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Secret Guest Appearance!

Guess who showed up to play with Cooper today? Always a fun day when Cooper gets a play buddy to spend time with!

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TBT Giant Balloon!

TBT, we did this 25′ tall Dannon cup around 1995. All hand painted before digital printing was even around! We would have to project and pattern it on a wall then transfer it to the fabric and paint it before was sewn together.

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Giant Balloons for Sea World!

We just finished these giant balloons for Sea Worlds new evening show. They are completely digitally printed allowing internal illumination that gives off a wonderful glow through the brightly colored fabric.

 

Giant Anemones for Sea World

For the all new Electric Ocean Nighttime Celebration Sea World decided to use giant inflatable balloons. Along with updating the Cirque water show they wanted to spice up the different areas of the park with bold and interesting new props and color. After spending time with their creative team we came up with a series of 10 – 10′ tall inflatable anemones that would be installed on the roofs of different buildings throughout the park. The size and shape made a wonderful and whimsical impression and after being internally lit was a real hit among the attendees at Sea World.

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TBT, Bird of Paradise Mural

In 2002 we were commissioned to paint a mural for the CDC El Cajon. We were asked to depict something for the rebirth of downtown El Cajon. The inspiration came to us as the Bird of Paradise, out of the ashes rebirth! It was a fun project that gave us a chance to show off our fine art side and do some airbrushing “in plein air”.

We make a ton of signs, banners, wraps, but this was an opportunity to do something that brought beauty into our world. It was painted in an alley way that people walked when going from a parking lot to the theater. I always imagined it would be a great surprise, turning a corner and being greeted by a colorful mural.

Do you an area that needs a fresh look? Maybe something that uplift your store or neighborhood? Give us a call we’d love to help you out!

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Ribbon cutting time!

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The Crew!

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“Man, thats a big wall!”

 

Vector vs Bitmap Images

A quick video to help understand the differences and the limitations of art files. Good information to know when designing your banner or sign or getting the proper artwork files to your designer. Need more help? Check out our FAQ’s page!

Bitmap vs. Vector Images

Bitmap images are made of pixels. A pixel is a single point or the smallest single element in a display device, be it a computer monitor, TV screen, or your smartphone. Common ways of saving a bitmap image are jpeg, tif, psd, or png formats,

Vector images are mathematical calculations from one point to another that form geometrical shapes. They are commonly saved as eps, pdf, or Illustrator files.

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Above you can see the differences between the two, but you cannot always see the difference at a glance. Vector graphics also display an outline or wireframe view which is important for processes that require vector art. (cutting out shapes, embroidery, etc.)

When a raster image is scaled up, it usually loses quality. A raster image can be enlarged by adding more pixels. When this is done you are spreading the original data over a larger area at the risk of losing clarity. The image below shows what it looks like when you enlarge a raster or bitmap image to the point of seeing the individual pixels.

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A vector program uses a mathematical formula to build an image that can be scaled to any size without losing quality.

How large can a raster image can be printed and maintain quality? It depends. I’ve seen 40 pixels per inch images print fantastic because the original image was very good and in focus, I’ve also seen 600 ppi images that looked and printed terrible. A general rule of thumb is 100 ppi at the size you need will produce good results. This is for a digitally printed image not an image that is to be printed using an offset printer.

It is important to understand that you can’t import a bitmap or raster image into Adobe Illustrator and magically make it a vector file. We receive eps or pdf files from customers from time to time that claim that it should work fine when all they did was take an image they found on the internet and place it into Illustrator thinking that would make it a vector file. It just doesn’t work that way.

In conclusion, both types of files will produce good results if they are prepared properly. A vector file is made from mathematical calculations that form shapes—think letters. Bitmap images are made up of individual little squares called pixels—think of photographs.

If you need more info on producing your graphics check out our FAQ’s page!

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