October '20

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E nsuring an efficient wrap installation starts long before the graph- ics are even printed. Since efficiency leads to higher profits and a happier client, it's imperative that vehicle wraps are properly de- signed. For this article, I'm not talking about the actual aesthetic design, but rather the way the graphics are laid out to fit the vehicle accurately. TEMPLATES Vehicle templates are a great tool in the wrap industry. We like Art Station Tem- plates and use them for accurately jotting down vehicle measurements, sketching out design ideas, estimating coverage and square footage, and for initial design layouts when the vehicle isn't available. When it comes time to move forward with the final wrap design, it's important to assess the actual vehicle. No matter how handy vehicle templates are, seeing and working with the vehicle you'll be wrapping gives you the most accurate results. INSPECTION When you inspect the customer's vehicle, assess the paint condition and the vehicle body to be confident that moving forward with the wrap is even feasible. Efficiency by Design HOW TO DESIGN WRAPS FOR EFFICIENT INSTALLATION B Y C H A R I T Y J A C K S O N Part of working through the wrap process with the customer in- cludes inspecting the vehicle and taking accurate measurements. (All images courtesy Charity Jackson) The custom template we cre- ated for this cus- tomer was done in Photoshop because of the raster image and fades. This en- sures accurate placement and a professional pre- sentation. 6 4 G R A P H I C S P R O O C T O B E R 2 0 2 0 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M LEARN HOW TO CREATE A SCALED IMAGE FOR WRAP DESIGNS AND TEMPLAT - ING FROM JOSHUA MAR- QUARDT, ART CITY WRAPS: S I G N A G E & P R I N T I N G

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