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Sign-Making 101
3/25/2003 | JennyP

Posted on 03/25/2003 3:33:11 PM PST by jennyp

I need some guidance on how to print & construct protest/rally signs.

We have some ideas, and some graphics made up. (We're not good at making hand-lettered signs.) But where do you go to get them printed? On what stock? What sizes are standard? How much do they cost? What's the turnaround time?

Here's my idea, scaled for 16x20. (see Full size GIF here):

Also, let's make this thread a repository of your best sign ideas, or the best ones you've seen so far.

Thanks!


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters
KEYWORDS: humor; iraqifreedom; signs
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1 posted on 03/25/2003 3:33:11 PM PST by jennyp
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To: jennyp
You might try your local Kinko's, though they can be expensive.

Some office max stores offer similar capabilities, and at lower costs.

2 posted on 03/25/2003 3:36:22 PM PST by Michael.SF. (A nod is as good as a wink, to a blind horse.)
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To: jennyp
That wench from the National Organization for Women looks tough!
3 posted on 03/25/2003 3:39:55 PM PST by Diverdogz
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To: jennyp
I love it! That is my new sign. I can't wait for our Freep on Friday.
4 posted on 03/25/2003 3:40:41 PM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked
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To: jennyp
Check with your local printing companies and sign-making stores (Kinko's is a good one) and see what formats they will accept the graphics in.

My best experiences have been with either TIFF or EPS; both formats will allow the image to be resized without losing the visual qualities of the image. But check with your printer just to be sure...

5 posted on 03/25/2003 3:41:24 PM PST by ConservativeWebServant
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To: jennyp

Click on thumbnail above for larger image.

6 posted on 03/25/2003 3:47:37 PM PST by B-Chan (..._ On To Baghdad!)
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To: jennyp
I will laminate this great poster and place it in the middle rear slide of my pickup .Thanks !!!
7 posted on 03/25/2003 3:53:29 PM PST by Renegade
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To: ConservativeWebServant
Thanks. We stopped by the Southcenter Kinko's (S. Seattle, WA) last night, but they didn't know anything.

What paper stock do you use? And at what size do you start thinking about foam core?

8 posted on 03/25/2003 3:55:29 PM PST by jennyp (http://lowcarbshopper.bestmessageboard.com)
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To: Renegade
Cool!
9 posted on 03/25/2003 3:56:08 PM PST by jennyp (http://lowcarbshopper.bestmessageboard.com)
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To: jennyp
This is my favorite.

All of these are good.

Just click on posters.

Of course most are only appropriate for counter protests but still are GREAT!

MKM

10 posted on 03/25/2003 3:57:03 PM PST by mykdsmom ( Rally for America in Raleigh (with VERY little attention given by the local LIBERAL media)
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To: jennyp
Download a copy of Poster 7.9 from Here

This lets you design big posters, and then will automagically divide them into pieces sized for your printer and print them. They will have match and cut lines to let you put the pieces together.

I suggest you go to the Office depot or wherever and by a pack of 8.5x11 card stock, like 3x5 cards are made from. It is about the heaviest that will reliably function thru a printer and has a nice smooth finish that takes the ink well.

Get some glue sticks and use that to glue the pieces onto a piece of poster board.

SO9

11 posted on 03/25/2003 3:57:23 PM PST by Servant of the Nine (Trust Me)
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To: jennyp
I recently made a couple of signs and strive for two goals.

1) Few words. Think about your message and boil it down to as few words as possible. No one will read an essay.

2) Readable from 200 feet. Make it in big bold letters similar to the one you posted.


My signs read, "DICTATORS LOVE COWARDS" and "USA - LIBERATE IRAQ".

12 posted on 03/25/2003 3:58:03 PM PST by Barnacle (Because people know better than to take a joke seriously, the UN is worse than a joke.)
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To: jennyp
btt
13 posted on 03/25/2003 3:58:58 PM PST by tracer (/b>)
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To: jennyp
Idea for a sign:

"What would Hitler do?"

"Protest disarming Saddam."
14 posted on 03/25/2003 4:01:23 PM PST by What Is Ain't
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To: jennyp
bump
15 posted on 03/25/2003 4:01:42 PM PST by FreeSpeechZone
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To: Servant of the Nine; jennyp
I'll second the suggestion of Poster 7.9
16 posted on 03/25/2003 4:02:54 PM PST by Flyer (We Own The Streets!!)
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To: mykdsmom
Protestwarrior.com is GREAT. Check them out for truly inspired (and professional) anti-anti-war t, stickers and signage.
17 posted on 03/25/2003 4:03:51 PM PST by RKV
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To: jennyp
I'll bump to that!
18 posted on 03/25/2003 4:04:33 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
I saw a good one on Sunday:

DON'T BE A LIBERAL POOPER
SUPPORT AN AMERICAN TROOPER
19 posted on 03/25/2003 4:06:09 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
I guess I should have told you this sign was because the SF anti-war people had pooped and vomited on the steps to SF's City hall. Nice people huh??
20 posted on 03/25/2003 4:07:21 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: jennyp
cool picture, mind if I post it on my website?


21 posted on 03/25/2003 4:07:36 PM PST by chiya
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To: jennyp
PEACE THROUGH VICTORY
22 posted on 03/25/2003 4:08:37 PM PST by pattnet
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To: chiya
cool picture, mind if I post it on my website?

Sure, go ahead!

23 posted on 03/25/2003 4:12:55 PM PST by jennyp (http://lowcarbshopper.bestmessageboard.com)
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To: jennyp
thanks,
24 posted on 03/25/2003 4:15:31 PM PST by chiya
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To: jennyp
I have used 1' thick rigid foam insulation board from Home Depot for mounting the sign, it couldn't be a better mounting medium.

An 4' X 8' by 1" thick sheet costs about $12, you can make four signs all 2' X 4' size, or 2 giant 4' X 4' signs from it.

- It cuts easily with a sharp kitchen knife or razor
- It is lightweight (very important after holding it 3 hours).
- It is water proof
- It is reusable
- It is cheap
- You can hold a corner of it while the rest of the sign is hanging out over the street.
- Simply use spray-on adhesive to mount a paper printed sign.

It works so great, that Algore finally conceded to Bush after I held my signs at rallys for 3 weeks.

25 posted on 03/25/2003 4:17:25 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: HighWheeler
you're just too cool!
26 posted on 03/25/2003 4:21:13 PM PST by Coastie
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To: jennyp
I can't do graphics, but my new sign idea is simple... (If you're opposing the Marxists on the street):

DEMOCRATS OVER THERE!!

>
27 posted on 03/25/2003 4:26:28 PM PST by Humidston (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law)
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To: jennyp
I'm a pro. Here's an example.

Here's what I recommend.

Supplies from Wal-Mart :
Two sheets "poster board". This is the rigid stuff with 1/4" foam sandwiched between heavy paper. Cost $3.00 each.
One hardwood yard stick available in the sewing department. Cost $1.00.
2" wide clear strapping tape, one roll. Cost $2.00.
7/16" staples for staple gun.

Take your pic from Kinkos or lettering and scotch tape it onto board as desired. Wrap entire board with 2" clear tape horizontally from top to bottom. Wrap several turns vertically right in the center of the board to keep staples from pulling through. Staple gun through tape reinforced section of board and into yard stick. Repeat process for other side of sign.

Although you're in 10 or 12 bucks, you now have a FreeRepublic quality protest sign that is water, wind and puke proof, and will last for years. Want to change it up ? Simply pull the staples, tape on new pics, and reinstall boards onto yard stick !! The more you use it the stronger it gets, kind of like patriotism.

Here's the back side of the same sign. Now get to work freepers !!


28 posted on 03/25/2003 4:26:42 PM PST by SENTINEL (Active participant in the animating contest of freedom !)
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To: Humidston
Sheesh! I meant an arrow on the last post - pointing to the leftists.
29 posted on 03/25/2003 4:27:14 PM PST by Humidston (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law)
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To: Servant of the Nine
I just make a sign using PaintShop Pro and print it out with my Epson photo printer in "Poster" form. It sounds similar to your suggestion because it gives me cutting lines as well. Then after printing, I cut 'em out, tape 'em together, mount 'em on posterboard and cover 'em all up with clear tape in case we get rain or snow at the FReeps.
30 posted on 03/25/2003 4:27:18 PM PST by RandallFlagg ("There are worse things than crucifixion...There are teeth.")
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To: jennyp
I went to Staples (or other office supply store) and bought sturdy poster board (3 for 6 bucks) and red stick-on letters (get extras) You can take a picture to a copy machine and they can enlarge it for you.
Get a glue stick and your all ready. If you are not real creative, find a nice conservative teenager. (Lots of them in my family!) Good luck and "Salute the Troops!!
Linda
31 posted on 03/25/2003 4:29:44 PM PST by lindasobers
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To: jennyp
I have been making signs for sometime and you can also pick 3'x4' sheets of the foam insulation from an office supply store.

Some kinkos have the enlargement machine that takes a 8.5x11 and turns it into 3'X4'. I just take a paper copy of Word or whatever file and make a large copy.

Glue sticks work fine to keep it attached.

Here are some examples:


32 posted on 03/25/2003 4:33:36 PM PST by Gangchen_gonpo
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To: jennyp
An often overlooked, but vital part of protest sign design is the stick used to hold the sign. For your own personal protection against attack, make the stick out of 2"x2" hardwood. If you think that hardwood costs too much, consider the cost of one trip to the emergency room to get yourself stitched up.

--Boot Hill

33 posted on 03/25/2003 4:38:45 PM PST by Boot Hill
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To: CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC
Looks like an area you may have some expertise in.
34 posted on 03/25/2003 4:44:28 PM PST by fivetoes (God Bless our Troops)
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To: jennyp
Think, Ten Dollars per square foot
35 posted on 03/25/2003 4:50:05 PM PST by Samurai_Jack (Im just asking)
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To: Boot Hill
I've heard that if you have a "hardnened" stick, your sign will be prohibited by the police. I'm sure this depends on your locality. There have been suggestions of cardboard tubes as the prescribed component.

Re: Personal protection - just watch out for sucker-punches. Watch out when you see someone's hair line above the brow, you're about to be head-butted. (solution: knee) When you're being jostled, manhandled, elbows are your friends... :)
36 posted on 03/25/2003 4:50:36 PM PST by Rate_Determining_Step
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To: jennyp
Love your sign!
How about FREE IRAQ FRY MUMIA
37 posted on 03/25/2003 4:53:54 PM PST by 2rightsleftcoast
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To: Barnacle
""DICTATORS LOVE COWARDS""

Thanks for the idea! I might use this one for our FReep in Medford, MA on Saturday... although I might change it slightly to "Dictators Love Appeasers."

38 posted on 03/25/2003 4:58:32 PM PST by NH Liberty
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To: 2rightsleftcoast
I forgot one of my favorites, saw picture of it from the Freep of the Oscars.
SMOKE SADAAM, NOT CRACK.
39 posted on 03/25/2003 4:59:10 PM PST by 2rightsleftcoast
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To: jennyp
bump
40 posted on 03/25/2003 5:01:13 PM PST by The Californian
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To: jennyp
Well, as someone who put himself through a couple of years of college as a bona-fide professional signmaker, I can offer a couple of suggestions ;)

If this is purely a one-shot, temporary kind of thing, I'd suggest going with the Kinko's-type route, as others have suggested. Stick to card stock in that case, as anything more is overkill unless you need a seriously big sign.

If you want something that'll last for a good long while, or you want something guaranteed to be weatherproof, or you really do want a seriously big sign, I would consider calling your local sign shops and describing what you want to get some price quotes - vinyl lettering on coreplast should prove surprisingly inexpensive, and it will last for years and years with no fading or running. Plus, a full service sign shop can help you through design issues, materials choices, how to mount it, and all sorts of stuff - even your graphics won't be a problem, as many shops now have vinyl cutters that do printed graphics right on the vinyl. And you'll be able to go all the way up to 4'x8' sheets of coreplast (or plexiglass or plywood or whatever) for your signs, which is good for anything short of signaling passing planes ;)

BTW, for maximum visibility and readability, stick with red lettering on a white background.

41 posted on 03/25/2003 5:03:28 PM PST by general_re (Think green...burn only 100% recycled dinosaurs in your car.)
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To: jennyp
Do not Feed the Leftists by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC

The original parasite sign by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC

42 posted on 03/25/2003 5:03:38 PM PST by fivetoes (God Bless our Troops)
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To: jennyp
If your local Kinko's can't help, check your Yellow Pages for sign-makers and independent printers. They should be able to give you prices based on the size of the end product. Ballpark figure for a poster size would be around $20.00 - $50.00, (It depends on your local economy.)

I've never made a protest sign (I think it's time to start, though). But I would compare the cost of printing to a foam core versus printing to regular poster paper; seems to me it might be cheaper to pay for the poster, and get the foam core at Walmart along with some glue, and stick the poster to the foam myself.

43 posted on 03/25/2003 5:06:41 PM PST by ConservativeWebServant
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To: RandallFlagg
I just make a sign using PaintShop Pro and print it out with my Epson photo printer in "Poster" form. It sounds similar to your suggestion because it gives me cutting lines as well.

My Canon BJC-85 [portable] inkjet printer will also do this. The function is in software, so if you have a Canon or Epson inkjet printer, you can probably posterize a graphic simply by printing it.
44 posted on 03/25/2003 5:07:38 PM PST by houstonian (The Liberal and his conceit--a vicious cycle.)
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To: jennyp
Here's some I found around FR and printed out for a local Support the Troops rally:

Give FREEDOM a Chance
PEACE is not the absence of war...but the absence of EVIL
FREEDOM paid for by your US MILITARY
Land of the FREE because of the BRAVE

and Registered (I think) has a great one, a large peace sign, that says around it: Footprint of the Great American Chicken
45 posted on 03/25/2003 5:08:34 PM PST by Bush_Democrat (Make that EX-Democra)
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To: houstonian
This will work, also

I'm just an anal-retentive perfectionist.    :^)

46 posted on 03/25/2003 5:10:27 PM PST by ConservativeWebServant
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To: Bush_Democrat
can anyone post the antiwar sign that said...."we support our soldiers when they shoot their officers"...or was that a phony sign?

it outrages me and I think it needs to be shown around...

47 posted on 03/25/2003 5:12:20 PM PST by cherry
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To: jennyp
jennyp, I"m in the same boat as you... preparing for my first "freep" up here in Canada this Saturday...

I must say,you all are professionals!!
bookmarking for later reference! :)
48 posted on 03/25/2003 5:12:43 PM PST by proud American in Canada ("We are a peaceful people. Yet we are not a fragile people.")
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To: RandallFlagg
Paint Shop Pro, FrontPage, Dreamweaver..., or simply writing basic html in notepad if you don't want to spend anything.
49 posted on 03/25/2003 5:14:58 PM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: jennyp
Bump for later reading
50 posted on 03/25/2003 5:15:11 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (On Liberty Weekend, the American Street erupted!)
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