Sign & Digital Graphics

December '14

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Wrap Artwork Artwork sources for wrap design Charity Jackson is co-owner of Visual Horizons Custom Signs based in Modesto, California. She has been in business since 1995, and has worked in the sign industry for over 20 years. You can visit her website at www.vhsigns.com. B y C h a r i t y J a C k s o n Let's Talk Shop work—I was given some great leads. Here are a few sources for artwork and photos that you could work into your next wrap design, as well as some points to consider when choosing your artwork. Artwork Sources Following is a list of some of the suggested sources for both free and purchased artwork, as well as some additional sources I've found. Some of these sites deal only in vector-based images; many include both vector and raster-based artwork. iStock—www.istockphoto.com—Offers photos and vector illustrations as individual purchase, through credits, or through subscription plans. All file sizes are the same price. Shutterstock—www.shuttestock.com— Another great source for high resolution photos and vector artwork. Pay-as-you-go or subscription for the art- work on their site. freepik—www.freepik.com—Free vector artwork, I imagine if you've done some research into design- ing for vehicle wraps you've come across a debate or two as to whether photos should be included in your designs. Some will say your designs should be all vec- tor based, and others will argue that wraps designed in Photoshop provide more punch! No matter which side of that argument you stand on, or maybe you have a foot firmly planted on both sides, there is a need for art sources to pull together the design. A well-designed wrap is one of the most impor- tant parts to the whole wrap process. After posing a question on LinkedIn—asking our peers in the wraps industry about some of the sources they use for art- WRAPS DIGITAL GRAPHICS There are numerous online sources for high quality photos and vector artwork, both free and available for purchase. 50 • December 2014 • s i G n & D i G i t a L G r a P h i C s

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