Sign & Digital Graphics

2015 WRAPS

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52 I WRAPS I 2015 - D e s i g n s o f t w a r e t i p s - B y C h a r i t y J a C k s o n W e use both FlexiSign Pro and Photoshop when designing our vehicle wraps. If a design has a lot of text or vector artwork I try to do all the setup in FlexiSign Pro. Vector- based wraps give you crisp, clean lines at any size and also export and RIP faster than raster-based artwork. You can also import raster artwork into FlexiSign Pro and use it in conjunction with vector art. The Mask tool in FlexiSign Pro is particularly useful during both the proofing and output processes of setting up wraps. Any masked objects can always be un-masked too, which reveals all the original artwork and objects. Proofing Here I'll take you step-by-step through a fairly common partial wrap setup using the Mask tool. This "trick" shows you how we do it from start to finish on most wrap designs so we've become fairly quick at the setup. While there may be a lot of steps, it does go quick the more times you do it. In this example I'm using FlexiSign Pro. You have the option of creating different "Workspace" views in Flexi. We come from a CasMATE then Inspire background so we've chosen the "Inspire Workspace." Tool placement, and sometimes naming, may vary, depending on the workspace you use. The Mask tool is found under Effects on the workspace we use. It's found under different drop-down menus on other workspaces. We take straight-on photos of the vehicle that we're wrapping. On our camera the photos are about 28 MB, which is much bigger than what we need for our proofing process. We take the photos into Photoshop and straighten them out using the Ruler and Rotate tools. If the photo is dark or needs some other editing to create a better image for the proofing process I do that at this time, too. If there is an excessive amount of background around the vehicle we also crop the photo down to get rid of the excess. Once that's finished we scale the 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. Designing wraps in FlexiSign Pro using the Mask tool D e s i g n

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