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Ugly Sign Reward

Here at Laser Sharp Sign Design we have come up with a contest to reward anybody supporting Laser Sharp Sign Design. There is no limit on winners or how many times you can win. We are simply asking you to help us by spotting ugly signs in your area. We are based out of Tampa, Fl and will be able to replace signs nearby with more ease than one that may be out of state. Either way we want to see your photos!! Along with the picture of the sign you only need to supply us with the sign owners contact info. If the owner goes through with the transaction you will be rewarded with a percentage of what the sign was worth.

All photos should be posted on our Facebook timeline. If you havent liked us just simply click the link below (or copy and paste into URL bar). Once we have your images we will get in touch and keep you updated with the owners decisions. This is a simple way to put cash in your pocket and we sure could use your help!

www.facebook.com/lasersharpsigndesign

You can check out our Facebook page to see a few examples of bad signs. In the end its a judgement call if you are having trouble  interpreting a sign theres a good chance other people are having the same problem, all you have to do is take the picture and we will fix it. Some examples of what to look for: wear and tear, fading, discolored, misspelling, knocked down from support, bent or just flat out ugly.

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GlowEfx

GlowEfx is a special material that glows in the dark. Unlike other glow in the dark materials GlowEfx has a “brighter” white which charges rapidly to artificial light or sunlight. When the lights go out you will experience a bright green color replace that of the white. Strontium aluninate pigment provides extended glow life, visible for up to an hour. GlowEfx will charge in 10 minutes with indoor light. This is a material that can be printed on giving you complete ability to create custom glow in the dark images. GlowEfx is easily applicable to smooth surfaces and flat substrates, its the perfect thing to add some design and light to a childrens room or spice up the environment of your next party. GlowEfx are fun and easy ways to add effect to a room.

 

  

 

Etched Glass

Etched glass is the type of look you usually see when walking into a business such as a bank. It has a defined look that allows for privacy but also looks professional. It is frosted out glass blurs out everything in the room. Although it is a cool look you have to be careful in the ways you use it. It is very hard to read small etched glass lettering on doors and even harder if the light is hitting it the wrong way. Etched glass needs to have proper lighting  and environment in order to look good. I would suggest not using it as the small lettering on the outside of your office door. If you have big letters or an image such as your logo that would be much more visible in etched glass. This is a very unique look that will add a little more class to your office.

Proofs

When working with customers, whether it be on a banner, poster, retail sign, vehicle wrap, ect we have the ability to give them a proof. This is a virtual image of what their signage will look like, this is very helpful because if we were to just print things there would be things wrong and when we have to reprint that waste time, money and materials. It is important to us to have the customer satisfied before we even print. Proofs are a great way for us to work with our customers on making their image look exactly how they want it. It also allows us to be creative and give them different options to choose from. If a customer is unsure of what they want our graphic designer will come up with 2 or 3 proofs for the customer to choose from and get ideas.

The following images show the proofs of a vehicle and trailer wrap. They are images of what they would look like after we applied the new wraps.

Raster Resolution

DPI, known as Dots Per Inch, is the resolution of a raster image or scanned image. Printer and scanner resolutions are also measured in dpi. Your typical desktop laser printer will print at 300-600 dpi. At laser Sharp Sign Design we use a HP Laser Printer, with a very high dpi it gives us the ability to create smoother and cleaner products. The poducts final quality of printing depends on the resolution of the image being used to print, called the bitmap or scan.

Take a 400 dpi image and increase the size in a graphics program. When you do this, you have only made the tiny pixel squares bigger. This creates whats called the “jaggies”, by making the image bigger it gave you a jaggy edge. When dealing with raster images know that in order to “blow it up” you must have a high resolution picture or be able to transvert the image into a vector file using programs such as Coreltrace or Eurovector.

Vector Imaging

Instead of using dots or pixels like a raster image, a vector image consist of connected line and curves to produce an object. In the process of creating a vector image, you must start with a vector illustration program, node or drawing points are inserted and connected together by lines or curves. All aspects of a vector image are defined by math including node position, node location, line length and down the line. Text objects are produced by connecting nodes, lines and curves. Unlike the pixel oriented raster images, vector images are object oriented. Every letter in a font starts as a vector image. A vector image will have a “wireframe” underneath the colors in the object. Vector images are like putting the body over the frame of a car.

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Raster Images

A raster image forms pixels, a collection of a tiny colored square.

When an image gets scanned, it becomes converted into a collection of pixels called a raster image. The most common form of a raster image are scanned graphics and web graphics (JPEG and GIF files).