There are several common questions we hear when assisting new customers. Follow the buttons below to gain a better grasp on the sign-making process. If there’s a question we have missed, contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
When it comes to your options, we’ve seen it all. Details regarding budget, atmosphere and surroundings, height, light and regulations all play a role, so bring us your details and we will gladly show you the way.
• What file formats do I need to provide when ordering a sign?
If you’re using a Mac, any file from the following programs will work:
• – Adobe Illustrator CS
• – Adobe Photoshop CS
• – Adobe InDesign CS
• – QuarkXPress 6.5 For PC users, we support these programs:
• – Adobe Illustrator CS2
• – Adobe Photoshop CS2
• – Adobe InDesign CS2
• – CorelDRAW12
To produce your job in the most cost-effective manner, always provide vector files of your art, such
as CDR, AI or EPS files. This way, you’ll avoid art setup fees. Also include font files to ensure a
smooth setup process.
We can work from JPG. TIF and PDF files, but they may not produce the same quality as other file
types. If this is your only option, ask us about it and we’ll help you find the best solution.
• What is a proof?
A proof is the final test before we produce your sign. It allows you to review the layout and design
of your sign digitally or in print, and request necessary changes before we physically create your job.
We ask that you approve the proof before we start making your sign.
• Why do I need to look at a proof if I’ve already given you everything I need to have done?
Simply put, humans make mistakes. By reviewing your proof, you can ensure that our team handled
every detail exactly how you want it. Misunderstandings and crossed signals happen at every
business. This is our way of saving the time and money that mistakes can cost.
• Do I still need to approve a proof if I bring my work in on disk?
It seems unnecessary, right? But a proof is still useful, even when you submit files on a disk.
Programs, files and output devices have flaws and create errors, just like humans. Reviewing a final
proof ensures your job traveled across formats accurately.
• How do I go about getting an estimate from you?
The easiest way to request an estimate is through our Request an Estimate tool. Simply complete
that form, and we’ll get back to you soon.
Otherwise, you can always give us a call or stop in, and we’d be glad to talk about your project and
provide an estimate.
• Do you offer a quantity discount?
Most jobs do offer a quantity discount. Since setup is the most time-intensive part of any job (and
thus expensive), it is easier to run multiple versions of any sign. Plus, materials get cheaper in larger
• How long does it take for you to create my sign?
In sign making, every job is unique. Therefore, every timeline is different. Basic jobs like banners or
posters can be done in less than a week, and more complicated jobs can take up to six weeks.
Tell us when you need your sign, and we’ll see what we can do. We go to great lengths to produce
your job in a timely manner.
• How do I care for my banner so it lasts and continues to look good?
Hanging your banner is the easiest way to prolong the life of your sign. Grommets are spaced
around the outside edge to distribute weight evenly. When you hang your banner, make sure to
weave your rope or string in and out of these, similar to sewing. That ensures no one area is bearing
all the weight and wind.
After you’re done displaying the banner, give it a quick cleansing with soap and water. Then, roll it up
for storage with the lettering and printing out. Never fold it, as this will cause creases and could lead