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January '17

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48 • January 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S WRAPS DIGITAL GRAPHICS also speeds up the design time. When you sit down at the computer you've already moved the design past the initial stages and are bringing the customer's artwork to life. Proof Professionalism throughout the pro- cess is important, and the way you pres- ent the proof to the customer should sup- port this. We proof most of our wraps on a custom template we create from photos and measurements of the actual vehicle we're wrapping. We do this to not only present a professional design, but to also take into account any unique after-market parts or other features of the customer's vehicle. When the vehicle isn't available for photos prior to the design process, or if it's a simple partial wrap, we also use vehicle templates to design and present our wrap. The Bad Wrap offers vehicle tem- plates that not only provide the simplicity of designing on a vehicle that is already setup for proofing, but is also realistic and professional looking. The templates are designed in Photoshop and are pro- vided as layered .tif files that can also be imported into vector-based programs. Line art vehicle templates, like Art Station's Vehicle Templates, provide a scaled outline of the vehicle without the photographic, three-dimensional look. This doesn't mean that proofing on them is less professional. Offering your customer a design that is organized, includes what they are ask- ing for and is presented on the template of their vehicle will allow them to visual- ize the final wrap. Be sure to include your company logo and any other important notations on the proof. No matter what vehicle template software you use, or if you create your Vehicle Template Soware Resources Company Software Website Art Station Vehicle Templates 2016 Edition offers more than 5,500 vehicle outlines. Plus, the Wrap Dimensions Guide quoting system. http://artstation-vehicletemplates.com Aurora Graphics Wide range of ready made wrap designs, DVDs and downloadable www.auroragraphics.net Bad Wraps Full size premium wrap templates, Photoshop Touch, template packages, Wrapulator quoting system. http://thebadwrap.com Pro Vehicle Outlines Pro Vehicle Outlines 2016, over 9,860 vehicle and specialty templates, online version available www.provehicleoutlines.com Mr ClipArt Vehicle outlines and ready made graphics., CD/DVD and downloadable http://mr-clipart.com The Wrap App Wrap pricing app with large vehicle data base. Also handles orders, POs, nvoices, customer database and more. https://thewrapapplogin.net The 2017 edition of Art Station Vehicle Templates and Wrap Dimensions Guide were announced right at press time of this issue. own custom template, be sure you triple check your measurements. Important information should be kept away from obstacles. Keep in mind body molding, rubber trim around win- dows, door handles or any other parts that may not be wrapped. Vehicle Condition Templates are also great for making notations on. You may use one early on in the wrap process to note any prob- lem areas on the vehicle, especially ones that the customer needs to repair prior to wrapping. Sometimes damaged areas on the vehicle won't interfere with wrapping, but we still like to note them for future reference. Let's say a customer removes the wrap you did three years previously and sees a large scratch they didn't know about, but you have a photo and notation of it kept on file. This helps eliminates any liability for damage. We especially use these when we're removing an old wrap from a vehicle prior to re-wrapping it. Particularly if we didn't wrap the vehicle originally. Any damage under the wrap should be documented and photographed. It's always a good idea to review these damage areas with the customer and have them sign off on the template notations as confirmation that you reviewed the issues. This is especially important if there is damage on the vehicle that may interfere with the integrity of the wrap itself. Keep in mind that the condition of the vehicle may void any manufacturer warranty and you should relay this to the customer. SDG

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