Vehicle 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!