TIP #5: How do I make the serif of a letter bigger, so the letter is easier to build?
There are two tricks that can be taken to make the serif of a letter bigger. For a step-by-step answer, go to https://youtu.be/7v3awrAqhhQ
- To make the serif of a letter larger, use drawing software to perform an outline of the letter and then resize the letter.
- Decide how much you want to increase the line length (stroke of the serif), divide the number by 2, and then perform the outline by that number.
- Resizing will make it slightly smaller, but not that much.
- The outline will make the entire artwork larger and easier to build. Resizing will satisfy the sign codes for permitting and not exceed the maximum square footage.
- You can select the serif points and use a nudge feature in the drawing software to create a longer serif.
- If you have an ACE, ACE+, or Freedom machine, use a width of at least 1 inch and a length of 1.5 inches for the serifs. A width of 1.1 inches or more is even better!
- If you have less than 1-inch width, the ½ inch flange on each side will overlap and it will need to be trimmed off. It is also hard to get your caulk and LEDs inside.
- If you have a Model 26 with the small arm option, you can go down to a 5/8-inch width of a serif and at least a 1-inch length of the serif. Use the small flange option. The rest of the process, including caulking and placing LEDs, is still more difficult with narrower strokes.
Another bonus: Without bigger serifs, letters may look good up close, but your eyes do not see the serifs or narrow strokes well from a distance. With bigger serifs, letters will light properly.