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Cut Vinyl Graphics

Cut Vinyl Graphics are constructed from forms and shapes that have been cut from self-adhesive vinyl and adhered to a particular substrate. There is great versatility with this type of Signage, and there are many options available for both the vinyl and substrate utilised.

We use only the best, most reliable vinyl products available in NZ and have a great relationship with our suppliers, who do their utmost to ensure that we receive the products we need.

Plane Graphics
Point of Sale
Vinyl Cut Graphics Window
Vinyl cut graphics on a car
Stickers and Decals
Cut Vinyl Wayfinding
Stickers and Decals

BENEFITS AND PLACEMENT

The adhesive vinyl itself is a solid pre-determined colour, and there are hundreds of colours, textures and finishes to choose from. We are sure to find a colour to mirror your branding or can work with you to print a custom colour in the unlikely event that we can’t find a match.

This durable sticker also has UV protection and therefore performs well indoors and outdoors in NZ. Depending on the quality of adhesive vinyl chosen, the placement of the decal and the external environment, the product we use can last for more than five years, making it a cost-effective, long-lasting solution. Stickers and decals are hard-wearing but also removable, which is why it is the preferred choice for promotional areas where messaging is temporary.

We manufacture Vinyl Cut Graphics on a vinyl cutter or plotter machine. As a result, the letters and forms have clean, clear outlines, no matter the size and there are no resolution issues. This method works incredibly well for large signage, vehicles, windows and any sign that does not require a colour gradient or photographic image.

Designing Cut Vinyl Graphics

Creating Cut Vinyl Graphics

Cut Vinyl Design Considerations

Location is key when starting the design process of any sign. The position and area available and the accessible viewing area will play a role in deciding the optimal size and colour of a graphic or text. The substrate is also an important factor to consider, especially if it is textured. Cut vinyl graphics need a clean, smooth under-layer for maximum adhesion, and if this is not available, an additional backing may be necessary.

A designer must take typography, text size and kerning (letter-spacing) into account to ensure that your vinyl signage is clear and legible from a distance. Designers must also bear in mind that cut stickers will need to be weeded by hand and that they should avoid creating shapes with an excess number of nodes or tiny negative spaces. It is the Designer’s job to colour-match the vinyl efficiently and ensure that any logo or shape fits the criteria for a cut graphic before fabrication.

Design and Engineering

Designing stickers and decals involves using specialist vector-based image software such as Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator or a similar Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Program. The shapes and letters are saved in a layered vector format, making them accessible to the plotter and cutter software. The substrate type is also a consideration for fabrication and aesthetics. It will need to be robust enough for its purpose, weatherproof if necessary or have translucent properties if LED lighting is included. The substrate colour will also need enough contrast to ensure readability.

Your Design

We have a team of qualified Graphic Designers on-site, which we would love you to utilise but are also more than happy to print from files supplied. Please click here for our File Spec Sheet to ensure that your files are compatible with our process.

 Our design and print team are knowledgeable in all these fields and can help you decide which options are best for your business.

Cutting Stickers and Decals

The designer sends the completed file through to the print team, who will set it up to be cut. A machine called a plotter will precision cut each shape perfectly. It is important to note that a plotter is only able to cut along a vector line.

Weeding and Application

Once the stickers and decals are cut, our team of sign makers will carefully weed out the excess vinyl by hand and apply specialised tape to aid the application. A technician then applies the graphics to the chosen substrate, which must be perfectly clean to ensure proper adhesion.

An application table fitted with a roller can be used when placing graphics on a flat, mobile signboard. The width limitation for this process sits at 3.5m, but this does not mean that smaller panels cannot join together (almost seamlessly) to create a larger sign. An installer can also apply cut Vinyl Graphics directly onto a wall or window on site.

The process of ensuring that custom decals are professionally applied, intact and properly aligned, with no air bubbles, is a garnered skill, perfected over years of practice.

Vinyl Cut Graphics Adhesion

Letters and shapes applied in this way are removable, which is great for temporary signs or when only certain parts of a sign frequently need to be updated. Unfortunately, cut vinyl graphics signage can also fall prey to vandals who remove certain letters, leaving behind a completely different message.

It is worth noting that the longer the self-adhesive sign has been left in place, the more difficult it is to remove.

Designing Cut Vinyl Graphics

Cut Vinyl Design Considerations

Location is key when starting the design process of any sign. The position and area available and the accessible viewing area will play a role in deciding the optimal size and colour of a graphic or text. The substrate is also an important factor to consider, especially if it is textured. Cut vinyl graphics need a clean, smooth under-layer for maximum adhesion, and if this is not available, an additional backing may be necessary.

A designer must take typography, text size and kerning (letter-spacing) into account to ensure that your vinyl signage is clear and legible from a distance. Designers must also bear in mind that cut stickers will need to be weeded by hand and that they should avoid creating shapes with an excess number of nodes or tiny negative spaces. It is the Designer’s job to colour-match the vinyl efficiently and ensure that any logo or shape fits the criteria for a cut graphic before fabrication.

Design and Engineering

Designing stickers and decals involves using specialist vector-based image software such as Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator or a similar Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Program. The shapes and letters are saved in a layered vector format, making them accessible to the plotter and cutter software. The substrate type is also a consideration for fabrication and aesthetics. It will need to be robust enough for its purpose, weatherproof if necessary or have translucent properties if LED lighting is included. The substrate colour will also need enough contrast to ensure readability.

Your Design

We have a team of qualified Graphic Designers on-site, which we would love you to utilise but are also more than happy to print from files supplied. Please click here for our File Spec Sheet to ensure that your files are compatible with our process.

 Our design and print team are knowledgeable in all these fields and can help you decide which options are best for your business.

Creating Cut Vinyl Graphics

Cutting Stickers and Decals

The designer sends the completed file through to the print team, who will set it up to be cut. A machine called a plotter will precision cut each shape perfectly. It is important to note that a plotter is only able to cut along a vector line.

Weeding and Application

Once the stickers and decals are cut, our team of sign makers will carefully weed out the excess vinyl by hand and apply specialised tape to aid the application. A technician then applies the graphics to the chosen substrate, which must be perfectly clean to ensure proper adhesion.

An application table fitted with a roller can be used when placing graphics on a flat, mobile signboard. The width limitation for this process sits at 3.5m, but this does not mean that smaller panels cannot join together (almost seamlessly) to create a larger sign. An installer can also apply cut Vinyl Graphics directly onto a wall or window on site.

The process of ensuring that custom decals are professionally applied, intact and properly aligned, with no air bubbles, is a garnered skill, perfected over years of practice.

Vinyl Cut Graphics Adhesion

Letters and shapes applied in this way are removable, which is great for temporary signs or when only certain parts of a sign frequently need to be updated. Unfortunately, cut vinyl graphics signage can also fall prey to vandals who remove certain letters, leaving behind a completely different message.

It is worth noting that the longer the self-adhesive sign has been left in place, the more difficult it is to remove.

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