|This is the original full size image. The images below are zoomed in on the lower center part of the image.|
|This is a VECTOR file zoomed in close. As you can see the edges are smooth. The edge will stay smooth no matter how much you zoom in. Therefor, if you take a vector file and make it really large, it will still look perfect up close.|
The image above shows a jpeg of the same file. You can see that the edges are not near as smooth when zoomed in as with the vector file. Therefor when you take a jpeg (or any raster style image) and make it into a large decal, the edges won't be smooth when viewed up close.
It should be obvious that if you have a vector file available that is what should be used. Using a vector file also gives the software a "cut line" so the decal can be cut right up against that smooth line. Vector files normally allow us to easily make changes in which normally can't be done in an image based file. So with vector art we can easily make changes to the colors, change sizing or layout of the design or simply change lettering.
Image files can normally still be used too. There are going to be limitations to how large the image can be made and still look good. Some images can be converted into vector art (required if the decal is to be die-cut). There may be a set up charge involved depending on how complex the design is or how the quality is on the image.
Most decals on FastDecals.com are created from vector files but occasionally images are used when they are of good enough quality to be made into large decals.
Here is a good way to test how large you can go converting an image into a decal.
Vectorization can be done in Adobe Illustrator and several other programs. Most vector files will be saved as .ai, .eps, .svg, cdr, or .pdf; though they won't always be vector files if saved with those extensions. Looking for a free vector program that you can edit vector files yourself? Try InkScape. Also Open Office can create vector files too using the "Draw" software.
Our decals and stickers can be installed on any smooth, clean surface like glass, wood, metal, walls, and painted surfaces. They work great on cars, trucks, SUVs, boats, side-by-sides, ATVs, helmets, motorcycles, laptops, phones, windows, etc.
Our decals are made from commercial quality vinyl that will last several years in harsh outdoor conditions. See color chart and/or material chart (if a full color print) for outdoor life expectancy for your particular design.
All decals are CUSTOM MADE to your specifications of size and color.
Each design can be made in any size and are measured LEFT TO RIGHT. (*Except Stick Figure Decals). You choose the size in STEP 1 when ordering.
Our decals can be made in any color or pattern found on the color chart.
The white in the image is not part of the decal. Your decal will not have a background; most decals are die-cut around the shape of the design unless otherwise shown. *Some FULLCOLOR decals will have white within the thin gray line shown. See BELOW for more information.
You may also choose to have a Shadow, Outline or Contour in an additional color. Click here for additional information.
Discounts are automatically added if you purchase more than one item. Items don't have to be the same to qualify for the discount.
Please see the FAQ page for answers to questions you may have.
Is the design shown above close to what you are wanting but not quite perfect? Use the "Ask a question" tab (above) to let us know what needs to be done to make it perfect for you. Or you can simply order and note in the comments box the change needed. We will make the change and email you before we ship if there are any questions.