Category Archives: Articles

Before and After

One of the most popular sections of the very early issues of SignCraft was the “Before and After” articles of George Seelander. It… Read More

Digital printing: almost everywhere

It seems there is no end to opportunities to use digital printing for signage. Vehicles, walls, illustrations, floors, windows, banners—you find digital prints… Read More

Pinstriped panels for fun and profit

In my free time, and in an effort to make extra cash, I use panels as a nice experiment in color and designing… Read More

Essential tools: Pounce wheels and perforated patterns

For decades, sign makers used a simple tool called a pounce wheel to make perforated patterns. Those patterns were used to help with… Read More

Designer at work: David Showalter

David Showalter sent us photos of his shop truck in SignCraft’s early days. He was a young, creative sign painter with a very… Read More

Design Clinic: A-frame sign

Sign, sign—everywhere a sign, as the song goes! On any daily journey, you are sure to be exposed to loads of sign-related messages… Read More

Glazes bring textures to life

A SignCraft reader recently asked about faux finishing, which is something we employ on almost every sign that leaves our shop—albeit not necessarily… Read More

Use the brand to tell a story

We’ve always focused on a more brand-centric approach to wrap design, with the brands themselves playing such a large role in the wrap…. Read More

Jason Hakki

Shop name: Rapid Gantry Custom Signs Shop size: 1000 sq. ft. Age: 30 Graphics equipment: MultiCam CNC router Laser engraver Online: On… Read More

Matt Beckner

Shop name: Ion Graphics Shop size: 2400 sq. ft. Age: 42 Graphics equipment: Roland VersaCAM 300SP Graphtec 6000 Series cutter Summa 60 cutter… Read More

What’s it cost to produce this freestanding sign?

Materials: Two 6-by-6-in. 8-ft. PT posts: $30 Eight 8-ft. 2-by-8-in. PT: $60 Four 8-ft. 2-by-6-in. PT: $25 Eight 8-ft. 2-by-4-in. PT: $25 18… Read More

Design & Price: 3D hanging 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


Mike Lavallee: 1960-2020 Mike Lavallee, pinstriper, airbrush artist and sign painter, died on April 14, 2020. Mike was the highly respected creator of… Read More

Shop Trucks

Chris Bryant, Bryant Signs, Puyallup, Washington “A long time ago,” says Chris Bryant, Bryant Signs, Puyallup, Washington, “while at a coffee shop near… Read More

Tips & Tricks

Have a tip to share? Be a part of SignCraft! Share your favorite shortcuts, gadgets used in your shop and other time-savers. Email… Read More

Get the most from sign substrates

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

Marketing ideas for slow times

If I lay my cards on the table, the last several weeks certainly have been quite a rollercoaster, as I’m sure it’s been… Read More

Making the most of slow times

We are definitely heading into a time of uncertainty. Putting aside the health concerns and the potential effects of the virus that is… Read More

Design Clinic: Fascia sign for a machine shop

How often do we see signage around town that falls short and doesn’t quite fit the bill? Unlike other less visible trades our… Read More

Using Layer Effects and Layer Styles in Photoshop

Layer Effects are always at your fingertips. They are some of Photoshop’s most powerful, fun and creative tools. Layer Effects are easy to… Read More