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Black Vinyl Grid - Help Please

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by jkdbjj, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. jkdbjj

    jkdbjj Active Member

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    What would be the best way to do this black vinyl project?

    I thought this would be an easy one, but upon getting the job, I am stumped as to the path of least resistance.

    How would you do this job?

    I don't have the option of printing onto clear.
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  2. Pro Image

    Pro Image Major Contributor

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    Copy and past your lines at equal distance both horizontal and vertical weld and cut.....pull out the boxes......done....
     
  3. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    cut vinyl onto a mirror? cant you just cut/weed/mask/apply?
     
  4. Coloradosigns

    Coloradosigns Major Contributor

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    punch your self in the face, it'll be just as painful as this job.
     
  5. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    In Gerber it's an easy job, just repeat the lines at the distance you want, contour (weld), cut/weed/apply
     
  6. jkdbjj

    jkdbjj Active Member

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    So using those ideas, what I am doing is this.
    I created a background grid in ILLY.

    Then I created a set of boxes for the top row and to left most column to fill just the inside areas of the grid.
    I then copied and pasted the squares over and down to fill up the grid background.

    I am then guessing, I will delete the grid, save as EPS and sent to cutter, and get an employee to weed 800 squares.

    Oh my, I am glad I charged accordingly for this one.

    Seems like I am on the right path from what you all are suggesting. Even you Colorado. One of those jobs I almost regret, but hope it leads to more work with these folks. First time job, eeek.
     
  7. jkdbjj

    jkdbjj Active Member

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    that sounds nice actually.
     
  8. Coloradosigns

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    that'd be a nightmare on my plotter only because after about 11 feet it starts drifting so i have to do it in pieces.
     
  9. ColoPrinthead

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    Object>Transform>Move, select the option to copy then Ctrl-D for each occurrence needed.
    edit: I see you mentioned the same thing.
     
  10. jkdbjj

    jkdbjj Active Member

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    So here is what my meddling around with the grid function in ILLY produced.

    If I send this to the cutter it will simply cut the squares out.

    Not the funnest job, but at least I see light down the tunnel now.

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  11. jkdbjj

    jkdbjj Active Member

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    So this job sucked. Turned out well enough, but it has led to some other good work with them.

    All the sales guys there didn't want it up, cause they said it made the customers feel like numbers, however the bosses want it up there to keep them motivated.
    Wonder how long it will stay up?

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  12. Moze

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    Came out nice. Did you have to do the weeding?
     
  13. sfr table hockey

    sfr table hockey Very Active Member

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    A few days late but I think what you are after is in the blend mode. Make two lines or shapes, then Object>Blend>Blend options and set either # of steps or distance or color etc, then once set go back into (object>make) or use the short cuts (alt-ctrl-B).

    Once you made your set lines you can exspand them and ungroup to be able to edit each line if needed. If you don't exspand they stay linked.
     
  14. jkdbjj

    jkdbjj Active Member

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    I did, all honesty it took about 20 minutes to weed. I just assumed it would have been longer.
    Installation was trickier than I thought it would be. Mainly, the windows had a waxy film that even alcohol had trouble getting rid of, so naturally the strips like that were trouble if I missed a spot of wax.

    Unusual project for me, so love/hate kind of thing. Hate the tedious parts of it, but love the challenge.
     
  15. g&eprinting

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    Came out good.
     
  16. CanuckSigns

    CanuckSigns Very Active Member

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    Yeah if I walked into a car dealer and they had that on display, I would feel like a number too!

    That aside, good job
     
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