SIGN Basics 

Please see below for some useful information and explanations on the sign creation process that will hopefully help you understand what you have and what you may need. If you have any questions, you can easily contact us via the contact page with a direct message, email or phone call. 

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Proofs

We will always send you a proof and we insist that we do. We do this so that everyone involved is on the same page and that you can see the product you are approving. Proofs will be sent as a PDF and can be opened via a PDF reader which most smartphones and computers already have. The most popular is Adobe's PDF reader, which is free to download if you do not have any other reader on your device. When applicable, we will need to use pictures of the actual surface or vehicle the signage/graphics will be applied on. Using detailed measurements of the surface we will scale the graphic in place on our software and confirm the final rendering with you. 

 

If you are unable to visit our shop or we are unable to come to your location to survey your surface or vehicle, please use the following tips to when collecting images & measurements: 

- A straight on picture capturing all of the entire surface is needed. If the surface is significantly angled in the photos, it will distort the scaling process.

- Make sure to get precise measurements - no ballpark numbers, as exact as possible is required

- If you are measuring a vehicle door, it is ideal to run your tape measure from edge to edge right beneath the handle.

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Digital vs. Die-Cut

The majority of signs we make are either digitally printed or die-cut out of vinyl. Digitally printing on vinyl allows us to use more combinations of colors, gradients and complex shapes. 

Die-cut vinyl is more suited for simpler, cleaner designs. Die-cut has a sharp look because the lines in the design all get cut out of the material as opposed to printed on top of it.

 

When it comes to application, the digital is typically easier to apply because of its 'air egress' system which reduces bubbles and creases. If you are installing yourself, this is something to consider. Both however, with the right know-how and patience, can be applied pretty simply in basic situations.

A high resolution image is an image with 300 dpi (or 'dots per inch')  and that is considered a high enough quality for print production. Anything lower will allow the pixels to be easily seen. We do not advise sourcing images from the internet. Often times images found on the internet have been condensed and are usually not very high in resolution. Also blowing up an image to a larger size, from a 240 x 360 to a 1200 x 1800 for example, will not make the image better, it will make it worse. Taking the same 240 x 360 image and saving as a vector (.eps, .ai, .cdr) also will not make it any better as the pixelation does not go away. A native vector file is always better than a bitmap. If you do really want an image (like a logo for instance) in vector form, we have the ability (in most instances) to recreate the file in vector format.

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Pricing

We make everything custom to your specific project, because of this we do not have a menu board of hard & fast prices. We have general price guidelines that we follow as we consider things like material quantities, design time, and labor. Things like revisions and rush/emergency demands also impact price. We will gladly provide an initial quote for any project at your request.

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Your Files

You may already have a logo on a vector file (.cdr, .ai, .eps, .svg) or perhaps a picture or scanned image on a bitmap file (.jpg, .pdf, .tiff, .png). If you do, gather those first and prepare to send them to us via email.

One thing to note when dealing with any form of digital media is the format and for our type of work vector is always better than bitmap (or raster). When an image is in vector form, it is able to be scaled to any size with no loss of quality. We understand not everything is available in vector form though and will gladly work with the next best thing. Hopefully that will be a high resolution bitmap (300+ dpi).

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