Protocol Snow

SF4 arcade stick custom art

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Today I started working on a new project: customizing my Street Fighter 4 TE arcade stick! At this point, I am only focusing on creating some custom artwork. In the future, I may possibly go beyond that and upgrade the joystick and buttons. But baby steps first…

Here are 2 SNSD designs that I made featuring Taeyeon, the leader of the group. I would really appreciate some feedback as to which one you like better, as I’m having a hard time deciding which one to finalize and print.

Street Fighter 4 Tournament Edition Madcatz arcade stick fighting game custom art customization template SNSD Taeyeon leader Kpop

To make this custom stick a reality, I will be enlisting the services of ArtHong’s store, both to print the artwork for me as well as to provide the plexiglass coverslip replacing the stock plastic on the TE stick. He has a lot of information on his site in case you’re interested in reading more about how to customize your arcade stick. In particular, his Photoshop art templates are a good resource to help you get started. Also, Likkuid’s template is an easy way to create mock-ups of the stick with your art to get a better sense of what the finished product will look like.

Here are my two designs:

Street Fighter 4 Tournament Edition Madcatz arcade stick fighting game custom art customization template SNSD Taeyeon leader Kpop

Street Fighter 4 Tournament Edition Madcatz arcade stick fighting game custom art customization template SNSD Taeyeon leader Kpop

#1 — This one has a lot of white space and feels quite plain to me, but it’s clean and simple. I like the flow of this design with all the military weapons on the right half facing the same direction.

Street Fighter 4 Tournament Edition Madcatz arcade stick fighting game custom art customization template SNSD Taeyeon leader Kpop

Street Fighter 4 Tournament Edition Madcatz arcade stick fighting game custom art customization template SNSD Taeyeon leader Kpop

#2 — I really wanted to fit these two photos of Taeyeon into my design somehow, but it was tricky to squeeze them in without a photo being butchered by the buttons. This was the best arrangement I came up with. My first impression was that the layout is messy, particularly when viewing the head-on template image. However, the 3D mock-up looks a lot better, which is why it’s important to have a simulation of the final product.

I’ve asked a few people about their opinion and everybody prefers #2. Do you have any suggestions? I’m leaning towards #2 as well but I’m still torn. I may end up printing both designs.

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Written by Protocol Snow

August 9th, 2009 at 1:47 am

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  • http://www.jobbercartel.com Al

    #2 is amazing.

    No Hyolee artwork though?

  • http://www.protocolsnow.com Protocol Snow

    Maybe next time ;)

    I already had the high-res images of Taeyeon so it was easier to make these first.

  • http://www.nakedsushi.net/ Louise

    Good luck with the templating. I used Art’s service too and it was great and easy other than having to wait a while for shipping.

    Don’t be scared of changing the buttons. Once you get get the front face off, you’re halfway there anyway. The pain is getting all the “quick” release wires off the buttons so you can switch them out. But they’re easy to pop back in.

  • http://www.protocolsnow.com Protocol Snow

    Yeah, I realized that today when I opened the arcade stick up. Now I feel like a fool for typing that, since I have to remove all the buttons in order to replace the artwork!

    By the way, I haven’t read your blog in a while and rediscovered it while browsing through an old NeoGAF thread. Congrats on doing well in the Ladies of SF tourney!

  • Samuel Wang

    If you need help with the quick disconnects, I suggest Tingboy’s HRAP2 modding tutorial on shoryuken.com

    http://forums.shoryuken.com/showthread.php?t=132472

    Of course I’m assuming the quick disconnects look like the ones in the HRAPs. Good luck w/ modding!

  • http://www.protocolsnow.com Protocol Snow

    Yep the quick disconnects are similar. I’m done prepping my stick and am just waiting for my artwork and plexiglass to get here. I took photos of the modding process and will be posting them later today even though there are good tutorials on SRK already.

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  • Rick James

    I’m wondering where you went to get the 3D mock-up images for the arcade sticks?

  • http://www.protocolsnow.com Protocol Snow

    Download “Likkuid’s Template” from here http://forums.shoryuken.com/showthread.php?t=175293

  • TrulyVu

    Is there anyway i can get a copy of that artwork design? It looks sick!

    • http://www.protocolsnow.com/ Protocol Snow

      Unfortunately I do not have the original design PSD anymore. You're welcome to recreate my design though. All the images were taken from scans of the SNSD “Genie” album booklet, which you can find with google images or at places like Soshified.com 's photo galleries.