Robbie Williams and Ayda Field play a prank on the public with Ant and Dec on Saturday Night Takeaway. Robbie has a new pub and Acme was asked to create Pub Signs and Beer Pump Tags to make the prank more authentic until Robbie see’s the jokes are on him.
We can now design Logos that can turn into Stencils for signage, decoration or branding.
Laser cut or engrave anything
You can laser cut and engrave anything using compressed air. Since the laser process is essentially a very controlled method of burning a material it’s possible to cut and mark a number or name or logo. This gives a near clean result.
This particular technique does require some advance notice due to the materials involved and the Laser cutting process. Laser cutting is very versatile. Nearly any surface material can be etched including perspex, metal and various wood surfaces can be etched, cut or stencilled to brand or decorate.
Earlier this year we were commissioned to design and print a wide range of props, signs and graphics for the O2 be More Dog commercial.
Here is a selection of graphic designs and stills from the production:
We designed and printed graphics for the van, Butchers Shop exterior and interior, Odeon cinema, Cafe Nero, Music venue and Italian restaurant.
Acme Graphics have supplied graphics props for commercials over the past 15 years.
We receive many requests to design and make ‘fablon’ signs, but the general term we use is cut vinyl letters for signs. So where does the confusion arise?
The free online dictionary has an entry for Fablon as:
1. a brand of adhesive-backed plastic material used to cover and decorate shelves, worktops, etc, and for handicraft purposes.
Which identifies Fablon as a brand name for sticky backed vinyl, it normally comes in decorative effect finishes like wood grain or marble. We use sticky vinyl from a number of manufacturers including Metamark, Mactac and 3M, but it is mainly flat matt colours, although we do stock metallic and frosted effect vinyl as well.
The artwork is created on the computer in Adobe Illustrator and saved as vector ‘outline’ paths. Then the design is sent to the vinyl cutter, the blade follows the path and cuts the lettering or design. We then weed out the unwanted part and apply the design to foamex or foamboard.
So that clears up the confusion, Fablon is vinyl, it is just one brand name among many that has become ubiquitous like ‘Hoover’ the carpet or to ‘Google’ something. Regardless of the definition, it is a fantastic material for making graphic props for film and television.