• Matrix of your sign (in pixels): 288 tall x 576 wide
  • Pixel pitch: 12mm
For artwork image quality, we recommend:
  • Mulitply your sign's matrix by: 2
  • Artwork size (in pixels): 576 tall x 1152 wide
  • A 48px character will be 1 foot tall.

File Format

  • JPG, BMP, or GIF for still image content at 100% quality; Use RGB color, not CMYK.
  • Resolution: 72 dpi is adequate. Because message centes have a fixed pixel spread, DPI is technically irrelevant.
  • Physical size of artwork is also a non-factor. Focus on the actual pixel dimensions (height and width) of the artwork.

Keep it Simple

The first step to creating effective messages with your electronic sign is to keep the wording short and succinct.

  • Avoid spelling out complete sentences. Don't use eight words when four will do.
  • Stick with shorter, simple words to maximize quick comprehension by motorists.
  • A single message idea will read quicker and more easily than trying to combine multiple offers.

Keep it Big

Large text will allow motorists to see your message from a greater distance. If your text is too small, it will be too hard to read. Your audience is then likely to disregard your messages entirely. Althought capable of much smaller, we recommend a 12" character as a minimum. Three foot text (and larger) would be optimum.

Keep it Clean

Avoid using thin fonts as well as most script fonts. The strokes of each character are simple too thin to maintain legibility over long distances. Use thick, heavy fonts to maximize readability. The bold option is an excellent way to add weight to your wording.

Sans serif font examples
Serif font examples

Keep it Colorful

High color contrast is a key ingredient. Just like using large text, the right clor combination can make your message readable from a much longer distance. Refer to the samples below for many of the best text color vs. background color combinations for your electronic sign.

High contrast color examples