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Fri Oct 28, 2005 2:47 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Can I change which node is the start node in Corel 12?

Replies: 7

Views: 2340

If for experiment, or for what ever reason, you still want to change the position of the first node in Corel. The only way I know is to select the node you want to become the first, press the 'Break Curve' button on the tool bar, or right click the node and select 'Break apart'. The node you have ju...

Mon Jul 04, 2005 1:38 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: transfer sheet wont grab onto the vinyl why is this?

Replies: 11

Views: 1501

Try placing the graphics face down and squeegee the backing paper, this usually helps.
If that fails try pulling the backing paper over the sharp edge of the bench, as if you were removing creases from a sheet of paper.


Alan

Thu Jun 02, 2005 5:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Rules of the Game

Replies: 8

Views: 1010

Re: Rules of the Game

Dewi wrote:And if I'm in an accident (which anyone who's seen my driving will know is inevitable :oops: )
Cheers, Dewi


I think your best bet is to cover it in 3 or 4 layers of sandblast mask at least it'll cushion the blow :lol1: :lol1:

Alan

Thu Jun 02, 2005 5:48 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: can anyone open a sit file?

Replies: 9

Views: 1760

StuffIt Expander is available here http://www.stuffit.com/win/expander/index.html

Alan

Mon Apr 18, 2005 5:02 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Installing 1500mm letters to cladding - ideas?

Replies: 8

Views: 3439

Try counter sinking screws in Dibond this way: 1)Drill a small pilot hole for the screw. 2)Turn the letter over and with a drill bit roughly the size of the screw head drill through the back layer of aluminium. 3)Now when you screw through the face it will pull itself level with the surface. Alan ht...

Thu Sep 09, 2004 12:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Caption Competition

Replies: 27

Views: 2295

‘I suppose a wheelie is out the question dad’!

‘Shut up Noriyuki and sit still’



Alan

Wed Sep 08, 2004 11:29 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Caption Competition

Replies: 27

Views: 2295

Right now we’ve dropped your mum off at work lets get you kids to school.



Alan

Thu Sep 02, 2004 11:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: tax

Replies: 6

Views: 1003

rightsigns wrote:to subsidise all of the non productive layabouts that scrounge off the rest of us.


I wish you wouldn’t talk about Tony, John & Gordon like that. :o :lol1: :lol1:


Alan

Thu Sep 02, 2004 9:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Quick question

Replies: 14

Views: 1610

I’ve managed to enter Arial Unicode text into a drawing in OpenOffice.org and export it as .eps The problem is the bold characters or not formed correctly, see bellow. Why not use ordinary Arial. The weights vary slightly but that’s all. Alan http://homepage.ntlworld.com/alan.eveleigh1/images/arial_...

Thu Aug 26, 2004 12:02 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: why do i get a jaggy cut in corel please?

Replies: 7

Views: 2375

I use a Roland 1100 plotter and i know there is an issue with the Windows driver. This is to do with restrictions in Windows and not the driver per se. The problem is the amount of detail sent to the plotter when the cutting area is set to anything larger than 4ft. If you have your print area set qu...

Wed Aug 18, 2004 10:38 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: help sourcing projecting sign please?

Replies: 6

Views: 2948

Hi Dewi

You could try Ashbys


http://www.ashbytrade.co.uk/trays.htm

The other option is to make your own from Dibond or similar.


Alan

Fri Aug 13, 2004 11:46 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Classy Car Wash Sign?

Replies: 12

Views: 1456

Two colour work always adds a touch of class.
Good use of the whole format, we wouldn’t want any wasted space around the edges.
I believe it’s on a recycled board, very kind to the environment.
And isn’t it nice to see that craftsmanship with a brush is alive and well?


Alan :o

Tue Jun 22, 2004 11:02 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Left or Right handed?

Replies: 20

Views: 1716

ps should i seek treatment? No don’t worry you’re not on your own. I used to write left handed but changed to my right for convenience. Signwrite left (ish) Paint brush, roller, drawing and airbrush I favour my right but use my left a lot. My dominant eye is my right, which is perhaps more telling ...

Wed Apr 21, 2004 2:18 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: airbrushing: dts timber supplies

Replies: 20

Views: 8369

OK OK I’ll try it again. But why did I reject it years ago. Any paint I use on vinyl has to pass the tape snatch test. That is; wait for the paint to dry (I know this can be 2 or 3 days with one shot), cross hatch through the paint layer with a scalpel to form 5 or 10mm squires, stick a piece of mas...

Wed Apr 21, 2004 12:55 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: airbrushing: dts timber supplies

Replies: 20

Views: 8369

signworxs wrote:Am I right that you are questioning one shot on vinyl.


You’re darn right I am. :wink:

If a paint is only capable of adhering to vinyl by a mechanical key, imo it’s the wrong paint.


Alan

Tue Apr 20, 2004 11:27 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: airbrushing: dts timber supplies

Replies: 20

Views: 8369

One Shot on vinyl ???? what prep!


Alan

Tue Apr 20, 2004 2:14 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Couldn't resist telling - New Toy bought at Weekend

Replies: 10

Views: 1418

Sharon

Perhaps you should post a few details, you know the sort of thing;
Contact numbers, next of kin etc.

Griffith 500 crazy woman. :roll: :lol: :lol:


My son writes a column for PistonHeads. He’s a little crazy too.
http://www.pistonheads.com/doc.asp?c=98


Alan

Wed Mar 24, 2004 11:09 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: FoamCore Solution

Replies: 15

Views: 1936

How much time did you spend drawing it? Not many minutes I know how to use Corel (well, some of it). But always the pesimist, how would I keep it steady? that arm looks ready to break You could use a piece of 2”x1” for the arm, that won’t break, and put a T bar across it near the cutting end (a bit...

Tue Mar 23, 2004 9:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: FoamCore Solution

Replies: 15

Views: 1936

Invent :P :lol: :lol:

Image




Alan

Thu Mar 11, 2004 2:52 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: files

Replies: 6

Views: 1807

Try this program it works very well.

‘Attribute Changer 5 Freeware’

The home page is: http://www.petges.com/

Alan

Sat Mar 06, 2004 1:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How not to letter a van!

Replies: 28

Views: 3212

Thanks Nigel.

This is what these forums are all about; helping each other develop and fine-tune the skills that normally only the customer’s nephew has. :roll:



Alan

Sat Mar 06, 2004 12:53 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How not to letter a van!

Replies: 28

Views: 3212

DaveBruce wrote:there is just one thing I would change..........



I know exactly what you mean Dave; I should have opened up the kerning just a tad on ‘ROOFING CONTRACTORS’ well spotted. :P :lol: :lol:



Alan

Sat Mar 06, 2004 12:35 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How not to letter a van!

Replies: 28

Views: 3212

I think we should give some constructive criticism and show just how good a van like this could look with the use of some simple design skills. :o

Alan

Image

Fri Feb 27, 2004 5:40 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Shocking

Replies: 17

Views: 1859

Hi Jill I have a static problem with coroplast...if painting it, sometimes the static will literally pull the paint out of my brush! I’ve had this problem at times when lettering vehicles. When the brush comes within half an inch of the surface, a discharge from the tip of the brush caries a cobweb ...

Thu Feb 26, 2004 6:08 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics : My Own Car

Replies: 20

Views: 4162

If you could stop getting so excited over your first vinyl job, you would see that you are missing a forward slash after http:/ :roll: :lol:


Alan

Mon Feb 23, 2004 2:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Stencil

Replies: 5

Views: 1455

The skip company I do work for used to have stencils but now I supply them with white panels of vinyl with black lettering already applied. They stick the panels on themselves. They look better than stencils and last well. I have hand cut stencils from 3mm foam and for metal like the skips, cut from...

Mon Feb 23, 2004 10:54 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Nigel’s demo looks good in print.

Replies: 3

Views: 900

Nigel’s demo looks good in print.

Just received the March copy of Sign-Link with Nigel’s 'Flat Cut' step by step in.

It looks great Nigel, well done.


Alan

Tue Feb 17, 2004 8:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Yellow Pages?

Replies: 43

Views: 3925

The new BT phonebook is due out in our area in May and will not only contain the usual domestic numbers, along with an alphabetical list of businesses, but will now have a yellow section much like YP. I’m going to ditch YP in favour of an ad in this new book. The big difference with this book is tha...

Mon Feb 02, 2004 12:29 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: squeegee rip-off!

Replies: 41

Views: 6038

MacTac felts are 100mm x 70mm x 10mm


Alan

Thu Jan 29, 2004 6:51 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Van Graphics : John's Audio

Replies: 8

Views: 1060

Re: John's Audio

Steve Broughton wrote:done today


I don’t suppose it was in a heated garage was it (?) I feel cold just thinking about it :(
On the other hand, can you imagine being up a roof fitting an aerial?


Have you got BB yet :wink:


Alan

Thu Jan 29, 2004 6:25 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Yellow Pages?

Replies: 43

Views: 3925

No one has mentioned the ordinary BT phone book that now comes with business names.

Any views on that (?) (?)


Alan

Thu Jan 29, 2004 1:25 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Yellow Pages?

Replies: 43

Views: 3925

I’m going to give my YP add a miss this year. I think I could count the number of jobs gained from the ad on one hand, and the profit from those will barely have paid for it. I think shoppers for signs in YP come in two types: 1) The most common. Tyre kickers, just annoying everyone to get the cheap...

Thu Jan 29, 2004 12:23 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: DAFT question, can anyone help?

Replies: 9

Views: 983

Robert Lambie wrote:we had to go through his agents. in the end he settled for £10 grand each


Well thanks for letting the cat out the bag Rob.
I knew nothing about this settlement, flaming agents :evil: (:) (:)
I’m going to have to sue the Bs. I’ve not seen a penny of that money.


Alan

Tue Jan 27, 2004 1:00 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: squeegee rip-off!

Replies: 41

Views: 6038

This looks an interesting site?

http://www.feltsupplies.co.uk/quality_table.html


Alan

Mon Jan 26, 2004 7:13 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: squeegee rip-off!

Replies: 41

Views: 6038

I paid £2.50 + VAT last time from Andersons and lets be honest a quid for a bit of felt would have been quite sufficient. And don’t lets have any of this, ‘it’s special stuff you know’. I bet it’s the same as used for loads of different applications, and it’s dirt-cheap. It’s only when chopped up in...

Mon Jan 26, 2004 4:07 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Customers & Artwork Charges...

Replies: 24

Views: 3688

What do you all do when a prospective client rolls up on your doorstep with artwork prepared by someone else? Turn them away with a stern lecture on copyright and morals? No we usually laugh out loud at their pathetic designs. :lol: :lol: :lol: The point is, our designs are always fantastic and eve...

Mon Jan 26, 2004 1:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Customers & Artwork Charges...

Replies: 24

Views: 3688

I think we all know that Steve is right and that we should take a fee/deposit before parting with a design. It may also be a good idea to print a receipt on the reverse of the design sheet. This would have an official look to it and imply that it is standard policy and is expected. It could state th...

Sat Jan 24, 2004 6:34 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Action to be taken on pavement signs

Replies: 22

Views: 3759

It’s alright to have lamp posts, road signs, litter bins, people standing in the centre of the path denying you passage so they can torment you with some survey or other and beggars with their dogs sat on the footpath outside a shop where the owner is trying to attract customers so he can afford to ...

Wed Jan 21, 2004 2:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Old shop sticker wording

Replies: 12

Views: 2133

I don’t know of that one Alan, but I did see one a few years back that read;


Open Mon. to Sat. 9am to 6pm.
Wednesday afternoons a bit iffy. (hmm)



Alan

Mon Jan 12, 2004 8:32 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Van Graphics : Kangoo's

Replies: 13

Views: 1239

I like the stylised Warwickshire Bear. It looks like a puddle of molten metal. Lazerprint is a real eye catcher :o and I love the way the butterfly wing blends into the taillight. I can see that you had to keep their corporate colour and letter style for ‘LAZERPRINT’, pity it gets lost on the silver...

Sat Jan 10, 2004 9:35 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice Please

Replies: 19

Views: 2984

Looks like trouble to me, there’s more shape to that thing than meets the eye. Have you considered using a piece of cheap unsupported banner material to wrap it in? The easiest way would be to stick it with double-sided tape around the top and let it hang like a skirt. (That’s 'kilt' to those north ...

Sat Jan 10, 2004 4:00 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: new forum index. opinions please?

Replies: 12

Views: 1486

How about something along these lines for the ‘Say Hello’


Image


Alan

Mon Dec 22, 2003 3:20 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Merry Christmas To All

Replies: 20

Views: 1775

but it is the season of good will


But you know what these Scots are like their good will doesn’t really start until Hogmanay, *drink* so there’s a few days left in this year for him to reap havoc. :lol: :lol:



Alan

Mon Dec 22, 2003 2:54 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with problem cutting from corel please?

Replies: 10

Views: 2603

It does mention on the driver download page that ‘There could be limitation in print length in case of using it on WindowsXP‘ . What the actual implications to that are I don’t know.

http://dg4.roland.co.jp/en/down5oad.html


Alan

Mon Dec 22, 2003 2:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Merry Christmas To All

Replies: 20

Views: 1775

And a merry Christmas to you guys but did you really mean to call up ‘the wrath of Rob’ (xmas) by posting a general topic in the ‘Software, Vinyl Cutters & Computers’ forum. (!)


Alan

Tue Dec 16, 2003 12:29 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Van Graphics: Centre Flowers

Replies: 15

Views: 2805

Thanks people, you seem almost as happy with it as the client. Nigel, 320. Now I hope that some are thinking ‘that’s not enough’ and others ‘that’s too much’ because this will mean that I’m somewhere in the middle, and I’ll settle for that. If on the other hand every one says it’s too cheap I’ll hid...

Mon Dec 15, 2003 8:40 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Van Graphics: Centre Flowers

Replies: 15

Views: 2805

The finished van.

Sorry the photograph isn’t better. :(


Alan

Sun Dec 14, 2003 12:20 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Cheers !

Replies: 18

Views: 2156

This can’t be bad Rob. New to the site, gold access member already, Photograph up, and likes a glass of wine, should fit in real well. Lives in “A small house in Warwickshire” that’ll be about 1½ miles from the University as the crow flies then (I know these things). :wink: :) Welcome Nigel. Now you...

Fri Dec 12, 2003 10:30 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: opinions please with customers logo?

Replies: 10

Views: 3239

Try making the sky not so hot by using a ‘greener’ blue this will harmonise better with the gold, and keep the clouds small and high to give the appearance of space. You could also make the grass a yellow green loosing that hint of blue and darken it under the wall and lighten it a tad in the foregr...

Fri Dec 12, 2003 1:38 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: opinions please with customers logo?

Replies: 10

Views: 3239

May I suggest that you add sky with perhaps a few fluffy whites.
(That large area the same colour as the belt bothers me)
I think you’ll find it gives immediate depth and will pop the stonewall right to the foreground.


Alan

Thu Dec 11, 2003 7:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Birch Grove Cattery

Replies: 20

Views: 2486

As Henry says even better in the flesh/vinyl. Colours really kick out.


Alan

Thu Dec 11, 2003 12:20 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: what do you think of this design layout?

Replies: 16

Views: 3814

Dewi wrote:I'm beginning to see you have an eagle eye John


That’s John all right he gets his kicks from being picky. :lol: :lol:

We only leave these odd infringements for him to find, you don’t think we leave them by accident do you! We’re far better than that :wink: :lol: :lol:



Alan

Wed Dec 10, 2003 12:13 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: what do you think of this design layout?

Replies: 16

Views: 3814

Hello Mr. B

Great idea to break the length of the board with the panel, but I think the tightly spaced heavy fonts tends to exaggerate the length and you’re loosing the benefit gained from the panel.

Alan

Mon Dec 08, 2003 7:26 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Van Graphics: Centre Flowers

Replies: 15

Views: 2805

Thanks for the thumbs up Guys.

I printed out the design today and showed it to the customer, I think I can safely say he was as chuffed as muck.

If I remember to take some pix :roll: of the finished van I’ll post them here. Not sure when that will be yet.


Alan

Sat Dec 06, 2003 8:27 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: im in great need of a logo revamp please?

Replies: 35

Views: 6679

.ai problem solved. I simply dragged and dropped the file onto an open Corel page. Now will I remember in the future? :-?

Sat Dec 06, 2003 7:13 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: will frosted glass affect vinyl work on a rear car window?

Replies: 8

Views: 2289

Allan

I was thinking of apply etch to the inside, as you have done, but then apply the lettering over the back of it to give a more subtle effect. It should work like a piece of tracing paper, you can’t see through it but lay it over some lettering and it shows right through.

Alan

Sat Dec 06, 2003 6:22 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: im in great need of a logo revamp please?

Replies: 35

Views: 6679

Kevin That probably explains the file not opening; I usually have no problems with other ai files. I think you have to be careful using top block shadows? Viewed from above or on a level they look OK but if the sign’s mounted at some height e.g. on a fascia, they can look rather odd when you’re stoo...

Sat Dec 06, 2003 3:56 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: im in great need of a logo revamp please?

Replies: 35

Views: 6679

I think there’s something wrong with your .ai file Kevin it shuts down Corel when I try to import it.


Alan

Sat Dec 06, 2003 12:31 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: will frosted glass affect vinyl work on a rear car window?

Replies: 8

Views: 2289

As a mater of interest what would happen if the etched glass were applied as a solid piece over the whole window, then the graphics applied over the back of that. You could use white, black or whatever colour gave the desired effect. A simple experiment would soon show if the idea works or not. Alan

Fri Dec 05, 2003 8:54 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: whats best Vehicle outline or vehicle photo?

Replies: 31

Views: 7735

Men is suites



I like to give the customer the odd extra letter now and then. It makes up for those I miss out on other ocasions. :o :lol: :lol:


Alan

Fri Dec 05, 2003 8:11 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: whats best Vehicle outline or vehicle photo?

Replies: 31

Views: 7735

I’m a digital pix man. I have a handful of outlines that I’ve acquired over the years and they’re fine for laying out on but to see a customers face really light up I don’t think you can beat a picture of their own van. I know nothing about the big corporate clients but imagine them to be just men i...

Fri Dec 05, 2003 7:38 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Olde Name Register : Calligraphy work

Replies: 5

Views: 1241

Nice one John well done.

As Steve says that must have been a nerve-racking job :-?

I presume you’re not planning on making the next entry because if you are the 20?? Is going to be a bit tight. :wink:


Alan

Fri Dec 05, 2003 7:11 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Van Graphics: Centre Flowers

Replies: 15

Views: 2805

Van Graphics: Centre Flowers

I quoted for the previous van to this one in April 99 but unfortunately lost it to someone else. That time round there was little design work to do. It was just a matter of using the layout of fonts and graphic from existing stationery. :-? This time I have a freer hand on design and having seen pri...

Wed Nov 26, 2003 4:26 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Shop Fascia Sign : Jaspers

Replies: 15

Views: 2779

Steve Broughton wrote:Yus


Now you sound like Arthur Mullard never mind a yorkie, you’ll make up your mind soon :lol: :lol:


Thought the finish on that red looked a bit special.



Alan

Wed Nov 26, 2003 4:08 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Shop Fascia Sign : Jaspers

Replies: 15

Views: 2779

Very striking Steve. :cool:

Is this another of your MDF cut out jobbies!!


Alan

Mon Nov 24, 2003 9:20 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: where can i get drivers and software for a PNC1000?

Replies: 21

Views: 10044

The test file is obviously being sent to the plotter in order for the plotter to kick up an error, so the data must be either getting corrupted on route or the plotter settings are still incorrect. Set the parallel port to SPP not EPP. Some hardware/software may not support Extended Parallel Port. A...

Mon Nov 24, 2003 5:03 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: where can i get drivers and software for a PNC1000?

Replies: 21

Views: 10044

I’m not sure what file your downloading and trying to run but there is a file at the above location for the PNC1000, it is the following: http://www.rolanddga.com/support/files/CAMM1_LPT_port_test.exe Extract both files from the ‘CAMM1_LPT_port_test.exe’ file into a folder (or onto your desktop). Ru...

Thu Nov 20, 2003 7:51 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Birch Grove Cattery

Replies: 20

Views: 2486

Re: CATTERY

Steve

Great Looking Sign, but just one thing, I hope you haven't completed it yet, as accommodation has 2 'c's.


We all know you’re well qualified for this job from just looking at your work but this confirms it, ask Rob. :lol: :lol:


Alan

Thu Nov 20, 2003 7:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Birch Grove Cattery

Replies: 20

Views: 2486

Mmmm fully licensed cattery no wonder the old tom looks the worse for ware *drink*

That’s going to be a real fun job Steve.


Alan

Tue Nov 18, 2003 3:22 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: we call wall painters walldogs here...do you?

Replies: 36

Views: 13171

Jill / Mike The pub a little higher up the street is called ‘The Blue Pig’ third entry down this page http://www.nottspubs.co.uk/lincolnshire/pubs/granthampubs.htm which came first the swine or the pig I don’t know. Mike I guess a retro style sign would be possible on the rear of Perspex but plastic...

Tue Nov 18, 2003 2:43 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: can anyone help please with Adobe Type Manager & fonts?

Replies: 9

Views: 2498

Yes they will still be in the Fonts folder and Adobe Type Manager.
Check the setting in the fonts folder as above.

If that doesn’t work do a system restore to the latest backup prior to loosing the fonts.


Alan

Tue Nov 18, 2003 2:34 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: can anyone help please with Adobe Type Manager & fonts?

Replies: 9

Views: 2498

Lorraine

If for some reason [Show only True Type Fonts] as been turned on they will still show in ATM but will not be available in any windows program.

Alan

Tue Nov 18, 2003 1:07 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: can anyone help please with Adobe Type Manager & fonts?

Replies: 9

Views: 2498

Have a look here Lorraine,

[Start] [Settings] [Control Panel] [Fonts]

[Tools] [Folder Options] [True Type Fonts] make sure the [Show only True Type fonts] is NOT ticked.


Alan

Tue Nov 18, 2003 12:07 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: we call wall painters walldogs here...do you?

Replies: 36

Views: 13171

Those fading wall signs remind me of a local one that I can’t resist looking at when sat at the lights. I don’t know how old it is but it’s preservation must be due in part to being covered for some years by a more modern sign, if you look around the outer edge you can see the metal brackets that on...

Sat Nov 15, 2003 11:15 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Web question?

Replies: 5

Views: 807

rightsigns wrote:Great minds think alike Alan :lol:



Great minds probably do but what’s that got to do with you and I :-? :lol: :lol:


Alan

Sat Nov 15, 2003 11:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Web question?

Replies: 5

Views: 807

You will need an html page i.e. index.html something like; <html> <head> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=windows-1252"> <title>index</title> </head> <body> <p align="center"> src="images/newsite.gif” </p> </body> </html> I think, Alan

Sat Nov 15, 2003 10:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign Update

Replies: 4

Views: 709

I’ve no problem Paul.

http://www.sign-update.com/home.html


Alan

Sat Nov 15, 2003 12:40 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Van Graphics : Klear View

Replies: 3

Views: 936

Van Graphics : Klear View

This is “based” on the customer’s own design with the graphic digitised from a rather poor photograph, what do you think!!

Alan

Thu Nov 13, 2003 11:51 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: WRECKLESS DRIVING!

Replies: 4

Views: 734

That’s nothing Rob I’ve seen lorries with 8 or more cars on but I don’t take pictures of them. :roll: :lol:

I notice there are no people on the bus; they’re probably all riding around in nice comfortable cars. :wink:

Alan

Thu Nov 13, 2003 6:29 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Van Graphics : Hughes Decorators

Replies: 12

Views: 2388

Well done Steve Good constructive criticism with helpful suggestions for improvement. :wink: Jill & Steve I have a feeling that trying not to copy Mike’s example too closely, because of certain criticisms, may have hampered your layout. :-? And that Mike Stevens book ‘Mastering Layout’ that Stev...

Wed Nov 12, 2003 8:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sad!

Replies: 5

Views: 854

That’s clever Rob you are able to post and you’re not even logged on. :lol: :lol:

Alan

Wed Nov 12, 2003 8:06 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sad!

Replies: 5

Views: 854

I seem to be getting more error pages than a little on this site recently, and it would appear that PC-SPOT and myself are the only ones logged on at the moment which is not true obviously.

Alan

Wed Nov 12, 2003 3:30 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: jill welsh

Replies: 8

Views: 5525

Jill I know OAFS when I see one and your examples are anything but. :wink:

Alan

Wed Nov 12, 2003 2:27 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Competition Winners. Find out who won???

Replies: 31

Views: 7179

Well done Leeroy and Jenny that is one very smart piece of work. :cool: How did you manage to keep that poker face all these weeks! I would never have guessed it was you? :lol: Congrats to the runners up nice work too. When’s the next!! :wink: Alan School report: Alan must try harder

Tue Nov 11, 2003 12:28 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Charging for travel?

Replies: 10

Views: 1830

Hi Gray, I wouldn’t want to travel 3 hours to actually do a job let alone to price one whether I was being paid or not. :wink: 6 hours travelling would be the equivalent of a round trip from Grantham to Bristol. I’d rather spend the day with my feet up supping tea. I certainly have no ambition to be...

Mon Nov 10, 2003 5:03 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Is there a material i can use for stencils not paintmask?

Replies: 14

Views: 3646

Hi Lorraine, I have cut them by hand from 1mm Foamex laminated with vinyl with the lettering cut out first on the plotter, gives you the perfect guide for cutting to. No easy though but possible. Or perhaps someone with a router could cut the stencil out of 3mm Foamex. The “proper” ones I believe ar...

Sun Nov 09, 2003 6:21 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Just call me Alan 24-7 ~#'$&%

Replies: 8

Views: 1087

Just call me Alan 24-7 ~#'$&%

Sunday 1:20pm. Rallying on the TV and the doorbell goes. :evil: “Could you give me a price for lettering a transit van? Only want name, address and tel: Nos. on the sides, back and front” I look him up and down thinking ‘it’s Sunday afternoon and I’m missing the rallying for this $*%@£$%’ I snatch a...

Sun Nov 09, 2003 5:20 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: 3D Resin Cast Letters : Applied to vehicle

Replies: 10

Views: 1981

Well that’s a new one Sammy :cool:

Any chance of a soundtrack of the wind noise when the vans doing 60 :-? :lol: :lol:

Alan

Sun Nov 09, 2003 4:47 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: what paint can i airbrush onto vinyl?

Replies: 11

Views: 5998

Great stuff Mike

The lettering looks real hot (hot) and that’s a very delicate fade out on the blue, your inks obviously work very well.


Alan

Sat Nov 08, 2003 10:42 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: shunters cafe bar

Replies: 23

Views: 8991

Sorry to be picky mate but where's the red rule line before & after the 'Cafe Bar' text on the sign with the wider left & right borders? :-? Bugger I mist that :x On the other hand, bearing in mind how Steve B handles his no paying customers, do you think it wise mentioning it (?) I recon h...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 8:38 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: can anyone help with my 6 year old roland pnc-1200 please?

Replies: 9

Views: 2664

Steve Broughton wrote:Somebody posted a link to an online manual place for Roland manuals, I think it was Alan Everleigh ? Al you reading this ?


Sorry Steve not paying attention again, story of my life :oops: :lol: :lol:

Here you go http://www.allgraphicsupplies.com/manuals.shtml


Alan

Sat Nov 08, 2003 12:56 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Mactac RGB values

Replies: 13

Views: 3044

Hi Barna This is a Mac 9800 palette for Corel. http://www.aesigns.co.uk/other/MacTac%209800.cpl As Rodney says, you can’t trust the colours on screen or in print, but the names and numbers are OK. Alan ps. you do know that you can get the palettes for Oracal vinyls if they are any good? http://www.o...

Fri Nov 07, 2003 6:24 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: shunters cafe bar

Replies: 23

Views: 8991

Hi Steve,
Looking good.

I see you had your younger brother there to lend a hand :lol:

Why the wider left and right cream border on the external sign!!
I can’t make up my mind if I prefer it to the other or not?


Alan

Fri Nov 07, 2003 4:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A Boards

Replies: 5

Views: 1163

Sorry Darryl but I don’t know of a plastic ‘A’ board.
If I have a customer that wants a plastic pavement sign I steer them towards a ‘Eurasign’ with the swing panel.

Alan

Thu Nov 06, 2003 7:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Speeding

Replies: 18

Views: 2921

Simply a cash cow. If fining people for speeding is such a great idea why isn’t it working, the number of fines just keeps going up. If they where so concerned about speeding they would just give you a load of points for breaking a speed limit with a simple warning that next time you’re band. It wou...

Wed Nov 05, 2003 2:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: (funny) cartoon 2

Replies: 6

Views: 1450

Hi Rod,

How childish can this group get :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol:

I’ve animated it so I won’t have to spend the rest of the afternoon imagining grown men with their heads twisted upside-down at their computer screens :lol:

Alan

Tue Nov 04, 2003 7:37 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: (funny) cartoon 2

Replies: 6

Views: 1450

Like it Jonathan, especially the gathering crowd. :D

Reminds me of the one we used to draw as kids that looked like a lady stood in the bath bent over looking for the soap :oops: But turned upside down and it was simply a hanging light bulb and shade.


Alan

Tue Nov 04, 2003 7:08 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: where can i get drivers and software for a PNC1000?

Replies: 21

Views: 10044

Hi Carl Mike seems to have covered the plotter settings and got you to the XY point that means the plotter is ready to cut. If you now try running the LPT1 test from the link I gave above you’ll be able to test the connection between PC and plotter. You simple extract the two files (Test.bat & T...

Tue Nov 04, 2003 12:26 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: what paint can i airbrush onto vinyl?

Replies: 11

Views: 5998

Alan pretty sure you can't get Deka anymore, I may well have one of the only remaining supplies left in the country then :( and it’s well run down now. To make it easy to get small amounts from the Frog Juice or the 1Shot can, pierce a small hole in the edge of the lid and use a large self-tapping ...

Tue Nov 04, 2003 1:00 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: What'll happen next?

Replies: 2

Views: 1308

I agree Phill, ink is the way to go but as manufacturers change over from thermal transfer to ink they may well keep the prices up on ribbons in the hope people will reinvest in new machines. A point I would make is that this printing thing is being over used at the moment. I’ve lost count of the ti...

Tue Nov 04, 2003 12:18 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: what paint can i airbrush onto vinyl?

Replies: 11

Views: 5998

Hi Gordon, A few paints you can use are: Createx Autoair. Coloured Frog Juice. Deka Signair (if you can still get it??) For a while now I’ve been using Halford’s own brand touch-up paints, mainly because I can pop down the town and pick some up anytime they’re open. Paint and seal before you weed. H...

Sat Nov 01, 2003 7:22 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: where can i get drivers and software for a PNC1000?

Replies: 21

Views: 10044

Now when I turn it on it just sits there in 'set configuration' mode. Do you mean by this that it will not scroll through the menus when you press the [MENU] button!! If this is the case you may simply have a bad connection between the operation panel and the main board. (or something seriously wro...

Fri Oct 31, 2003 7:32 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: where can i get drivers and software for a PNC1000?

Replies: 21

Views: 10044

Hi Carl, The first thing you have to do is prove that this thing works? You don’t have to have it connected to a computer for this it is capable of doing a self-test all on it’s own. These are the instructions for performing the self-test, it’s from a pnc 1100 manual but should be similar. . http://...

Thu Oct 30, 2003 7:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: (funny) Order, Balance & Effect ?????

Replies: 18

Views: 2266

I glanced at this picture again Steve and disregarding the truly amazing artwork; I noticed that the vehicle has only one break light, the offside light cluster has the indicator section missing altogether and a small furry animal appears to be hitching a ride. :o I know a blind eye seems to be turn...

Tue Oct 28, 2003 6:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Whose Artwork is it?

Replies: 22

Views: 3485

Re: Whose Artwork is it?

So I offered to re-dig all the logo's, at a cost of course and he excepted. I suppose Andie is right on this one and according to the above quote the customer would feel justified in expecting the vector images that he has paid for. In a circumstance like this perhaps we should make it clear that t...

Tue Oct 28, 2003 5:49 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: URGENT 4hrs

Replies: 22

Views: 2627

By the way Mike, what’s with your web site!

I get as far as /whatweirdo5.htm sorry :oops: /whatwedo5.htm but only get the one link to /newvan1.htm. Is this a problem or by design!


Alan

Fri Oct 24, 2003 12:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: (funny) Order, Balance & Effect ?????

Replies: 18

Views: 2266

I see that it has the ubiquitous red shade so it’s obviously a class job :lol: :lol:


Alan

Ps. I didn’t twig the tel: code for a start, you naughty boy :roll: you’ll be getting in trouble, he can be very vindictive when roused. (hot)

Thu Oct 23, 2003 10:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Exhibition Display

Replies: 12

Views: 1820

Hi Lorraine, When they say “exhibition display could they be referring to the material type that stretches over a folding lattice frame where all the display material fastens on with Velcro!! 7ft x 16ft sounds like a bespoke job to me, and John may well be right about the budget. Do a web search for...

Thu Oct 23, 2003 8:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Design vacuum

Replies: 4

Views: 1080

Here you go this is my take on it.

Image


Alan

Wed Oct 22, 2003 8:22 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: colour comparisons for Metamark to Avery Vinyl REF.

Replies: 3

Views: 1750

Hi Tim, This is getting complicated; we have the usual double standards with names and numbers. The first thing I have to say is that I’ve made a mistake with the ‘YELLOW - buttercup M4-235’. I mistakenly read this as (230) and that’s with new specs :o sorry. On Metamark's web site they list a Butte...

Wed Oct 22, 2003 4:35 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: colour comparisons for Metamark to Avery Vinyl REF.

Replies: 3

Views: 1750

I only have an old M5 swatch but if it helps: M5 -181 Pink = 816PF Pink = MAC 9859-08 YELLOW - buttercup M5 -130 = 807PF Primrose Yellow = MAC 9809-06 RED - crimson M4- 247 ??????? BLUE - ocean M5 -252 = 809PF Ocean Blue = no good MACtac match. MID GREEN M5 -263 = 834PF Kelly Green = MAC 9849-10 Alan

Fri Oct 17, 2003 10:40 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Pop-art style raster graphics from vinyl

Replies: 39

Views: 9285

Neil It’s the line spacing that’s causing the distortion. I found that by reducing it to 79% in Corel worked for me. And use the 45 degree angle with the photo as Barna does, it makes all the difference. Martin The dots are supposed to overlap that gives you the darkest part of the image; they would...

Thu Oct 16, 2003 7:19 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vicky Vectorwise

Replies: 5

Views: 1092

I still haven’t figured why Girlie’s right hand is a left. :o


Alan

Thu Oct 16, 2003 5:41 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Pop-art style raster graphics from vinyl

Replies: 39

Views: 9285

So that’s how you do it Hastings :lol: :lol:


Great stuff Barna,

I can see the original photograph is crucial to the end result; the one I used was a bit iffy but I can see it working very well with a little practice and the right picture.

Thanks,

Alan

Mon Oct 13, 2003 11:09 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Van Graphics : J Carr & Son

Replies: 10

Views: 2154

Nice one Steve


Alan

Wed Oct 08, 2003 12:34 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: pick & mix

Replies: 5

Views: 1909

I reckon some poor schmuck’s still looking for those humbugs. Workmates can be very cruel. :lol: :lol:


Alan

Fri Oct 03, 2003 7:21 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Moving to XP

Replies: 19

Views: 4927

Some software problems can be overcome by using the ‘Compatibility mode’ in XP.
By using this feature you can run older software as if it were running under 95, 98, NT4 or 2k.


Alan

Fri Oct 03, 2003 11:50 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: All alone

Replies: 7

Views: 1436

All alone

This was 11:40am 3/10/03 where is everyone :cry: :cry:

Image


Alan

Tue Sep 30, 2003 11:01 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Tell me a secret!

Replies: 8

Views: 2470

You could always use the old timber laths, or make them up from foamex strips.


Image


Alan

Wed Sep 24, 2003 3:22 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Thinking of registering here on the UK sign boards?

Replies: 5

Views: 1160

I’ll second Graham on that Rob.

Name address and proper image, I do like to see the colour of their eyes before I shoot (:) :lol: :lol: mainly because I’m a poor shot :wink:




Alan

Sat Sep 20, 2003 9:55 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Formula ford vehicle outline, what software?

Replies: 5

Views: 1794

Hi Paulie

Always remember when taking pictures for layout purposes to step back from the object and use a reasonable amount of optical zoom. This cuts down on the distortion caused when the lens is at a wide angle.

Alan

Thu Sep 18, 2003 11:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: cab lining

Replies: 2

Views: 971

Hi Steve

Mike’s demo on vinyl pinstriping may be what you’re looking for (?)

http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=1751

Alan

Wed Sep 17, 2003 10:51 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Viewing EPS Files?

Replies: 18

Views: 5009

Martin I used Signscript at one time for sending files to the plotter. When exporting to Signscript I used just 3 or 4 eps files e.g. ‘to-scrip1.eps’ etc. but never used these eps files to archive the drawings. I found storing the file as .cdr the most convenient and only export as and when required...

Thu Sep 11, 2003 12:27 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: will a long length of cable effect my plotter?

Replies: 8

Views: 2693

Hi Martin I’m running my Roland on a cheap 3mtr parallel (printer) cable with no problems at all. Maplins do a 5mtr one for £8 http://www.maplin.co.uk/products/module.asp?CartID=030910235333282&moduleno=13371&Products=2 Or you may be able to pick one up at a local computer store it’s just a ...

Tue Sep 09, 2003 3:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to install Foamex

Replies: 16

Views: 3285

Gray I believe Rob’s referring to the locators he used in his demo http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=1855 They come in two parts and pop together like a press-stud, the part not shown in the demo is the piece that fits to the wall or whatever. It’s like a small section of tube closed at on...

Tue Sep 09, 2003 9:19 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Moulded lettering & Sparkley things!

Replies: 7

Views: 1361

Hi Stephan

I wonder if using clear or even mirrored acrylic would achieve the desired effect.
Have you considered the use of colour!!


Image



Alan

Mon Sep 08, 2003 11:50 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: (bad) Tradional painted masterpiece?

Replies: 6

Views: 1238

It’s great to see the old craft hasn’t died out altogether. :o He’s probably doing a roaring trade picking up all those customers who believe that if he’s not spending money on “expensive” signs his repairs will be cheap. And they’re no doubt right, cheap and very shoddy like his sign. Alan

Sun Sep 07, 2003 10:41 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone advise me with a couple of corel draw problems?

Replies: 5

Views: 2084

As Simon says with importing another image, but unless your going to plant it on top of your original you may want to make room for it. Go to [Image] [Paper size] and add an area of paper where you intend placing the new image. The image you import will be a new object that you can manoeuvre on the ...

Sun Sep 07, 2003 12:51 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: working hours

Replies: 6

Views: 1156

Hi Steve and Jill, Been there, done that, but realised rather too late that I would never become rich working myself to death, so now I don’t bother. :wink: I probably only work one third of the hours I used to do but still make three-quarters of the money. I’m now content to lead a quiet life livin...

Fri Sep 05, 2003 1:56 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Truck Graphics/Airbrush : Jay Page

Replies: 3

Views: 1105

Truck Graphics/Airbrush : Jay Page

This is another one for the heavy gang. These guys don’t necessarily have the best trucks on the road but they are willing to payout and have them lettered. And you have to admit it does take your eye away from the rust spots. :-? :lol: This one uses chisel lettering for the name, with a blow from t...

Wed Sep 03, 2003 1:20 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: what is your favourite browser?

Replies: 7

Views: 2557

(micro$oft - the other disease) Gray Slowly but surely people are beginning to see the light. I have a duel boot to Mandrake Linux and run OpenOffice on both Linux and M$. All I need is the rest of the software to go with it. The problem as we all know is that Gates has the whole world and it’s dog...

Tue Sep 02, 2003 11:18 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: what is your favourite browser?

Replies: 7

Views: 2557

If you prefer IE but like the tab browsing that Mozzila uses, you may want to try SlimBrowser. It uses IE but adds tabs, a popup killer, various sorts of filtering and more.

http://www.flashpeak.com/


Alan

Wed Aug 27, 2003 12:33 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Importing files

Replies: 9

Views: 2780

There are two basic types of graphics that are use on computers. First is Bitmap. All bitmaps are made up of dots and are used by printers that print by applying thousands of dots of ink to form the image. Second is Vector. Vector images are line drawings and are used by plotters that draw or cut a ...

Thu Aug 21, 2003 9:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Scaffolding Safety

Replies: 17

Views: 3395

Health and Safety :roll: we soon won't be able to climb our own stairs without a safety harness (:) I guess most people here have seen this picture before. But can you imagine the heart rate of a health and safety inspector walking round a corner and seeing something like this nowadays; he’d probabl...

Wed Aug 20, 2003 11:14 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Just Typical!

Replies: 1

Views: 948

The fear and dread that comes with age causes more bubbles that a little.
Young people don’t suffer with these this problems, they are bold and confident, the ideal temperament for applying vinyl.

Set her on :lol: :lol:



Alan

Wed Aug 20, 2003 10:36 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: jetster image trouble

Replies: 13

Views: 3358

sorry

Wed Aug 20, 2003 10:36 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: jetster image trouble

Replies: 13

Views: 3358

sorry

Wed Aug 20, 2003 10:35 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: jetster image trouble

Replies: 13

Views: 3358

Sorry folks NTL’s right up the creek tonight. :evil:

Wed Aug 20, 2003 10:34 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: jetster image trouble

Replies: 13

Views: 3358

I read somewhere that the rule of thumb is 75dpi at the actual print size. So if you have an original say 6 inches wide and you intend to print it out at 24 inches, the original file will need to be at 300dpi. 300 divided by 4 = 75 Or put another way; multiplied the 6 by 300dpi = 1800dots. Spread th...

Wed Aug 20, 2003 7:40 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: looking for ideas please for traditional pub sign?

Replies: 6

Views: 2424

Yes Steve I too go with Steve :o on the first one but I wouldn’t extend ‘ANGEL INN’ so much, it makes it look as if the ‘The’ is trying to push it off the bottom of the sign. And if you don’t go for upper and lower case on the bottom one try putting all the wording on just two lines, that’ll give th...

Wed Aug 20, 2003 12:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Mike I need your help

Replies: 5

Views: 1010

Wed Aug 20, 2003 11:05 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Mike I need your help

Replies: 5

Views: 1010

get owta here!!!



I'm gone :wink:

Wed Aug 20, 2003 10:39 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Mike I need your help

Replies: 5

Views: 1010

Mike I need your help

Hi Mike

I wonder if you can help me with this logo design, it’s for a haulage company belonging to Sam Green :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: (hot)


Alan

Wed Aug 20, 2003 10:03 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Manky Magnetics!

Replies: 11

Views: 1785

The instruction sheet I used to hand out with mags suggested cleaning the vehicle panel and the back of the magnetic, then polishing both with car polish to form a barrier between the two. This worked fine until one customer came back with his magnetics curling up around the edges. It took me some t...

Mon Aug 18, 2003 10:51 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: some people....

Replies: 9

Views: 1648

bloody price shoppers I had an e-mail request this afternoon for a price, it was also blatantly Cc:’d to 2 other local companies. Does he actually think he’ll get it cheaper if he makes it clear that others are quoting too? I bunged off a sensible price, I just hope the others do the same so that w...

Sun Aug 17, 2003 7:38 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Deep meaningful thoughts.................

Replies: 30

Views: 4926

I wouldn’t worry too much about our origins, making it through to tomorrow morning is far more important followed by what’s for lunch (?) :wink:




Alan

Sat Aug 16, 2003 11:21 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Tiger print with pc600??

Replies: 3

Views: 1842

You’re not cracking up Richard I saw your original post. I think it’s that phantom editor again :lol: come on Rob own up (:)



Alan

Fri Aug 15, 2003 10:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Rewarding your staff members.

Replies: 8

Views: 1370

I keep telling myself to treat me better, but will I listen, will I heck as like. So as far as I’m concerned I’m only going to give 70% and if I don’t like it; well that’s just the point I do like it though 60% would be better. :lol: :lol: Despite my one man band lazy banter you make a good point Pi...

Fri Aug 15, 2003 10:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: "...LET'S ROCK!!!..."

Replies: 62

Views: 10185

I like a bit of peace and quiet.

No, that’s not the name of a band it’s what you get when the music stops, bliss. :)




Alan

Fri Aug 15, 2003 9:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: electricians

Replies: 16

Views: 2139

Richard

Of cause you can use it but no in Old English all caps. :x :lol: :lol:





Alan

Fri Aug 15, 2003 1:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: electricians

Replies: 16

Views: 2139

'The brighter Sparks'

or

'Don’t get a shock get the real live wirers'




Alan

Thu Aug 14, 2003 11:29 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Help wanted.

Replies: 7

Views: 1909

I have a customer that can’t spell. (like a lot of us) :roll:

When having the pee taken out of him by some of his chaps for his inability, he explained to them that it was true he couldn’t spell but he sure knew how to sign a p45. (:)




Alan

Wed Aug 13, 2003 9:40 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Many Happy returns to Rob Lambie for tomorrow...

Replies: 28

Views: 4385

Would you lot stop going on about age :x

Some of us poor old buggers prefer not to think about it. :(



Alan :lol: :lol:

Fri Aug 08, 2003 5:53 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Illuminated S.Steel Letters: Boardwalk

Replies: 4

Views: 1002

Take no notice Gray. I do plenty of jobs for 5 figure sums; it’s just that mine have a decimal point two places from the right. :lol: :lol: Nice work Andy. I think it goes to show the vast differences in people and companies we have here on this site. Some are making their living on all small jobs (...

Fri Aug 08, 2003 5:14 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dibond builders board

Replies: 16

Views: 3541

I would have said anything less than your £184.37 and you’re giving it to them. Panel 89.91 Loge 13.50 Total without any profit 103.41 That only leaves you with about £81 to cut the logo and lettering and apply. You have to order the panel and logo vector (which in my book is cheap but don’t tell Ro...

Tue Aug 05, 2003 6:37 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: keep it clean

Replies: 11

Views: 2515

I’d have wanted more than £190 for the lettering (including that on the prints) alone without the prints. And I work from a garage and back bedroom office.



Alan

Tue Aug 05, 2003 6:24 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: colour blends

Replies: 3

Views: 1165

Hi Lorraine

Try FrogJuice from Victory Design. Comes in rattle cans in a good range of colours with crazy names.

http://www.victory-design.co.uk/catalogue_index.htm


Alan

Sun Aug 03, 2003 11:46 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: labourland ltd

Replies: 9

Views: 2986

Hi Steve

This is the one you mentioned the other day I presume!

I must talk someone into a chrome job and really wind you up :lol: :lol:

I’m intrigued, what’s the graphic behind the rear wheel!


Alan

Sat Aug 02, 2003 8:49 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Our best tips!

Replies: 2

Views: 809

If you use a hinge method for application like me, old speaker magnets are great for holding graphics on a van whilst you line them up.




Alan

Sat Aug 02, 2003 11:50 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: can anyone help with this van layout please?

Replies: 27

Views: 6335

Gav, You’ve had loads of good advice on this one and I’m sure you’ll put it to good use in the future. And something else that will be of use will be this van, because the punters will love it despite its indiscretion. Let us all know when someone rings and says, “are you the chap who did that Well ...

Thu Jul 31, 2003 11:06 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: can anyone help with this van layout please?

Replies: 27

Views: 6335

Great job Gav.

And you’ve retained your original design, just given it some coffee and sobered it up.
I bet the client's well pleased.




Alan

Wed Jul 30, 2003 5:04 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Can anyone recommend a supplier of Moulded lettering?

Replies: 9

Views: 4389

I’ve used www.neocrylic.com a couple of times. Service was OK.

This is one of theirs:
Image


Alan

Tue Jul 29, 2003 4:36 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: What's the most effective antivirus on the market?

Replies: 14

Views: 4710

FREE the swear word that should never be uttered. :roll: Perhaps a lot of us make a darn site less, and therefore have less to squander, than some imagine. There is also this myth that everything in life should be paid for to be of any value. Would we say the same of all the help and information fr...

Tue Jul 29, 2003 2:41 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: What's the most effective antivirus on the market?

Replies: 14

Views: 4710

Another AVG here plus ZoneAlarm, never forget your firewall.


Alan

Mon Jul 28, 2003 9:49 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: FREE.. Full length Girl, from Vectorwise.

Replies: 18

Views: 3985

My gob is well and truly smacked.

I’ve seen loads of stuff people claim they have digitised that I wouldn’t degrade my plotter by asking it to cut, but this work is better than even I can do. :wink: :lol: :lol:

Well done Andrew, you’re the man. :cool:

Sat Jul 26, 2003 4:23 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Home again - naturally!

Replies: 8

Views: 1671

Welcome back onboard Gray, now settle down and stop wandering about, it’s been too quiet without the master Jedi :wink:


Alan

Fri Jul 25, 2003 12:56 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: FREE.. Full length Girl, from Vectorwise.

Replies: 18

Views: 3985

The vector really looks the business. Very professional Rob.

Wed Jul 23, 2003 12:04 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: can anyone help with this van layout please?

Replies: 27

Views: 6335

Hi Gav,

I think the double meaning of ‘Well Plastered’ should be left in the mind of the observer. Do the van straight (that includes the lettering) people will see the pun without overdoing it?

Alan

Tue Jul 22, 2003 12:43 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: what material can i use for a corner arrangement?

Replies: 7

Views: 2777

Good point John, I hate the wind.

Perhaps belt and bracers wouldn’t come a miss.

Alan

Tue Jul 22, 2003 10:28 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: what material can i use for a corner arrangement?

Replies: 7

Views: 2777

Rob

Could you clarify one thing? What method do you use to fasten the channel to the back of the Dibond/Alucolur, VHB tape, rivets !!!


Alan

Sun Jul 20, 2003 7:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Notice to all! Please read.

Replies: 12

Views: 2373

Rob, I know this would mean more work for someone but would it be possible to have a ‘FAQ in posts’. (FAQIP) no, I assure you it’s not swearing. :o This could be a list of the most common and useful questions, linked to a list of the most useful posts on that topic. It would be like asking the quest...

Sun Jul 20, 2003 5:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Notice to all! Please read.

Replies: 12

Views: 2373

Hi Rob, I think it could be well worth thinking about BUT with so many wrong posts in the forums at present you could be making a rod for your own back. If you add a forum say ‘vinyl’ and others, it could create a lot of borderline topics for instance; a question concerning vinyl and a backlit sign,...

Thu Jul 17, 2003 10:38 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: !!MONEY BACK ALREADY!!

Replies: 3

Views: 1030

I paid my money and joined and I'm at presently waiting for an account to be set up but its good to know what you can save !!!!


Alan :lol: :lol: :lol:

Tue Jul 08, 2003 5:09 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Illuminated Blind: rothmans

Replies: 4

Views: 1143

Hi Simon

Are you sure that tobacco advertising is allowed on this site (?) :lol: :lol:

Fri Jul 04, 2003 12:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What's it called?

Replies: 7

Views: 1937

Hi Martin,

I use 1mm Foamex for that type of thing.

Alan

Thu Jul 03, 2003 4:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Flame polishing...

Replies: 13

Views: 4111

cost - £9,000 - £10,000 per unit


Flaming hell (hot)

Thu Jul 03, 2003 4:08 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Airbrushed signage: vdo dayton

Replies: 6

Views: 1358

Nice one Steve. Don’t you just love the difference a bit of airbrushing makes? One thing though; are you sure your clock’s working alright (?) I look at some of the work you’ve produced in minutes and there I am calculating, three-quarter of an hour for this + half hour for that +………+…….. I know I d...

Mon Jun 30, 2003 11:41 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Customer Obedience Classes

Replies: 5

Views: 1754

Perhaps you’d consider giving some training days Phill. We could bring along one or two awkward customers and you could instruct us on the best way to bring them to heel. You could even give out rosettes and certificates. Who knows with your help we could have them jumping through hoops. :lol: :lol:

Thu Jun 26, 2003 10:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you do artworks before OR after taking deposits?

Replies: 31

Views: 6052

Wouldn’t it be nice if an optician would test your eyes and give you a proscription with no charge so you could pop down the street into Specsavers and just pay for the specs?

Tue Jun 24, 2003 4:23 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: alvenor aquatics

Replies: 10

Views: 1929

I think you made an absolutely fantastic job Sparky.

The use of those curves in the text destroys any chance of the body lines coming into play. (Isn’t that cheating)? :wink:

Fri Jun 20, 2003 10:48 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: forth tyres

Replies: 8

Views: 2012

I was thinking more about the treatment of the plastic trim prior to application. As you know a lot of moulded plastics have a very poor surface for vinyl to adhere to and no amount of cleaning seems to improve it. Often the only answer is to hit it momentarily with a naked flame i.e. blowlamp, (Not...

Fri Jun 20, 2003 9:58 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: forth tyres

Replies: 8

Views: 2012

Nice looking job Martin and on a Merc at that, sure beats a rusty old tranny. I think it’s well worth a viewing.

I’m going to mention the plastic trim too; what’s your method for getting it to stick tight to the plastic! Do you flame it!

Alan

Thu Jun 19, 2003 9:56 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vectorising Service

Replies: 2

Views: 1500

I see that vectorwise is logged on to the site at this moment, perhaps the service is imminent? :wink:

Mon Jun 16, 2003 11:58 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: can anyone help with layout for van please?

Replies: 12

Views: 3157

OK fair enough, but would it be possible to loose the centre green line because I think it spoils the illusion of the lettering being on a separate white panel above the grey.

The three stripes just look like three stripes, where as two look like a boarder to a panel.

Mon Jun 16, 2003 9:40 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: direct it computer services

Replies: 5

Views: 1408

I hope the damage to the rear wing is not your doing Eddie :wink: :lol: :lol:

Mon Jun 16, 2003 9:28 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: can anyone help with layout for van please?

Replies: 12

Views: 3157

Could I suggest running the grey stripe right through just leaving a 5mm or so gap around the lettering?
It looks a bit lost stopping at the outside green lines.
Not a lot of help I’m afraid Mike but I made the effort. :-?

Mon Jun 16, 2003 9:39 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: This must be worthy of a plug!

Replies: 12

Views: 2970

I only cut a small amount of Correx but this is my tool for cutting along the flutes.


Stanley knife with a fold of copper wire from a piece of electric cable with a dab of solder at each end, it works.

Fri Jun 13, 2003 5:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Rob this is bugging me.....

Replies: 7

Views: 1458

Steve you can call it a day now you know, it's nearly six not five. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Wed Jun 11, 2003 3:39 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: brendon crawford

Replies: 3

Views: 931

That’s a bit of hard luck Gray, you wouldn’t have expected that from cast. Do you think your second heating was sufficiently high!

Tue Jun 10, 2003 2:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Home Shop or Factory

Replies: 31

Views: 7417

You just concentrate on the job Broughton and keep your mind of the girls it’ll send you bald. :o

Mon Jun 09, 2003 8:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New to da biz

Replies: 4

Views: 1077

Hi Chris, pull up a chair.

New to da biz


You may be new but you’re obviously fully qualified with spelling like dat. :lol:

Mon Jun 09, 2003 6:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Home Shop or Factory

Replies: 31

Views: 7417

Sorry Gray. I did look at your site but it was some time ago and I’d completely forgot those personal pictures. Not that it makes any difference; you’re still a jammy old git. :wink: :lol: Having said that I’ve a back bedroom office and a garage as a studio (never call it workshop) sounds too much l...

Mon Jun 09, 2003 5:48 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Home Shop or Factory

Replies: 31

Views: 7417

Hi Gray,

seperate workshop on a 25 acre property overlooking the river, forest and ocean (just to make you jealous).


Well don’t sit there bragging about it, take a couple of pix and show us what we’re missing. :cry:

Alan

Mon Jun 09, 2003 5:22 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Concrete/Stone fascias...advice needed.

Replies: 8

Views: 2873

I have come across these composite type stone fascias but I think it would be a specialists job. Think of all that weight and unsuspecting passers by.

This may be far too cheap for solicitors :roll: but what about using something like Formica. Plenty of stone effects I would think.

Alan

Fri Jun 06, 2003 2:16 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: shop signage: dental surgery

Replies: 6

Views: 2306

You say nothing special Gray but it’s a good looking sign, the sort that keeps putting the food on the table. Now Robert’s going to come on and say, “I’d have liked the kerning opened up a bit” :lol: :lol: :lol: But I think you've got it spot on as it is because the light colour of the chisel font h...

Fri Jun 06, 2003 10:30 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: capitol paving

Replies: 7

Views: 1546

I’ll see if I can put something together for a step by step this next week.

Mon Jun 02, 2003 10:47 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Charging for design changes

Replies: 7

Views: 1861

My heart bleeds for you Gray. :(

Thank goodness we have somewhere like this to get it off our chests. :lol: :lol:

Sat May 31, 2003 4:54 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: capitol paving

Replies: 7

Views: 1546

I doubt if I’m going to be a much use to you on the paint Graham because I use Halfords car touch-up paint. This is there own brand and comes in silver/grey rattle cans. I’ve tried other brands but this is the one I trust. It passes my simple test i.e. spray paint straight from can onto a piece of v...

Sat May 31, 2003 12:55 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: capitol paving

Replies: 7

Views: 1546

vehicle graphics: capitol paving

Just the application this morning. The chap was vectorised from a crap piece of clipart supplied and the mini digger from a photograph off the web. A little bit of airbrushing on the lettering, mainly because I can and others can’t/don’t, and the customer goes away with a smile from ear to ear. The ...

Thu May 29, 2003 3:26 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: fabricated lettering: amazing glaze

Replies: 12

Views: 3238

Crazy man, but I like it. (hot)

We’re so used to seeing precisely cut lettering all the way up the high street, that will really catch peoples eye.

Tue May 27, 2003 11:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Largest UK Sign Comumunity

Replies: 4

Views: 1440

Mike I was mealy http://www.uksignboards.com/images/flags/wales.gif commenting on http://www.uksignboards.com/images/flags/wales.gif the number http://www.uksignboards.com/images/flags/wales.gif of fine Welsh http://www.uksignboards.com/images/flags/wales.gif sign people http://www.uksignboards.com/...

Tue May 27, 2003 10:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Largest UK Sign Comumunity

Replies: 4

Views: 1440

Largest UK Sign Comumunity

Hi Robert I believe the reason for this is that you’ve managed to make and keep the board very British. Unlike other boards, this one as not been hijacked by other countries. There is a good selection of expats and other overseas members on the board and they make an enormous contribution, but the o...

Fri May 23, 2003 9:24 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: shop signage: parklands

Replies: 13

Views: 4096

Hi Gray Just a thought but you could try using one of the blades for cutting kitchen work surfaces. The ones that have the teeth face the other direction so the cut is on the down stroke of the jigsaw, this may help alleviate any problem of the edge of vinyl being lifted by the blade. You should of ...

Wed May 21, 2003 11:23 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: the shoe box

Replies: 7

Views: 4071

Nice sign Paul.

Some interesting gold info:

http://www.wrightsoflymm.co.uk/pictures.htm

Sun May 18, 2003 11:55 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: pinstriping: carraige

Replies: 8

Views: 4293

They sound about right Martin, though I didn’t know they used to grain coffins. While on the subject of coffins. An old chap I worked for at one time had this little contract, not graining coffins, but signwriting the plates attached to them with the deceased’s name etc., brass for underground and t...

Sun May 18, 2003 6:35 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: pinstriping: carraige

Replies: 8

Views: 4293

Martin, How did you get into doing this kind of work Alan? Painting first then vinyl or the other way round? Painting definitely first. There was no vinyl in 63 when I started working for my father as a decorator and signwriter. (During the sixties it was still considered the norm, in this neck of t...

Sat May 17, 2003 8:20 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrapping: retrovision

Replies: 10

Views: 4022

Hi Scott, Do you have a naturally high forehead or is that the result of rapping this van. :wink: It would be very easy for someone to say it’s just a case of sticking vinyl all over it. But as all of us here know, it’s not quite as simple as that. We’ve all had, and still get on occasion, bubbles a...

Sat May 17, 2003 7:24 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: pinstriping: carraige

Replies: 8

Views: 4293

pinstriping: carraige

This is one of my more unusual jobs. I get called on once or perhaps twice a month to coach line carriages like this and other models. The lining, although not easy to see in the picture, is on the spokes, rims, hubs, springs, chassis and turntable. All the lining is done in the traditional manner, ...

Tue May 13, 2003 9:26 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: can anyone help with this window design please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1564

Hi Gray,

I’m afraid those Angeles are about a rare as blue moons.

One little thing on the design, I think I’d like to see ‘Camping Gear’ in all
caps; the legs of the ‘p’ & ‘g’ seem to be trying to escape the bottom of
the sign.

Alan

Mon May 12, 2003 9:44 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: That neon night sorry ‘knight’

Replies: 4

Views: 960

that doesnt mean im YODA DOES IT



With a little morphing from the pen I think it could be arranged :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sat May 10, 2003 9:35 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Plotter Help

Replies: 14

Views: 4112

Cheers Alan I think Iv'e got it now, I have to use loo roll more often and I should keep my vinyl with the horses.



Nice round this bend isn’t it :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sat May 10, 2003 7:37 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Plotter Help

Replies: 14

Views: 4112

Sorry for the confusion Martin I’m better with pictures than words. So here’s more confusion. This is a picture of a piece of loo roll that’s been moistened along one edge (how it got moist is irrelevant). :o The point is it lays on the table in a curve. http://homepage.ntlworld.com/alan.eveleigh1/i...

Sat May 10, 2003 9:54 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Plotter Help

Replies: 14

Views: 4112

When loading the vinyl into my Roland, I pull roughly half the length of the vinyl I intend to cut through the plotter and square it up at this point. Then set the plotter to edge and let it feed through to the start of the roll. If at this point it’s tracked off say a quarter inch to the left you k...

Thu May 08, 2003 9:46 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How to get rid of stubborn Bubbles

Replies: 3

Views: 914

How to get rid of stubborn Bubbles

Well what did you expect? :roll:

Image

Thu May 08, 2003 4:13 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: traditional signage: The Angel and royal

Replies: 11

Views: 2587

Hi Steve

You would need a sit down and a cup of tea after seeing the confines of my work space and totally disorganised chaos. :-? :lol: :lol:

Thu May 08, 2003 9:47 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Thanks UKSG

Replies: 7

Views: 1376

There’ll be no living with this chap now he’s got his light sabre. :wink:

Well done Gray, keep it up.

Thu May 08, 2003 9:38 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: traditional signage: The Angel and royal

Replies: 11

Views: 2587

Yep that’s the one Steve.

Reputed to be the oldest British inn still in use.

Wed May 07, 2003 11:17 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: traditional signage: The Angel and royal

Replies: 11

Views: 2587

Simon,

The bracket has been there since Adam was a lad.

The panel is new though, cut to the same shape as the original, just been a different person with the brush this time.

Wed May 07, 2003 7:56 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: traditional signage: The Angel and royal

Replies: 11

Views: 2587

traditional signage: The Angel and royal

Fixed in position today.

Wed May 07, 2003 6:04 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: window graphics: hansons menswear

Replies: 15

Views: 3225

I reckon it’s on the outside Steve, not that that was the intention, he just forgot to mirror it.

Hands up all those that have never done it; :lol: Liars

Tue May 06, 2003 9:12 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Material cutting help

Replies: 20

Views: 4852

You want garden shed method Paddy? Then use a ‘common or garden’ joiners panel saw, one with fine teeth. Use very little pressure on the saw and keep the angle low. Or use your jig saw. To clean the edge afterwards you can use a smoothing plane followed by a file. This isn’t going to do the job as w...

Tue May 06, 2003 12:20 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: rjk construction

Replies: 7

Views: 2142

How much should a van like that cost to do??? As much as you can get. :lol: A quibbler would still quibble if you paid him, the only difference would be they’d say it’s not enough instead of too much. At the end of the day you have to charge the amount you require to do the job and not what the cus...

Mon May 05, 2003 12:40 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: rjk construction

Replies: 7

Views: 2142

vehicle graphics: rjk construction

This enlightened customer actually knows the value of using his vans and equipment to advertise. He described the economics behind his investment to someone who told him they wouldn’t pay ‘that much’ to have a van lettered. He explained that one of his vans has been on the road for 5 years now, and ...

Mon May 05, 2003 11:15 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Can anyone tell me which gold looks the closest to gold leaf

Replies: 21

Views: 5397

Hi Jeff That’s a good-looking board you have there. I must admit that screen-printing is something I’ve never dabbled in, but seeing it used in this way tempts me towards having play. I can’t in all honesty though see it being an economic proposition for making a number of single entries, the brush ...

Sun May 04, 2003 6:46 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Photograph

Replies: 2

Views: 852

Hi James

Have a look in the FAC at the top of the page.

You’ll soon crack it.

Alan

Sat May 03, 2003 12:03 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Can anyone tell me which gold looks the closest to gold leaf

Replies: 21

Views: 5397

sometimes it can be quite a job bringing the lettering back into line That’s funny Pete, I’ve followed that chap too. :) On Thursday’s effort I had to drop the right hand side of the line an eighth to start bringing it back to level. Still you see worse on the back of vans with vinyl put on ‘level’...

Fri May 02, 2003 12:32 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Can anyone tell me which gold looks the closest to gold leaf

Replies: 21

Views: 5397

Well I did an honours board yesterday and another one this morning, so I’m still doing my bit. :wink:

Thu May 01, 2003 11:00 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Can anyone tell me which gold looks the closest to gold leaf

Replies: 21

Views: 5397

Sad as it may be you are probably right Gray. :cry:

I know I can make more money sticking vinyl onto a bit of Correx than I can wielding a brush and one shot. :lol:

Thu May 01, 2003 8:48 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Number plates... Old font...

Replies: 5

Views: 2262

Hi Gav If you look here; http://www.dvla.gov.uk/vehicles/regmarks/reg_marks_current_requirements.htm#traditionalplates under ‘TRADITIONAL NUMBER PLATES’ you will find that it’s not necessary to use a particular font but it must be of the right dimensions, this goes back to when they were hand writte...

Wed Apr 30, 2003 10:50 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Is Foamex my best choice??

Replies: 6

Views: 1881

It looks like no one has a definitive answer for you Paddy, and I’m going to be no better. I’d like to say Dibond but if the customer has his wallet closed you’re left with little choice. The usual applies, make good sized pilot wholes in the Foamex to allow it to expand and contract. A good fasteni...

Wed Apr 30, 2003 10:41 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Can anyone tell me which gold looks the closest to gold leaf

Replies: 21

Views: 5397

Hi Gray, I like you do my share of honours boards, but don’t you think that it’s that change of style and ability of the signwriters over the years that add to their appeal! I think to have your name written by hand and gilded befits the honour, ‘sticky back letters’ don’t have quiet the same charm....

Tue Apr 29, 2003 2:38 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: (funny) Toon

Replies: 8

Views: 2019

Just a quick topical one ?


Image

Mon Apr 28, 2003 11:54 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: why does my application tape have bubbles?

Replies: 2

Views: 1504

Hi Paddy I’ve used a few different sorts of application tape, but not Conform, and I’ve found them all OK to use. Try not to look for all the answers in your materials and tools. In time you may develop a preference for one over another but there are no really bad materials out there. (Well I’ve not...

Mon Apr 28, 2003 10:19 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: (funny) Toon

Replies: 8

Views: 2019

(funny) Toon

Image

:lol: :lol:

Sat Apr 26, 2003 11:55 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: traditional signage: angel & royal

Replies: 6

Views: 1687

The signs aren’t up yet Steve, probably later this next week. I’ll take more pix when they are. As for the copper, it makes a good substrate but it’s bloody heavy, and expensive. I would have used aluminium given the choice. The original (well previous) signs were copper and the powers that be at th...

Fri Apr 25, 2003 10:52 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: traditional signage: angel & royal

Replies: 6

Views: 1687

And detail.

Fri Apr 25, 2003 10:50 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: traditional signage: angel & royal

Replies: 6

Views: 1687

traditional signage: angel & royal

Hanging sign 48” x 37”, 1.5mm copper sheet, all hand painted.
Plus a smaller version (33” x 28”) for rear of hotel.
Based (loosely) on previous designs.

Tue Apr 22, 2003 7:06 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: ideas please for a glass looking effect on windows?

Replies: 10

Views: 3112

I suppose getting out the paint and gold leaf is out the question?




Image

Mon Apr 14, 2003 11:28 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: gerber edge

Replies: 14

Views: 2953

It's not ZZ top - it's the Village People on their 2003 comeback tour


Phill, I think we’d better leave it there, he looks a pretty hard dude and he’s got backup. :o

Mon Apr 14, 2003 8:03 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: gerber edge

Replies: 14

Views: 2953

I think I recognise Billy from ZZTop so that’s one eliminated Robert. :lol:

Thu Apr 10, 2003 4:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aluminium sign blanks

Replies: 3

Views: 1216

Thanks Guys

I’ve always associated Ashby with heavy weight stuff, you know, 3mm thick road signs etc.

Anyway fax-quote arrived within 10 minutes and you can’t expect better than that.

Thanks again,

Alan

Thu Apr 10, 2003 12:53 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: hand painted signage: assortment

Replies: 7

Views: 3959

Hi Leeroy,

I'm sure I can get a job as a crash test dummy or something.


No offence meant – but we’ve seen your photo and thought you’d done that job before coming into signs :wink:

Thu Apr 10, 2003 12:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aluminium sign blanks

Replies: 3

Views: 1216

Aluminium sign blanks

Hi all, Could some kind person recommend a supplier of aluminium sign blanks. I’m looking for half a dozen 700mm x 450mm x 1.5mm, radius corners, white finished. (A close stock size would be acceptable) I may try to steer the client towards Dibond if I can but I want to see the pricing of the alumin...

Wed Apr 09, 2003 1:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: I'm feeling a bit miffed

Replies: 18

Views: 3369

I do think you’re all being a bit hard on this “designer”, after all he’s put those wonderful little lines under the ‘S’ and ‘O’ so what more could you possibly want! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Thu Apr 03, 2003 12:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pricing Work

Replies: 21

Views: 4617

Manual, material cost + mark-up + estimated/guessed time at my charging out rate. One of the most important things is to be realistic about the number of hours you can productively work in a week. It’s no good deciding you deserve to make £XXX.00 per week as a salary, and then dividing that by a ful...

Thu Mar 27, 2003 7:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cut out single solid (flat) letters?

Replies: 7

Views: 1662

Just one link you may want to look at there are many more.

http://www.neocrylic.com/letters.htm

Thu Mar 27, 2003 7:01 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Huge potential, but partner is not wanting to budge!!:(

Replies: 15

Views: 3698

Hi Sean, Don’t be too hard on this partner of yours. He’s made loads and loads of money as you put it, no doubt by using his own judgment, and is not willing risk $18,000 on your judgment that is yet unproven. Perhaps by using Phill’s suggestion (if possible) of screen printing at a much lower cost,...

Thu Mar 20, 2003 8:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: DUCATI

Replies: 5

Views: 1437

I don’t think you’re going to have a problem locating this particular logo. However if you are stuck a trick I use is to take a rubbing (as in brass rubbing) using a soft pencil and sheet of paper. You can usually scan this and then vectorize it by hand. Also works when called on to replace the odd ...

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