Houston Commercial Signs: Frequently Asked Questions

If you are looking for commercial signs, banners, engraving, or other forms of advertisement, Dinograph can help. Location based advertising is a lucrative way to reach potential customers. If you are looking for more information on this type of advertising, here are the answers to some frequently asked that may help.

Why should I get signs made by Dinograph?

Your company’s branding is one of the most important qualities. It’s what identifies your business as unique, and really, the reason why some will ultimately end up doing business with you. We strive to make a lasting impression that captures who you are as a business with creative, clean and eye-catching signs.

What if I don’t know what I want?

You are not alone. Clients often come to us wanting to promote their services, but are not sure where to start. One of our graphic design specialists will ask you questions about your business and how you view it, and then create a design that will effectively relay that branding message to your customers.

How much does printing cost?

Short answer – it depends. Since we offer so many products, the price can vary fairly significantly. Before we print anything, we’ll provide you with a quote so that you know what you’ll pay. You can also call us for estimates before you send us your artwork.

How long is my sign going to last?

The material we use for your outdoor signage depends greatly on its application. We’ll choose the right product to ensure a long-life while being exposed to heat, rain or extreme weather.

How do I know if I’m going to like the design or even the finished product?

Our clients are never unpleasantly surprised with the final product because we provide a full-color proof of what your sign, or any other products you order from, us will look like before the final product is completed.

When will my sign be finished?

The turnaround time varies based on a lot of different factors. We keep all the major materials in stock so we can create your sign as quickly as possible. When you order your sign, or any of our products, we will let you know when you can expect the completed project.

How do I submit my artwork for printing?

We will let you know if we will be needing a vector file, or if a JPEG file will be the best option so we can ensure your printed work is looks as expected. You can email or mail us your print-ready file or upload it to our website when you order. Please be sure that artwork is sent in its highest resolution. If you have questions concerning your artwork feel free to call us. One of our printing experts will be happy to answer your questions.

What resolution is acceptable?

If you are sending your artwork in its actual size, send your work at 150 dpi. We can also work with a one-inch/one-foot ratio at 300 dpi. This means that if the printed product is six feet by four feet, the submitted artwork should be six inches long and four inches tall.
Note: Dpi is the standard of measurement for the resolution of images that describes the number of dots per inch that are used to create an image. The higher the dpi, the higher the resolution, which translates to better quality of your final product.

What is the difference between vector and bitmap images and which is better?

Vector and bitmap are the two major graphic types. We prefer vector files so we can change sizes easily without sacrificing quality. A bitmap image is made of pixels, which translate directly into resolution, and often lose quality when resized.

Remember that large-resolution files use more memory and can’t be sent in a simple email – this is the case for most graphic files. Call us if you are having problems uploading or sending your image for printing and we will find a solution that gets your image to us without sacrificing the end product.