These signs help to draw attention because they stand out from the wall. This effect is more prominent in signs with thick letters. Often, the letters are mounted on spacers to make them stand out from the wall so that they appear to float. The impact of 3D letter signs can be subtle or bold, depending on letter thickness and spacer lengths. These signs also cast shadows, which can be enhanced by placement of lights.
Any 3D signs mounted in places where many people will be walking nearby should be made of thin letters and mounted close to the wall so people won’t bump into them. However, signs made of thick letters that stand out from the wall can form a powerful visual effect. Such signs can be mounted in low-traffic areas of a room or above head height.
Dimensional letter signs are often made of acrylic or metal. Acrylic signs can be cut in highly precise designs with lasers and they are available in a vast variety of colors and finishes. In many situations, acrylic signs finished to look like metal are preferable to real metal signs because they are less expensive, weigh less, and can be cut out more cleanly. However, real metal is often used outdoors.
Wooden letter signs are also available. While wood is not as durable as acrylic or metal, it has a pleasing aesthetic appeal. Wooden signs can be cut with lasers, which leave dark edges on the wood.
Signs can be finished in any color. The color choice contributes to the mood of the space. Some signs use different colors for different letters, which usually increases the visual impact of the sign. Businesses often use letter signs with the same colors as their logos.
The look of dimensional letters also varies greatly with the lettering style used. They can create a clean and fresh modern effect, provide traditional elegance, or supply a fun and folksy feel. Laser cutting makes even fine and ornate lettering styles possible.
The colors, lettering, and finish of a sign should all fit with the organization’s marketing and branding. The letter thickness and distance from the wall are also important. Thick chunky letters are are great for bold effects, but not for elegance. A well-designed dimensional letter sign displays a brand’s name and style well.