Help Q & A - Layout Tips

LAYOUT TIPS

Choose an appropriate letter height for your decal needs.

For regular decal printing, try to design images approximately 100-150 dpi, at full size.
If designing a very large file, please build the file to half-size, and save at 300 dpi...
this will ensure the maximum output quality.

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Choose a font for your decal.

The list below is to help in font selection for customers that do not have a print-ready file.
We have over 3,000 fonts, but these are some basic choices, to consider for your decal design design.

font choices

Choose Your Color or Combination of Colors.

The chart below is a run-down of the available in-stock cut vinyl color choices we currently offer.
If you don't see a color you are looking for, please give our sales team a call at (866) 267-4467,
to discuss alternative color options.

Vinyl color choices

Computer cut vinyl decal making:

Many of our vinyl decals use a method that utilizes a plotter to make computer cut graphics. This method of decal making involves cutting letters or objects to shape out of a solid color (red, black, green, etc.) adhesive backed pressure sensitive vinyl and then applying a very low tack adhesive transfer tape to the face of the decal to keep the decal intact for application. Additional colors and special effects like drop shadows can be created by layering vinyl cut outs (but if multiple colors or drop shadows are necessary, it might be cheaper to produce a digitally printed decal). When using the computer cut vinyl method of decal making, all artwork must be vector based (object oriented art). Vector files are usually created in drawing or illustration programs such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Corel Draw. Common file extensions for these drawing programs are .ai, .eps, .indd, .cdr., or .pdf. When preparing artwork for vinyl decals or lettering in vector format, see the visual below, for saving vector files with proper formatting. If you need help on preparing any of these file formats, please call our Quick Signs (decalsontime.com) art department for assistance toll free at (866) 267-4467.

What is acceptable Vector based art?

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Digital decal printing:

When printing decals, as opposed to the above described computer cut vinyl banner making, we use a digital print method for decal production. For digital print decals (4-color banner printing, decals with gradation fading, multiple colored decals, specific color matching, photographic decal printing, or detailed and complex artwork) artwork can be designed as vector based (see vector guideline visual above) or in a bitmap format. Bitmap artwork is usually created in programs such as Adobe Photoshop, PhotoPaint, Corel Paint, Windows Paint, MacPaint and many other "paint" or "photo editing" programs. Usually the file extensions for these programs are tif, bmp, gif, jpg, eps, pcx, etc. If you need help on preparing any of these file formats for decal printing, please call our Quick Signs (decalsontime.com) art department for assistance toll free at (866) 267-4467.

If you need any help with your decal printing choices or artwork, give Quick Signs (decalsontime.com) a call at (866) 267-4467.

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At DecalsOntime.com, a division of Quick Signs, we have been a leader in vinyl decal and sticker printing over the last 25 years. We have an arsenal of state-of-the-art printers and equipment at our disposal to produce high quality vinyl digital decals, stickers, bumperstickers, cut vinyl decals, cut vinyl lettering, vehicle decals, window decals, floor decals, wall decals, die-cut decals at more.

We offer competitive online pricing as well as superb customer service. Ultimately, we are a one stop decal and sign shop that can help you with every aspect of purchasing quality decals affordably and quickly! Give us a call today and see for yourself just how much we have to offer you and your decal needs!

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