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Need to Make a Sign Quick and Easy?

written by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•edited by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•updated: 2/24/2009

Make signs from free templates available on the Internet to advertise the capabilities and offerings of your small business. This article will introduce you to a few great sources for templates and printables so you can complete this desktop publishing project and attract customers.

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    Signs designed from free templates are a great way to promote your business, announce sales, events, or showcase the good work you’ve done on a job site. This article is another in a series of pieces I’ve written on Bright Hub's Desktop Publishing channel showcasing the excellent resources available on the Web that enable the small business owner to utilize free templates to create marketing materials, with little or no strain on the company budget. There are many facets of your business that you need to spend time focusing on, so consider Bright Hub a lighthouse that navigates you to any of the shores of marketing and desktop publishing that might be unknown to you.

    An excellent source for free templates is at http://www.avery.com/avery/en_us/Projects-&-Ideas/Ideas-for-Home/Special-Occasions/Articles/How-to-Create-a-Powerful-Sign.htm?Ns=Newest%7C1. On this site you will be presented with great advice about how to create the best sign to suit your needs. Along with the details on the essential elements, you will be directed to the best type of paper to print your sign on as this site is run by Avery. The user interface is straightforward with step-by-step directions to lead you through the process and you also have the option to create a sign from scratch, with a blank template, which enables you to upload your own graphics and logo onto your design. With both options you just customize the template with your own text and then choose the colors (Avery claims that certain colors will subliminally influence people, although I don’t believe that orange and red make me hungry unless maybe it’s late in October), size, and fonts to maximize your signs potential. Then it’s just a matter of printing and assembling it.

    Sign making software is available with a free trial at http://www.signgo.com/. Check that out to see if it’s a viable option for you. The software has many templates to choose from and they allow you to try it before you have to buy it.

    You can also design a sign online and have it sent to you for relatively cheap prices by going to http://www.makesigns.com/Signs_TemplateCategories.aspx. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the business sign options, browse thru the templates for the one you like, customize it with photos, graphics, or text and then this online company will produce it for you. Check with your local printer company to gauge what they have to offer too. A quick Google search will show you many more options as well.

    For the bare bones of printable signs go to http://exposuresigns.com/free_printable_signs.htm. There you will find a limited supply of printable signs and useful links. They might have what you’re looking for but keep in mind that you won’t have most of the customizing options offered with the previous sites listed earlier in this article.

    With the above information and your own creativity you should have more than enough information to produce an effective and alluring sign with little or no cost.