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January '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • January 2019 • 47 often the best solution. In FlexiSign Pro the tool we use is found under Image > Vectorize > Enhance Curves or Enhance Corners. If the artwork is already black and white, or with enough contrast in the colors, then we'll import the file into FlexiSign Pro and vectorize it to give us the line art we want. If there isn't enough contrast between colors, which means that when you vectorize the artwork some of the image will disappear, then you need to create more contrast before vectorizing. For example if you have an object that is in yellow on a white field, and you simply import and vectorize it, that yellow will disappear. By taking the same image into Photo- shop and converting it to black and white, under Image > Adjustments, you can then adjust the individual colors giving them a darker saturation. Resave the new black and white option and import it into your vector program to vectorize. If the image has layers or multiple touching pieces where you can't sim- ply adjust the colors and vectorize, then we'll create the same contrast in multiple pieces. One option is to copy the image to multiple layers then adjust the colors to isolate different pieces on separate lay- ers. You can also click on specific pieces of the image with the Quick Selection Tool and change the color to black on a sepa- rate layer. Once you have the image separated out into layers you can save each layer separately and import the layers into your raster program. If you maintain the sizing in Photoshop then each layer you import will be the same size. If they are imported over one another then the art- work will also match up once vectorized. After we've converted the image to line art then we need to clean up the lines, curves and corners. The image will be made up of a series of points. You may already have the Path Edit tools open on your toolbar but if not, go to Tools > Toolbar > and click on Path Edit. This will open a bar of tools that you can use to straighten points, sharpen corners and adjust arcs. Text If the raster artwork is made up of fonts or modified fonts then we start from the beginning by tracking down the fonts used. There are a number of font recognition software options on the market. The one we use is called Find My Font. You simply pull in the raster image, click on letters, type in what the letter is and then it will search fonts you already have installed, as well as online fonts. Similar fonts will be displayed and you can click through them to find the closest match. Effects The first step in recreating artwork is to get good clean lines to build on. If the logo is simply a clean, vector-based logo then once you've cleaned up the lines you'll just need to color match to any provided print art or Pantone colors the customer has requested. If the image or text is supposed to have special effects like a bevel, glow effect, drop shadow, metallic look, etc., then additional work will need to be done. Some of these effects can be added in your vector software but often you'll need to export the vector image and import it into Photoshop. Anytime we're recreating someone's artwork, and we're turning it back into a raster image, we'll import it at a pretty high resolution. This is taking that clean up you did and bringing it in so that the effects can be built back in to the image but at a much higher resolution that can be used for large scale projects like vehicle wraps. Design Fee We estimate the time it will take to clean-up and recreate the logo up front. We explain to the customer that this design fee is for us to set up their logo for use in-house on wraps, signs, banners, business cards and any other items we produce. If the customer wants to pur- chase the artwork for use in other areas we do offer to save it to a thumb drive in multiple formats for their own use, but at an additional cost. SDG

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