Lower cost and long lasting is the theme of vinyl cut – Di-cut sandwich board signs.Vinyl Cut technology uses Factory Coloured Cast or Calendered Vinyl available in a vast variety of colours and visual aspects: Solid colours Translucent colours Metallic colours Reflective colours Frosted, Holographic, Fluorescent (aka Neon), Pearlescent, Photo luminescent (aka Glow-In-The-Dark), and even some ready-made patterns.
– Advantages: LOWER COST (typ.) AND LONG LASTING. Most Sign / Cut Vinyl lasts between 4 and 9 years outdoors* (before some shrinking and/or some color fading may occur). Vinyl cut is the technology of choice for longer term applications such as permanent billboards, light box face graphics, etc.
– Disadvantages: CANNOT REPLICATE PHOTOS (i,e. bitmaps), or GRADIENTS (i.e color transitions), and may be difficult to employ for very intricate logos, artwork. Working files MUST have been created in a Vector Program** (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Cored Draw, Inkscape, Freehand, Cairo Graphics), otherwise the Designer will have to retrace (recreate) the Logo, Artwork, etc. Finished products, if within reach of ill-intended persons, can be easier to be damaged (vandalism) than full-face covering printed graphics.