Graphics, decals, stickers, lettering, made of vinyl for cars, boats, business, motorcycles, helmets, atvs, snowmobiles, vans, RV's, trailers, personal watercrafts, planes and more. Also specialize in banners, small run printed decals, full color die cut stickers, vehicle and windshield lettering, airbrush style graphics, commercial graphics, vehicle wraps, custom illustration and design, racing stripes, flames, checkered flags, and racing designs.
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informative report that will help answer many questions regarding
installation of graphics. You can download it by visiting the Installation
Tips section of the site. For questions more generic in nature,
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To get the creative juices flowing, I'll demonstrate how most of the designs on this site can be used in many ways to enhance the look of your vehicle. Learn what the design pros know!
First, let's look at a couple of design elements discussed in other areas of the site. Color can really enhance your ride and make it look fantastic. I won't go into detail here, but have a look at the Color Harmony section for ideas. You'll be surprised at what "works." After that, examine the Colors we carry. You'll find a lot of complimentary colors and specialty colors that are cutting edge. Also, take a look at Special Effects. It examines the different styles you can apply to a graphic, such as Outline and Shadow. With all of these things in mind, let's get creative and look at some different ways to use graphics.
The most common "template" used by many auto enthusiasts on the sides of their car, is to include manufacturers logo's (Rollcall) and a graphic element.
The next design explores a different look, but also helps you think out of the box when browsing the products. Side Kit Graphic S303 looks like this when shopping.:
However, this image and ALL of the others can be rotated, rearranged and special ordered. Here's what this image looks like in Blue with an Orange outline. Note the alternative placement of aftermarket logos.
Don't be afraid to manipulate a graphic from it's original form and to order multiples of the same graphic. For example, let's assume you ordered 3 Side Kit S079's in three different sizes and colors. Graphic S079 looks like this in the shopping cart:
You then cut between each of the graphics (being careful not to cut the graphic) and arranged them like so.
I encourage you to try many different positions when you receive your graphic. Just tape it to a spot and stand back. You'll find many times that where you thought it would look best, actually works much better in a different spot. Remember if it looks good, it IS good. If you have a buddy with you, ask their opinion. Two heads are better than one.
Lastly, experiment with not using the entire graphic... Let it run past an area like the wheel well. For example, in this example the front of the SlamWrap tear is not used. But it still looks great!
your car or boat with graphics, I've found much too often, people don't
choose colors that harmonize with each other. In addition to colors
chosen, these colors also need to work with your surface color.
As we will see, color matching is not always what you think. However,
when colors are chosen correctly, the results can be stunning.
In car design, shape, line, form, space and texture are all used to create what sits in your driveway today. These elements do not exist independently. They rely on each other to effectively create a feeling.
To make our cars look
the best they can with graphics, one must understand color schemes.
Color schemes are a way of organizing colors. There are no absolute
rules about which colors "go together" and which clash. It is
often a matter of personal taste. If it looks good, it IS good.
For a wonderful color harmony tool, check out color-wheel-pro.com, this easy to use software has a free trial download and it's very easy to use!
If you really want your graphic to standout, you need to customize it. Maybe adding an outline, or possibly a shadow to give it a 3-d effect. Size also plays an important part in determining an overall design. All of these, and more, are built into the order form. I'll explain each of the elements you can choose from.
Let's start with Size. Since graphics can be made in any size, it's (nearly) impossible to list all of the combinations. When ordering "designs," defined as graphics without words or logo elements, the size can be skewed to virtually any size and still look great. See the example below:
At 4 inches high and
21 inches long, the graphic looks like this:
No Problem! If a size you need is not listed, order the size that is the closest to what you want- within reason. If there is a price difference, we'll notify you before your payment is processed. If you need something significantly larger, simply make a Special Request.
Next, let's look at Graphic Effects.
Many times you will want to order a pair of designs, one for each side of your vehicle. When ordering you will see some graphics come as Mirrored Pairs. You will receive two decals of identical size "mirrored."
TIP! - Use "SideKits" on the hood or other surface. Since they are symmetrical they can be placed, in the shape of a 'V' for example, and make for a very nice design!
Outlining is the most common way to make any graphic element standout. By adding an outline, you achieve several different design enhancements:
Once you have seen some graphics with outlines, you'll know what I mean. It takes longer to do (covered in my Installation Guide) and costs a little more, but the overall effect, (I believe) is worth it. When requesting an outline, you will receive two graphics. Your primary graphic will be cut to the size requested, the outline color will be sized depending upon the size of the graphic ordered. We allow enough room to align the graphics easily and yet provide a nice edge to your size graphic.
The installation of an outline is exactly the same way you install a standard graphic, however, the outline color is installed first. You simply position the second graphic on top of the bottom layer equally from all of the edges. The graphics include small squares (registration marks) so you can make your alignment easily! Using application fluid provided, you can position and reposition your graphic until it's perfect. I advise you read our Installation Guide for complete tips and how to's.
Another great way to make your graphic elements standout is introduce a shadow effect. When you combine graphics that are outlined, throw in some shadowed elements, you'll have very professional and "tight" overall design. When you select the Shadow option, a second graphic will be included with your order cut specifically to create a shadow effect. A unique product that we offer is "shadow vinyl." This vinyl is specially formulated and slightly transparent, so the actual color of the surface shows through. This provides a realistic shadow effect. It makes the graphic look like it's floating and casting a real shadow on the surface. Very cool.
The installation of a shadow is straight forward. Similar to an outline, the shadow layer is installed first. The second layer allows an overlap and is produced with registration marks to make your alignment easy. I advise you read our Installation Guide for complete tips and how to's.
Hollowed Out vs. Solid
You'll notice that
some graphics on the site look like this:
Other look like:
I call Graphic A "hollow-ed out". This means it's basically a thin stripe that comprises the design. Your surface color would be the white color in the image. Graphic B is a solid graphic. If you see a graphic (or text) and want it "hollowed out" just mention that in the Comments area of the order form- and vice versa for the solid graphic option.