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Sign Making/Vectorizing for a complete Newbie
Posted by: Anonymous User (
Date: November 30, 2007 11:30AM

(This is cross posted, it is also in the computer technology forum.... I'm sorry if that was a faux pas. Dont kick me off, please. I promise not to do it again. :( )

Hi everyone!

I am not a graphic design artist by trade, nor am I (technically) in the sign industry. But my company (of which I am the Office Manager) recently purchased a graphtec q75 plotter (it came with VE LXi Master Plus 8.0v3). Since November 6th I've been teaching myself the software and researching the best methods and vinyl sign products on various websites. I successfully made my first cut two days ago.

(That might sound like I'm a slow learner but we needed to procure another comp for the plotter to run with. So, there was a connection delay.)

The boss is happy with my designs, but I think my first project is doomed to fail. Based on what I've read so far, I'm using the wrong vinyl and theres a learning curve to the whole installation thing.

We were supplied with a small "Designers Kit" containing a few rolls of vinyl (all 16" wide), some tape samples (12" masking tape and 6" clear), a neato gold squeegee, some plastic signs/posts and a whole bunch of grommeted banner material.

The vinyl isn't Avery (and from what I've gathered, thats good). It's Oracal. But it's only 541 (the economic quality vinyl).

We're intending to use my first signs (simple red or white vinyl lettering) on our two trucks and our hauling trailor (and maybe the boss's personal truck). It doesn't need to last forever but, exactly as he should, the boss is looking for the biggest return possible on the (rather large) investment he's already made.

I understand that using the 541 calendared on a truck is not a great call. But, I've got to work with what we've got.

Also... I'm not very good with a level and haven't the faintest idea of how to cleanly (and evenly) tranfer the vinyl to the trucks/trailor. The application is under someone elses direction ... what can I tell my guys to avoid when they apply?

I know that I can make this work.... maybe not the first try, and maybe not in any lasting fashion (oi. such poor quality vinyl), but with practice and the right materials and tools I can do it.

I just need some tips to straighten out that learning curve.

Thanks a bunch guys!


PS Why do I get the feeling that vectorizing is going to totally suck?

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/30/2007 02:44PM by amature.

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