. Next on the list as with any good Blue Peter host came the sticky back plastic (tape). With my list of things complete it was back to the office to plan the different sections needed.
Monitor Hood
part 2

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