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Many thanks to John Harrington of Cedar Street Studio for his help with all our graphics from the logo, labels, menus and posters he created for the party to the background, buttons, and other graphics he created for the website. His talent, support and advice have been invaluable. Thank you John!

MY PHILOSOPHY regarding GRAPHICS

Whenever possible, I will use the screen-accurate graphic, if it is available, especially for those bottles we have which are found items; but for those bottles which are not screen-accurate, I created new labels using the fonts and logos used elsewhere on screen.

My theory with respect to bar bottles is that because we are a space station they are all ‘imported' and, as such, the writing on them would be in the language of the planet for which they were destined, just as a bottle of Budweiser sent to China would have Chinese characters on it somewhere. So, I feel free to use whatever font looks best on the label I am creating.

If I know I am creating a label for something specific, like Ferengi Greeworm Brandy, I try and use a Ferengi logo on the label, but since it could be an export headed for Cardassia, I might also use Cardassian script. My explanation for how they ended up in our possession is, "…Ferengi business acumen coupled with rule number 110 …".

Since all our bottles will be used in a Ferengi-run establishment, I also made nutrition labels, bar code labels, and please-recycle labels using Ferengi characters. These are attached to each bottle in addition to the Ferengi tax stamp.

What you will find here are instructions on how to make your own intergalactic-looking labels and links to places where you can get the canon ones if you don't want to design your own.



THE BOTTLE LABELS

Pictured below are most of our bottles with the labels that are currently on them.

As you can see, some of the labels are canon, others are fanon.
Most of the fanon labels I made myself but I have a few created by
John Harrington of Cedar Street Studio .

John is a professional graphic artist who is also a Star Trek fan. He is a founding member of The Klingon Empire, the largest Klingon forum in north America, and Line Lord of the House Klag. He has a vast collection of fonts and images and experience working with the Star Trek universe. He helped me immensely with all the graphics we needed from bottles, to doors, to menus and he is willing to help you, too.

Don't be fooled by his professional-looking website , he's a really nice, down to earth guy who is a lot of fun to work with so don't be afraid to contact him. He's also a very good graphic artist! Because he has professional software he can create shapes and effects that most of us can't. I'm amazed, every time I look at the labels he created for our sodas and beers. They are shown at the bottom of this page.

None of our bottles have decorative stoppers because we find that professional pourers are much easier to use in a ‘bar' setting and also reduce the likelihood of damage to labels from liquid dripping down from the lip.






To Make Your Own Labels

Low-res canon labels are available for download from propdept and gtjLCARS

Professional high-quality die-cut labels
on permanent waterproof vinyl stock
are available through
John Harrington of Cedar Street Studio
John has re-vectored all the canon labels we found and can produce your own designs as well.
He is not associated with either of the websites shown above.


gtjLCARS , owned and maintained by Jens Goettling, is a treasure trove of information but because of the way it is constructed, and because it is mostly in German, it is difficult to navigate and I cannot provide a direct link to anything. On the home page you will want to press the "DOWNLOAD" button, fourth from the top on the far right-hand side, and then "DL. DES MON" at the top of the left-hand side. This will take you to a page with links to a monthly download that Jens’ friend, Dietrich Kerner, provides. You will have to look at each month's offering to find the specific label you are looking for. It is time-consuming but worth it. Dietrich's designs are very creative, high quality, and he provides a new one every month.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE YOUR OWN LABELS:


1. A printer, preferably one which uses pigment based ink. Dye based inks will run if they get wet.
Press here for an excellent analysis of inkjet printer inks on Wikipedia.

2. Opaque glossy white label stock (I bought mine from Online Labels. ) Although they offer hundreds of sizes I have found that the whole-sheet labels work best for me as I can cut them into whatever size and/or shape I need. For some of the beer and soda bottles I used standard 3"x5" shapes, rather than cut out dozens of the identical thing, but for our bar bottles each label was different. Vibrant colors will show up best on opaque glossy white stock. If you have a pigment-ink printer you should get waterproof stock. Waterproof stock is not worth the extra cost if you have a dye-based printer as it will not be waterproof (yes, I tried it).

3. Star Trek fonts, which are available free from several sites. I am not going to post a link because there are many of them. Simply Google "Star Trek Font" or "Klingon Font" and take your pick.

4. Alien emblems, which are available from ex-astris-scientia.org. There are also some on Memory-Alpha

5. Photo processing software. I use Adobe Photoshop.


THE METHOD I USE:

Measure the area on your bottle where the label will go and start with a blank file of those measurements.

Create a frame, and a background, fading two colors if your software gives you that option.

Add artwork and alien characters.

Print the label on plain white paper and make sure it will fit on your bottle.

Make adjustments if necessary.

Print on the label stock, cut it out and apply it to your bottle.

You will find that bottles with smooth flat surfaces are the easiest to attach a label to.


! ! ! WARNING ! ! !
The adhesive on the labels from Online Labels is super tacky and you will have only a second to reposition it.
If the color on your bottles is flashed (as many of the found item bottles are) IT WILL TAKE THE COLOR OFF
if you try to move the label once you have applied it, unless you soak it for a long, long time to dissolve the adhesive.
! ! ! WARNING ! ! !

If you do not have a pigment-based printer you will need to be careful not to get your labels wet.


Professional high-quality die-cut labels
on permanent waterproof vinyl stock
are available through
John Harrington of Cedar Street Studio
John has re-vectored all the canon labels we found and can produce your own designs as well.


I designed all our labels over a period of about 3 weeks so it is not a difficult process once you get the hang of it. Some of them I love, some are OK, and others I can't wait to get rid of! Once I decide which bottles I'm going to keep (I just found some new ones and will be getting rid of the ones where the labels don't adhere properly) I will ask John to design new labels to replace the ones I'm not thrilled with. They will be exactly the same size and shape as mine, which is dictated by the bottle. Once I have the designs locked down, I will be replacing all our bottle labels with vinyl ones.




Here are 3 of my fan-made labels to give you some ideas:


001

Antarean Glow Water
This is the label I'm using for our Antarean Glow Water.
It was made using geometric shapes and a font that I can no longer identify:




002

Romulan Ale
This is the label I made for our bottle of Romulan Ale using the logo for the Romulan Empire, stacked on top of itself multiple times to create a design which mirrored the shape of the bottle it would go on. Each instance of the design is a different color. I cut around the shape before attaching it. This is an example of why I use the whole-page label stock:




003

Makara Wine
This is the label I made for our Makara wine using the Bajoran national emblem and a Bajoran font:




Since John has given me permission to display some of the labels he created for us, I'm going to show you what fantastic work he does! Each of the labels below was created for a specific bottle using the dimensions I provided for the bottles we were using. Each of the low-res labels below will take you to John's website where you can ask for his help with YOUR labels. You can see that he really has a facility for this type of design.

For the beer labels, John also designed coordinating neck labels but I have not shown them here.

Although I know there are people who just will not listen,
please DO NOT USE THESE LABELS without contacting John first.
He will give you much better quality, vectored labels, free. They're huge, so we don't want to display them here, but you should not hesitate to ask for them. We want to help you, if you will let us. (If we didn't want to help, would we be putting this much information out there for the taking?) The vinyl labels are not free but they are inexpensive, if you would prefer them.

004

Alcohol
First, the piece de resistance, his Grand Nagus Spider Wine label:




005

Beer
Aldorian ale, Bajoran ale, and Breshtanti ale:




006

Beer (continued)
Maparian ale, Trakian ale.




007

Soda
Bajoran spring water carbonated and still, eelwasser.
(I made our eel gin label using this artwork.)




008

Soda (continued)
Jambi juice, Millepede soda.




009

Soda (continued)
Necti, Rootbeer, Slug-o-cola.






In addition to the labels for the beverage bottles, John also cleaned up the label I had designed for the pump bottles we use to hold mixing ingredients – the syrups, extracts, juices, and other flavoring agents. I created the label using the original Quark's Bar art work and changing the colors of the "birds" to match the décor we were using.

Using those same colors, John designed the logo you see at the top and bottom of each page!

AND, using that logo, he designed two large posters for our front door, one for the each side.

Here are the final results:


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Qantina Graphics
Mixer label template used for all our pumps, thermoses and shakers
Door label outside (bad quality photo because it was nighttime and snowing!)
Door label inside (bad quality photo because of glare from the flash)
I really should retake the photos of the posters but they have been put away until next year.




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I am not affiliated in any way with CBS Studios Inc., Paramount Pictures, the Star Trek franchise, or any other entity associated with the TV series or movies.
All Star Trek trademarks, logos, names and images belong to CBS Studios, Inc and are used here under fair-use guidelines.
Pictures from our parties may not be copied without written permission from me, Barbara Healy. Copyright © 2009 QuarksBarb.

Last Revised: June 29, 2010