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Make those CNC carved graphics look even better

September 23rd, 2022 by

Some people are always on the lookout for ways to improve their products, productivity and image. I like to think of myself as… Read More

Don’t let poor kerning wreck your layout

September 16th, 2022 by

Select the Text tool, click somewhere on the page to set to location, then type away. Resize the type to fit the space… Read More

Use contrast to keep outlines and shadows under control

September 9th, 2022 by

Early in my career I did a lot of racecar work, mostly dirt track cars. My goal was to have the car show… Read More

Back to basics: Keep your logos clean and simple

September 2nd, 2022 by

With so many easy-to-use filters and special effects now available, it’s easy to get carried away with adding all sorts of bells and… Read More

Let’s focus on design

August 26th, 2022 by

No matter how many signs we design, paint, vinylize or produce in some form or another, the number of design possibilities before us… Read More

Using bitmaps to create reliefs for CNC routing

August 21st, 2022 by

What is relief? To me, relief is like three-dimensional color. Just as you can add color to a line art layout to make… Read More

What’s it cost to produce this 3-D sign?

August 12th, 2022 by

We had worked with this architectural firm on a major government project, both at the design phase and throughout production and installation. Meanwhile,… Read More

Then and now: Gold leaf is a natural for fire apparatus

August 5th, 2022 by

Americans have been decorating fire apparatus for a long time—by most accounts, for over 200 years. The embellishment has always been elaborate, and… Read More

5 steps to great logo designs

July 29th, 2022 by

At my agency, we’re fortunate to get a very wide range of logo design work—from the landscape company to the computer consulting firm…. Read More

Help save these Chicago ghost signs

July 29th, 2022 by

A few weeks ago, a demolition crew began tearing the siding off a building in the downtown Chicago neighborhood of Lake View. In… Read More

Step-by-step: Using computer-cut masks for glass gilding

July 22nd, 2022 by

Like many sign makers, Chris Lovelady did gold leaf lettering on glass using traditional methods—patterns, japan colors and brown quills. That process delivered… Read More

Hammered metals make unique graphics

July 15th, 2022 by

From the time I was a youngster, I dreamed of being a jeweler. I liked working in 3-D and looked at each piece… Read More