Awards & Engraving

August '17

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58 • A&E AUGUST 2017 FONT MODIFICATIONS Sandcarving fonts is a large topic. Not every font is great for sandcarving. If you have produced photomasks, you are familiar with the fonts that look the best while you may struggle with other fonts. A simple adjustment of adding a stroke to a particular font will cause the etching to look sandcarved-design ready. If you have a large job with script or small fonts, we recommend always sand- carving a sample of the artwork before going into production. This ensures you have no issues with the artwork or sand- carving. Starting with artwork approved for sandcarving is helpful when you are operating a large production run producing hundreds of items quickly. Our graphic artists recommend adding a stroke to script fonts. It really depends on the size font you are using for the design. If using a script font (on glass), a stroke on the lettering is absolutely necessary, anywhere between 0.15 and 0.5-point stroke is good. The adjusted artwork blast is easier to read. Adding a slight stroke makes the font stand out when it is sandcarved.

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