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6 6 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 We often get asked to do a partial wrap on vehicles to cover a failing clear coat. The graphics are only as durable as the surface they're applied to, so a failing clear coat or paint job inevitably causes the wrap to fail. Chalky finishes, rust, and body dam- age may prevent wrapping until repaired. Be sure you check into the manufacturer warranty for the media you're using to see what pre-existing conditions may void a warranty. During the inspection, we also con- sider any after-market parts, molding, emblems, or other parts that we'll either have to remove or have to plan around during the design process. A flat template doesn't take into account these obstacles or extreme curves, rivets, or other pro- truding parts. MEASUREMENTS Working on photos of the actual vehicle is the most precise way to plan the graph- ics properly and work around any obsta- cles, but the image is still flat. Accurate measurements of the vehicle are critical. These measurements ensure proper scal- ing of the photos you take of the vehi- cle. They also allow you to take into ac- count graphics that curve under or over the vehicle, deep concave areas, or other sections that may require extra printed graphics for full coverage. CUSTOM TEMPLATES For nearly all our vehicle wraps, we cre- ate custom templates for accuracy. To do this, we take straight photos of each side of the vehicle, and using carefully noted measurements, scale these photos to ac- tual size. If the vehicle design includes a lot of photos or elements that will need to be blended, we design the wrap in Photo- shop. If the design is primarily vector graphics, or will include large areas of text, then we design in FlexiPro to main- tain clean line art. If the design includes an image but not necessarily extensive Photoshop work, we often drop the ras- ter art into FlexiPro and work with it as a background or masked image. Whether we work in FlexiPro or Pho- toshop, we essentially set up the custom template the same way. Once we pull in a straight photo of the side of the vehicle and have it scaled to actual size, we place the photo as the background layer. Above this layer, we duplicate the photo and select the areas to be wrapped. These areas are either deleted from the picture (in Photoshop) or masked (in FlexiPro); this gives us a top layer that shows the areas of the vehicle that will not be wrapped, and a bottom layer with the original photo. Between these two layers, we can place the artwork for the vehicle wrap. Because This custom template was created in FlexiPro. The blacked-out areas in the top image represent areas that won't be wrapped and were used to create the mask. The middle image shows these spaces in relation to the wrap artwork. The final wrap closely mirrors the proof due to accurate measurements and placement.

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