Friday, November 3, 2017

What Color Is It?


Our company vehicles are
on the road a lot and of course they are wrapped with custom designed graphics not only to be a 24/7 advertising machine but to also show what abilities the Fast-Trac team has when it comes to design and installation. Many people have seen and commented on the Fast-Trac Hummer however this blog is about the Fast-Trac truck. The truck took some time to have the wrap applied since there were so many ideas of what to do then as we approached a year of a nearly blank vehicle it was decided that we would go with a full color change. 

The owner chose the 3M 1080 series film in the Gloss Flip Deep Space. This material known as "color flip" changes color depending upon what angle you are at and what light is around. Then we printed the company name and phone number in reflective which appears to be illuminated when light hits it. 

So you may be wondering what color is it? We will leave that up to you to decide, go ahead and check out the photos below then feel free to leave a comment. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Best Cheesecake in Town

Susie's AZ Kitchen is sure to make your mouth water featuring homemade lasagna and famous ribs as the main course then for dessert the owner of this food truck created Better Than Sex Cake and she also offers The Best Cheesecakes in Town. You cannot go wrong with these options and you will definitely come back for seconds.

Owned and operated by a veteran, Susie's AZ Kitchen food truck can be seen at local events, fundraisers or you can reserve them for your personal occasions.  

The wrap on this food truck completed by the team here at Fast-Trac features a suitable color combo along with retro looking layout and amazing photos of the food that are sure to send you cravings. 


Friday, September 15, 2017

What Do You Know About Dog Taining?

A well trained dog can amaze a crowd and impress your friends but the main focus on dog training and obedience school is to have a well behaved pup as well as a protector. A few months ago we met a new client that specializes in several types of dog training. Located here in Phoenix,  Desert Sky K9 All Breed Dog Training has all of the knowledge needed to teach your furry friends right from wrong and of course how to do tricks. With over 20 years of experience in family pet training and working K9 training, Mark and Gail are sure to provide an effective and useful learning experience. 

We hope hundreds of potential customers for Desert K9 see there full custom vehicle wrap that was designed, printed and installed here at Fast-Trac Designs. Since they do specialize in training the Malinois breed our design team was sure to incorporate that photo into the wrap design and a gorgeous photo of an Arizona sky. Another service we provided to Desert Sky K9 is custom printed T-Shirts featuring their logo with diamond plate texture. We were very excited to see them on a news special showing off their new apparel and well trained pup. 

Here at Fast-Trac Designs we enjoy seeing our clients succeed. We had a great time working with Desert Sky K9 and look forward to their next project. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Do You Have Proper Artwork?

If you are looking into having vehicle wraps, large format graphics or T-shirts done you will be asked this question. Do you have proper artwork? Maybe you are uncertain but the Fast-Trac Designs team is here to help you understand proper art formats, unusable art formats and what options you have to acquire the necessary art in order to complete your project.

First we would like to tell you about raster art and vector art. Raster art is what most internet images and photographs are formatted in. Made with pixels, (small squares that make up the image.) raster art cannot be manipulated without distorting the picture. Therefore, if we enlarge a raster image it will become pixilated (blurry.) Some raster files can be used depending on resolution of the photo however the image may still become pixilated. Raster file types are commonly .jpg .png .tiff & .gif

Now for vector art. This is what we need in order to properly produce vehicle wraps, screen printed apparel and other large format prints. When art is created in vector format it is made with lines and points that allow the ability to enlarge the art and it will never lose resolution. This art format is created in design programs such as Adobe Illustrator. Vector file types include .ai, .pdf & .eps

I know, now you are asking "Can my raster art be converted into vector art?" The answer is YES! We do have a very knowledgeable design department that can recreate your art to be the proper usable vector format.

Whew! That is a lot of information, but don't worry because the team at Fast-Trac Designs is here to guide you and your artwork is just the beginning. We work with our clients throughout the entire design process on every project. We hope that this helped you understand if you have proper artwork.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Thinking of a Wrap Change? Read This.

So you first may ask yourself, If I spent money on a vehicle wrap why would I change it? A few reasons to get a new wrap or update the design would be if you are trading in your vehicle, the wrap has been on for longer than 3 years or maybe you just have a new design vision that you prefer. Whatever the situation our team here at Fast-Trac Designs can guide you through the process.
Recently we helped our client Kelli Mealy with The Mealy Real Estate Team remove her old wrap on a vehicle she was trading in, then we created a new wrap design for her new vehicle. Kelli was looking to simplify and brighten the design of her wrap and adjust her logo. Our design team
brought her ideas to life featuring a clean design with an Arizona sun set. 

Kelli and her husband were thrilled with the new design on the new vehicle which they proudly displayed on Periscope and social media HERE


No matter what the reason is for your wrap change we believe it is worth it to keep your wrap up to date, looking its best and most importantly working for YOU.

In the photos below you can see the old wrap and the new. What do you think of the change?
New Wrap

Previous Wrap

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Should you update your logo?

Would you say a business logo is important? Being branded with a symbol or picture so that when people see it they know exactly what company you are. This is an ultimate goal that all companies big and small would love to achieve. Now if you have your logo and you have been in business for 5 or more years many people wonder if you should change your logo or update it and the answer is yes. The trick to this is to just update the logo not completely change it. You want your brand to remain recognizable, so subtle changes can go a long way. 

An example of this is the Microsoft logo. In 2012 Microsoft changed their logo for the first time in 25 years. The colors stayed the same while the shape of the logo took on a more simplified appearance. Some people loved it some hated it but nonetheless people were talking about it.

Here at Fast-Trac Designs we did something similar for one of our clients. In 2011 The logo was designed and now in 2017 they decided to change to an updated version. We have applied it to business cards and their company truck so far. We believe that the updated logo will catch attention due to the brightness and colors used as well as the over all look appearing more current.



In the end updating or making changes to your company logo is a good idea. Is it required? Certainly not but sometimes a slight change can get people talking and noticing your brand.




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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Do You Enjoy Race Cars?

If you do we've got em! Fast-Trac Designs recently wrapped two nitro funny cars. One for Tim Boychuk and one for Ron Hodgson. Boychuk Racing has won several races and awards including 6 event wins and 5 track records. For Ron Hodgson a recent event known as March Meet in Bakersfield Canada became one for the record books as the team won first place in what was described as a "stupendous final round" by DragRaceCanada.com.

The wraps that these funny car bodies received we completed with 3M film. The Boychuck funny car had two bodies wrapped the same with custom printed 3M 1080 series wrap film. The overall installation time was 7 hours per body. On Ron Hodgson's Pacemaker funny car the wrap was completed with custom designed and printed 3M IJ180-CV3 and gloss 8518 laminate. The estimated installation time was 3.5 hours. All of the race car bodies were installed in house by Fast-Trac Designs certified installers.

You can expect to see these nitro funny cars throughout the race season as well as more race car wraps by Fast-Trac Designs.

To read more about the March Meet visit www.dragracecanada.com

   

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Carbon Fiber Vehicle Wrap

Yes, a vehicle fully wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl can be pretty neat. It is certainty not the first time it has been done, however it was the first time our install team at Fast-Trac Designs tackled such a major project. The vehicle was a white BMW M2 and the client was Discount Tire looking for something that would catch attention. He chose 3M 1080 series white carbon fiber and then a design to be applied on top of the white. The installation process took 3 days and the finished project was perfect. Our client was extremely pleased and the team at Fast-Trac completed another successful wrap that truly shows the capabilities of vehicle graphics.
 

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 - A Year in Review

Oh how time flies! Here we are finishing out another year at Fast-Trac Designs and it has been a busy one. We have had a lot of fun in 2016 with several projects and unique designs so here are a few notable moments.


Early this year we had a client with a vision to put her artwork onto T-shirts. We were able to transfer the art to our design program and convert it to be screen printed. From canvas to apparel, the shirts turned out perfect!
















As we moved further into the unique year of 2016 we became a common place for fleet wraps. Every week we were (and still are) installing vehicle wraps on multiple vehicles for Burns Pest Control, Hayward Tree Trimming and Alarm 911 just to name a few. The non stop wrapping called for some long nights but it was always worth it.


Then we run into the trends of 2016 and things that seemed to suddenly gain popularity. We experienced the rise of food trucks, mobile gaming buses and tiny homes. Each of these wraps had their individual style which is required when there is a ton of competition. Some projects to mention are Gorilla Cheese Truck, Epic Game Bus and Uncharted Tiny Homes.

Once we got to the summer months everyone starts to break out their toys. From ATVs to pontoon boats our installers were wrapping off road vehicles and watercraft's through the hottest time of  the year. One of the best transitions is to see a boat go from boring white to color explosion that features detailed design and of course the clients personality. 



Another big screen printing project was for Arizona No Prep Racing. We printed for two races and had a ton of people complementing on the screen printed design that was done here at Fast-Trac. The races took place in Tucson, AZ and we expect to be printing for future races. 



Over all 2016 was an exciting year for Fast-Trac Designs. We had a lot of wonderful times creating and completing one of a kind projects both in wraps and apparel. We had a great team to complete them with and a huge thank you to all of our clients that made 2016 such a wonderful year we know 2017 has a lot in store and we can not wait for our next big project. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

What Will Be Next? - SGIA 2016

This event is huge! Every year thousands of people attend the SGIA Expo which highlights the newest and upcoming advancements in the digital graphics industry. The event took over the Las Vegas Convention Center with the trades most qualified personnel attending as well as owners and employees of shops all over the nation in hopes of being the first to see as well as purchase the next best machines and products.
Two members of the Fast-Trac Designs team took part in the expo at the 3M Graphics booth.They had the opportunity to wrap a vehicle on site with the newest materials that have just been released for sale. One of the most anticipated 3M vinyls that was used was the color flip 1080 film.This film will appear one color then at certain angles it flips to another color. We expect this to become a popular choice for color change wraps. 

Another feature that the expo offered was several educational classes to help educate new business owners on what products may be best for them and how they work, with hands on learning available. It is great to be a part of an industry where people are aided for success and with the SGIA Expo having more than 200,000 attendees you can definitely expect the industry to grow and the technology to continue expanding to create the most unique digital printing capabilities. Fast-Trac Designs looks forward to the 2017 SGIA event and what could be the most anticipated product next year? we can't wait to find out. 


See our team members in action at SGIA by clicking the links below.
BMW i8 wrap
1080 Film

Learn more about Fast-Trac Designs HERE.
Learn more about the SGIA Expo HERE.

                                                          

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

What's Trending?

It seems that there is a new trend becoming popular and even having it's very own events. Yes, the food truck business has grown so much almost every weekend there is a destination that crowds of people flock to just to try different food trucks. The mobile restaurants park and let the profit come to them. Here at Fast-Trac Designs we are fond of a particular food truck that we provided our vehicle wrap services to. The Gorilla Cheese Truck is becoming well known for their gourmet grilled sandwiches and with their brightly colored wrap they are sure to attract a ton of business.
We do recommend giving The Gorilla Cheese Truck a try, visit their website to see where they will be next.   

For any vehicle wrap services contact Fast-Trac Designs HERE.



Thursday, July 28, 2016

Have you seen this truck?!

This 1965 Chevy modified fiberglass race truck has caught attention nationwide. The new build was brought to us at Fast-Trac Designs to receive a custom designed vehicle wrap that would portray speed and show off the Redneck Racing logo.  The graphic artist for this project had quite the vision and even hand drew the grill and headlights which were wrapped to appear reflective and take on a realistic look of headlights. Along the sides and on the front of the truck are flames with very attentive details such as the logo and lightning which are also shadowed throughout the remaining length of the vehicle.

The full coverage wrap went through design, print and installation processes here at Fast-Trac Designs. We only use top of the line material available by 3M for all of our wraps, this project was printed on 3M IJ180-CV3 Contoltac with 8518 laminate. We used the HP Latex 360 printer which is rated to be among the best printers in the industry.


The estimated time to finish the wrap installation was 16 hours, however this vehicle is not complete. It is a new build and is still being modified before its first race in Arizona. The goal is to obtain about 3,000 horsepower and be the fastest race truck in the world. This will take a special licensed driver once completed and if you have the chance to see a race pay close attention because you will not want to miss this truck.