About Sticker Time and Designer Lettering
Our Sticker Picker was created so you (our valued customer) can do your Designer Lettering yourself. Use it for things like Personalised Lettering or Car Signwriting
Here is an example of the different variables I had to contend with. Bear in mind, this is only one part of the equation.
Some Software programs I came across only worked out the Text input by the Size of a capital X for example. But when you are offering the Customer a choice of Fonts, and those fonts are to be Cut on a Plotter (in my case a Roland GS24).
Well, you have to be within millimeters of the actual final size. Let’s face it, if you are coming to Sticker Time and you want some Graphics for Vehicles, or Labels for Cars, then you need to know that the Sticker will fit the back window or side panel of that vehicle.
I had some knowledge on how to “Code” in PHP and HTML, but the more I invested my time into what I wanted the final product to be, it soon became obvious that I needed some help with coding. I enlisted the help of an acquaintance I had in Texas in the US, and between us it took hours and lots of brain storming to be able to get the Website software to output the final text sizes the same as my Sign program.
So, math is not my greatest asset, and yet I had to learn how to work out when a text was input into a screen input box then the output had to equal the same as my Sign software, which also had to output the price. All sounded so simple in the beginning. You have to find a “Sweet Spot” in the Fonts you are using. In other words, what in mathematics is called the “Golden Ratio” but that’s a story for another day.
To say the least, this was a project I had not thought was going to be so in depth. All I wanted to produce was a product that lets my customers put personalized lettering into a calculator and it returns a total size and price.
That’s easy, I hear you say! Just a calculator right. Nope! Actually, one of the easier parts of making this software was making an excel spreadsheet with my prices on it so we could call a function to this in the code to output the final price. I have had plenty of experience with excel spreadsheets in the past, so on to the next part.
We have made it as easy as we possibly can. All you have to do is:
- Enter your desired Text into our Sticker Picker,
- Select your font, we have 66 cutting fonts for you to choose from
- Then select the size you require
- The Color
- The quantity required, and last of all
- Just decide whether you need it as a Normal cut or Reverse cut- for inside a Window