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Artwork Information

Process:

         1) Search for and select your award
         2) Fill out customization information/instructions, and e-mail your logo (if desired) in vector artwork format to corporateawardssource.com    
         3) FREE proof -we will email you a detailed proof for approval or changes before production
         4) After proof approval, the order will go into production
         5) Shipment –your beautiful award is on its way and ready for your event!

Suggested Layouts:

         If you are not sure what to include on your award,
         we recommend the following: award title, recipient’s name,
         inscription, year and logo.

Here are some layout ideas for your reference:

 


    

Proof and Award Examples

Once your order has been placed, we will begin the proofing process.  This is done in order to make sure your award is just the way you want it before it goes into production!  Before any order goes into production, a proof will be emailed to you for either approval or desired changes.  Here are some examples of what the proofs look like, and other finished awards with different decoration methods.

 

Different Decoration Methods

Not all awards allow for the choice of which decoration method is used, however in order to better understand the processes an explanation of each different process is below.

 

  • Yag Laser Engraving

    Used on all metal surfaces including brass, gold plate, silver-plate, chrome-plate and pewter. Y.A.G. stands for Yittrium Aluminum Garnet; a laser beam which produces near infrared high intensity light through a man-made crystal is used. The laser produces a clean and permanent image onto metal; this is done through vaporizing or melting the metal.

  • Illumachrome/Splash Color Processing

    This is a quality multi-color process with is able to replicate detailed images. High quality color photos and digital images are needed for these processes, the art must be a minimum of 300 dpi. All color matches will be very close, but exact matches cannot be guaranteed.

  • Laser Engraving

    This method is used on wood, cultured granite, acrylic, leather, and cork materials. This laser uses a CO2 gas-activated electric current which produces a low intensity laser beam. On crystal items a 50-watt deep-etch is used for engraving.

  • Metal Etching

    Metal etching is done through a chemical process. Metal etching takes place in a controlled environment; chemicals are used to burn into the zinc surface to create the desired design. After etching is complete, pieces can be finished to a silver, bronze, or gold tone. PMS colors can also be added.

  • Sublimation

    The sublimated process is used to transfer full color artwork and/or images to a metal plate. This allows for bright and vibrant burst of color on a variety of different framed awards and plaques.

  • Silk Screening

    This is a printing process in which ink or paint is pushed through a fine mesh or polyester screen stencil, to the surface below creating an image. A strategically placed coating on the screen allows color to pass through in select areas but not in others. Industrial enamel, epoxy, and vinyl inks are used depending on the product surface.

  • Water Jet Technology

    Water jet technology is a high pressure water process. An abrasive is added to the water to erode the surface of the product. With this process, virtually any shape can be cut from any solid within the specifications of the machine

  • Sand Etching

    This decoration method consists of sand blasting a masked area. A specially designed mask is applied to the surface of the product allowing only certain areas to be etched. After the etching is done, a paint color fill may be added in order to change the gentle frosted etch to your desired color. We will do our best to match your color requirements; some items are even available for PMS color matching.

  • Deco Casting

    This casting process uses 2D artwork and ultraviolet light to create a photopolymer mold. The mold is used to make another (silicone) mold into which resin is poured to create a dimensional casting. This can be a multi-level piece or a sculpted casting. Paint or an antique finish can also be applied to achieve the desired design.