Apologies for the extremely newbie question, but I'm way out of my area of expertise here.
I'm working with a municipal government on a community composting program. Several large bins consisting of a steel frame and high-density polyethylene panels will be placed around the City for residents to drop off their household food waste. We are contracting with artists to design vinyl sticker overlays to give the bins visual appeal and brand identity. However, we don't have a good template to use, so I've been tasked with designing one.
I've never designed something for such a large print job, nor for a vinyl sticker that, I assume, needs to be heat adhered and thus will shrink a bit. My questions:
- I'm using Illustrator. Should I be providing one artboard per panel?
- What presets should I use for printing? I used inches for the dimensions so that I would have a better hope for getting the specs right.
- How should I approach bleed and slug given that there may be some shrinkage?
- There are moving parts and metal handles- what is the best way to represent those on a template?