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Useful Websites

ARTWORK FORMATTING & USEFUL WEBSITES Useful Websites & what they help with. What types of files (formatting) artwork needs to be supplied in. How to tell if your image can be used with your signage.  Useful Websites & what they help with. Shutterstock Shutterstock helps creative professionals from all backgrounds and businesses of all sizes produce their best work with incredible content and innovative tools, all on one platform. Click Here Istock Every file downloaded on iStock comes with a standard license that lets you use it in a wide variety of projects including advertising, websites, blogs, presentations, publications, video productions, podcasts, and more. Click Here Canva An awesome program that guides you through a design process, regardless of your business’s size or needs. It’s a user-friendly platform that can help elevate your marketing efforts, making it a valuable tool for any business. Check out the follow link for a basic tutorial how to save your file out in a PDF.  Click Here Adobe Creative Suite Adobe Creative Suite The software assists in creating and editing digital content for both online and print distribution, facilitating collaboration and creativity. Click Here Adobe Stock Images An awesome program that guides you through a design process, regardless of your business’s size or needs. It’s a user-friendly platform that can help elevate your marketing efforts, making it a valuable tool for any business. Click Here Freepik Freepik is an online platform offering a vast collection of high-quality graphic resources, including vector images, illustrations, photos, and icons. Click Here What types of files (formatting) artwork needs to be supplied in: When artwork is supplied to you by a graphic designer, you will be given files that unless you have the program that it was created on will not open on your computer.  Files such as PNG, JPEGs and PDFs are the usual files that can be opened without needing any programs.  Files such as Vector, Ai and EPS mainly require a program to access the contents.   For more information about programs and files check out the site below.  Click here Type PDF Types Ai Types EPS Types Vector How to tell if your image can be used with your signage:  OPTION 1: Vector (Preferred) Vectors use a different approach to image rendering. They’re made of paths and curves dictated by mathematical formulas. These paths and curves are produced exclusively through software designed for vectors, like Adobe Illustrator or Sketch. Due to their algorithmic makeup, vectors are infinitely scalable, and remain smooth and crisp even when sized up to massive dimensions. Even when scaled to substantial proportions, the image below remains clean and exact. Raster Raster, or bitmap, images consist of tiny squares—pixels—that contain bits of color. When pixels are combined, they build images. The more pixels in an image, the higher the image quality. When you zoom in on an image, the pixels become more apparent while the details of the image become blurry. When you are fully zoomed in, you’ll see the grid of pixels For more information reference this Shutterstock Site below.  Click here OPTION 2: It is preferred that images supplied are at 150DPI. DPI stands for Dots per Inch, referring to the number of ink droplets a printer will produce per inch while printing an image. The more dots of ink per inch the picture has, the more detail you will see when printed.     How can I find the DPI of an image?  Open File Explorer Select the folder in which the image is located in.  Right click on the image.  Select Properties Select the details tab at the top of the bar Scroll down he find the image dimensions and the DPI resolutions

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Sticker Shapes Guide

Sticker Shape Guide What sticker shapes can I get at Sign Blast?  We like to provide a wide range in shapes when it comes to stickers.  Please see a guide below on some of the examples of what you can get and what we recommend compared to reason some shapes aren’t always the best of choice.  Sticker shapes can vary widely and come in countless designs and styles. Some common shapes of stickers include: Square: Square stickers have equal-length sides and a right-angle corner, giving them a classic and clean look.  Rectangle: Rectangle stickers have two pairs of sides that are equal in length, with opposite sides parallel to each other. They offer a more elongated shape compared to square stickers. Circle: Circle stickers have a round shape with a continuous curve. They provide a soft and playful look and are often used for logo stickers or decorative purposes. Die-cut/ Cut contour: Die-cut stickers can be custom-shaped to fit the contours of a design, such as stars, hearts, animals, or any other shape. These stickers are cut precisely to the outline of the artwork. Cloud cut stickers: Refer to a type of sticker design that features intricate and detailed cutouts within the sticker design, giving the appearance of clouds or other shapes. Custom shapes: Stickers can be custom-cut into any desired shape, allowing for endless possibilities and creativity in sticker design. This can include shapes like animals, objects, logos, or intricate designs. Overall, sticker shapes play a significant role in defining the aesthetic and style of the sticker, with each shape offering its own unique characteristics and appeal.

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Measurement Guides

Measurement Guides   When it comes to quoting we require specific measurements in order to provide you with a quote when using majority of our materials. To help process your quote faster seek the appropriate guide below and when submitting your quote request and add in the additional information. For stickers, graphics and more. Please Note: When it comes to external graphics such as buildings or high access areas where signage may be wanted it is best to ask for assistance from the Sign Blast team for safety reasons. VEHICLE GUIDES: Dual Cab with Tub Dual Cab with Tray Rear Window (One Way Visions or Sticker) Canopy Sedan Single Cab with Tray Caravan Hatch Back INTERNAL SIGNAGE GUIDES: Windows (One Way Visions or Sticker) Area of a Wall Reception Desk

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Sticker Installation For Dummies

Sticker Installation For Dummies Step 1: CLEANING Make sure there is no residue from a previous sticker or cleaning product on the surface. Use either Isopropyl Alcohol or Metho for cleaning. Step 2: INSTALLATION If possible, find a reference point to square up with where you want to place the sticker. Use masking tape and a ruler or tape measure to mark the top or bottom edge of the desired placement. Step 3: INSTALLATION METHODS Option 1: Dry Method If your sticker has application tape on the front, leave it in place until the end. For smaller stickers, you can directly apply them to the substrate without securing them first. For larger and more difficult-to-handle stickers, it’s recommended to secure the sticker to the substrate using masking tape to hold it in place once it’s level. Gently remove the backing paper from the sticker, being careful to keep the sticker clear of the substrate. Once ready to apply, take a firm card (like a credit card) wrapped in a soft, lint-free cloth and glide it over the sticker. Start from the center and move outward to the edges, rotating from one side to the other. Once the sticker is securely applied, you can peel away the application tape if it was present. Option 2: Wet Method If your sticker has application tape on the front, leave it in place until the end. Prepare a mixture of soapy water using a mild shampoo like Johnsons Baby Shampoo. Lightly spray the area where the sticker will be placed, and you can also lightly spray the back of the sticker. Then, using a firm card wrapped in a soft, lint-free cloth, gently glide the card over the sticker. Start from the centre and move outward to the edges, squeegeeing the water out from under the sticker. Allow the sticker to sit until it is securely adhered to the applied area. Once you are satisfied that it is dry enough, you can remove any application tape. It is recommended to let the sticker dry for 24-48 hours before washing or exposing it to moisture, allowing the adhesive to fully set to the substrate. TIPS: How do you take care of stickers? To maintain the best appearance of your stickers, you should clean them with plain water and a soft cloth. If necessary, mild dish soap can be used to remove more difficult grime.Do not use harsh chemicals.Do not use hard bristle brushes/brooms. Avoid using pressure washing (at a strong level). How can I make my stickers stay on better? Applying a little bit of heat can help make the adhesive work more quickly and is also good for restoring the adhesive of your stickers. It’s especially effective if the area is exposed to cold temperatures. Visit Us On Social Media: Facebook Instagram

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