Thursday, 30 January 2014

How to Design a Car Window Graphic

Full-sized window car decals are one of the best ways to advertise as they offer complete marketing exposure at fraction of a cost. These see-through, perforated graphics are extremely easy to install but may get a little challenging to create and design. Here are a few tips that might help prevent any issues and help an owner order the right rear window graphic for a particular vehicle.

Taking proper measurement- This perhaps is one of the most important parts of ordering a car window decal, and is normally overlooked. Every rear window is different, so there is no one size fits all graphic, unless the owner is looking for a small piece to stick in the middle of the window. The best way to go about it is to measure the outer and inner height of the window and the bottom and top width to give to the sign company. If there are any accessories on the window, like a handle or windshield wiper, then they must also be measured so that the decal can be designed around them. Such measurements assist in ensuring that 1) the decal is printed on a big piece of material to fit the window, and 2) once it’s trimmed, it will fit the real shape of the window.

Designing accordingly-Once the measurements are in place, one must begin to create a design, keeping in mind the shape of the window. Most graphics are trapezoid-shaped, i.e. the top is thinner than the bottom. As a rule, in general, never put images or text at the design’s edge as it may get trimmed off at the time of installation.

Use an editing eye- It is easy to "overdesign" car decals as they offer large space for advertising. When designing a piece, one must think of removing a percentage of it, as it is normally not required. Passing motorists will not have time to view a decal, especially the one that offers overwhelming information. Unless it's completely necessary and relevant, it should not be included in the design.

Never putting the text close to the edge- Even if the window has been measured perfectly there is always a likelihood that some of the graphic may get clipped off during installation. It is okay if it is only a small piece of background color, but incase it’s a phone number then the whole idea of getting a graphic is lost. Apart from this, it is also important to get the logo at the center so that no important information is clipped off.


One must clean the window properly and tape the graphic to the window top with masking tape. The next steps involve, removing half of the protective backing and using a squeegee to put on the decal, removing other half of the protective backing and applying the other side.  Then using a razor blade, one must trim down the edges to get rid of excess material to leave a personalized look.

A lot of owners forget measuring their motor vehicles properly when designing their graphic. This can turn out to be a costly mistake, as not all car sign companies review the measurements to ensure they'll fit the particular automobile’s window. Rather than preparing the design in a rush and then getting a graphic that can't be used, it’s good to spend more time with measurements. It is also a good idea to get in touch with a reputed sign making company to get the best results. Reputed providers offer all the help and advice to their customers to make the whole process easy for them. Some even take out measurements themselves.

No comments:

Post a Comment