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Digital Printing Vancouver WA Archives | Specialty Graphic Solutions

Film Poster Refrigerator

By | Signage Design, Vector Art, Wild Card

Sometimes it’s hard to find time to mow your lawn, let alone do a remodel in your house. For a busy Interior Designer like Rhonda Knoche, it’s exceptionally tough.  It took a while, but Rhonda finally set aside some time from making other people’s homes spectacular to remodel her own kitchen. An Interior Designer needs to make their home seriously awesome and Rhonda decided she needed something BIG for her new kitchen. She contacted the Mighty Sign Makers of Specialty Graphic Solutions to make that happen with a movie poster custom graphic for her refrigerator.

Rhonda’s Vision

Rhonda and her husband are big fans of classic movies. To add an extra touch of personality to their new kitchen, they decided to put their favorite movie poster (from the 1958 film, Auntie Mame) on their built-in refrigerator and freezer.

The Process

We started off with a picture of the poster, sent over by Rhonda, but we ran into a bit of a problem with the size of the image. It was just too small to enlarge without pixelating. Knowing how much Rhonda loved this image, we wanted to make sure that we could work with it. We converted the image to vector format, which instead of using pixels, produces images comprised of a series of curves, angles and shapes. The vector conversion allowed us to blow the image up to the right size without distorting it.

The next challenge we faced with this project was the detail needed in the print. Rhonda needed the colors in the poster to be specific shades. She wanted the background of the poster to match the cabinets in the kitchen and Mame’s dress had to be a very specific red. Close enough wasn’t an option, but that kind of detail work is exactly what the Mighty Sign Makers pride themselves on. We matched the colors perfectly so they would hold up to even Rhonda’s high standards.

Next, we printed the graphic for the freezer door. Rhonda wanted the quote, “Life’s a Banquet” printed to match the font on the poster with the same background color as the poster and cabinets. We matched everything perfectly with our digital printer. We printed on custom routed .177’’ clear Makrolon polycarbonate panel and added a dry erase overlaminate that allows Rhonda to write on the refrigerator with a dry erase marker. She can put her grocery list, a quick note or just words of wisdom right on her fridge.

Rhonda had a very specific vision for her kitchen. She did a lot of work to make that vision a reality and we made sure her refrigerator was exactly what she had envisioned.

What’s In Our “Wild Card” Sign Gallery?

By | Inside Signs, Wild Card | No Comments

Have you ever visited the “Wild Card” Gallery on our site? This is where we put examples of the work we’ve done that doesn’t really fit into any other categories. You see, our mighty sign makers have this “problem” where we have trouble saying “no” to any job. Instead, when clients come to us with projects we’ve never tried before, we get excited about tackling a new challenge. Hence, we end up with unique signs for Vancouver, WA like the nine foot tall Cat in the Hat book for a parade float in our gallery. Let’s take a moment to discuss more of what we’ve done.

How Can a Sign Shop Help with a Kitchen Remodel?

Does your kitchen need a new look? You could spend tens of thousands of dollars replacing the cabinets, getting a marble countertop, and painting everything a color you’ll grow sick of in a couple months. Or, you can pick up the phone and call SGS for vinyl kitchen backsplashes featuring the custom graphics of your choice. You can create your own personal Hell’s Kitchen decor at a reasonable price. Sorry, yelling British dudes aren’t included.

Custom Printed Dry Erase Boards

The internet is great for business planning. However, it’s easy for people to miss information, and there’s only so much you can see with computer screens. This is why dry erase boards are still a popular tool for many companies. We were able to create a custom dry erase board that helped one of our clients visualize their work obstacles and plan to tackle them.

When Dry Erase Won’t Do

Many frozen yogurt shops will let you know which flavors are which with dry erase signs posted above the machines. That works fine but not great. For one of our customers, we created digitally printed personalized inserts in vibrant colors that they could just slide in above the machines. This makes each of the options more enticing. Yogurt stores aren’t the only enterprises that can benefit from these markers. Any business that needs a variety of labels can come to us for affordable solutions.

We Have Tons of Awards

We’re not talking about having won lots of awards, though we have some of those too. No, we’re talking about our ability to create unique, custom awards. All of us at one point or another have received a certificate of recognition or some other token of achievement that was clearly just printed off on someone’s home printer on low-grade paper. It doesn’t make the award seem that special, does it? Instead, at a fairly low price, we can get it done on high grade paper and frame the award for you.

Or, we can create a unique trophy for your dragon boat competition by applying vinyl to a paddle. There are virtually limitless possibilities. We’re always up for a good challenge.

If you’ve had a hard time finding someone to bring your unusual sign ideas for Vancouver, WA to reality, contact SGS, and our wild and crazy guys will get to work on it right away.