What a Difference a Sign Makes
by Reg Hardy
Can you see the banner?
I have always found it easy to use my computer to generate banner-type signs for my N Scale Structures and it clearly lends more life to the scene I am trying to emulate on my layout.
It is a simple process to generate your own signs in any scale. I use a program called "Net Studio", a banner making program used in another life, but it is still handy.
Its primary purpose is producing web banners for use on the Internet.
These banner making programs easily produce signs you can use to identify your business building(s) you built from scratch or kitbashed.
Once I have created the “banner” in Net Studio, I use a program called SnagIt to do an image capture of my proposed sign and save it in my “My Signs” folder without altering the size. The more pixels in your image, the clearer the sign will be.
I then open a graphics program line Paint Shop, Paint.net or any of the counterparts. I open my sign image in the graphics program.
Now, in inches, measure the actual space on your building the sign will occupy.
In your graphics program, go to the resize option (usually displayed in both pixels and inches. Match the inches of the image to the number you measured on your building.
I like to use PaintShop Pro as it allows me to produce a Print Layout sheet so I include 2 or 3 copies of my sign in various sizes for end walls or back loading docks on the same building.
I then print the sheet on the thickest stock which will go through my printer and then cut and glue the appropriate signs.