Basics of Making Vinyl Graphics

The use of Vinyl Graphics is increasing day by day and Vinyl signs are no exception. Nowadays it’s possible to get vinyl graphics of almost any size and shape imaginable, from full-color banners to simple two-dimensional images. As with any other form of sign making, there are certain aspects of making such an ad that have to be followed. In this article I will discuss a few of these aspects in detail.

The first aspect of making a Vinyl Graphic sign is preparing the required materials, this includes preparing the glass for example, if the sign is to be made with glass, this needs to be clean and free of any grit or dust. Next, a piece of film applied directly to the surface of the glass will provide a textured image, which when etched into the glass provides a great looking effect.

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If the glass has to be non-transparent glass, the textured pattern can either be film applied using another layer of film or clear glass substrate. If the sign is to be made with clear glass, then simply applying the pattern on top of the clear glass is sufficient. This final step involves carefully cleaning the surface of the glass and a few final touches. Finally, to provide a greater degree of control over the colours of the vinyl graphics, it is often worthwhile employing a technique called ‘hot stamping’.

With this method a smooth, flat plate is used to apply colours directly to the surface of the sign using a stamp; a technique which involves stamping the colours directly onto the sign without using gradients. This provides a much more defined look to the design of the sign and with obvious results. Hot stamping is particularly useful when producing highly detailed images and can be a great way of producing really individualistic Vinyl Graphic signs.