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Questions & Answers

Here are some answers to questions you may have. Since these questions present useful knowledge for any sign buyer, they are gathered here. Follow the links below to gain a better grasp on the sign-making process. If there’s a question we’ve missed, visit the Ask a Question section and we’ll get back to you soon.

  1. How do I decide what kind of sign is best for my business? There are so many options.
  2. What file formats do I need to provide when ordering a sign?
  3. What is a proof?
  4. Why do I need to look at a proof if I’ve already given you everything I need to have done?
  5. Do I still need to approve a proof if I bring my work in on disk?
  6. How do I go about getting an estimate from you?
  7. How long does it take for you to create my sign?
  8. Do I need a sign permit
  1. How do I decide what kind of sign is best for my business? There are so many options.

    When it comes to your options, you have many to choose from.

    We consult every customer, asking the important questions to help decide on the appropriate sign. Details regarding budget, atmosphere and surroundings, height, light and regulations all play a role, so bring us your details and we’ll show you the way.

  2. What file formats do I need to provide when ordering a sign?

    If you’re using a Mac, any file from the following programs will work:
    - Adobe Illustrator CS
    - Adobe Photoshop CS
    - Adobe InDesign CS
    - QuarkXPress 6.5

    For PC users, we support these programs:
    - Adobe Illustrator CS2
    - Adobe Photoshop CS2
    - Adobe InDesign CS2
    - CorelDRAW12

    To produce your job in the most cost-effective manner, always provide vector files of your art, such as CDR, AI or EPS files. Also include font files to ensure a smooth setup process.

    We can work from JPG. TIF and PDF files, but they may not produce the same quality as other file types. If this is your only option, ask us about it and we’ll help you find the best solution.

  3. What is a proof?

    A proof is the final test before we produce your sign. It allows you to review the layout and design of your sign digitally or in print, and request necessary changes before we physically create your job. We ask that you approve the proof before we start making your sign.

  4. Why do I need to look at a proof if I’ve already given you everything I need to have done?

    Simply put, humans make mistakes. By reviewing your proof, you can ensure that we handled every detail exactly how you want it. Misunderstandings and crossed signals happen at every business. This is our way of saving the time and money that mistakes can cost.

  5. Do I still need to approve a proof if I bring my work in on disk?

    It seems unnecessary, right? But a proof is still useful, even when you submit files on a disk. Programs, files and output devices have flaws and create errors, just like humans. Reviewing a final proof ensures your job traveled across formats accurately.

  6. The easiest way to request an estimate/quote is through our Request an Estimate tool. Simply complete that form, and we’ll get back to you soon.

    Otherwise, you can always give us a call at 541-306-4518 or stop in, and we’d be glad to talk about your project and provide an estimate/quote.

  7. How long does it take for you to create my sign?

    In sign making, every job is unique. Therefore, every timeline is different. Basic jobs like banners or posters can be done in less than a week, and more complicated jobs or jobs requiring permits can take up to six weeks.

    Tell us when you need your sign, and we'll see what we can do. We go to great lengths to produce your job in a timely manner.

  8. Do I need a sign permit

    Most exterior signs and signs in windows that are meant to be viewed from the outside require a permit. If you will be installing it. You should check your local sign regulations for acceptable sizes, uses and timeframes of use as well as whether or not you need a permit. If we are installing your sign, we will let you know if a permit is required.