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Effective design creates a powerful first impression

April 30th, 2019 by

Recently, a new restaurant opened up near my office. It had been vacant for almost ten years, and people were very excited for… Read More

Using swatches, patterns and tiles in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

April 30th, 2019 by

Do you ever wish to add a texture or pattern to letters or graphics? Maybe you’ve never really needed them, but with a… Read More

Design & Price: 4-by-16-ft. storefront sign

May 1st, 2019 by

In every issue, SignCraft gives a few sign makers an imaginary project. We ask them to do a sketch of the sign they… Read More

Creating a theme and a package for an ice cream parlor

April 30th, 2019 by

We have an extremely fun job currently in progress in our shop. A regular client of ours recently asked us to work up… Read More

Step-by-step: Traditional airbrushed lettering

May 1st, 2019 by

Jersey-style truck lettering, with its gradient blends, custom-designed lettering and chrome effects, has much of its roots in race car lettering and rock-and-roll… Read More

Design Clinic: Take a break and have some fun

April 30th, 2019 by

Ever since I was in grade school, my interests seemed to center around color and design. I am a visual type of person,… Read More

What’s it cost to produce this 12-by-16 entrance sign?

April 30th, 2019 by

Materials: 4 sheets 2-in. HDU board: $1600 CNC cutting/routing: $660 1-in. PVC board: $240 2X6 pressure-treated stock: $150 Paint: $100 Hardware and miscellaneous… Read More

Sign panels and substrates at work

May 1st, 2019 by

Sourcelist: substrates Aluminum composite material/ACM 3A Composites USA Grimco Laminators Inc. Mitsubishi Plastic Composites Nudo Products Inc. United Industries Engraving materials Duets by… Read More

Bob Bjorkquist

May 1st, 2019 by

Shop name: Bob’s Signs Shop size: 1200 sq. ft. Age: 56 Staff: Three plus Bob Graphics equipment: 2-by-3-ft. Laguna IQ Pro CNC router… Read More

Redgie Adams

May 1st, 2019 by

Shop name: Adams Signs Shop size: 2600 sq. ft. Age: 69 Staff: Redgie Adams and Jon Moore Graphics equipment: MultiCam CNC router Roland… Read More