If you’re on a budget or you ordered your digital print online and had it shipped to you, what follows is how to apply it to some type of substrate. The digital print will be printed onto adhesive vinyl to stick to the substrate you are using. We don’t recommend applying a poster or paper print to a hard surface as there are many good adhesive vinyls on the market. We use 3M and Oracal vinyl adhesives with a rapid air release which makes it very forgiving when applying.
We recommend starting with a small digital print to practice with before tackling something big like what is shown below–however, if you are up to the challenge, go for it.
Begin by trimming the print on two connecting sides and square it up on the surface of the substrate you are going to apply it to.
The next step is to make a tape hinge on the trimmed side of the print, half on the table, half on the print.
Make a tape mark on the other end of the print putting half on the print and half on the table your working on.
Tear the tape mark in half and roll the print up to the hinged side.
Peel the backing up about 3 to 4 inches, don’t tear it off, you’ll need that bit of backing.
Unroll the print back to the starting position matching up the tape mark you made earlier and tape it down. The following picture is what it will look like when it is set up properly to adhere.
Using a roller, work it back and forth from the middle of the print out to the edges.
Slip off the backing a few inches at a time while you roll the print into place. before you know it, voila! Your done! If you run into problems, you can peel it back and start again, but that is tricky and will stretch the print.
Good luck and if you have any questions give us a call!
Tracey and Brooke gave a talk and demonstration to 59 students at the La Mesa Middle School on Wednesday, Feb. 25th. We spoke about our business and the education and skills needed for a career in art. We brought samples of pictures for them to see some of the fun signs, banners, and inflatables we have created. Brooke also shared what a day in the life of a professional graphic artist is like.
The students in the audience had great questions and the best part was a hands-on demonstration they got to participate in. We brought sign material and digital prints to make a sign. Brooke gave them several choices from flowers and an amusement park ride to an airplane flying overhead for their image. We were not surprised to see that most of the boys chose the airplane! Each student walked away with new knowledge about a professional career in art and a sign of their own that they made.
Mike, the owner of Casino Magic, just purchased a new van for use in his business. What did he immediately have done? He had us put new vehicle graphics on it. We have been working with Mike for over nine years and the one constant he has recognized with his business is greater visibility means more sales! We used high performance vinyl that has a seven year warranty to give him security that it won’t chip, peel, or crack. Remember, “a business with no sign is a sign of no business”.
A while back we were hired to paint a life size inflatable jet for CMEANN productions that was doing a project for the Lifetime channel. It normally would have been digitally printed but our client asked us to hand paint the entire project. It was exhausting but tons of fun and the final result is stunning!
Just got back to work after a crazy week at the San Diego Convention Center talking with meeting and event planners, caterers, and party planners. It was a great opportunity to share all the different ways we can help the wonderful folks in the Special Event industry. We also sponsored several of the events including the NACE welcoming party and the wedding luncheon. We produced large banners and beautiful sponsor signs for those events. Overall it was a huge success!
Welcome to our blog. We are just starting out and we hope our blog will be informative, educational and fun. As the days roll by we will share new projects we worked on including art for inflatables, signs, banners, vehicle wraps. It will be ever changing. Enjoy!