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2015 WRAPS

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98 I WRAPS I 2015 F av o r i t e t e c h n i q u e s B y C h a r i t y J a C k s o n Charity Jackson is co-owner of Visual Horizons Custom Signs based in Modesto, California. She has been in business since 1995, and has worked in the sign industry for over 20 years. You can visit her website at www.vhsigns.com. How to wrap a box truck by yourself T here are many different approaches to wrapping a vehicle. One approach is to remove the entire backing off a printed panel and, using several people, the panel is lined up on the vehicle and squeegeed on. We have a small shop with four employees in production. As we were building up the company, as well as in recession years, we've had as few as two people in production. For us it became essential that a wrap could be done by one person. We found that wrapping in panels was the easiest and most controlled way to apply graphics by yourself. We do anywhere from one to three wraps per week—a steady stream of work that keeps us very busy. This is in addition to the production of other signage. With a fleet of box trucks and vans coming in we've put one guy on each side of the vehicle to speed up production. In this step-by-step article I'll outline the approach we take on a standard box truck wrap with rivets. By installing in manageable four-foot wide panels each person is able to install an entire side by themselves. This same paneled approach works on other vehicles as well. On seamless wraps we still do panels but they may vary in width to cover sections utilizing breaks on the vehicle to avoid overlapping seams. the setup A box truck wrap is one of the easiest vehicle types to wrap, so it's a simple way to demonstrate wrapping in panels. Since it's essentially a large rectangle we plan our sizing ahead of time so we don't have to tape up all the panels before starting to install. Using a vector-based program, or Photoshop, we layout all of our graphics to the size of the box, making sure to keep important information within this space and allowing the background to extend out past the box. Personally, I add 3" to the total height and 3" to the total width when cropping my artwork for output. For example, if the box is 88" x 204", I would keep my important artwork and text well within this space. The final print size would be 91" x 207". - F a v o r i t e t r i C k s - Wrap In

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