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by Mike Jackson
Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:32 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL LOCATION OF INTERNATIONAL LETTERHEADS 2015
Replies: 14
Views: 4620

Re: OFFICIAL LOCATION OF INTERNATIONAL LETTERHEADS 2015

Hi Mark, It is hard to imagine another place more appropriate to have the meeting than in Cincinnati at the Museum. I am sure you will be able to get many of the original Letterheads on board. Having the support of Signs of the Times and the American Sign Museum with Todd Swormstedt is huge. I told ...
by Mike Jackson
Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:35 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Wednesday April 16 Changeover
Replies: 12
Views: 3178

Re: Wednesday April 16 Changeover

Lee, I think people could send a few dollars to the Colorado Letterheads. That'd probably the cleanest way of doing it. If I needed more money to pay for this kind of changeover, they'd probably pay. I'll check with Kent to see if they are interested in taking donations. If you were to click "The Le...
by Mike Jackson
Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:10 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Wednesday April 16 Changeover
Replies: 12
Views: 3178

Re: Wednesday April 16 Changeover

I finally got to speak with a supervisor today. They now have their best tech working to move the forum over. There could be a very slight hiccup today when they make the final changes, but hopefully not. They are also refunding my $175 support fee. So, despite the glitch with the other tech, it loo...
by Mike Jackson
Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: double paned window issues
Replies: 7
Views: 1929

Re: double paned window issues

In my "early years" of sign painting, most glass work was done on the outside. I remember it that way anyway. With heavily tinted glass now, working on the outside makes sense. If you are dealing with the color shifts due to two or three pieces of glass, working on the outside makes sense. On an upp...
by Mike Jackson
Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:19 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: double paned window issues
Replies: 7
Views: 1929

Re: double paned window issues

Andrew, You probably did fine on this project. The tree will lose their flowers soon and be back to dark green and all will be fine. I might have just lettered it on the front of the glass since it is just a one color enamel job. You wouldn't have as much of a glare issue. An outline might have help...
by Mike Jackson
Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:21 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Wednesday April 16 Changeover
Replies: 12
Views: 3178

Re: Wednesday April 16 Changeover

I wish I could tell everyone this is going smoothly. Canaca (Canadian based company) always waits until THE DAY the site renewal is due, then sends an email bill saying OVERDUE...No correspondence prior to the Overdue bill. This time I was trying to move to the new site when they shut the server dow...
by Mike Jackson
Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Landslide in JH threatening the new Walgreens and its sign
Replies: 2
Views: 1265

Re: Landslide in JH threatening the new Walgreens and its sign

http://www.bestofthetetons.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Web_WalgreensSign_April19.jpg Here's a shot of the Walgreens sign taken just after lunch time today. I added this shot and quite a few more on my Photography Blog at: http://www.bestofthetetons.com/2014/04/01/april-daily-photos-and-updates-f...
by Mike Jackson
Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:01 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Landslide in JH threatening the new Walgreens and its sign
Replies: 2
Views: 1265

Landslide in JH threatening the new Walgreens and its sign

http://townofjackson.com/current/live-video-stream-budge-slide/ I doubt it is making national news, but lots of regional news casts are carrying this story. A large chunk of a hillside along the highway is falling into and under the parking lot at the new Walgreen's store here in Jackson Hole. The ...
by Mike Jackson
Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:56 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Check out TheLetterheads.com!
Replies: 2
Views: 1128

Check out TheLetterheads.com!

LetterheadsScreenGrab.JPG http://theletterheads.com/wordpress1/ Behind the scenes, we are switching servers. Hopefully that part will be transparent. In the process, I changed the entire original Letterheads web site. The info is the same, but it looks much different. It will be easier to add and e...
by Mike Jackson
Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Wednesday April 16 Changeover
Replies: 12
Views: 3178

Wednesday April 16 Changeover

Hi Hand Lettering Forum readers, For quite a few years, this site and www.theletterheads.com have been hosted by a company in Canada. Tomorrow, the site will be moving (behind the scenes) to Network Solutions in the US. It should be totally transparent at your end, but it should make getting questio...
by Mike Jackson
Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:24 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Value of 100 Alphabets by Alf R. Becker 1941
Replies: 3
Views: 1712

Re: Value of 100 Alphabets by Alf R. Becker 1941

There would probably be a lot of people willing to pay $50 for the book!

Mike Jackson
by Mike Jackson
Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:55 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Glue chipping question
Replies: 12
Views: 4041

Re: Glue chipping question

There are a lot of good suggestions above. If I lived in Florida, I'd make a cabinet to reduce the humidity and increase the heat. Rick used heat lamps in a cabinet and circulated the air with a small fan. I thought we had a drawing of his chipping cabinet on the site, but I didn't see it just now. ...
by Mike Jackson
Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:37 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: shutterstock for vector image ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1905

Re: shutterstock for vector image ?

Yep, it always helps to know what the "issue" is in a question. I assumed it was the cost. His question might have been better if he had asked if there were other good sources he might find similar or better art. I always love it when a client demands a specific font or graphic because I know I can ...
by Mike Jackson
Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: shutterstock for vector image ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1905

Re: shutterstock for vector image ?

I don't know what your time is worth, but $29 sounds like a heck of a bargain if the image is what you need and you don't have to digitize it yourself. Seems like your client could absorb $29 versus having to pay you a couple hundred dollars to design and digitize a similar image? Even if you have t...
by Mike Jackson
Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:32 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Quiz
Replies: 12
Views: 3732

Re: Quiz

Kevin, Let me throw out a few comments. A: Yes, make sure the person asking for glass etching has permission or is the owner. B: Check to see if the glass is tempered. There might be an etched tag in the corner of the glass indicating that it is. Etching tempered glass is more tricky than regular gl...
by Mike Jackson
Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:28 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Lettering Strokes for the newbies
Replies: 1
Views: 1092

Lettering Strokes for the newbies

http://www.theletterheads.com/lettering/LetterStrokes.jpg I dug through some of my books and found this graphic in "Sign Painting, the New Way" by Steve Prohaska. Signs of the Times, 1964. Most of the lettering practice pages I found were for show card writers and were usually showing how to do a s...
by Mike Jackson
Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:21 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Newbie; need help with practice materials.
Replies: 4
Views: 1567

Re: Newbie; need help with practice materials.

Chris, You can probably find some old real estate signs around town. Take them out of the frame and roll them with some white enamel. Most of what you will paint in your life time will probably be using One Shot or Chromatic Lettering Enamel on a smooth painted surface. If you don't like a stroke, y...
by Mike Jackson
Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:19 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: It's that time of the year!
Replies: 3
Views: 1107

It's that time of the year!

The Hand Lettering Forum has been sponsored by the Denver Chapter of the Colorado Letterheads for quite a few years. They pay for the domain registration and website storage required for the Hand Lettering Forum and TheLetterheads.com for all of us to enjoy. Each year, Kent Smith is instrumental in ...
by Mike Jackson
Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:01 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Photoshop Techniques
Replies: 1
Views: 963

Photoshop Techniques

Hi Forum Readers, Back in 2007, I created a page of Photoshop Techniques. I hid them in a folder and link at my Teton Images site so I could refer back to them when I needed a little reminder how to do a specific effect. It's amazing how easy it is to forget an important step, especially if you don'...
by Mike Jackson
Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Photoshop Plugins for Free
Replies: 0
Views: 947

Photoshop Plugins for Free

If you are interested, you can get Perfect Effects 4 Free at OnOne's site. It has 70 effects which are part of their Perfect Effects package.

Here's the link:
http://www.ononesoftware.com/products/p ... ects-free/

Mike Jackson
by Mike Jackson
Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:10 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: A Christmas Gift
Replies: 2
Views: 976

Re: A Christmas Gift

Bob, They did a nice job on it, too!

We had a customer staple twinkle lights to the letters on a sandblasted sign one time. I guess they never considered it would put holes in the face of the letters to let water inside and affect the life of the sign.

cheers,
Mike Jackson
by Mike Jackson
Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:12 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Welcome to all the new members!
Replies: 2
Views: 898

Welcome to all the new members!

Just a quick note to all of the new members! It appears we have been getting more and more new, young members lately. This site was originally started by Sarah Schwartz. I am sure she'd be proud of the growth of the site and the quality of the posts and responses. The site has attracted an outstandi...
by Mike Jackson
Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:37 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Camoflauge Letters
Replies: 9
Views: 3100

Camoflauge Letters

I was looking at the Cabelas web site for a camo tarp and found over 2000 camo items, including these camo letters: http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camo-Letters-Wall-Art/1316395.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch%2F%3FN%3D%26No%3D400%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Dcamoflauge%26Ntx%3Dmode...
by Mike Jackson
Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: The latest SignCraft
Replies: 0
Views: 957

The latest SignCraft

My copy of SignCraft arrived a couple of days ago. If you like dimensional signage, this issue is a big winner!
by Mike Jackson
Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:53 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Check out this web site: Lots of inspiration
Replies: 1
Views: 971

Check out this web site: Lots of inspiration

http://www.behance.net/

If you have a moment, check out this site. It is jam packed with incredible talent of all kinds.

Mike Jackson
by Mike Jackson
Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:15 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: A Cloudy Forcast For All You Cloud Users.
Replies: 4
Views: 1564

Re: A Cloudy Forcast For All You Cloud Users.

I'm fine with it. They took a proactive step by offering to let me subscribe to a credit auditing service.

I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Mike Jackson
by Mike Jackson
Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:50 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Help finding a custom exterior hand painted sign co in SoCal
Replies: 2
Views: 969

Re: Help finding a custom exterior hand painted sign co in SoCal

Wendy, I am sure someone here can help you. To post the photo, open your PDF document in Photoshop, then check the size. Resize it to 700 pixels and save it as a JPG. It should load fine to this site. You can EDIT your first post and add the image there. Afterwards I can delete this part of my reply...
by Mike Jackson
Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:22 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Drop Box
Replies: 4
Views: 1090

Re: Drop Box

Hi William, Hmmmm. That's a great idea. I won't be able to use the USB option for uploading. I don't have a smart phone yet. Everyone else in the family does however. The other issue would be file size and data usage. Each of my D4 images are 19 megs and the D800 images are 75 megs, so it'd take for...
by Mike Jackson
Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:22 pm
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Drop Box
Replies: 4
Views: 1090

Re: Drop Box

Roderick, I have been using DropBox for several years. Love it! You can create a folder on your DropBox site, which will duplicate it on your computer, then set that folder as a shared folder. But you can also limit who can access the folder and invite them to go to DropBox to get photos and files. ...
by Mike Jackson
Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:22 am
Forum: The Hand Lettering Forum
Topic: Back-lit Sign
Replies: 6
Views: 1716

Re: Back-lit Sign

Aaron,
I'd take the two panels down to the client, or have them come by. Show them the yellowing issue and let them decide if they want you to proceed with lettering over their yellowed backgrounds, or let them pay for new materials if they don't want the old panels reused.