Try this Blending Technique in your Custom Vehicle Wrap Design

Contractor Van WrapVehicle wraps often require several printed panels to cover an entire vehicle.  Matching seams up is critical to achieving a seamless wrap.  Especially when a geometric pattern is involved, matching lines up between panels gets a little tricky.  Here is one blending technique you can use in the design stage to make installation simpler. Our Handyman’s logo graphics involved a sunburst in shades of blue topped with several circles.  It’s an eye-catching and modern design, but it’s also a potential geometric nightmare when it comes time to install several printed panels.  When working with the file, graphic designer Will Oakley noticed that when the panels were in place, the sun bursts went in completely different directions.  “They would have crossed perpendicular to each other,” he said.  “Not only were there sunbursts, which are always a problem, but there were circles on top of the sunbursts.”

The circles began small on the outside and got larger towards the middle.  Without blending, three sets of dots would have met in a dramatic size difference rather than the gradual gradation intended.  Will solved the problem by fading to blue on the panel edges.  On all the physical edges of the vehicle, like the where the back of the vehicle meets the sides, he faded to a single color.  The subtle fade helps to blend the sides and the back of the van so that lines appear smooth and unbroken.  The back and sides were the main issue.  When it came to the hood connecting with the fenders, “they lined up almost perfectly.” Will explained.  “Sometimes we get lucky.”  The end result was a vibrant and seamless van wrap we hope Our Handyman will enjoy for several years to come.

With any custom vehicle wrap design, special care must be taken in the design stage to be sure graphics are properly placed so that when printed, they fall where we expect them to.  It’s not something to leave up to chance.  There is a creative solution to any challenge we face, and we’re always up to the challenge!

Signs for Success is a locally owned family business in Spokane, and we strive for excellent customer service, perfect color, and quick turnaround on every project.  Our large production facility allows us to design, print and install everything in-house.  Get quality service and a quick turnaround on custom vehicle wrap design and installation!


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Dryer Ducks Van Wrap focuses on Effective Wrap Design

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Dryer Ducks fleet wrap front view

When Dominic Longo of Dryer Ducks came to Signs for Success, his main goal was to create a functional van wrap design that really popped.  With a new logo in hand, he sat down with one of our designers to begin the custom vehicle wrap design process.

The Dryer Ducks logo was the jumping off point for the design.

“I designed the wrap using their logo and before and after pictures of a duct,” Signs for Success designer Will Oakley said.  “Because their logo is a duck they wanted people to know what service they provided so they wouldn’t be confused by the logo. We added the before and after pictures to the wrap to make it more obvious.”

The clean, modern design focused on a few simple and effective graphics and minimal text.  The website, phone number and catch phrase can be clearly read from both sides and the back of the vehicle.  The large logo makes the vehicle recognizable wherever it goes, and catch phrase vinyl lettering over the wheel well makes creative, interesting use of the space.  All the elements come together to create an interesting and effective vehicle wrap design.

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Dryer Ducks van wrap designed by Signs for Success

“One of the features the customer really liked was the repeating logo pattern I put in the background. They liked the first proof I sent,” Will said.

This is what we call a “partial wrap” because the back and sides are fully wrapped, while the front fender and hood are decals that were printed, cut and applied to the paint.  Partial wraps give you the most bang for your buck because they really maximize the largest advertising space while blending seamlessly into unwrapped portions of the vehicle.  The finished product looks like a full vehicle wrap, but the process uses less material and takes less time to install than a full wrap.  A partial vehicle wrap is a great way to go if you’re considering adding vehicle graphics to your advertising, using effective wrap design.

Dominic was thrilled with the van wrap.  “Signs for Success did an incredible job on our vehicle wrap,” he said.  “Being a start-up business in Spokane, we needed something that would really stand out.  Will Oakley at Signs for Success took our logo and turned our van into the most amazing mobile billboard we could have ever asked for!  His design was outstanding and he really took initiative on all fronts.  He made sure to give us exactly what we wanted, and kept us informed the whole time!  Working with Will made the process so easy, and we will definitely use him for our whole fleet as we expand!”

Signs for Success can wrap your food truck in Spokane like this one for Little Caesars

Little Caesars Van Wraps Turn Heads

Food Truck wrap van wraps for Little Caesars in Spokane

Little Caesars Step van wrap by Signs for Success in Spokane

Vehicle wraps generate leads and drive sales (no pun intended). Driving his Little Caesar’s Step Van with a brand new van wrap, Brandt Williams of Little Caesar’s Hillyard noticed he was drawing quite a response from other drivers around him. “Just on the drive from your store to my store, there were so many people honking at us,” Brandt said. The Signs for Success Production Manager was driving with her son this week when they saw the Little Caesars van. “My son was ecstatic. He was like, “Whoa, look at that!” We took a picture.” In its first week, the van wraps even brought in a new customer when someone saw it parked and called to ask about catering for a party.

Vehicle wraps are arguably the best form of advertising out there. Vehicle graphics generate up to 70,000 impressions per day wherever they go with a 96% recall rate among those tens of thousands of consumers. Since our vehicle wraps last 5-7 years, that’s a proven effective advertising campaign that works for you 24/7 for at least 5 years! In addition, van wraps, box truck wrapsand other vehicle graphics boost brand recognition and consumers’ confidence in your business. Van wraps are memorable and will lead to sales.

To sum things up, vehicle wraps:

• Last 5-7 years
• Advertise 24/7
• Boost brand recognition
• Are professional and memorable
• Increase sales

Signs for Success can wrap your food truck in Spokane like this one for Little Caesars van wraps

Food Truck Wrap in spokane

Here’s what goes into a custom vehicle wrap by Signs for Success:

First, we take the type of vehicle into consideration. We take pictures of the vehicle and take measurements of doors, sides, windows, hood, front, back – whatever the vehicle wrap might touch. In the design phase, we take any graphics, text, or ideas the customer has and create a custom wrap design that can be applied to a three-dimensional diagram of the vehicle. The customer receives a proof, and minor adjustments may be made. Following customer approval, the design goes to print.

In the printing stage, files are double checked for consistency. The machine is loaded, and our Onyx software splits the file into several panels for printing. The Little Caesar’s van wrap required 14 different panels. The panels are then laminated and set aside in order to be installed.

We install most vehicle wraps, whether it’s a car wrap, truck wrap or even boat wrap, right here in our facility. First, the vehicle is prepped by removing any features that will inhibit installation. For this particular job, mirrors, windshield wipers, rear lights, license plates, ladder, electrical outlet covers, door stoppers, awning arms, emblems, and rear door latches all had to be removed. The vinyl is then installed on the clean vehicle starting from the back of one side and moving up, which ensures the longest life of the vinyl wrap.

Installation takes several hours as the vinyl is carefully placed and smoothed, and fine cuts are made around lights, door handles, and any other features on the vehicle. Our installers are Avery Car Wrap Certified, so they are trained to be both precise and efficient with each installation. With the vinyl in place, it is heated to 160 degrees Fahrenheit and smoothed once more. As it cools, it retains its permanent shape and position. The end result is a seamless, professional vehicle wrap.

The van wrap design took into account all the unique features of the step van, and the eye-popping color definitely garners attention on and off the road. “It pops; it’s an attention-grabber – that’s the biggest thing,” Brandt said when he saw the van wraps for the first time. “You guys did a fabulous job.”

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6 Steps for Successful Concession Trailer Wraps

Concession Trailer Wraps, we work closely with clients to creat the custom wrap you and your customers will love for years in Spokane and Chewelah

American Flag concession trailer wrap

We love makeover projects, and some of the biggest transformations we have seen have come from concession trailer wraps. There is much work that goes into creating a great concession trailer wraps design from custom size and features to graphics that look great on the road as well as at the fair. Here are 5 steps to follow when creating successful concession trailer wraps.

1. Take Measurements and Photos. We have templates for many vehicle types, but no template is ever perfect, especially when it comes to a concession trailer. It’s very important to be able to see the actual vehicle and take exact measurements, in part, so that we can see where not to put text. We want to make sure that text and logos don’t run into the wheel wells or through handles. We take exact measurements for:

• Overall height
• Overall width
• Distance between a body line and edge of the vehicle
• Distance between any opening or other feature and edge of the vehicle

We also take photos of each side and the front and back of the vehicle. This makes it possible to set up our own template to perfectly match any vehicle.

2. Quote. After taking measurements, but before creating a custom template, we will be able to give a quote for the job. The biggest factors that go into a quote are:

• How much material will be used to achieve the design – is it a full wrap or a partial wrap?
• How much labor it will take to complete the project, from printing to lamination to installation. This greatly depends on how much material will be printed and installed.

With a deposit of at least 50% of the total price, we can begin the bulk of the design process.

Get into more fairs and events with an attractive, custom Concession Trailer Wraps designed by Signs for Success in Spokane and Colville

Inland Empire Concession Trailer Wrap

3. Design. Getting back to the measurements and photos we took, we set up a vehicle template that’s an exact replica of your concession trailer. “Once we have the template made, we can make sure that critical pieces of the artwork – like text and pictures – don’t get cut off,” Signs for Success designer Vanessa Bogensberger said.With the newly created blank template just begging for some mouthwatering graphics, it’s time to get to the meat and potatoes of great concession trailer wraps – the design. When coming up with a concept for your concession trailer wrap, consider what makes a vehicle wrap design successful. The same design principles we recommend for a car or truck wrap – bold colors, simple text, large image – apply for concession trailer wraps as well. Here are some additional design tips:

• Use a large font for the only most important information, and place it high on the vehicle so people can see it from far away.
• If your wrap needs to showcase a menu, keep it small and to one area of the wrap. Customers can walk up to get a better look.
• Remember one large image looks better than several small ones.
• To keep graphics from fighting with text, you can put graphics in the background like we did with the large flag and fireworks on White’s All American Concessions trailer.

Signs for Success designers can work with you or your design team to help you come up with a successful wrap design. We first gather all the design components, including high-resolution logos, artwork, fonts, colors and desired wording. Then we will lay out the components over the template we have created to make sure we are maximizing the usable space. We will submit proofs for your approval, and we will be happy to tweak the artwork until we get it just right.

If you are providing finished artwork, we will compare it to our template and measurements and make adjustments if needed. For wrap designs, we require at least six inches of bleed.

Signs for Success can wrap your food truck in Spokane like this one for Little Caesars

Food Truck Wrap in spokane

4. Run Test Prints. Getting color just right is very important to us, which is why “perfect color” is part of our motto. The RGB (Red Green Blue) color spectrum on the computer monitor produced with light is not going to be the same as that produced with the limitations of ink’s CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) color spectrum. We print with a 6 color machine that utilizes CMYK + Light Cyan and Light Magenta. Even though this gives us the opportunity to hit a very large color gamut, we want your approval on the final color. We want you to be satisfied with your investment every time a customer chooses your concession trailer.5. Print and Laminate. All the materials needed for an install come together. We print enough vinyl for complete coverage of the vehicle, Vanessa explained, “adding a little extra to the height and width, so that the install team has flexibility in being able to move the whole thing over, up, or down to best fit the area.” At Signs for Success, we print our own graphics here in our state-of-the-art production facility. We print on Avery Supreme Wrapping Film, a high performance conformable vinyl and cover it with satin or luster protective laminate. We find that it’s helpful to store each panel in the order they will be installed to be best prepared for the concession trailer wraps installation.6. Install the Concession Trailer Wrap. We begin the process by cleaning and prepping the trailer. This may include removing existing graphics and the adhesive associated with them. We ask that you thoroughly wash your concession trailer before bringing it to us so we can focus on detail cleaning the body & edges.

Wrapping a vehicle the size of a concession trailer with rivets, roll down windows, and other unique features is labor intensive. We will also need to remove vehicle components like lights, bumpers, mirrors, emblems, and light lenses to get the best results. Our installation team is trained, highly skilled, and efficient in vehicle wrapping techniques. Wrapping a concession trailer may take up to 50+ man hours, but we will notify you of the expected time frame before we begin based on the production schedule and your individual concession trailer wrap project.

These 6 steps are essential to creating a successful concession trailer wrap. If you have a vehicle wrap project in mind, the trained, experienced team at Signs for Success is ready to help you make it happen. Call us for a quote. We love to see the transformation and the huge impact a new concession trailer wrap can have for a business.