Welcome to the final instillation of the template creation stage of Designing Your Own Car Wrap!
By the time you finish this blog post, you’ll be fully educated in the ancient art of making a car wrap template…. that, or you’ll just want to destroy your computer out of sheer frustration/boredom.
In Part 2 we gathered our car dimensions and in Parts 3A-3C we learned to use Illustrator to our advantage while creating templates for our car’s sides/back. Now it’s time to put the kibosh on this bad boy and “wrap-up” (tee-hee, get it?) the remaining parts of our car which is the Hood, Roof, and Front Bumper.
Starting with the hood, lets look back to how we took it’s measurements in Part 2…
… as you can see, we started our measurement using the highest two points from both sides of the hood to gauge where to start our measurement as opposed to where the hood ends in the middle. The reason we did this is because if we just measured from the bottom of the hood to where it stops in the middle, we wouldn’t haven been able to wrap the hood entirely.
Why is that? Take a look at this diagram…
… the green areas represents the part of the hood that would not get wrapped if we started our measurement where the hood stops at the top in the middle.
Now that we have our measurements, open up photoshop and make a box that’s 55″ wide by 35″ high and turn it into a guide.
It’s good to make a note where you would like your art/logo to start if you plan to place it on the hood when measuring. A good rule of thumb in the vehicle wrap community is keep text 2 inches away from any edge. The space from the highest point of the hood to where the hood begins it’s approximately 8 inches, adding 2 inches to make sure the logo/art wont hit the edge, your art should start 10 inches down from the top of our box.
Make a box that’s 55″w x 10″h and align it so that the top of this box touches the top of the box we created using our hood measurements, then turn it into a guide.
With our boxes aligned like this, we now know how far down our art should be placed. The only thing left now to complete the hood template is to select the 55″x35″ guide box and add a 3″ offset. Once this step has been completed, your hood template should look like this…
Now lets move onto the front bumper, take the measurements we gathered in Part 2 for the bumper (89″ x 27″) and make a box to that size, convert it to a guide, and add a 3″ offset…
… and BOOM! Front bumper template done!
The final step is creating a roof template. When measuring out your roof, make sure to take antenna/rack placement etc. into account if applicable. Doing this makes sure your Graphics don’t land in areas that might get covered or distorted by accessories on your roof. Luckily for us, the car we’re using doesn’t really have any of this.
Make a box in illustrator that measures 75″ wide and 45″ high. We now want to make this box a guide, then preform a -2″ offset creating a box that’s 2″ smaller on all sides. The reason we’re doing this is to get a general idea where the safe spot for our graphics are, in the printing world we call this the “Live Print Area”. Now select the 75″ x 45″ guide box and add a 3″ offset to that leaving the outer most line black. When completed your roof template should look like this…
Even though we had exact measurements, humans will be involved in the wrapping process, meaning mistakes can be very likely. Creating a box for the Live Print Area on the roof gives us enough wiggle room to adjust the roof wrap if necessary without having to reprint it entirely. If Robots were involved, you’d get a perfect wrap and I’d be out of a job.
Our template creation process in now complete!!! CONGRATULATIONS! You now know just as much or more than the average Art School graduate, minus being in debt for $75,000.
Come back next week and we’ll get started on the fun stuff… PART4: SETTING UP YOUR ART!!!