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Cut Letters look crooked on Van Contour HELP

Discussion in 'Vehicle Graphics' started by 2minds, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. 2minds

    2minds New Member

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    Here is a picture of the van. I'm using cut vinyl on the back indented part of the van, but when we install it the letters look crooked because the lines in the van are curved. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make it look straight despite the curvature?

    Thanks in advance
     

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  2. Jester1167

    Jester1167 Premium Subscriber

    Typically I will pick the strongest horizontal line closest to the text. The bottom of the indention looks to be level with the bottom of the doors.

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  3. 31legen

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    Curvature

    Measure a line from the ground to use as a reference point.
     
  4. petrosgraphics

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    jesters got it right.. * bottom line looks straight to the rest of the van.

    * *top line on most vans are curved..*
     
  5. visual800

    visual800 Very Active Member

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    When in doubt always use bottom of vehicle. On this one the bottom line and the line 2nd from bottom across empty panel is straight. What the hell is that anyway talk about hard to letter damn
     
  6. 2B

    2B Very Active Member

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    +1
     
  7. Bly

    Bly Very Active Member

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    Tape it on. Adjust till it looks right. Hinge.
     
  8. letterman7

    letterman7 Very Active Member

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    Rookie. How do you know the van is sitting level to the ground? Use what jester suggested; I tend to use the rocker panels as that is the level "line" on 99% of the vehicles out there.
     
  9. 2minds

    2minds New Member

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    Thanks for the picture, I'm a visual person! :rock-n-roll:

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  10. heyskull

    heyskull Very Active Member

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    That van isn't too bad to letter.
    We don't get that vehicle in the UK but it doesn't look as bad as some.

    Try lettering the New Ford Transit Custom!!!!
    I have never come across a van that was so awful to put two straight lines on.
    What was Ford thinking?
    It is as if the only way to sign the vehicle is to completely wrap the van with different shapes to take the eye of the original shape!

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  11. letterman7

    letterman7 Very Active Member

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    That there is an ugly van. Aerodynamics... pah! Basics still apply - the rocker is the straight line on that van. Everything you put on it would look crooked as heck, though!
     
  12. TammieH

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    +1

    Then if a customer asks why or complains you can show them by measuring,

    Nothing looks worse than when someone aligns to the roof or sloping top beauty line or window, you see cabbies do it all the time, I assume they apply their own graphics.
     
  13. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    make sure to lay it out in such a way that when the door is open, something like this happens :thumb:
     

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  14. Baz

    Baz Very Active Member

    It still looks crooked. I would use that line as reference only then tilt the graphics up a little more on the front end.

    Eyeball !
     
  15. Gino

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    Just tell them to return the van. Tell them they bought a crooked van and need to find a straight one.... otherwise, the lettering is always gonna look outta whack.

    You need to speak up before taking the job and explain that something is gonna be crooked, it's the nature of the beast they bought. If not, no explaining after the stuff is on is gonna make you look credible. You hafta know this stuff before going into the job.
     
  16. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

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    I see so many van that the lettering is not level, I am sure they are measured from the top! Big mistake!
     
  17. Billct2

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    I use Jesters technique, but if worried show the client exactly how it will look and have tme sign off
     
  18. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    +1, always
    Parallel>level.
     
  19. SignManiac

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    To this day I'm still surprised that the manufactures don't take into account that the majority of vans they sell are for commercial use and will most likely be lettered. How can they be so stupid?
     
  20. k.a.s.

    k.a.s. Very Active Member

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    I just did one of these, the bottom line is fairly straight. I used that and then made sure it looked straight from there.


    Kevin
     
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