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Vehicle door lettering 2 sides

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by artray, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. artray

    artray New Member

    Nov 3, 2009
    :design:I am a bit puzzled as to the standard direction for creating italic 2 sided door lettering like 'Sheriff or Police' Some vehicles I have seen have the letters facing/leaning towards the rear when viewed from the left side of the vehicle and facing/leaning forward when viewing the right side of the same vehicle. Other police vehicles I have seen have both sides of the vehicle with the same rear facing italic lettering. Hope I have explained it to everyone's understanding. Just want to know which way is correct. Sample pictures attached of two different vehicles with forward facing letters on one side and rear facing on the other.

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  2. Ken1f

    Ken1f Member

    Mar 16, 2007
    I recently did the citys new police car. I choose to lean both to the rear of the car. I've seen the same with race car numbers, sometimes one each way and sometimes both to rear.
  3. xtreme signs

    xtreme signs Member

    Oct 19, 2007
    I do several different police and sheriff cars , and some customers like them both leaning back and some want one leaning one way and the other leaning the other way. It is just want the customer wants.
  4. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

    Oct 19, 2009
    Vehicle door lettering 2 sides, never lettered just one side...

    We do want the customer wants Typicaly on racecars they slant to the front or back so I guess both sides are different. Most cop cars we do the slant is the same on both sides.
  5. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    you can do this with SOME LETTERS not all!!!!! 1 or 2 numbers on a stock car.....depends on the numbers also
    if you make a NUMBER lean to the right, when its placed on the LEFT side of vehicle, same number on the RIGHT, WILL LEAN TO FRONT....as it should be.
    side of vehicle got nothing to do with how NUMBER WAS CREATED.
    now with a single number you can change the lean on the right side so it leans toward back of vehicle SAME AS IT DOES ON LEFT SIDE.
    usually not a big deal. DOUBLE DIGITS.... now that is another story, same with TEXT!!!!!
    ALL UPPER CASE not to much a problem, BUT cap 1st letter and LOWER CASE the rest...........can really look weird.
  6. GypsyGraphics

    GypsyGraphics Major Contributor

    Mar 19, 2009
    Totally the client's choice. Include both options on the approval/sign-off so the client has a good visual. Make sure their choice is clearly marked, so you don't get that dreaded head tip and hmmmm when they the completed job.

    That's a terrible feeling (getting the head tip & hmmm) even if you tried to convince the client they were making the wrong choice.
  7. artray

    artray New Member

    Nov 3, 2009
    Thanks for the suggestions folks. In my limited (2 years) experience with signs a lot of customers don't know (or don't care) about those types of things but look to me as 'The Expert' that 'should' know what is correct.
    Another thing I have discovered with this issue is the choice of fonts also make a big difference with the visual outcome. With my software (FLEXISIGN PRO) adding a backwards slant to a naturally forwards italic font looks yucky.
  8. heyskull

    heyskull Very Active Member

    Sep 2, 2007
    If there is less than a 10 degree slant you will get away with it.
    But slanting to the left is a big NO NO in my books.

  9. Custom Bob

    Custom Bob Member

    Dec 15, 2004
    Other than race cars, I always slant to the right on anything else.

    The only thing I see drastically wrong is on the left side of the Police car the "Dallas County" is way to far forward. It's centered under Sheriff on the right side of the car and looks good.
  10. artray

    artray New Member

    Nov 3, 2009
    I agree. BTW the photos I posted show two different cars and they are internet collected pictures and are not something I designed/created.
  11. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

    Jun 18, 2004
    consistent face forward or rear but same on each side ..like when shading always push toward main traffic right or left on a 2 sided sign ...or one sided

    of course this is something I do ... what i see from most vinyl shops is not anything like that .... good way to tell they where not schooled properly

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