Here’s a great design tip that you can use when creating your perfect sign using our online design tool. Customizing our templates is fun, and we try hard to make it as easy and user-friendly as possible. One problem some of our customers have is that their text that doesn’t stand out on the design. We always suggest using as much color-contrast as possible (i.e. light backgrounds, dark text and vice versa), but sometimes, depending on the design you choose, you can’t achieve this look.
Here’s a great example. The classic American flag template is one of our best-sellers, especially for rear window graphics. Adding text to this template can be challenging, as the background is so color-saturated. Often, customer designs look something like this:
As you can see, the text is hard to read and just doesn’t stand out against the background. So, how do you fix this? A simple shadow will do the trick!
First, select the text you have already typed. Then, click the Add Text button at the top of the designer. A new text box is added using the same styling (size, font, color, etc.) as your current text.
Next, type your text over again, exactly as it is written. Change the text to a contrasting color. Since the text here is white, we’ll choose black for the new text.
Select the new text and drag it over your original text, leaving it to the side slightly (like a shadow).
Finally, with the new text still selected, click the Send Back button located in the lower left-hand corner of the designer.
Voila! Your text now has a shadow, stands out from the background, and is ready-for-print!