Large Size Laminating
We do a lot of laminating. In fact, we have six laminators of up to 60 inch width. That means that we can do lamination up to 54″ width, since we need to have a little wiggle room on either side.
Our choices of material are glossy, matte and crystal. Glossy gives your print the wet look of a glossy photo. Matte has a coating on it that breaks the glare, and until you get right up to it, it’s hard to tell that it’s not just paper. Crystal lamination is a textured laminate that breaks the glare completely and has an extra heavy backing. We prefer crystal laminate for trade show work.
All our lamination is done by laminating both sides of the print. By leaving a sealing edge all the way around, we encapsulate the print, giving you a moisture seal. That way, if your print gets wet in shipment, moisture doesn’t get to the paper. The only time we don’t give you a sealing edge is on panels that must meet edge to edge, like pop up booth panels. There, a sealing edge would put a large seam in the graphics.
Big Corkscrew Cutout
Usually when we do a cutout, it’s of people. But in this case, the good folks at Hermit Woods Winery wanted a big corkscrew for their event, and we were happy to oblige.
We can do a cutout of just about anything- get us a photo, we print it out in large size on display board and cut it out. Things like this can add some real fun to your event too!
Type Across a Photo
You will often want to put type in a photo, as a label, explanation, or Arlo Guthrie’s circles and arrows. It can be problematic, though, because the photo varies and dark type will be hard to read over the dark parts of the photo, and vice versa.
My trick for setting type in a photo is to use yellow type with a black drop shadow, as shown. Set your type in yellow, get everything sized and positioned as you want. They duplicate the type, change it to black, send it back one layer, and nudge it into position.
In this example, the e wouldn’t be visible if set in black, and the a wouldn’t be visible set in either yellow or white. But the yellow type with a drop shadow works great! Try this the next time you are creating a poster where you need type in a photo.