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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 J U L Y G R A P H I C S P R O 9 9 future reference. If it's cut vinyl, not print- ed, you can also clip a part of the ma- terial and apply it to the paperwork. Be sure to note the manufacturer and color number too. PROOFS Often sign or vehicle projects will run through a few variations before the cus- tomer approves the design. We print out a copy of the chosen design and write FINAL on it so that it's differentiated from any other proofs still in the paperwork. If the project is a vehicle graphic, we use this final proof during the installation for placement reference. Include all sides that will receive graphics in the proof — don't overlook including both sides because of- ten there are different obstacles from one side of a vehicle to the other. During the installation of graphics, we also use this final proof to note the place- ment of the graphics specifically. Draw lines from a point on the vehicle to the spot on the graphic that you're measur- ing between. These measurements ensure that any fu- ture installs on similar vehicles will get placed the same. Consistency is vital in managing fleet graphics; when cars are parked together in the lot, the placement should be the same. PHOTOS We take finished photos of all our vehicle installs no matter how big or small the project. Keeping these on file with the rest of the customer's information is another way to maintain consistency. It's also helpful when there are weird ob- stacles or tight placement of graphics that you want to replicate on another vehicle. Looking at finished photos of past work can speed the placement of graphics be- fore installation. Photos of all sides of finished vehicles and sign installs are saved in the customer's files for future reference.

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