Sign Tips and Guidelines
Artwork Submission Guidelines
DIGITAL ARTWORK: We’re able to import many file formats, but are most successful with the following vector files: Adobe Illustrator (.ai version 6.0 or earlier), Corel Draw (.cdr version 8.0 or earlier). If you cannot supply one of these files, contact us to discuss alternatives.
Raster images can be converted to a vector file in our shop if supplied at 600 dpi, full size, 1 bit (black & white),.tif format.
Raster images can be used for digital image printing when supplied at 150 dpi at full size, .tif format.
With any digital file, include a viewable image (.jpg), or paper print with correct colors or PMS specifications for comparison with the final artwork.
Please e-mail digital artwork to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or provide on a PC formatted CD or floppy disk.
PRINTED ARTWORK: We can accept PMT’s or laser printed artwork if printed on quality white paper, without halftones, to fill an 8.5 x 11” sheet. Artwork containing halftones should be provided digitally, or can be reproduced in our shop. InkJet printers and faxes generally do not provide a clean enough image for our use. All printed artwork will be evaluated before use.
ARTWORK CREATION: It may be more efficient to create original artwork or recreate your artwork in our shop. We create all of our artwork as vector images, which is universally accepted as the cleanest format for sign creation, as well as most printing processes.
We reserve the right to reject any artwork deemed unsuitable.
Magnetic signs are designed to be used for temporary sign
needs; when you need one sign for different vehicles or when you want to ‘shed
the business image’ and go undercover. Whatever the use, magnetic signs are a
great way for you to put your idea and name out for the world to see. However,
there are a few things that you must do to keep your sign in the best condition
and make it last for years to come.
Before you apply the sign, make sure the application surface is completely clean. Using soapy water to wash the surface is recommended, then completely drying with a clean towel. Now, do the same to the back (application surface) of the magnetic sign.
To apply the sign, start by putting one edge down, along a level reference point (usually the best reference is the bottom of a door or other trim that is level with the ground- not the top of the door or window). Gently lay the rest of the sign down- smoothing it as you go. Our magnetic sheeting is magnetized throughout, versus in ‘bands’, therefore when it is flat should not have any ‘bubbles’ under the surface. If you must reposition the sign after it’s down- DO NOT SCOOT IT- remove it completely and start over. Never move the sign when affixed to the metal, this may damage the paint on the vehicle and degrade the magnetic surface.
· Once the sign is applied, we recommend removing it weekly to dry the moisture and clean the grit that will accumulate. Failure to keep the sign and surface beneath it clean may result in paint degradation and sign failure…
· When storing your magnetic sign, do so with it laying flat with vinyl text and graphics facing up. For short periods of time it may be rolled with the vinyl facing out. If the magnetic sheet develops a 'memory'- stays rolled up- lay it flat in a warm room for several hours to regain its original composure.
Signs of Life, Inc Estes Park, Colorado (970) 586-6995