Author Archives: SignCraft Magazine

Shop Trucks

Send us a photo of your shop truck today at signcraft@signcraft.com or to SignCraft, P.O. Box 60031, Fort Myers, FL 33906. Read this… Read More

Signs We’ve Seen

We’d like to see your work! …or photos of signs you’ve seen. Email them today to signcraft@signcraft.com or mail to SignCraft, PO Box… Read More

Tips & Tricks

Make sandblasted HDU woodgrain look even more realistic I often sandblast high-density urethane through the Grain-Fraim to simulate sandblasted woodgrain backgrounds. Over the… Read More

Try this easy approach to estimating

Ever wish there was a formula you could use to check your pricing? Here’s one we learned about from Jim Jackson of Artcraft… Read More

Custom PVC posts are an easy upgrade to sell

Custom posts and mountings are a great way to make signs more appealing and more effective. They make the sign more obvious—without adding… Read More

Design drives successful digital prints

To say digital printing is everywhere would be an understatement. Vehicle wraps, flat signs, wall coverings, floor graphics, stickers, windows—it’s everywhere and then… Read More

The secrets of killer truck lettering design

Good design never goes out of date, and that’s as true of vehicle graphics as it is about architecture or furniture design. Recently,… Read More

Design & Price: 3D residential sign

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

Art Amerman

Shop name: A&A Signs Shop size: 1400 sq. ft. Age: 62 Graphics equipment: Roland SP540 printer Summa S-class 48-in. plotter EMseal laminator Roland… Read More

Jeff Cahill

If your SignCraft collection goes back that far, you’ll find Jeff Cahill on the cover of the Summer 1983 issue, along with a… Read More

Kurt Gaber

Shop name: Gaber Signs Shop size: 3000 sq. ft. Staff: Two full-time Age: 54 Graphics equipment: Roland XR-640 printer/cutter FlexiSign Gerber Omega Three… Read More

Letters

Hand-lettered signs bear the maker’s mark Dear SignCraft, Back in the day B.C. (Before Computers), I studied and admired many hand-lettered signs. Being… Read More

Shop Trucks

Send us a photo of your shop truck today at signcraft@signcraft.com or to SignCraft, P.O. Box 60031, Fort Myers, FL 33906. Read this… Read More

Signs We’ve Seen

We’d like to see your work! …or photos of signs you’ve seen. Email them today to signcraft@signcraft.com or mail to SignCraft, PO Box… Read More

Tips & Tricks

Tired of working on the ground? Get a lift! As we get older, it often gets harder to get down to sit on… Read More

Flat graphic? Add texture with Gorilla Glue

Texture always adds appeal to a sign design. It creates contrast to the otherwise flat surfaces of the sign, and contrast catches the… Read More

Great-looking interior signs the easy way

Like many shops, Dennis Stanworth, Stanworth Signs, often gets requests for interior signs. Since these signs are seen at arm’s length, he wanted… Read More

Install a sign on two posts the easy way

Installing a sign that is mounted on two posts is a fairly routine project in the sign world. Being able to do that… Read More

Use paints and finishes to add value

Source list: Paints and finishes 1Shot Paints: Lettering and bulletin enamels, background finishes, specialty finishes www.1shot.com Akzo Nobel: Base coat/clear coat paint system… Read More

Create a finish with the look of brass or pewter

The look metal makes for an interesting effect on letters and graphics, and we like to use that. Here’s our formula for a… Read More