Through the years I've used several methods to scale, design and cut graphics for vehicles. Has anyone used the Sticky Yard software in Fellers catalog yet? : If so, how about some feedback as to it's accuracy and ease of use for the price ($50).
I'm confident that it is extremely accurate.
The variable is the end user, the quality of the software and/or hardware they use to capture and manipulate the image. It's the old garbage in, garbage out routine.
Thanks for feedback (and the forum link Rep). Like I said, I/we've all used different methods. In the previous forum, they were talking about inaccuracy of 1/4 -2". For now I don't wrap and could probably live with being a little off. I'm just looking for a quicker, more accurate way to have the dig pix and measurements for all sides. One thing I've used is either white or black 12" circle mags. I can import a .jpg into Composer (I know, it's ancient but it works), then size until the mag is right. I have 2006 Vehicle Outlines too, but I still find myself second guessing these methods.
It's not a bad thing to second guess the methods you employ. Even though I am confident with the accuracy of Pro Vehicle Ooutlines, nobody's perfect. I always double check my measurements against the actual vehicle I'm lettering.
Simply put, there are no short-cuts in the sign business. It comes down to investing the time into the design to insure that you have accurate measurements. Sure it takes a little extra time and effort, but it beats having to do the job over because you assumed that the client gave you good info or a picture enlarged in some software was accurate.
Yeah, it just seems like I spend a lot of time measuring 15 different areas, messin with dig files blah, blah... Thought this might be a way to cut down on some of that. 10 years and I feel like my other skills have matured but I feel like a toddler still doing it this way.
Ya, it stinks, but If there's a better way, I want to know too! It's the only way I'm aware of that is 99% accurate. After all, I'm only human
Actually, the one "trick" you can use is to allow for some extra "fudge factor" in your designs. This takes a little more effort to still make the design look good, but your installers will appreciate it.
I got sticky yard.. I found that it does not eliminate the needed extra time to do a bunch of extra measuring of autos so I am sure that the stuff I am cutting will fit. I have almost stopped using it to do autos. Where it has come in real use is being able to measure those places I can’t reach like windows up high on store fronts or monument signs 30 feet in the air. The latest was a guy that said the sign on his store front was 24 x 36, I had the laptop popped the photo showed the guy that the sign was a 30x 40 and did some quick lay-up and got the job. I will say that being the non-believer I am I got the ladder out and climbed up to measure the sign and the ^&^%bg thing was dead on 30x40,1/2 OK off by ½ inch I can live with.