High Resolutions provides end-to-end solutions for your marketing graphics needs. You will be amazed at our expansive list of products and services. Check out this video for a glimpse of what goes on “behind the scenes” during a typical day inside one of the most thrilling places to work. More
Last week marked the grand opening of the Health Information Center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Part of the mission of this library is “…providing patients, family members and the community with valuable information on the latest health news and free research for specific diseases or illnesses.” Working with Heather King, interior designer, we developed and designed several complex display graphics that utilized dimensional lettering, acrylic panels and exotic woods. More
One of our regular customers added a new vehicle to their campus security force and needed graphics that would officially integrate it into their fleet. We had previously designed the graphics for their fleet, so it was a simple process to bring up the old files, print, and install. We used reflective vinyl on most of the vinyl to give the vehicle high visibility especially at night. You can see the effect that it gives in the images where we used a flash to simulate headlights striking the graphics. Reflective vinyl is especially suitable for vehicles that need high visibility such as construction vehicles, tow trucks, or emergency response vehicles. Brightly colored, reflective vinyl can grab drivers’ attention. This is especially important as a safety feature for jobs that require vehicles to be used at night.
Last week, we completed what was one of the larger and more complex vehicle wraps that we’ve done. Waste Management asked us to design and install this grand-scale wrap on one of their Knoxville-area recycle trucks. The large, bold side graphics are eye-catching with a huge vista of part of the Knoxville skyline. The cab continues the imagery around the front of the truck. You may think that the huge panels on the side of the hopper were the hard part, but those curvaceous fenders provided the biggest challenge.
We measured, re-measured, and measured again to determine exactly how much image needed to be printed. With a lot of planning, and some very skilled installers, we were able to use three separate, overlapping panels to make a continuous image over the entire cab.
We designed and created this unique wall graphic for Faith Baptist Church in Jefferson City, TN. The background was printed on our popular fabric cling material. This material is easy to install, won’t leave residue, and can be taken down and re-applied many times.
The magnifying glass is a 3D element mounted over the graphic. It was cut on our router table from 1″ foam board after the artwork was printed onto it. We then added a layer of clear film to give the allusion that there is a piece of glass in the magnifier.
We recently completed this vehicle wrap for Habitat for Humanity of Knoxville. A donor provided a box truck for them to use for transporting large supplies and thrift store items. They wanted to spruce the truck up and make it a rolling billboard for their organization. High Res delivered with an eye-catching design and professional installation of the graphics.
For our annual Christmas party at High Res, the owners decided to use a roulette wheel to hand out prizes to employees. One of our production staff team members designed the vertically spinning wheel to use. Here’s how we produced it for our party. More
Over the summer, Clayton Homes approached High Res about designing, producing and installing a wall mural for a main thoroughfare in their home office. Almost all visitors and clients that visit the corporate headquarters in Maryville, Tennessee make their way through this hallway at some point during their visit. Clayton recognized the prime visual real estate they had available to them to educate their visitors on how the company has thrived over the years. This month, we put the finishing touches on the project. Read on to see how what began as an almost blank wall became a showpiece for the company. More
Last year, High Resolutions was privileged to be chosen to help design and create large graphics for a bedroom in the Extreme Home Makeover in Knoxville. A production designer from the crew brought us sketches that were to become huge graphics for ceiling suspension, wall murals, and fabric drapes. Read on to hear about how we turned tiny sketches into huge graphics and to see photos of the final installation. More
Some of the greatest banner designs can be ruined by the finishings.
It’s not to say that the banner is mishandled or that their was a lack of craftsmanship. It’s simply a lack of foresight.
As designers and artists, we are compelled to design first. Ask questions later.
In an effort to avoid the unexpected, here are some specs for your reference:
Stitch and Grommet Defaults:
What you may not know, is that we have “Defaults” for how we handle banners.
These are our recommendations, thus our “Defaults”:
- We use 13oz. Matte Banner stock (Much better than the “Cheap glossy look”).
- 1″ double-stitched reinforced hem. This helps to minimize tear-outs due to stress.
- 32″ Grommet (eyelet) spacing (Spacing varies but will not exceed 36″). Placed in-line with stitches.
Problems to avoid during file setup/design:
The example above illustrates how your artwork could be affected by poor planning.
Remember to allow for the stitches and keep your art away!
Below, we’ll move the artwork around to avoid interference with the stitching.
After a few simple adjustments to the art, we’ve balanced out the art to avoid the stitches.
To be safe, whenever you’re designing your banner, add 1″ to the size of the hem or pocket, and use that as your safety margin. (Grommets, or eyelets, will be placed in-line with the stitching.)
See the table below for examples:
|Hem/Pocket Size||Live-Area Clearances|
|1″ Hem||2″ Margin from the finished edge.|
|2″ Pocket||3″ Margin from the folded edge.|
|3″ Pocket||4″ Margin from the folded edge.|