Sep
22
2010
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Corporate Sign Services, What is it?

Take control of your branding

Your brand sign is a critical marketing tool that should be reliable throughout your service network. Your marketing resource should never be spent on communicating with various vendors due to sign production problems. (more…)

Feb
02
2010
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Design Signs Online

dotcomlogoblogDesigning signs online is getting easier all the time. WeNeedSigns.com has the tools, clip art and ability to import picture files so you can create your own look.  Designing online is not for everyone so we also have a fully staffed art department to help you with a look that best represents you and your company. A San Francisco Bay Area Sign Company, we wanted to be more innovative to help those who wanted to be able to create their own designs and order them as needed.  We also create custom pages for custom products you may need, but do not see on the website. Check out the site and if you need a different product, contact us and we can assist you in creating a look and product that will make you look good.

Jan
28
2010
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Installing a Wall Sign or Lobby Logo.

Installing a “WeNeedSigns” wall sign.

Step by Step. “Click on image for a closer view”

Lobby logos or cut-out wall graphics are a great enhancement to your business or retail setting.

Step by step pics. on how to install a lobby logo

www.WeNeedSigns.com makes a wide variety of these type of signs and sell a 1/4″ thick expanded PVC wall graphic that is great looking, durable, light and very easy to install.

  1. Make sure the surface is clean and dry.  If you have just painted, be sure the paint has a chance to dry for 10 days or so to be sure it is fully cured.
  2. Tools: You will need a ladder, level, tape measure and a pencil.
  3. Placement:  Measure the center of the wall or mark where you would like the center of you wall sign.  Mark the height of where you would like the “Bottom of the sign”.  The bottom of the sign shouldn’t be less than 5-1/2′ from the bottom of the floor, or shouldn’t crowd the ceiling.
  4. Preparing the template:  Remove the paper cover from the adhesive tabs on the back of the template.
  5. Placing the template:  The template will have a center mark on the front side.  Align the center mark of the template with the center mark you made on the wall.  Use your level to make sure the template is not crooked. Press down gently on the adhesive tabs to make sure the template is secure and will not move.  Step back  to see that the sign looks straight and is not too low or too high before sticking on the letters.
  6. Placing the letters:  All the letters will come with a very high bond or “VHB” foam tape on the back of all the parts.  Simply peel off the paper cover off the tape and gently place the letters in the template making sure the bottom of the letters are touching the bottom of the template cut-out.
  7. Securing the letters:  After placing the letters on the wall, take time to look back at the graphic and make sure everything looks straight and centered. Press the letters down firmly after you are sure the letters are straight.
  8. If you are applying a boarder remove the paper cover off the left end of the boarder first and apply the first side then come back and remove the paper cover off the right side and apply the graphic.  This way you will not stick down parts of the boarder until you can handle it.  the PVC is flexible and the tape will be put on the boarder so that the process will be easy to handle.
  9. Remove the template:  After all the graphics are applied on the wall and you have checked to make sure the tape is secured and well bonded, carefully remove the template from around the letters.
  10. The WeNeedSigns wall sign is now complete and you now have a great professional wall graphic that will last for years.

Jan
12
2010
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Basic Sign Layout

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The best way to start a sign design is to decide on a size.  If you have a size restriction and you want the bests results on the design be sure you keep your message clear and simple.  No more than 3 colors and never make the sign too wordy.

A common mistake for the designer is to use a busy color combination or background.

Remember the three fundamental rules to designing, (1) KEEP  (2) IT  (3) SIMPLE.

Two to three colors is all you need with signs and be sure if you have more than one sign you should use the same color combination, font styles, text sizes and spacing.  Designing signs online or with a computer has never been easier. The editing abilities of the computer makes trial and error less cumbersome and allows people to design their message the way they would like to see it.   My next BLOG I will share with you some ideas I have learned in my 33+ years in the sign industry that helps the sign message stand out, making you look good!

Jan
06
2010
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Number and Letter Visibility Chart

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Here is a helpful letter visibility chart that will help you while designing your signs online at WeNeedSigns.com . This is a helpful tool for anyone, even the most experienced designers.  The letters will very in visibility depending on color contrast and font style. The best letter style to use is a san serif style font. In typography, a sans-serif or sans serif typeface is one that does not have the small features called “serifs” at the end of strokes. (more…)

Jan
04
2010
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New Tools in Canvas 2.0

1. One-The-Spot editing

Selecting a text block before it can be edited.

  1. Double click on text you would like to edit.
  2. Highlight the text and begin to enter your own message.

Step 1

Step 2:

2. A set of visual support tool

  • Zoom in/out  (Shift and – key , and Shift and = key)
  • Move (the whole sign)
  • Fit view

3. Alignment

when no guideline

  • base on the canvas dimension
  • center — move to object H/V center point  to a H/V center of the canvas
  • top– move object top edge to canvas top
  • bottom —  move object bottom edge to canvas bottom
  • right: move object right edge to canvas right edge
  • left: move object left edge to canvas left edge

when there is a guideline

  • center — move to object H/V center point  to a H/V guideline
  • top– move object top edge to a H guideline
  • bottom —  move object bottom edge to a H guideline
  • right: move object right edge to a V guideline
  • left: move object left edge to a V guideline

Feb
03
2009
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Real Estate Sign Posts

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In all my 30 years experience in the signs industry, the best way I have ever seen to install real estate signs is with a PVC cross arm sign post. The look and ease of installation is second to none. We have designed our post to the highest specifications of materials and the best size, suited to appear balanced to show a classic look. Both www.ExcelTeam.net and www.WeNeedSigns.com carry the post and our customers from Hawaii to Maine tell us it is the best value product in the industry.

The images show you how easy it is to install and it pays for itself the first time you use the Excel Real Estate Sign Post.

Greg Pelican
Excel Sign & Decal Co., Inc.
1509 N. Milpitas Blvd. Milpitas CA 95035
PH. 408-942-8881
FX. 408-942-6928

Feb
02
2009
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Design Real Estate Signs Online

Excel Sign & Decal has created a powerful tool allowing Real Estate companies big or small to design their own sign system at www.WeNeedSigns.com. This complete sign design tool will help you create your own logo, color pallet, and overall look that sets you apart from the rest of the crowd.  We also manufacture our own accessories. Therefore, by eliminating the middle man, which increases the cost of the products, you don’t have to pay extra for your sign company.

The online design system will also remember all the designs you have created. This means you can re-order the previous signs or make changes to the designs, such as phone or agent name. This will make it much easier for all to create a system that is not only just right for each individual, but will maintain the same look whenever there is a reorder.

Here are a few examples from nationwide to regional real estate brands and services:

If you do not have the time or expertise to design your sign system, you can contact Greg@WeNeedSigns.com and we will design and create any Real Estate Sign system you desire.

Check this video for the complete process of custom your own real estate signs

From real estate sign posts to brochure boxes to custom real estate signs, our products are second to none.

Greg Pelican
Excel Sign & Decal Co., Inc.

Jan
28
2009
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ANSI Safety Sign Icons

Visual communication is the key elements in recent safety sign standard highlighted in ANSI Z535.4-2007, published by American National Standard for Product Safety Signs and Labels.

When you make your safety signs at www.WeNeedSigns.com. Whether it’s an ANSI Safety signs and decals, or ISO safety signs and decals, you need to choose a safety sign symbol to fill in Sign template before completion.  At WeNeedSigns.com we have hundreds of symbols to choose from. If you do not see the ones you are looking for contact us and we can make custom symblos or choose from our larger library of images.

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Jan
25
2009
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Make A Sign Together With Your Friend

From time to time, an official document needs teamwork to complete its final version.  In most of the office communication, whether all participants are in one facility or remote, friends or colleagues used to use email in communicating with each others.

Same requests happened to sign design.  When I have an initial idea of a banner or Curb-side A-frame signs, I could have a draft  first. Then, I’d like to sent it to my friend, or my boss to approve it or further modify it. (more…)

Jan
21
2009
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Ready to use Safety Sign Templates

Make your own safety signs is convience and quick at WeNeedSigns.com.

WNS has prepared all major Safety Sign and Decal templates for your choose. Together with hundreds of safety sign symbols and icons in the design tool, your design process can be done in just a few minutes.

Take a quick preview of all available templates, sizes, and materials in below:
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Jan
10
2009
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My Signs, Your Online Sign Portfolio Folder

In WeNeedSigns.com (WNS), every user has a personal file folder called “MY SIGNS”. This applies to you even if you do not have an account with WNS.

In the “MY SIGNS” folder,

Even before you have an account, you can just drop by and play with the design tool.

  • You can save and review at least 30 sign designs you have done in the past.

When you have an account with WNS

  • Your online saved space is doubled and your design could be accessed from any computer with internet access.
  • You may check the production status of the signs you ordered.
  • You have a personal photo album to upload and save company or personal images.

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Jan
09
2009
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Corporate, Franchise Sign with Limited Text Space

This feature will automatically resize your text to fit in a text box on a sign.  This is frequently required in the Real Estate Franchise Sign with limited text space for the agent’s name, phone number, or website address. (more…)

Jan
09
2009
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Design Your ANSI Safety Signs

There are 2 major series: ANSI Z535 Safety Signs & ANSI Z535.4 Decals.

WNS offers both stock  and easy-to-customize ANSI compliance safety signs and ANSI compliance safety Decals HERE.
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Jan
09
2009
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Design NFPA’s Hazard Diamond Signs

nfpa_diamond_panelThe NFPA (Diamond) hazard identification system uses a color-coded diamond to represent four different hazards.  The different colors represent three different types of hazards that may be associated with chemicals.

WNS offers custom NFPA (Diamond) signs HERE.  Shoppers choose from 3″x3″ up to 24″ x 24″ Diamond signs. (more…)

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