It is hard to believe that it was almost ten years ago I witnessed a CNC router in action for the very first time. I was fascinated and simply had to have one! Although I had been in the creative end of the three dimensional sign business for most of my life I didn't really know what I would do with one of these machines - but I just knew it could do fantastic stuff.

Along with the CNC router I discovered the wonderful material called Precision Board and the glues, primers and other companion products they offer. Since then we have gone through many tons of the material using it in most signs and projects we tackle. This journal will chronicle our many adventures both past, present and future. I'll talk from the perspective of someone who pushes these products to the creative limit on a daily basis. I'll be adding to the stories two or three times each week. -dan

Sunday, July 26, 2015

NANCY name plaque

As always it started with a quick rough sketch.

I decided that some rivets in the corners would be cool.

To make the type look old I used the transform tool to add jitter to the lettering. Then I added a border.

I changed my mind once I took a second look and decided on washes with bolts instead in the corners.

Then it was done to work creating the reliefs starting with the base relief.

I then selected the inside border and the lettering border to modify the original relief by subtracting from it.

Then it was time for some subtle texture over the entire relief.

Then a second lecture bitmap was applied to just the sunken background.

Then I modified the relief by adding the washers and bolts as simple flat additions.

Lastly was the raised lettering using the dome tool.