Adobe Illustrator & Adobe Photoshop are image and vector editing software that allows the designer to create large digital images for many applications, from billboard designs to brochures. They work hand and hand and and help create beautiful wrap designers to install on vehicles. Vehicle vinyl wraps have become increasingly popular and more and more businesses are using them to brand their business vehicle, representing their brand and company info.
My good friend is experiencing the benefits of his recent vehicle wrap for his water damage company. He said it is one of the best return on investments he’s experienced. I mean think about it. You are essentially creating a mobile billboard, allowing thousands upon thousands of people see your business information.
That begin said Illustrator and Photoshop allow designers to get very detailed when producing a graphic wrap for one or twenty vehicles.
Our buddy, both a photoshop guru a wrap installer, does a lot of commercial vehicle wraps in the Dallas area. He says Photoshop offers a great way to show a mock up design to the client, as well as provides the installer with an overall idea of how it will look on the specific vehicle.
Photoshop and Illustrator really allow you to create nearly anything!
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when designing a vehicle wrap with Adobe’s image and vector graphics editing software.
You must have an accurate template. These templates are available online and are 100% essential. They make sure you create the correct size for your project. Make the scale 1:10. meaning for every inch of space on your screen equates to 10 inches real space.
Setting up your template correctly with all the layers is also essential.
The vehicle wrap will be viewed from different angles and locations. With this is mind when designing the wrap, you will be able to ensure no weird or unexpected results.
When working with Photoshop, use only high resolution images (720dpi), much higher than typical offset printing.
Be mindful os state laws. Each state law determines the area of windows that can be legally wrapped. make sure you take this into consideration when designing the wrap.
Simple tends to be better. Getting overly detailed or coming up with a super complex design can not only be confusing and messy for people visually, but can also be hard to install.
Watch the corners! Your design needs to be tiled into panels, so keep corners in mind.
Allow for bleed area (at least 3 inches).
Double check measurements with file and actual vehicle. Work closely with your installer or printer to make sure that things are where they need to be. This is a key factor in avoiding expensive mistakes.