written by: Cherie Derrick, Encompass Technologies -
Sometimes you need to print something bigger than your printer can
handle. Signage is one of those things so here is a little
instruction on how you do it.
|Let's say this is too wide for you to print so you
need to break it into two pieces to make that large sign or magnet
using dye sublimation decal (vinyl) material.
|Using your favorite graphics software you create an overlap area
that will be duplicated. I normally want an overlap of about
3/8 to 1/2" and try to determine where is the best place for the
overlap (some images have better places than others, this one
doesn't matter much so I placed it between two of the larger
|Break the two pieces apart and print/press them onto your decal
|You are now ready to cut the decal material prior to putting it
onto your sign or magnetic backing (this example is for a magnet
that would go on the passenger side of the car - I'll explain
|For precut signage you will probably need to cut all the way
around the decal at this point, unless you are going to cut the sign
material too, but for magnets I leave a small amount of excess decal
material on the image until it is attached to the magnetic material
|Putting it all together:
I put the left 1/2 on the backing
material, using soapy water for positioning. Then lay the right 1/2
over the left 1/2 and move it into position. Then I hold onto
it with one hand and squeegee the water and any air bubbles out with
the other hand. Allow the magnet to dry overnight and cut away
the excess un-printed area.
The other thing that I was taught is, if you are doing car
magnets, you need to make the magnet for each side of the car
different. Make your seam so the air will not catch the front edge.
In other words this example would be for a passenger side of the
car. For the driver side you would put the left 1/2 on top of
the right 1/2 so the front edge is always pointed towards the back
of the car. Of course you have to relay this information to
your customer so that they know which is which.
For all of you "Ah-hi-ans" if you see a small version
of this magnet running around
northern Ohio, now you know who made it, say "hi" to my Mom and Dad
for me! :)
Good luck and Happy Pressing!
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