Signs

Cut Vinyl Lettering

Each letter is a vinyl sticker, grouped on backing paper and installed together as one piece.  The transfer tape keeps the lettering straight, evenly spaced, and keeps the inside of letters and dots in place.

Description

Cut vinyl lettering can be found almost everywhere.  It is the vinyl word stickers that you see on windows, vehicles, signs, doors – anywhere clean, weatherproof signage is needed.  Unlike stickers, cut vinyl lettering has no background.  You get just the letters, on backing paper, with transfer tape to keep everything in place until it is applied.  The vinyl has a permanent adhesive and comes in a variety of colours.

Ordering

To order cut vinyl lettering, select the height of the lettering you want.  Then, type your text and get instant pricing.  To ensure that your lettering is cut to the correct specifications, we ask for a bit more information:

  • Number of full letter sets:  This is the number of copies you want.  For instance, if you are ordering NSC numbers for a truck, you will typically want 2 copies, one for each side of the truck. so you would put a 2 here – each NSC number is one full letter set.
  • Colour: the colour of the vinyl you would like to use.  Please note that contrast is important for visibility.  In other words, put dark coloured lettering on a light coloured surface.  For windows, white is most visible from a distance.
  • Width of Space Where Lettering Will Be Applied:  some fonts take up more space than others.  For instance, the words “LASER SHARP PRINTING” in Arial font, 2″ tall, is 32″ in length.  In Arial Narrow font, it is only 26″ long.  We want to make your letters the height you need them to be, but also the correct length.  Please tell us how much space you have available for length.
  • Cut Setup:  If you plan to put the lettering on glass, you can apply it on the inside or on the outside.  If you want to put it on the inside of the window, we need to mirror it so it will be readable from outside.

These letters are for self-installation only.  We are not able to offer onsite installation.

 

 

Get print-ready artwork without the headaches

Every print job must start with a useable digital, print ready file.  Here is a list of the most common issues with artwork that is not print-ready:
  • It has no bleed – your background image/colour should extend beyond the size of the finished product by 1/8″ all the way around
  • Document is sized improperly – an 8.5″ x 11″ file cannot be easily used for a half letter or 4″ x 6″ postcard, or for a 12″ x 18″ poster
  • Images used in the artwork are pixelated – all images should be 300 dpi
  • Entire file is low resolution – your file should be saved at 300 dpi.  Many free online programs do not export appropriate resolution.
  • Colours are set to RGB instead of CMYK – in this case, the colours that are printed may not be what you are expecting
  • Contrast between background and fonts is inadequate – dark fonts do not show up against a dark background.  What works on a backlit monitor will not work in print
  • Fonts are too small – it is wise to print a version of your artwork on a home printer to see the actual size of the fonts before ordering.  Again, it may look great on your monitor at 500 times magnification, but not work when printed.
  • Fonts are not embedded or converted to outlines – this can cause fonts to change in the processing of the file, changing your entire layout and design
  • Content has errors
  • Content is too close to the edge of the design – allow a “safe zone” to accommodate small variations in the printing, cutting, and finishing
  • Crop marks are improperly placed – this is the same of not having bleeds
  • You submit multiple files – a double sided flyer file should be in one .pdf file, 2 pages, not 2 files
  • File is in the wrong format – pdf files should be submitted.  While we allow other formats, they have to be converted before they can be processed.   In many cases, that is quite difficult as the file can be changed by the process.  In other cases, the file is not compatible with our software or hardware (for example, none of our printers can print .png files!  They all have to be converted to a printable format first).
  • The artwork is an idea, something you had printed somewhere else, written on a piece of paper, or a bunch of image and text files that need to be assembled – there is lots of work to do to get the file you need.

Experience has taught us that most customers, and sadly, many professional graphic designers, do not understand how to create print ready files. In addition, many of the free products available for you to design for yourself, do not output print ready files.  In some cases, your file can be easily corrected, using the wide variety of (expensive and sometimes difficult to use) software that we keep on hand at the Laser Sharp shop.  If you are stuck, we can help.  Use Service Tiers table to select the support level suitable for your project.

Service Tier

Just do it

Included

Simple

$24.99

Standard

$59.99

Advanced

$99.99+

Delivery Time

ASAP

1 day

2 days

3 days

Edits or Revisions

0

1

3

5

Maximum Pages/Sides

2

2

4

4+

Resize artwork

Check Resolution

Combine Pages

Convert to CMYK

Fix Bleed/Layout

Impose Files for Print

Add or Edt Text

Add Pictures 

Edit Pictures

Edit Form or Calendar 

Match Fonts

Add Effects

Match Colours 

Vectorize Image

Replicate Artwork

Create Custom Form

Create/Edit Pricelist

Layouts (finished = fold, crease, perforate, etc)

Simple

Simple

Finished

Finished

Some Fine Print

  • The prices shown are charge PER PRODUCT ORDER.  In some cases, design elements created for one print job may be used in others; if so, you may be able to select Advanced artwork for the first product and Standard for another if elements created for the Advanced project are reused in the Standard one.
  • The price for the tier includes any or all of the checked elements.  In other words, if you only want to get files prepared to be sent to you in different formats, you need to select the Advanced option.
  • You need to use the the red “upload your print files” button to upload your pictures and support documents.  There is a text box for you to provide details.  The more detail you give, the more likely you are to get a fast turn around on your support.
  • You are responsible for securing the legal rights to use any images, texts, or logos.
  • You are also responsible for planning the marketing strategy and goal behind your artwork.  We provide services to create digital print files, we do not develop your marketing program or create content.
  • The pricing for Advanced has a “+”.  If you expect more of the designer, like for us to find pictures for your project or to write content, you will be asked to pay more.
  • An electronic proof is included with most options.  It is CRUCIAL that you review the proof carefully with the following in mind:
    • Each support tier comes with a limited number of revisions.  Given that, when you receive your proof, take time to consider EVERY change you will want before you ask for revisions.  Any revisions requested over the limit will result in a request for further payment before they are made.
    • The colours you see on your screen and phone will not (necessarily) be an exact match to the final print.  If you are concerned about colour, it is your responsibility to request a printed (hard proof) before approving the job.
    • Any error in the content or colour mismatch is your responsibility once you give the go ahead to print.  If the designer has made an error, he/she may never know (for example, if a price or phone number is incorrect), so it is up to you to catch that before it goes to print.  There is no refund or credit given for reprints – the designer’s mistake is yours now.
    • Production WILL NOT START until your approval is received IN WRITING and in the requested manner and wording.  Don’t phone and tell us to go ahead.  Email and tell us to print the proof version sent to you (by file name) or that proof X is not approved because this specific change needs to be made (please don’t just tell us you don’t like the colour!!).