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Types of Materials for 3D Letters in Vancouver WA

By | Dimensional Letter Signs, Exterior Signs, Sign Letter Chart

Have you ever seen an Italian restaurant with an exterior sign made out of spaghetti? What about a jeweler that uses diamonds to create their primary identification marker? These are both excellent ideas for branding these types of enterprises, but why haven’t we seen it done? Most likely, these businesses failed to dream the impossible.

At Specialty Graphic Solutions, we pride ourselves on making the impossible a reality. With a few simple tricks, we’d easily create the above signs. How? Well, you’ll just have to read today’s blog about the different types of materials for 3D letters in Vancouver, WA.

Aluminum Letter Signs

Aluminum isn’t just for holding your Crystal Pepsi. 3D letters can be made completely of aluminum, or they can have an aluminum laminate. We generally only offer solid aluminum letters of up to half an inch thick, but when you use a laminate, the sky’s the limit (as long as the sky is about four inches thick.) Laminates can be applied to substrates like acrylic, high-density urethane (HDU), and acrylic. We then paint the edges of the substrate to simulate the solid metal appearance.

Once we’ve cut the letters to match the fonts you use in your other marketing materials, we coat, polish, or brush them with a polyurethane enamel of your choice. We can make them shine like diamonds. We then install the letters with spacers for a dimensional look.

Acrylic Letter Signs

Flat cut acrylic letters are ideal if you want to give your exterior signage a professional appearance. Like the thinner aluminum letters, acrylic letters are standoff mounted to create dimensionality. Acrylic is also a great laminate on PVC and HDU. OMG! PVC is also used for 3D letters. All of these options are available in custom colors. You can make your letters match what you happen to be wearing today! We only recommend you do this if you wear the same thing every day.

Wooden Letter Signs

Does your organization specialized in organic, free-range, grain-fed, fair trade, gluten-free, GMO-free, 100 percent natural products? If so, wood letters are the best way to complement your branding. Walnut, pine, maple, alder, cherry, and mahogany woods are commonly used. If you’re in need of a temporary exterior signage option, medium-density fiberboard may be preferable. If you’re looking to save the rain forests, we recommend using materials that can mimic wood, such as:

HDU Letter Signs

Also referred to as sign foam, HDU letters are a more durable and environmentally-friendly alternative to wood. They won’t crack in harsh weather and are resistant to moisture and rotting. Plus, we can apply digitally-printed vinyl faces to the letters. For instance, you might consider adding high-resolution images of spaghetti to your dimensional HDU letters. Just a thought.

We’ve done it again: we’ve given you too many options to pick from. I guess, the only solution is for you to contact the Mighty Sign Makers at SGS and let us listen to your goals for your project, so we can come up with ideas specific to your needs. To get started, call us today for a free consultation on types of materials for 3D letters in Vancouver, WA.



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Letter Size and Color Are Important When Choosing the Right Signs!

By | Best Colors for Signs, Sign Letter Chart, Signage Terms

One of the most iconic signs in America is the Hollywood Sign. You can see it from miles around. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have a sign of that size marketing the location of your enterprise? Well, unless you’re located near the top of Mount Hood (in which case you would have bigger problems), this may not be the best sign for your purposes.

Have you ever actually visited the sign? At 45 feet tall, the letters are nearly impossible to read when you’re right by them. In all likelihood, you want your signs to be legible. Fortunately, the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions are among the best graphic designers for signs in Vancouver, WA. We can provide you with signs featuring the ideal letter sizes and colors to get your message across.

Size Does Matter

Sure, the Hollywood Sign letters may be too big for you, but for the most part, bigger is better in the sign industry. Your first consideration when choosing letter sizes is who you’re hoping will read it. We’re not talking about whether giants or miraculously literate ants will be seeing them. Instead, where will the reader be located?

If your organization is along a freeway, many of the people who will see your signs won’t have long to focus on it. On the other hand, foot traffic has longer to home in. Take a look at our Letter Visibility Chart for a better idea of what we’re talking about. Your 5-foot-tall (or 60-inch) letter will have its best impact within 600 feet. This will be readable for people flying by at 60 MPH. Yet, people on feet will also be able to see these letters clear at nearly half-a-mile (2500 feet) away.

But Size Isn’t Everything

Let’s get back to the Hollywood sign again, and not just because the weather is warmer there right now. Imagine if it’s incredibly cold in Hollywood. Imagine it actually snows, and the snow sticks. How legible would the white letters of the sign be then? The tourists would probably be pretty disappointed.

This is because no matter how big your letters are, they also need to contrast well with their background. We go into more detail on this with our Increasing Readability chart. Essentially, our graphic designers start with your branding. Most of the time, you have chosen colors that contrast well. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have chosen them in the first place. Yet, if you’re trying to install dimensional letters or graphics on a background that doesn’t contrast well, we can use our contrast skills to make sure your sign is still visible.

For instance, if the main color element in your branding is red, but the focal wall where you want your dimensional letters is already red. Then, red letters obviously won’t work. We’ll recommend using your secondary colors or neutral colors, like black or white.

Are you confused by all of this? Don’t worry! As the best commercial sign company in Vancouver, WA, we can handle it all for you. Contact SGS today for a free consultation on signage that’ll have a Hollywood Sign-sized impact!



Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

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