Avoiding Sign Permit Traps

Despite all your efforts to avoid it, there are times when every sign maker must apply for a sign permit. Regardless of your dislike of the bureaucratic jungle, the situation demands that you bite the bullet and get out your machete. Both you and your client want the process to go as quickly as possible,…

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Banner Material Selection

The banner, in some ways, might be considered the backbone of the sign shop. Banners is perhaps the most common sign shop application, yet they can be made from a perplexing variety of materials, qualities, densities, surfaces, sizes and coatings. To help sort it out, let’s look at some of the most common banner materials.…

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Tips for Dot-Free Sublimation

  A common problem experienced by many sublimators is dots — colored or white — seen on the final product or image. The following tips will help your final product appear dot-free. COLORED DOTS After a product has been sublimated, colored dots will sometimes appear. While it may seem that these tiny specks of color…

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Color Harmony

How a color appears is a result of its three basic characteristics: hue, saturation and brightness. The hue is the color’s position on the color wheel, the saturation (also called chroma) is the intensity of a color, and the brightness (also called value) is the level of lightness or darkness of a color. Successful color schemes are the…

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Floor Graphics Today

When we think of floor graphics, we tend to think of digitally printed adhesive vinyl with a tough laminate stuck to a floor. You are likely very familiar with these applications in various retail settings, and may even have even used some of the great vinyl products available that are specifically designed for this purpose.…

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Tips for a Day/Night Backlit

  In general, backlit images are meant to be viewed only when a light source is behind the image. Occasionally, however you may need to create a backlit image that can be viewed when face-lit with natural light in the daytime, and also at night when the image is illuminated from behind. The problem is…

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