I hope I am not duplicating a previous post......but I may be doing so.....at least I did not find anything like this in my quick search.
I have struggled to get my large size fonts to print in a way that would allow me to quickly align for layout. I've tried the square and rule technique with some success. But it's still a pain in the neck to get the letters perfectly aligned across the face of the sign.
Now I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, so it took me a while to figure this out......and it really is soooooo easy and accurate.
I use Microsoft Word for the majority of my lettering. Now, when I am printing out my letters to copy onto the board, I print them UNDERLINED!
You won't copy the underline or cut it out on the board, but now, you have a reference point to simplify keeping everything on line all the way across the board.
And taking this one step further.....when I have to continue printing a word on the next sheet of paper, I always start the next word with the last letter of the previous word. Then, I cut the letter in half so that I can align this "half letter" on the previous letter. That will allow you to complete the previous word and maintain correct spacing and alignment.
Example sentence: "TODAY IS THE DAY"
Lets say "TODAY IS"
is the most words you can get on the first page. Start the next page's printing with "S THE DAY"
Cut the "S"
in half from top to bottom. Then align the half letter "S"
onto the full sized letter "S"
on the first page. Align the underline marks as well and voila! You are lined up and ready to continue.
I hope this makes sense to the masses. I do not have pictures to post at this time. The next time I am laying out a sign I will try to post pictures.
However, that may be 3-5 weeks away. I am having open style carpal tunnel surgery next week. So I've already put the tools away.......to avoid temptation.