ICL Imaging has over 10,000 vehicle templates professionally created that can be used to help you design your own vehicle wrap.
Design Software that most of our clients use is PhotoShop or Illustrator. There is a lot to think about when designing a 2-D image that will be printed and applied to a 3-D object, such as a truck, car, van or bus. The depth of a fender on a vehicle with extreme compound curves can really distort an image and move objects within the 2-D design to different areas on the actual 3-D object. Allow sufficient bleed around all sides of your design template.
Using a template is a great starting point, however to insure accuracy measure that actual vehicle.
Keep an eye on things like the door handles, door seams where type could break, window placements and sliding van doors. Vans with messages on the side panels can be partially covered by a sliding door. Make sure you think of how the message will read once the van door is slid open.
A vehicle graphic design can be a simple decal that is applied to the vehicle or a more complex design involving a complete wrap of the vehicle – covering the sides, front, roof, and back including bumpers.
The material that is used for wrapping vehicles is usually around 54″ wide. This allows enough room for graphics to be printed with additional bleed for installation overlapping. Keep this in mind when putting small type into your design. Panel seams may run through the small type causing alignment problems.
Remember when creating your design – it will end up on a moving object. Keep the design simple and easy to read – just like a billboard. Vehicle graphics are a great way to advertise but don’t expect another driver in rush hour traffic to read the fine print on the back of your vehicle!
Vehicle Wraps are a great way to decorate your vehicle, advertise your business or help brand your product or service.
The trick is to design your Car Wrap properly. Think of a moving billboard. Now think of a moving billboard that has windows, doors, handles, contours, taillights, headlights, space gaps between doors and side panels. You need to take into account all of that when preparing your Car Wrap design – otherwise your type may be distorted or even cut off. Think of placing telephone numbers and web sites in areas that will not be distorted by the physicality of the cars surface.
Make sure your letters are large enough to read when standing 10 feet away. Consider having your website printed backwards for your front hood so when vehicles in front of you look into their rearview mirror they can read it. Think of using a lot of space between sets of words and use short phrases or keywords that describe your business.
When the vehicle is parked it can make a nice stationary billboard, so use colorful graphics to attract the eye.
Our technicians at ICL Imaging are experts in preparing files or reviewing your files for vehicle graphics. Their trained eye can spot potential problems. And with the use of files of vehicle design templates at our disposal we can adjust the design to fit the vehicle perfectly.
In some cases having text printed on cut-vinyl letters and applied over the vehicle vinyl can help control the placement better to avoid being disturbed by the car or trucks mirrors, door cracks and other like things.
Feel free to contact us, ICL Imaging, and speak to one of our Technical Sales Reps for more information on how to prepare your files for vehicle wraps. Often a site-inspection is required to precisely measure the vehicle so we can avoid these pitfalls.
So get your car or truck wrapped today and get noticed everywhere you go.