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Warren Beard

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Post Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:10 pm

Printing fades for vehicle graphics

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I know this has been discussed before but could not find the threads. A customer has a logo with a drop shadow fading out to white and he needs the logo on a cream coloured van, what is the best way to print this to get a nice finish on the edges so there is no hard white edge around the logo?

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Post Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:17 pm

warren

unless you can print the paint colour you cant cut around the drop shadow, seen so many and it looks rubbish.
have used
a light grey cut vinyl added after the print.
or the shadow only printed to clear and fitted last, but in time you see the clear vinyls edge.
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Post Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:25 pm

This what I thought and told the customer, he has actually gone back to his designer to get the shadow removed but I think it will kill the design without it so not sure he will go for it.

What does it look like if it was printed with a white backing (as in white ink) on clear, I know the edges would still show up but would it look better colour wise?

I'm sure sometimes it just has to be done so what are peoples opinion on the best method?

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Post Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:22 pm

We're doing a similar job now.

The customer has obviously had this problem before though, because he told us to make the drop shadow a solid grey, instead of fading from black to white, as on his printed stationery.
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Post Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:25 pm

I had this a couple of weeks ago and convinced the customer to fade from blue to light blue instead of blue to white.
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Post Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:27 pm

I'll see what he decides and am sure I could maybe get him to go with a solid grey shadow just for the vans.

Thanks guys.

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Post Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:32 pm

As much as I absolutely HATE to recommend Avery, they make a true shadow film (kind of blueish looking semi transparent) they you could contour cut.

Your statement about the drop shadow being the strongest part of the layout is rather troublesome to me.
But then again so is the fact that I just recommended Avery!
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Post Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:34 pm

Jillbeans wrote:As much as I absolutely HATE to recommend Avery


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Post Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:26 pm

This is the logo, it's a picture of a collar :roll: if there was no shadow it would lose the 3D effect of being a collar so I think it might not look to good without it.

What ya think?

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Post Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:59 pm

is this the post you were looking for ?

https://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.p ... =butterfly

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Post Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:18 pm

John Hughes wrote:is this the post you were looking for ?

https://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.p ... =butterfly

John


Yes that was it thanks. I think that now with printers that can print white it would solve this problem and could print white in the areas where you would have put white vinyl.

Am I taking sense or non sense?

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Post Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:59 pm

Warren
you can do it so the grey fades to the colour of the van, but it is hit & miss to get a match. You could try printing to clear colours are quite strong on the logo so if the van is fairly light in colour you may get away with it.

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Post Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:48 pm

i might suggest to make a rounded corner triangle shape with a couple of tramlines as boarders, would then go on to any colour paint.

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