When it comes to designing an aluminum sign, there are certain things that you want to keep in mind. In this article, we will explore some of the best tips to keep in mind during the design process. This is the initial stages of the creation of the sign rather than the actual printing onto aluminum or blank metal street signs that happens later on. However, good preparation means that you will have a good sign that turns out well.
Keep in Mind the Four Color LimitOne thing to keep in mind is that you have a four color limit on the outdoor business signs that you create. Most printing companies will restrict you to four colors, often charging extremely large amounts for any additional colors and these four colors may be standardized, which means that you’ll need to design your logo and your lettering around the four colors that are used. Talk to your sign company and find out what those four colors are.
Make Sure Your Design is VectorMake sure that you are creating a vector design that can be resized without losing any of its integrity. Your logo and the letters that you create are going to be resized to a large scale in order to fit on your aluminum sign. Making sure that you create your design as a vector first is going to give you the best advantage when it comes to ensuring quality. If you do not know how to create a vector sign, then you probably want to hire a graphic designer that has experience with creating logos and designs that are to be turned into large signs.
Ensure Font & Logo Look Good EnlargedYou also want to make sure that your font and logo look good when enlarged when making aluminum signs. This is partially to do with making sure that your design is vector, but has more to do with understanding how a particular font is going to look when it is larger than the small size that you see on your computer screen. Sometimes, fonts that look really good small look absolutely awful when they are enlarged. You have to do some research and enlarge the font is much as possible before hand – even sometimes printing off of mock sign on paper – to find out how it will look.
Be Aware of Color Differences Once PrintedMake sure that you know that there are going to be some color differences when printing on aluminum as well as other materials that you may have chosen. This is just a standard thing in printing. Your design may look one way on your computer screen, but when it comes out is going to look a little different. Be sure that you are aware of these differences.
The Bottom LineThe bottom line is that making a good logo and sign design requires that you understand how graphic design works and that you create a high-quality product to begin with. If you hire a graphic designer that knows what they are doing, these things will not be an issue because they are already accounted for.