Many aspiring sign makers spend lots of time selecting the right cutter, then buy the least expensive software available. Only after they’ve setup the equipment do they realize that they don’t have the design tools they need to meet the demands of their waiting customers. How can you avoid this common pitfall? What software features do you need? How do you decide which level to purchase to keep from limiting the growth of your startup? We presents the answers in this article: A basic buyer’s guide to Vinyl Express® LXi sign software.
If you’re not already using a large format printer, you probably will be as your sign business grows. One of the biggest challenges in the transition from vinyl graphics to digital printing is color management. Even most shop owners who already have printers feel like they need to do a better job managing color. This […]
I liked the video below, taken from one of his recent articles, because it concentrates on logo design, a basic element of a fine sign design. It’s easy to just slap vinyl letters on a substrate; anyone can do that. But to design a sign that communicates and fulfils a need for your sign customer… that separates the true signmaking professional from the amateur. And many sign shops are involved with logo designs because our customers tend to be small businesses.
The OKI PRO 8432WT and 711WT laser toner printers produce soft, vivid full-color T-shirt transfers on light, dark, and colored garments. The white toner in the printers acts as the under-base or primer to support the CMY process color just as white ink does in a direct-to-garment printer. But how does the printer know where […]
One of the most frequently asked questions we receive deals with substrates. Just a few days ago a gentleman from New Jersey asked if he could put ORACAL 651 on plywood. Excuse my waffling, but my answer is a definite maybe.
We received a question this week that comes from the craft & hobby segment. A customer asked one of our technicians how to create “Chevron text”. This is a natural response to the explosion of Chevron patterned decals and garments in the market. Chevrons have been popular in fashion and personal items for a couple […]