Creating a vinyl sign today seems like a complicated task as compared to its predecessor of signs made by hand with an exacto knife. It really isn’t as difficult as one would think.
It all begins with a computer aided vector* design which can begin with a hand drawn sketch and imported into a computer program. From there the design is sent to a plotter/cutter or printer to render the output. In the case of cut vinyl the cutter will cut out the borders of the design and will require the process of weeding away the unwanted vinyl leaving only the design. From this point, the design, which is usually paired with a Kraft backing can be covered with transfer tape and later installed on a substrate material and very often it is on a piece of corrugated plastic called Coroplast.
* A vector graphic is a design which can be enlarged or reduced without any loss of quality.