Decal Production – How To Make Decals
You’re here to see how to make decals? Many people wonder how decals are made. Here, we offer a quick little explanation of how we produce die-cut decals, stickers, lettering, vehicle graphics, wall decals and more. Smaller, detailed decals can be the most time consuming products to make. Computers and vinyl cutters only do half of the work, but the rest requires a steady hand as you will see below.
First, the decal is laid out on the computer using special software that tells the vinyl cutter what to cut into the vinyl. Below are the decals in preview mode on a computer monitor.
Next, the software sends the information to the vinyl cutter. The cutter uses a very fine blade to cut the vinyl as it is fed back and forth through the cutter from a long roll.
After the cutting is complete, the vinyl is then cut from the roll on the machine and taken to a table where the “weeding” and “taping” processes take place. The scrap vinyl is carefully removed by hand leaving only the wanted decal pieces behind.
The “weeding” process is seen here, where all tiny pieces must be removed with special tweezers that are able to pick up any unwanted leftovers.
Weeding is completed in the image below.
Transfer tape is applied over all the decals. This tape holds all the pieces together and is needed to apply the decal to a surface.
The decals are then cut individually.