Sign Design

Production File Formats

We need original artwork in a specific format to produce your sign in 3D. This could be a file in either .EPS, .PDF or .AI format with vectors. You should be able to get this from the person who designed your logo.

We prefer Adobe Illustrator (V3, V.8, V.10, CS, CS2, CS3, CS4). However, we also accept artwork created by any other vector based program (ie: CorelDraw & AutoCAD). If you’re working with photoshop, be sure to use work paths and save using File > Export > Paths to Illustrator.

Check List for Adobe Illustrator

  • Convert all your fonts to outlines.
  • Save all artwork at a 1:1 scale.
  • Check to see if all lines are connected.
  • Check for and remove all double lines and duplicates of your artwork.
  • Leave a 1/2” space between all graphics and their enclosing materials.
  • Keep all your graphics on one Layer.

Check List for AutoCAD

  • Convert all lines to polylines. ( Type “pedit”, press enter, select the line(s) that you’d like to convert to polylines and press enter again).
  • You can use the join command within pedit to make additional polylines.
  • Your artwork should be in modelspace and in actual size 1:1.

Sign Mockup

Digital Proof and Installed Metal sign

Digital Proof (left) with Installed Metal Wall Sign (right)

It’s usually easiest to gauge the size of your sign visually as opposed to trying to guess each individual letter height and width. You may think you know the right height for the letters in your sign, but when your sign is scaled proportionally, it might end up much larger than you expected based on that letter height.

Determining Letter Height and Sign Size

The size of your sign is best determined by considering the size of the wall it’s being mounted on. If you provide us with the measurements of the wall, both length and height, as well as a picture of the wall taken straight on, we can usually determine a good size for your sign.

Using the picture of the wall and measurement we can also prepare a visual mockup or photo rendering of how your sign will look. Even if getting a picture of the wall isn’t possible we can still provide a mockup showing your sign on the same size wall that you have next to a 6ft silhouette for proportions. If you provide a photo of the wall, we can scale the photo of the wall proportionally and superimpose your logo proportionally onto the wall.

At that point you can see whether or not the size of the sign works well with the wall in the given space or if it should be adjusted.

Submit a wall picture for mockup

Submit a photo of your wall and we will design a proportional mockup to give you a better idea of how your sign will appear on your wall.

Please also include the original artwork for your logo. This could be a file in either .EPS or .AI format with vectors. You should be able to get this from the person who designed your logo.

Completed Sign Proofs

Metal Sign on Installation Template Guide

Metal sign proof pictures on installation template and guide

Sign Design Solutions

We now offer a wide range of design solutions from basic logo design to full rebrands. Please call our design department for details on our new design services:

  • Logo Design
  • Custom Graphic Design
  • Magazine Layout
  • Newsletter Layout
  • Photo Manipulation
  • Photo Restoration
  • Postcards
  • Poster Design
  • Ad Design
  • Annual Reports
  • Design & Layout
  • Banner Design
  • Book Cover Design
  • Book Layout
  • Brochure Design
  • Business Systems
  • Catalog Layout
  • Flyer Layout
  • Illustration
  • Invitations

Sign Design Tips

Consider the following key points when designing your sign:

  • Sign Size
  • Contrast with wall
  • Sign Shape
  • Font Use
  • Materials
  • Wording
  • Kerning / Letter Spacing
  • Use of Graphics
  • Placement on wall / Optical Center
  • Available space / Negative space
  • Being consistent with existing brand standards