Artwork Tips for the Perfect Sand Etch

Artwork is the most critical part of making your unique awards. It is crucial that the artwork is received in a specific format. The most important component to remember is making sure the art exhibits the necessary qualities in order to perfectly transfer to your award(s). Here at Fineawards.com, our team thinks of new ways to collaborate with our clientele on each project. One great example of this are the templates that are prepared to ensure the award selected best exempl...
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Meet Your Production Team – Shawn Taylor

FineAwards.com Employee Profile: Shawn Taylor - 4 years with FineAwards.com How did you first learn about FineAwards.com?  I learned about the job from my brother, who was working with the company. What is your roll with FineAwards.com?  I am a production specialist, but I like to call myself the “It Guy”. What are 3 words to describe FineAwards.com?  Creativity, Service-Oriented, Quality What do you like the most about FineAwards.com?  I engrave these special awar...
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Why the Art Department Seeks Approval for Proofs Five Production Days before Shipping

As soon as an artist is assigned to your order to begin proofing, it is ideal for all artwork – as well as any recipient names and award information specifics – to be uploaded as soon as possible. This eliminates added correspondence between artist and customer that might slow down the proofing process and potentially cut into the five-day window that we request for printing, reviewing, laying artwork onto the pieces, etching, cleaning, quality control, packaging and shipping...
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Fall Season is Here!

This is my favorite time of the year!  The leaves are changing colors (not in South Florida, but in most places), the weather is getting cooler, football season is in full swing, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back, and it is the beginning of our busy awards season!  In preparation of award season, our warehouse team at FineAwards.com worked diligently all summer long on fine-tuning our procedures and skills.   Our production team welcomed “The Sandman” (hyperlink “The Sandman”...
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Extreme Quality Control at FineAwards.com

Here at FineAwards.com, we take our quality control process to the next level.  Typically quality control in most awards companies starts once your awards are produced.  A normal quality control associate’s main responsibility is to make sure your awards are clean and put into a gift box.  Not here at Fine Awards.    Our quality control has an extensive checklist prior to your order going into production.  It starts with verifying your proof matches the etching file sent t...
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Best Fonts for Etching

One of the most important decisions that you have to make when designing your crystal recognition awards is choosing the right font.  This is not only going to determine how good your award is going to look but also the impact your message will have with the recipient. Selecting a good font is crucial but you also have to take into consideration the length of text and size.  Our minimum font size is 11pt so anything below that is not going to etch clearly, regardless of your ...
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FineAwards.com welcomes ” The Sandman”

On May 14th we welcomed our newest member of the production team, “The Sandman”.  We put it to work the day it arrived off the truck.  “The Sandman” is the premier etching booth and comes to us by way of Ikonics Imaging.  With the addition of “the Sandman” we will be able to streamline our production process to ensure a faster and cleaner product for our customers.  Highlights include a huge viewing window, maximum strength vacuum for clear etching, front easy load access...
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What is photo etching on awards?

Photo etching process Part 1. Did you know that way before photos were printed on paper they were printed on glass? This might sound a little out there but it’s true! Of course nowadays we use a different method and images come out very different than before but is fascinating to know a little bit of history about it. This two-part post will help you understand the photoetching process and give you some insight on what it takes to make your beautiful picture into a ...
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