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August '18

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • August 2018 • 49 Relief Cuts Another big part of wrapping—espe- cially with unique objects and objects with compound curves—is knowing when to make a relief cut. As you move the vinyl over an object you can feel where resistance is created. If you feel like you're having to force the vinyl it may be best to create a relief cut. This allows the vinyl to separate and move in a new direction without over-stretching. These relief cuts may be large or very tiny depending on the object you're wrapping. They are very helpful and it's a great technique to master. Be careful that your cuts are not made too large or too close to an edge. You need to also be careful when pulling against a relief cut that you don't stretch it further causing you to come up short on the object. When you need to create an over- lap—which is essentially a relief cut that remains on the object—Knifeless Tape is a great way to create a straight line without cutting on the vehicle. You can also create overlaps in areas that are not visible in order to speed up installation while creating a lasting finish. If you do need to cut on the object, be sure to use a fresh, sharp blade and a light, steady hand. SDG While this tool box is essentially just a box, it does have many small draw- ers that required a lot of tucking and trimming. The right material and finish techniques ensured a clean wrap. This closet door was wrapped with an unusual image—Han Solo encased in carbonite, from the Star Wars movie The Empire Strikes Back. Wrapped by Digital EFX Wraps. (Image courtesy of Roland DGA) An unusual floor graphic was created to resemble a diver in an undersea cave. (Image courtesy of Roland DG UK)

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