Crooked little door…

Dave’s name plaque was fun to create. I was stumped for a while to come up with a witty idea. But then I thought about what Dave does for a living and why he is taking our workshop. Dave owns a MultiCam router. I hear he uses it to create cabinets and doors. I visualized Dave creating perfectly square doors and cabinets all day long – day in and day out. Then I thought about how he would learn that these machines are good for much more than that at our workshop. They can make wiggly lines too! To prove it I would make him a door panel that was anything but straight! I didn’t use a font to type his name. I instead quickly drew it out in a cartoon style, then vectorized it in Illustrator.
I then imported the AI file into EnRoute and also imported a cartoon woodgrain bitmap (from my TEXTURE MAGIC collection of course). I used the drawing tool in EnRoute to trace each board to make the door.
The hinge vectors were made using these drawing tools as well. After creating the reliefs for each board I added the textures. Each component was created separately then merged as a last step.
The MultiCam made quick work of creating an exact copy of the file I had just created in EnRoute.

There’s two more name plaques to go…

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Dan Sawatzky

Dan Sawatzky is best described as a creative force in the sign industry. He and his wife Janis are owners of Sawatzky’s Imagination Corporation – a small family company that specializes in the design and creation of dimensional theme signs and environments. They tackle projects of any size from small signs to entire theme parks. Their work has garnered numerous international awards and Dan’s articles appear frequently in the sign trade publications. Dan and his crew also host Sign Magic and Sculpting Workshops in their studio a number of times each year with attendees coming from around the world. For more information please visit

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