Signs, graphics, or decals made from vinyl are very cost-effective ways of getting people’s attention. They can be easily installed, and with proper care, they will last for a long time. They can be printed on both sides of the vinyl, so people will see them whether they are coming or going.

DIY Vinyl Signs and Graphics

If you own a business, no matter how large or small, consider making your own vinyl advertising materials. With only limited hardware and software and some basic design knowledge, you can start manufacturing your business signs.

Getting Started

The first thing you need is a personal computer and design software. Most software can be downloaded from the Internet. Your computer should have enough processing power and RAM to efficiently run the software. At least a 2.0 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM are recommended.

You will also need a vinyl cutter. There are lots of vinyl cutters available on the market. For starting out, consider one that can handle simple graphics of less than 10 feet in length. As you begin making more signs and graphics, you can progress to a vinyl cutter that is suited for different types of applications.

It is crucial to make the right software choice for your vinyl sign production. A lot of people use CorelDRAW, Photoshop, or Illustrator. Check out how the software works and choose one that best fits your sign making needs.

Sign Making Supplies

To produce high quality signs, you will need the following supplies:

  • Vinyl – Vinyl or PVC film sheets range in thickness,depending on your project needs.
  • Application or transfer tape –This is the staple of digital graphics. It transfers the cut vinyl graphic from its release liner to the substrate. While some vinyl can be transferred by hand, most of them require transfer tape to do the job.
  • Application fluid – Graphics can be transferred either dry or wet. Dry transfer is used when working with premium vinyl that can be picked up and repositioned until you get it right. If you use other types of vinyl and you are not confident that you can place them correctly the first time, you will need to rely on fluid such as SureGlide or RapidTC. This will help you reposition the graphics to fit the desired design.
  • Substrates –This is the material that the vinyl adheres to. It can be rigid or flexible.

With all the nuts and bolts of sign making ready, you can unleash your imagination and creativity. It’s not difficult to get started, and you’ll easily catch the eyes of potential customers with your vinyl creations.