Want Signage That's Visible? Check Out These Engraving Tips

13 April 2017
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog


If you are having a sign engraved for your business, you want to ensure that it's visible to your clients. There are a variety of ways to do that. Check out these tips.

1. Use Contrasting Colours

With engraving, people often think of messages that are exactly the same colour as the sign itself. However, that's not the only option. Sign engravers can add almost any colour to the engraving. Essentially, the engraver engraves the letters and then uses powder to add colour.

For the most visible signage, you need to focus on contrasting colours. For example, white contrasts with black. With colours, the greatest contrasts sit opposite each other on the colour wheel. This includes colour pairs such as orange and blue or purple and yellow.

2. Embrace Simple Designs

If visibility is your key concern, it's also important to opt for simple fonts. Complicated fonts with lots of curls and embellishments can look great, but they don't work for every situation. Instead, talk with your engraver about the easiest-to-read fonts. Generally, when it comes to complicated or fussy fonts, they are more visible the larger the letters are.

3. Choose Size Carefully

Ideally, you should decide the size of your engraved letters based on the distance at which you want the sign to be visible. As a general rule, letters should be 2.5 centimetres tall for every 3 meters viewers are likely to be away from the sign. For example, for optimum viewing at 12 meters away, you need 10 centimeter letters.

4. Opt for Non-Glare Surfaces

In addition to thinking about the letters, you also have to think about the material you want engraved. Shinier surfaces can be harder to see, simply because they may have a lot of glare. Instead, opt for flat or matte surfaces. These surfaces are more reliably visible than shiny surfaces.

5. Include Braille or Raised Letters If Desired

In addition to making your engraved signage visible to clients with normative vision, you may also want to think about the needs of your clients with visual impairments and consider adding raised letters or Braille to the sign. Although you may only think of engravers doing standard engraving, which generally makes an impression in the wood or other material being engraved, these professionals can also do raised letters in a variety of styles.

For more tips on choosing the best engraving for your business signage, contact a professional engraver.