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Do I need a template for my emblem?

Emblem templates are highly recommended for multi-piece single layer designs. If the pieces are large and there's only two or three of them you could probably eyeball the installation and get close enough...

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What do you mean Vector file?

This is one of the most common questions about emblem design. You have a great idea for an emblem but you don't have a vector file or even know what a vector file is. Don't worry, we can help you...

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Different engraving styles for different materials.

Engraving is a great way to add detail and color to an otherwise plain emblem. You will have the option to add engraving during your emblem build. Each material requires a different engraving technique. COMPOSITEComposite materials are engraved through the top surface color, exposing the solid color below. Almost all composite materials are 2-color, meaning there's a surface color with different solid color below. Additional colors can be added using color vinyl material. The 402 emblem below uses brushed aluminum with black engraving and red vinyl. ACRYLIC GLOSS & MATTEEngraving is a great way to add small details to acrylic material. If the text or detail on your emblem is less than 3/8" tall or 1/8" thick, it becomes too...

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How many individual pieces is your emblem made from?

When you order an emblem with two or more layers, we will ask how many individual pieces your emblem is made from. As the piece count increases, so does the labor it takes to manually assemble the emblem. We estimate each piece adds 2 minutes of manual labor to the fabrication time. Using this, we know a 5 piece emblem will take 10 minutes to assemble while a 50 piece emblem will take 1 hour 40 minutes to assemble. They're both two layer emblems but one takes 10x more labor than the other. To get your total piece count, add all individually cut pieces together. Include the backing layer as 1 piece. Emblems that use script font for text are...

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Different types of emblem adhesive.

All of our emblems come standard with 3M automotive tape, professionally cut to match your emblem. Just clean the mounting surface of any dirt or wax then peel and stick. We also give you the option of no tape if you were going to make key chains or something similar where you wouldn't want tape on the back. Our thickest tape is gray in color and just over 1/32" and our thinnest tape is clear and as thin as a piece of paper. You don't need to choose the specific tape. We take into account your emblem design then choose the best tape that will work for your application.

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Do I need to add Emblem Design to my order?

If your emblem needs design work we will let you know and send you a separate invoice. Design work varies in price from $15 to $120 but averages $30 and is a one time charge regardless of the number of emblems. If you can pick one of our fonts from our Fonts Preview page that is a great start. Our fonts are clean and ready to be made into an emblem as is or added to other artwork. Using the RACER example below, there would be no additional charge for the plain text or adding a contour. There would be a $15 design fee to add the checkered flag to the contour RACER text. Here are three examples of clean...

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Emblem layers explained.

Most of the custom emblems we make are 1 or 2 layers although we've gone up to 5 layers for a customer. If you're looking for a low profile, subtle emblem, stick with single layer emblems. Adding a second layer is an easy way to make a statement or add the finishing touch to your show car. Any way you design it, adding layers will always add more depth for a unique 3D profile. 1 LAYER The four emblems below are all single layer emblems. Color engraving and vinyl color do not add layers for our purpose. •The head silhouette is cut from a single piece of 1/8" black acrylic. •We achieved a 3D look using gold color vinyl on...

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Adding unique colors and patterns to an emblem.

Vinyl is an inexpensive way to add unique colors or patterns that aren't otherwise available in acrylic, composite or paint. We were able to get a 3D look using gold color vinyl added to a black acrylic base that was designed using our Vivid font for "408" and our Racer font for "Stroker".

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