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Windshield Curve

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by artists_touch, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. artists_touch

    artists_touch New Member

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    Hello All,

    I'm still pretty new to the sign making arena and have a question. Is there a particular formula or radius that can be used for windshield lettering that compensates for the curve in the windshield? I've done several trucks for our business and also some customer trucks as well. I've played around with cutting the words apart and fiddling with them to fit the curve, also have arced the text a bit, but the lettering always seems distorted. Any advice?

    Thanks!
    Pam
     
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  2. signpost-boston

    signpost-boston Making America great, one sign at a time.

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    every windshield has a different radius. your best bet is to lay down a half inch stripethe lengh of the shield and measure your new custom curve you just created. Then, do the opposite of that in your graphics progam....
     
  3. the graphics co

    the graphics co Active Member

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    run a tape measure across the windshield corner to corner with the top edge aligned to the top of the corners of the windshield and then measure the distance from the top edge of the tape to the top dead center of the windshield. From there you can make an arch based on your measurements in flexi or illy.
     
  4. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    Welcome from way down the other side of the state..............................
     
  5. d fleming

    d fleming Very Active Member

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    Place measuring tape from a to b. Next measure distance with ruler from c to d, this is your arc. Bend text to match arc in cutting software.
     

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  6. artists_touch

    artists_touch New Member

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    Wow, thanks so much! And hello to you too Gino!

    Thanks
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