Raster is the word to describe any common image. It is the world of 2D vision that we have. It is a 2D grid of pixels. Every pixel has a certain color. That’s it. Our computer screens work this way, our cameras work this way, and our eyes work this way, so it makes sense that our graphics formats work this way too. By having high-resolution images with millions of pixels, one can stuff remarkable detail into their pictures. The higher the resolution the more detail. Rasters are saved as .raw, .jpg, .tiff, and other popular image encoding formats. Your camera takes rasters- always.
Vectors are different. Technically, vectors aren’t even images. You can think of the relationship between vectors and images as that between our DNA and our bodies. Vectors, in other words, are simply the set of instructions for how to create an image. These instructions are fairly simple. “Make a circle over here. Draw a line along this path. Add a gradient between these two colors”, etc. With enough of these instructions, highly detailed images can be generated, but not as detailed as rasters. Vector graphics are never as detailed as raster photographs.
How is this relevant ? It all boils down to one distinct issue: scalability.
With rasters, one may get plenty of fine, granular detail. Once one scales that image up to a substantial size, though, the pixels start to reveal themselves, and it’s ugly.
This is not a problem with vectors. A mathematically defined line or a circle has no fixed pixel resolution, so the computer knows how to redraw the shape no matter how big it is. Unlimited scalability. No pixelation. Only smooth curves and polished gradients.
So if your aim is to fill a large space, such as an entire wall at your retail store, or to give your office some panache, consider the option of vectorized graphics to give an exceptionally clean picture. Keep in mind that photographs cannot be converted to vector without significant loss in detail. Thus, logos and other graphics are ideally designed and printed as vectors.
A: 6 color CMYK +LC +LM does not match SWOP inks exactly, so output is not identical to what comes from offset printing. Pantone (PMS) color matches are not guaranteed, but the color range HCG signs can reproduce is within 95% of the CMYK Pantone standards. If color is a concern than we can provide you with a Hard Proof, for a small fee.
A: Glossy finish lamination tends to make prints look more vibrant. Matte and Satin finishes will prevent unwanted glare (important for trade show exhibits or backdrops being used on television or camera) but do not enhance color.
A: Full Color Printing
Exceptional clarity! Our digital printers give us the ability to print at up to 1440 dpi. Our inks will last 3 to 4 years (un-laminated) outdoors without fading and are of archival quality indoors because they are solvent based, waterproof, and UV resistant.
Lamination can add a whole new finish to your print. Make your signs glossy, matte, luster or textured. A protective clear coat nearly doubles the life of your prints or signage for a very reasonable price.
We can mount your graphics to any of our variety of materials such as foam boards, sheet styrene, aluminum, corrugated plastic, and more! Just let us know what type of use you have, and we will help you select the mounting that is right for your project
Our in house graphics designers have experience in everything from simple banners to complex trade show displays and vehicle wraps. Get amazing designs and prints!
Vehicle Graphic Installation
Our in-house installation team can wrap nearly any type of vehicle. Our portfolio includes custom wraps for trucks, cars, RVs, boats, trailers, and fleet graphics.
Window Graphic Installation
One way window perforation is ideal for vehicle graphics or storefront advertising. Window perforation can prove problematic to install properly, so let our professionals take care of it for you!
Wall Graphic Installation
Wall graphics are very effective at building corporate identities and displaying logos. They are easy to care for once they are installed. Our installation team can put up logo graphics on your walls as large or as small as you need.
Putting down decals such as door and window lettering is a breeze when you use our on-site installation. Why settle for a decal that is wrinkled or not properly adhered?
Image Scanning & Clean-up
Some graphics simply will not produce a fantastic print straight away. Our graphics team can clear up rough edges, alter many types of text, and modify your graphic exactly the way you need it.
Pantone Color Matching & Proofing
Your logo and brand identity is not up for discussion. Match your exact shades with the Pantone Matching System. We will create a print in miniature on the actual production material and printer for you to approve.
We know that sometimes graphics do not get approved on time or a million other hang ups – but that doesn’t mean you can miss a deadline. Not to worry — we will have your prints in your hands when you need it without sacrificing the quality you have come to expect.
Custom Job Request
We love a challenge. If you have a project and have been told elsewhere that they do not know to do it or where to start, contact us and talk to one of our graphics specialists.
A: Media is the material that your graphic is printed on. At HCG Signs, we print on many different types of media including banner material, adhesive backed vinyl, fabrics, backlit material, and many others.
General-purpose signs and graphics; moderate to good exterior durability. Greater production yields equals less cost. Stiffer/thicker film equals easier handling. Thickness of film increases resistance to abrasion. Intended for flat, smooth opaque application surfaces.
Designed for maximum outdoor durability and conformability. Cast films also maintain their color and other properties better than other vinyl films. Better performance of pigments and UV absorbers, less shrinkage. Durability of cast films is generally higher than that of other vinyl films. Cast films can be made very thin which produces a conformable product that allows application over substrates with rivets, corrugations, and complex curves. Excellent for flat and irregular opaque application surfaces and vehicles.
Simulates the appearance of etched or sandblasted glass on window fronts, entry doors, and partitions.
Durable, flexible, tear and fade resistant material will withstand most weather conditions. Available in a variety of scrim, smooth, and mesh materials. Thickness of film increases resistance to abrasion.
Variety of specialty media such as photo paper, artist canvas, perforated window film, static cling, street & wall graphics & more.