Custom Art Question(s)


#1

I have my choices narrowed down to:

Brawl Stick: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004M23RAC/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER (I understand that if I choose the Brawl Stick it is in my best interest to upgrade the parts to Sanwa.)

Mad Catz Street Fighter X Tekken - Arcade FightStick PRO: http://www.amazon.com/Mad-Catz-Street-Fighter-Tekken-FightStick/dp/B0072A4KU2/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

My question(s) are in regards to custom artwork.

1 - of the two models, which one would I have the most success replacing the artwork? Is one easier? Is one more prevalent?
2 - I have ZERO (read: none) adobe photoshop experience nor an ounce of artistic ability. I do however have, what I consider, a really good idea and I want to know where I can find an artist that already knows how to use the templates.
3 - I assume once someone says: “Yes, I’ll do your artwork for you” they simply provide the file (.psd) for a FEE, what is a typical range I should budget?
4 - I have read some people use another website (Art’s) for custom acrylic and artwork and others simply went to Kinko’s with the file. Thoughts? Feedback?


#2

The brawlstick can’t be used with an acrylic cover due to the curvature of the panel. Most people in the US opt for Lamilabel for this stick.

The Pro is a better choice imo, since you can buy a plexi cover from art’s for it.

Acrylic covers offer a smooth playing surface and good protection for the artwork.

In fact, I strongly recommend just getting a pro, or other plexi-compatible stick, and ordering the artwork print from art’s when you buy the plexi.

If you have a friend who can use photoshop, they should be able to work out how to use the templates - it’s not very complicated.