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Old 05-06-2017, 06:37 AM
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Thank you all for the compliments, but the reason I posted this "step by step" was to hopefully inspire some of you to try making a nice sign on your own. I understand how looking at a finished sign & trying to figure out how it was all done can be overwhelming, & breaking it down into steps really simplifies the process.

However ..... all the textures & paint tricks & leaf notwithstanding, what is really catching your eye is the design. It took me a while to learn this on my own ..... people would come to me with a really ugly design they wanted me to make a dimensional sign from . I learned quickly that the end result was always still just a really ugly sign, but with dimension.

So, taking some time to look at signs ... both the ones you like & the ones you don't ... & figuring out what is personal preference & what is actually effective will be time well spent if you ever want to make signs that "work". It's usually not the first thing that catches your eye, but a good design, well executed.
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Old 05-06-2017, 06:47 AM
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TR I can only wish i had the finesse,
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Old 05-09-2017, 10:28 AM
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I love seeing your talents at work TR. Educate me a little on the material thickness, and pocket depths in this example. Thanks, as always for sharing.
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Old 05-09-2017, 10:40 AM
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Charlie, the material is Corafoam 15lb, 1.25" thickness. The pocket is cut to .275" depth. When you have thin elements left standing proud, you have to be concerned with their fragility. On a small sign like this , you don't need the pocket any deeper ....
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Thanks TR. This is perfect. The raised letters provided a grand view that I thought might have been higher than it is. Perception is always difficult on a 3d object shown on a flat screen.
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Old 05-09-2017, 06:21 PM
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Charlie ... the actual letters stand proud by about .125" above the rest of the "top" . This is the PB resin , domed...........
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Old 05-25-2017, 06:41 AM
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Well, after 21 years & well over 1000 dimensional signs, I finally made a spelling mistake I can't "fix" ....... I've known these people their whole lives & never noticed that they are "McGregor" ..... no "a" . The groom's father stopped in to order another sign for a chunk of bushland he gave them, & noticed it. I'm glad he did, because I'd have certainly been embarrassed..

I made 2 other mistakes ,,,,, both of them were easily changed, & as a co-incidence, both were in French. Both designs had been seen by francophones, & they didn't catch it. One I fixed with some sculpting epoxy & the other was in a line of text that I just ripped out & replaced. A piss-off, but not really such a big deal ....

This one, there's no way to fix it. I don't have time to make them a new one now, so they're getting a gift certificate. This one will spend some time here as a "sales sample" before moving on to Chesapeake VA, where it'll continue being a sales sample.

So ... moral of the story? Nothing is ever all wrong ... even a broken clock is right twice a day .......
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Old 05-25-2017, 08:14 AM
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Doesn't surprise me Rodger! You've been spelling McMunn wrong all these years...

Nice sample though! I have a few in my shop like that as well!!!

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Old 05-25-2017, 09:58 AM
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I'm sure there is a MacGregor family out there that would love to buy this sign. Heck maybe someone here wants to change their name....We just need to find them....
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