Category Archives: Articles

Effective design creates a powerful first impression

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

Tom Bowen

Shop name: Plainfield Signs Shop size: 2400 sq. ft. Age: 62 Staff: Three plus Tom and Sue Graphics equipment: Roland SP540 printer/cutter Roland… Read More


Greg Preheim: 1945 – 2018 Greg Preheim of Greg Signs & Murals, Irene, South Dakota, died November 20, 2018 of lymphoma. He and,… Read More

Tips & Tricks

Bond Styrofoam with Great Stuff foam sealant We often make interior signs, displays and props from extruded polystyrene foam, often called Styrofoam. We… Read More

Shop Trucks

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

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

Materials: 4-by-5-ft. 3/4-in. PVC board: $120 2-by-4-ft. 1/2-in. PVC board: $40 2-by-5-ft. ¼-in. PVC board: $30 4-by-5-ft. 4mm corrugated plastic: $7 1 quart… Read More

Finding a market for laser cutting and engraving

Cutting letters and graphics for signs is a natural for the laser, but there is a lot more work out there for the… Read More

Design Clinic: Restaurant window signs

Much of my work in recent years centered around fascias and vehicle graphics, but it wasn’t always that way. In my early days,… Read More

The challenges of concept design

I often get asked if we charge for design. The answer is always “Yes!”—with one caveat. We do charge upfront for design, but… Read More

Design & Price: Truck lettering

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

Adapting logos to vehicles

When you think about designing wraps for vehicles, it’s akin to putting a puzzle together—making sure all the elements fit together, and making… Read More