Images for Use on Your Sign, Plaque, Wheel Cover, Printed Canvas or Personalised Gift

Image  and Artwork
Information

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Standard Images

We have a huge range of standard images which can be used on our signs, plaques, wheel covers, printed canvases and personalised gifts.

Click here for single colour images for use on wood, slate, engraved and cut vinyl signage

Click here for full colour images and backgrounds for printed signs

Range of Images

COST OF USING AN IMAGE

  Basic Image Cost - can include a standard image
Image Size Printed or Cut Vinyl Engraved Sand Blasted or Lasered
Wood Stone or Metal
Up to 100mm £7.50 £7.50
100mm - 200mm £7.50 £12.50
200mm - 300mm £7.50 £18.00
Over 300mm £7.50 £20.00

  Own Image Cost - including £10 artwork charge for ready to use image
Image Size Printed or Cut Vinyl Engraved Sand Blasted or Lasered
Wood Stone or Metal
Up to 100mm £17.50 £17.50 
100mm - 200mm £17.50  £22.50
200mm - 300mm £17.50  £28.00 
Over 300mm £17.50 £30.00

  Own Image Cost - including £20 artwork charge for conversion to vector file
Image Size Printed or Cut Vinyl Engraved Sand Blasted or Lasered
Wood Stone or Metal
Up to 100mm £27.50  £27.50 
100mm - 200mm £27.50   £32.50
200mm - 300mm £27.50  £38.00
Over 300mm £27.50  £40.00

What constitutes a Ready to Use Image?

Single Colour

Single Colour Images for Wood, Stone and Engraved Signs again need to be in the vectorised format created in drawing programs such as Adobe Illustrator or Coral Draw. Click here for more information. If you are unable to send your image in this format, and most people can't, we will send the image to a graphic designer to re-draw @ a cost of £19.90.

Full Colour

Colour photographs
should be taken at the high resolution or fine setting on your camera. If you are scanning a photo, scan it in at the high resolution. They are usually sent as tiff, jpg or bitmap images. Check out the size chart at the bottom of the page.

Colour Artwork can be sent as an appropriate size tiff, jpg, gif or png file - see size chart below. Alternatively it should be created as vector artwork in a drawing programs such as Adobe Illustrator or Coral Draw. It allows artwork to be enlarged without any loss of quality. If you do not have suitable colour artwork we can send it to a graphic design to vectorise for you. See the before and after image below. Most images from the internet are low resolution and will need to be vectorised.

Artwork as it was sent to us. Vectorised Image
Artwork as Sent to Us Re-created as a vectorised Image


CHECKING THE IMAGE SIZE for Bitmap Images eg photographs
To see if a photograph or artwork image is large enough bring it into your photo software. Look at the image size and you should be able to see how many pixels high and wide the image is.

Height or Length of
Printing in Inches
Height or Length of
Printing in mm
No. Pixels required
4 Inches
100mm
400 - 600 pixels
6 Inches
150mm
600 - 900 pixels
9 inches
225 mm
900 - 1350 pixels
12 inches
300mm
1200 - 1800 pixels
18 inches
450mm
1800 - 2700 pixels
24 inches
600mm
2400 - 3600 pixels

WHAT IS A BITMAP IMAGE?
 

Most digital images you see on your computer, phone or ipad are composed of bitmaps. A bitmap is made up of dots or bits, which when you are a reasonable distance from the screen appear as an image. However if you zoom in or enlarge the image it becomes blurry, pixilated or blocky. Typical bitmap image file types are jpg, giff, png and tiff.  If taken from a website they are usually too small to print with any quality.


WHAT IS A VECTOR IMAGE?
 

A vector image is is made up of mathematical paths which are defined by magnitude and direction. This kind of image can be enlarged easily without losing quality.   


CAN A BITMAP IMAGE BE CONVERTED INTO A VECTOR IMAGE
 

In most cases - yes, but not at the press of a button! Our graphic designer can usually scan, trace and redraw the artwork and then save it as a vector file. This cost for this is normally £17.50.
 This technique cannot be used on photographs or very complicated artwork. However we do have some software which can increase a photograph to about 5 times its original size yet still keep a reasonable quality.


SAVING A VECTOR FILE
 

Create the file in a drawing program such as Adobi Illustrator or Corel.
Save the file as uncompressed.
Fonts to be converted to curves.
Remove all unwanted layers
All strokes or outlines to be converted to objects
Overlapping objects which are the same colour must be weld as one.
Must be in a PC format.

NB Although you can bring in a bitmap file into a drawing program and then save it as a ai or eps file, it will not be converted to a vector file.


COLOUR MATCHING
 

Our vinyl printing uses CMYK colours. For artwork with very specific colours you must send us any ready to print artwork in CYMK as opposed to RGB.  If we are designing your artwork you will need to ensure we have the CMYK reference numbers.
To be sure the colours are correct we are happy to send out a small vinyl print - just ask us. 

 

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