Cardboard cutout?!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by patrickroberts, Feb 1, 2004.

  1. patrickroberts


    Aug 21, 2000
    Wales, UK
    hey lads is there anywhere on the internet where i can send a picture of someone in, and they will make it up into a lifesize cardboard cutout of that person?
  2. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    ::Hides dirty magazines behind back::

    Id like to know too!

  3. Nearly any of the franchised fast sign shops can do this for you. Just look in your yellow pages for numbers. Look for places like "Fast Signs", "Signs Tommorrow", or "Signs Now" and ask them.

    Now for the bad news - and there's plenty of it...

    Photo resolution is of utmost importance here to get a clean print. For a print of this size, you are probably going to have to have an 80-120 meg file at ¼ scale to make it work. Scans from photo's aren't very good since you begin to be able to see the film dye grain at this size. A scan from a large format (2" x 2", 4" x 5", 8" x 10", etc.) negative or 1:1 print will help decrease this effect. Never use a polaroid for an original.

    Cost is also going to be a major factor. Our vendor for this type of product currently has a minimum charge of $150 for a print of this size and that doesn't pay for the backing board or fabrication. The problem with that is that the minimum charge pays for a print that is 36" x 72" and you pay for the extra substrate area that you don't use. Not very economical. The board selection (gatorfoam, Sintra, acrylic) will also affect cost. My guess is that this piece will run in the $200-$250 range from a commercial source.