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David DeMeo

Shop name: Sign Effects Shop size: 5000 sq. ft. Staff: 3 full-time and 2 part-time Age: 47 Graphics equipment: Roland 545 printer/cutter Roland… Read More

Abracadabra: Find the magic in Photoshop’s Content-Aware tools

Adobe added Content-Aware into Photoshop in CS5 in 2010. Wow! It was and is a game changer. Over the years since its initial… Read More

Wasting time, wasting materials, wasting money?

For years I tried to “save money” by keeping scraps of every type of material we use. I looked at it like it… Read More

Why a laser fits so well in a sign shop

Source list: Laser engraving/cutting Acsys Laser AP Lazer Boss Laser Epilog Laser Gravograph Trotec Laser Universal Laser… Read More

Designer at work: Curt Stenz

1970 found Curt Stenz lettering his first signs in his parents’ basement and doing posters at high school. From there it was a… Read More

Pinstriping in the sign shop

While some pinstripers have a specific niche that they focus on—like bikes or street rods or classic cars—and primarily do pinstriping, plenty of… Read More

Design Clinic: A few recent projects

Once upon a time, when hand-crafted things were the rule and not the exception, craftspeople seemed to understand what it was going to… Read More

What’s it cost to produce this freestanding sign?

Materials: One sheet of ½-in. PVC board: $121.54 PVC posts and finials: $68.12 One sheet ¾-in. overlaid plywood: $86.82 Cutting charge: $4.85 Cutting/painting… Read More

A sign for the chicken house

I often get asked if we ever make signs for “the real world.” The answer is yes, though the bulk of our creative… Read More

The responsibility of designers

I was speaking to clients—a husband and wife team—the other day about a new brand and truck wrap we were designing for them…. Read More

Rodger MacMunn

Shop name: T.R. MacMunn & Sons Shop size: 732 sq. ft. Staff: Rodger and Sharon MacMunn Age: 63 Graphics equipment: Roland CAMM-1 Gs24… Read More

Design & Price: 32-sq.-ft. freestanding 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


Spared from the dumpster Dear SignCraft, Here’s a sign with a history. The redwood in this sign was from a tree that had… 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

Signs We’ve Seen

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

Tips & Tricks

Move and flip sheets by yourself! I built this rolling table/cart to help move heavy sheet materials. I had seen one online, but… Read More

CNC-routed graphics deliver value

These companies offer products for CNC sign production and reach sign pros through SignCraft: CNC equipment AXYZ CAMaster Industries Gerber Scientific… Read More

Organizing and backing up your clipart and photos

More than likely, you have a large inventory of clipart you’ve purchased over the years. But, there’s a catch. The more you buy,… Read More

Overcoming white truck syndrome

If a small business owner needs a new truck and wants to make a good deal on one, it’s probably going to be… Read More

What’s it cost to produce this 26-by-40-in. sign?

Materials: Substrate: $19.33 Cast metallic gold vinyl (4 ft. x 15 in.): $5.71 Cast white vinyl (4 ft. x 15 in.): $5.01 Removable… Read More