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I have a client who wants to wrap a bus. Anyone here have experience with that? Do they make die lines for buses? What sort of questions should I be asking/what do I need them to provide?
You're going to need some form of artwork from the bus. You may have to shoot it yourself, but most likely if they tell the the manufacturer you can get artwork for the elevations of the bus. Good luck, that sounds like a fun project.
The transit provider probably has an agreement with a printer. I'd talk to them and see what kind of specs and/or leads they have.
newsprint + wheatpaste....
I can just see myself going out to the dock lands and measuring a bus...
All my client knows right now is the bus company and make/model of bus they're renting. I'll push him for more info/contacts.
are you wrapping a bus that's been wrapped before?
if so, templates exist already. if it's a media buy, there's a template somewhere. you just need to track it down.
if it's just some random bus they have in their backyard or something, chances are you'll have to create a template yourself.
when i did one before i got a template from the printer that does the wrapping. It's usually not their first bus wrap so you should be able to get specs from the printers. I built everyhing 1/4 size and mostly used vector images if i can. Although, you still might need to take pictures of the bus because the client will obviously want to see a mock-up before hand. Good luck!
3d forums for blueprints
I've done one. I worked off a template with all the proper specs (doors, windows, protrusions that inhibit). It came with a front sides back top corner panels ect.
I was supplied with the template. Worked in PS. I here companies that do the wrapping, have source files for most autos. If you know of one in your area they might provide you what you need. Might be available for purchase download online too.
did this once a few years ago, got some specs from the printer based on approx dimension of the bus. Ended up with psd's (4) that were like 6gb's and took 20 mins to open/close/save...good times...
I can pull the job and check the exact specs if you need it.
The bus is a Startrans President Series, 33 seater, not the low-floor model
(Thanks all, btw)
Yeah, your vendor should have some sort of dieline template that you place a final tiff file underneath in illustrator. Make sure you have lots of bleed if it's mentioned on the specs.
What company is doing the wrap on the bus? We use Motorsports designs. they are pretty resourceful in getting me any template I want and I've wrapped some pretty crazy shit over the years.
Whoever is doing the wrap should give you a 'template' with specs so that you don't design over areas that will be cut or that might need to be altered. Plus, it's less work for you ;)
Client: "I don’t think that the bus company has wrapped any of their buses in the past."
At this rate it looks like I'll be standing in a parking lot with a tape measure.
Oh and his idea of a deadline is "soon".
charge bus company royally for template
you should be able to approximate to get started... city bus, greyhound tourbus, school bus?
If you want to get started just lay it out in an approximate rectangle can't be that far off while the wrap company does the temp