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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 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 make sure 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 literally hundreds of colours, textures and finishes to choose from. We are sure to find a colour to mirror your branding but in the unlikely event that this can’t be done, we are able to work with you to print a colour 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 in excess of 5 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.

Another major benefit of Vinyl Cut Graphics is that it is manufactured using a vinyl cutter or plotter machine, which means that the letters and forms have clean, clear outlines, no matter the size. There are no resolution issues, and no loss in quality.  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 design-area available as well as the accessible viewing area will play a role in deciding the optimal size and colour of a graphic or text.  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.

Typography, text size and kerning (letter spacing) must be taken 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 very small 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 the use of 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 which makes them accessible to the plotter and cutter software. Substrate is also important, for fabrication and aesthetics. It will need to be robust enough for its purpose, weatherproof if necessary or have translucent properties if lighting is to be added. The substrate colour will also need enough contrast to ensure readability.

Your Own Design

  Our Design and Print team are knowledgable in all these fields and can help you decide which options are best for your business.  Whilst we have 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.

Cutting Stickers and Decals

The Designer sends the completed file through to Print team who will set it up to be cut. This is done by using a machine called a plotter which precision cuts 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 have been cut, our team of sign makers will carefully weed out the excess vinyl by hand and apply specialised tape to aid application.  The Graphics are then applied by a technician to your chosen substrate; which has to be perfectly clean to ensure proper adhesion.

If the graphics are to be placed on a transportable sign board, this process is typically done by using an application table fitted with a roller. The width limitation for this process sits at 3.5m but this does not mean that smaller panels cannot be joined together (almost seamlessly) to create a larger sign.  Cut Vinyl Graphics can also be applied 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 practise.

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 design-area available as well as the accessible viewing area will play a role in deciding the optimal size and colour of a graphic or text.  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.

Typography, text size and kerning (letter spacing) must be taken 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 very small 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 the use of 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 which makes them accessible to the plotter and cutter software. Substrate is also important, for fabrication and aesthetics. It will need to be robust enough for its purpose, weatherproof if necessary or have translucent properties if lighting is to be added. The substrate colour will also need enough contrast to ensure readability.

Your Own Design

  Our Design and Print team are knowledgable in all these fields and can help you decide which options are best for your business.  Whilst we have 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.

Creating Cut Vinyl Graphics

Cutting Vinyl Graphics

The Designer sends the completed file through to Print team who will set it up to be cut. This is done by using a machine called a plotter which precision cuts 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 have been cut, our team of sign makers will carefully weed out the excess vinyl by hand and apply specialised tape to aid application.  The Graphics are then applied by a technician to your chosen substrate; which has to be perfectly clean to ensure proper adhesion.

If the graphics are to be placed on a transportable sign board, this process is typically done by using an application table fitted with a roller. The width limitation for this process sits at 3.5m but this does not mean that smaller panels cannot be joined together (almost seamlessly) to create a larger sign.  Cut Graphics can also be applied directly onto a wall or window on site.

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

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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