Museums usually add text to the wall by a simple label/sign or vinyl cut lettering. But larger well funded museums use a different technique where the text appears to be directly transferred to the wall somehow. This is not using a vinyl sticker and is very high quality even at small text sizes.

Does anyone know how this is done?

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Very often museums will use a screen printing method to apply type to the walls, also in conjunction with other methods such as vinyl and hand painted murals traced with projectors.

  • Screen Printing is probably the answer. Is there a streamlined screen printing method that museums use for text? It seems like it would be quite labor intensive for 100 little artwork labels to be done using standard screen printing techniques.
    – user500665
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 1:42
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    Yes very labor intensive, Google is your friend user500665 - whitney.org/WhitneyStories/WordsOnWalls youtube.com/watch?v=8eVq0zp88GU
    – Mark Read
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 2:01
  • @MarkRead You should include those links and relevant details from them in your question itself, it'd make your answer a lot better! Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 12:05
  • I will edit later so the Answer is more useful, thanks for the reminder Zach
    – Mark Read
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 23:06

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