Category: Design and Layout

A Basic Guide to Vinyl Express® LXi 12 Vinyl Cutting Software

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.

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Cloud Computing Comes to the Sign Industry

Technically speaking, “cloud computing” is simply software or data that’s housed in a location removed from users’ workstations. Most CRM software used by small businesses fits this description. But in general parlance, the term has become a more specific reference to web based applications that allow users to access software on PCs and/or mobile devices via the internet. The term “cloud” doesn’t refer to anything atmospheric but rather to the complex shapes drawn by people trying to visually describe the connections between networked servers and users

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A Basic Guide to Sign Design for Signmakers

To succeed in the sign business, you need to build repeat business. To do that you need to create vinyl graphics that produce value for your customer by communicating effectively. To help you do that, we present A Basic Guide to Sign Design. There is no way we can cover all the sign design topics in just one blog post, but maybe this can give you enough information and resources to get you pointed in the right direction.

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Managing Objects in Vinyl Express® LXI and FlexiSign

One of the keys to productivity and profit in digital sign making is efficient design. One of the keys to efficient design is learning to create complex designs without letting the objects get in each others’ way. Managing objects so you can select and edit only the item you want to manipulate. In VE LXi and FlexiSign software, there are two ways to do this; locking and layers.

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A Basic Guide to Vectorizing and Cutting Raster or Bit Image Clip Art

This week, we’ll tackle an even more common and vexing problem; the ‘no cuttable object’ error message. This is the uncooperative reply you get from your sign software when you try to plot an image that is not in vector format. What you have is a raster image masquerading as a vector file. Let’s take a look at the problem, the solution, and the process for turning a “no cuttable object” message into a finished decal.

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Choose the Right Fonts for Your Next Sign Job

Picking the right font can be difficult when designing signs. Either we tend to get in a rut and use the same font over and over again, or we pick fonts that aren’t right for the situation at hand. It can also be difficult to decide on a font when you have to factor in the opinion of the person commissioning the sign. Here are some basic guidelines for choosing the right font for the job

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When a Signmaker Needs a Map for a Sign…

The OpenStreetMap project is a wiki for maps. As it is explained on its site, “ creates and provides free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. The project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive, or unexpected ways.”

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