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Part time designer question...

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Banners Signs Etc., Aug 24, 2012.

  1. Banners Signs Etc.

    Banners Signs Etc. Active Member

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    I am usually deep into production and don't get much chance to design...when I do design I run into a problem....

    How do I break text lines up? Like on yard signs or 4x8s....

    My go to method is using lines...but I feel like an amateur tattoo artist doing what I know best for everyone...

    Mind you these are simple signs...like bobs backhoe service...I also do reversed lettering or change fonts, but it feels unnecessary for many signs..

    Is there a better way to break up text? (of course)

    Also this is full color...it doesn't need to be cut-able...and I design in Illustrator
     
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  2. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    explain 'break up text'
     
  3. Coloradosigns

    Coloradosigns Major Contributor

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    I really have no idea what you're asking or what program you're asking about
     
  4. Jillbeans

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    You could always sub out design work.
    :)
    Love....Jill
     
  5. Banners Signs Etc.

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    Like if a customer wants to put his name his number and his services...all take separate lines of text...what would be another way of breaking it up

    like

    Dingus lawn mowing
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    606-444-3321
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    Lawn mowing * Cat eradication

    You don't need to tell me a step by step thing...just a technique I could look up
     
  6. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    Id grab a few design books then.
     
  7. Banners Signs Etc.

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    Or just say look at other signs that work lol
     
  8. Banners Signs Etc.

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    oh and please don't call dingus and tell him my design sucks or you love cats he's one of our best customers....
     
  9. cwb143

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    I thought this was a question but now its raising more questions. To clarify. Are you breaking text up in Illustrator? or Are you cutting text apart for installation?
     
  10. Banners Signs Etc.

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    breaking up text so that it doesn't read as one big paragraph

    not for installation just readability

    some tricks I was looking for would be like...break the sign into 4 parts...use serif font for the name of business and sans serifs for the services...

    I think my question was so simple it confused people...lol
     
  11. 2B

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    what method are you using to produce?

    cut vinyl,
    printed roll/roll
    flatbed
    screen printed

    either way the mixing regular print and reverse print is our preferred method




    WFT is "Cat eradication" and "lawn mowing" doing together? are you telling me that there are so many cats this is a job? and what means is used for the "Cat eradication"
     
  12. cwb143

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    Well your logo is a good example. It has smaller fonts and one larger font
    with different colors. Some fonts go good together as well as colors.
    You just have to find the right match. It takes an eye for design. You can get better at it with practice. Bold fonts, skinny fonts, reversed out they all work
    here is an example. http://www.signelect.com/images/4x8 comparison.jpg
     
  13. Banners Signs Etc.

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    Those zero-turn mowers do a great job...and I hear it is full of nutrients for the grass....anyway..We roll print mostly...

    I take on these signs just to take a break from production and sit at my computer and do a low budget sign for someone who doesn't want to pay any design time..and I get some practice.

    I don't know if I want to be in production my whole life lol
     
  14. cwb143

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    Keep challenging yourself I say.
     
  15. Banners Signs Etc.

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    anyone have a book recommendation for someone who has at least a basic understanding of design
     
  16. Banners Signs Etc.

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    I will check into that one thanks pat!
     
  17. john1

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    The Logo Design books by Dan Antonelli have some good stuff in them also. All these books go hand in hand with each other i think. You can pick up most for around $25 each, Totally worth it.
     
  18. rjssigns

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    Flexi has a command called Break Apart which will do what you want.
    Command-Shift-O for Illustrator on a Mac. Turns text to outlines. Then you can move complete lines or manipulate individual letters.
     
  19. xxaxx

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    You can also use color bars going across and type in white text in that area to differentiate a bit ... that usually works out fairly well for something different. Just Google image search yard signs and you will see a ton of examples that do that in different ways.
     
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    Yeah you dont want a paragraph for a sign. Too much of that **** around. Just keep the message to five words. Epitomize and add your design techniques.
     
  21. James Burke

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