What is the difference between custom wall decals and custom printed wall decals? I would love to share this information with you! This is a tough one, especially if you’re not completely enveloped into the digital media, graphics and signage industries. Sounds fun, right?
Let’s dive right in! When we refer to wall decals, and almost always when we are discussing quotes, lettering, phrases, wording, etc, we are typically talking about cut vinyl decals.
What the heck are cut vinyl decals?
Cut vinyl decals are decals that are cut from solid colored rolls of material. We like to compare it to cutting shapes out of construction paper. You have a single color to work with, and multiple colors can be layered during application. This is our most common type of design on our site, where you’ll see trees, quotes, monograms, silhouettes, all designed with cut vinyl decals.
Below are some examples of our cut vinyl wall decals.
Our Cherry Blossom Tree is a great example of using multiple colors of cut vinyl and layering them to create your own look. Here we have dark brown and burgundy colored material used to create this design.
The above designs are just a sampling of the cut vinyl wall decals that we offer through our site, but what about Custom Wall Decals? What are those? Below are a few examples sent to us (by our awesome customers!) Portraying their custom artwork that we made for them.
Now, if your graphic has multiple colors, or has any sort of gradients, shading, shadows, or even pantone-specific colors, then we would turn to printing your design instead.
What are printed wall decals?
Printed wall decals are just that! We have these giant large format inkjet printers that use eco solvent ink that literally print your design onto the material of your choice (usually white). From there, we can laminate your decals to protect their color and finish for longer applications (especially ideal for businesses, outdoor use and areas with higher than normal traffic), we can cut away the excess material and remove the background, leaving just the main design (contour cut) or we can leave them as is!
We can also leave the background, we can print your design on clear material instead, we can reverse the image so it shows through glass (when printed on clear) and the list goes on!
Custom printed wall decals are ideal for multi-colored logos and those with gradients and shading, photographs, illustrated artwork, and when specific colors need to be maintained.
As you can see in the examples, there are multiple colors in each graphic, in addition to some shading, some gradients (in the Markham circle logo). The Colorful Teardrops could actually be done in cut vinyl, but by making it into one of our printed designs, we can really expand on the colors we use instead of limiting ourselves to just the stock vinyl colors that we currently offer. And it makes the production process much easier, because we can print all the designs at the same time onto the roll of white material and then cut away the excess, whereas if we made this particular design from cut vinyl, we’d have to load each different color into our plotters and cut those colors all separately. That would take a really long time!
If you are interested in getting your own custom printed wall decal made, visit the following page where you can enter your sizing and surface information, upload your files, and receive a price all in the same place!
Stay tuned to learn more about the pros and cons to both the cut vinyl wall decals and printed vinyl wall decals, coming up soon!