My farrier asked me to make a sign for his business. (For any non-horsey people, a farrier is the person who trims the horses’ feet and puts on shoes when needed.)
He brought me a stainless steel plate ‘blank’. Not only did he want his name on the sign in vinyl, but he had penciled a logo that I needed to create in the design software. I scanned his drawing from my multi-function printer/scanner into pdf and a graphic file to test import quality of both. As the drawing was in pencil, the lead was not consistent across the design. I imported it into MTC, then KNK Studio to compare the quality and amount of editing I would need to perform. In the end, I used KNK Studio to clean up the file. He also asked for a printout and/or digital file as he wants to have a metal leather stamp made with the logo. Between MTC, KNK Studio and Inkscape, I have the ability to give him the digital file in almost any format and quality/size the stamp manufacturer requires. Creating and assembling the sign’s design was quite simple.
But…Have you ever had too many choices? Like when buying a new car, or an appliance? It’s so much easier to get an idea of what the customer is looking for before I make suggestions – because sometimes too many options makes the choice more difficult. In this case, I gave him both one and two color versions of the design; and the option of about 20 different colors I inventory. He definitely preferred the two color design, but liked both the red/black and the blue/red combinations. He took printouts home to check with his wife and called me the next day. Since he still couldn’t decide, he asked for one side in red/black and the other in reflective blue/red.
Side One – Red/Black:
Side Two – Reflective Blue/Red (no flash used in this photo):
And here is what ‘Reflective Blue’ looks like when light is shone upon it (way too cool!):