by Shannon | Design and Layout, Dye Sublimation
Why All the Reusable Cups? How fast have you found yourself drinking your morning dose of hot coffee or tea before it grows cold? And how many times have you reached for your perfectly-prepared cold drink and ended up spilling it all over yourself and your car? Or reached for your water bottle after a […]
by Shannon | Design and Layout, Sign Blanks
“And the Sign Said…” Under New ManagementGo, Broncos!Caution!Neighborhood Yard Sale!Right Turn Only Back in 1971, the song “Signs” was on FM radio almost hourly. The lyrics were catchy: “Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs…” The Five Man Electrical Band was not wrong (and now some of you mature ones are humming the melody). Signs are everywhere. […]
by Jerry | Design and Layout, Sign College, Software, Vinyl Cutting
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.
by Jerry | Design and Layout, Software, Wide Printing
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 […]
by Chris | Design and Layout
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.
by Jerry | Design and Layout, Garment Decoration, Software, Tips and Tricks
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 […]