Helen Davies
Helen Davies April 1, 2020 • 5 min read
Helen Davies is a content creator for Square Signs. She enjoys blogging about DIY projects, business branding and interior as well as exterior design. If you want brilliant ideas on styling your home or office, you’ll love the trendy tips she has in store!

In addition to our video tutorial, we’ve decided to write a blog complete with a step-by-step guide and extra tips explaining how to get the most out of our free design tool.

How to Access Our Tool and Design a Sign For Free?

Get a variety of sign printing services to create home decorations and business solutions using our online tool. You may access our free tool in a number of ways to create your custom signs. Here are a few ways:

1. Click the “Design Tool” button at the top of the homepage.

Header screenshot of Free design tool showing the direct access to the tool

2. Or click the “GET STARTED” button which you can find on any product page. You’ll find it at the top right side of the page.

Get Started sign design screenshot showing where the button is

3. You may also access it from the templates section. You can get to the templates page by clicking the “Templates” button at the top of the homepage. From there, click on any template then click on the “design now” button on the pop-up.

Squaresigns templates' section screenshot

Create your perfect design in minutes! Try our easy-to-use, free sign design tool now and bring your ideas to life.

How to Design a Sign: Each Tab and Feature Explained

After you successfully get to our free design tool page, here’s what you need to know about it. Explore the page to learn how to design a business sign and more. Below, you can find a detailed guide on what each tab is used for and all the features that they offer.

This is the sidebar:

Squaresigns design tool sidebar screenshot

In the product tab you can choose the product you want to design and purchase. If you don’t select any, acrylic photo prints will be selected by default. However, if you access the tool from a certain product page, that product will be automatically selected.

1. To find your desired product, click on the products icon on the sidebar and use the search bar.

Screenshot of business sign design products search bar

2. You can also scroll through the products list in our free online tool and select the desired one.

Screenshot of sign design products list selection

Next comes the size tab:

1. This is where you choose your product’s size. You’ll find the sizes either in inches or feet.

Screenshot of sign design size options in inches and feet

2. You can choose one of the standard preset sizes or set a custom size for your product.

Screenshot of sign design inch size options list

3. The button in the middle with arrows allows you to switch between width and height.

Screenshot of sign design dimensions options for the product's width and height

To help you better visualize the size of the product, this section shows how it compares to a person measuring 5’5 in height.

Up next is the options tab where you can see all the modification options and accessories available for your product. The number of available modifications varies from one product to the other.

For example, custom acrylic signs have the following six customization options:

1. Material - this tab allows you to see the product’s material and change its thickness and base color.

 Screenshot of free design tool material options list

2. Shape - this is where you choose one of the cutting options available for your product. You can see the detailed description of each cutting option here.

Screenshot of sign design shape options with their descriptions and pricing Infos

3. Printing - this option allows you to choose the printable side or sides of your product. If you choose double-sided products, the illustrations will be featured on both sides.

Screenshot of business sign design print side options

4. Drilled Holes - select this option if you want pre-drilled holes on your product. You can also choose the number and location of the holes.

Screenshot of sign design drilled holes options list

5. Standoffs - depending on your needs, you can add anywhere between two and six standoffs. Our standoffs are available in two diameters and lengths as well as two coating options.

Screenshot of free design tool standoffs option list

6. Accessories - you can see all the accessories available for your products - easel backs of different sizes and command strips. Depending on your needs you can choose one or more accessories to be included with your product.

Screenshot of business sign design accessory options list with their descriptions and pricing

The next tab is the sign templates tab:

1. Find a template by scrolling through the previews or checking the categories.

Screenshot of design template category options list

2. Use the search bar to search for a template and use it to design a business sign online. Just click or drag and drop the template onto the project board.

Screenshot of design template search bar with a list of options

3. Our templates are customizable. Just click the element you want to change and use the toolbar to adjust. You can change or delete images, colors, texts and more.

Screenshot of a design template with customization options

In the next tab you can choose design elements:

1. You can choose to see all elements or filter illustrations, lines and shapes to design a business sign for free.

Screenshot of sign design elements selection list of illustration, lines and shapes

2. Here you can also find your desired element by using the search bar.

Screenshot of sign design elements search bar

All the elements are changeable in size and color to fit your custom design.

The text tab allows you to add a text box to your design. Our tool has a wide range of font families, be it serif or non-serif to help you design a sign.

1. You can choose from different font types and styles to add business hours or to relay any other corporate information through your products.

Screenshot of sign design fonts selection list with a variety of fonts

2. You can simply search for desired fonts by using our search bar.

Screenshot of sign design fonts search bar

With the background tab, you can choose the background color for your design.

1. You can use the search bar for the appropriate background.

Screenshot of sign design backgrounds search bar

2. You can change the color by clicking on the “Select a color” tab. Choose from the hundreds of available background colors and textures.

Screenshot of business sign design backgrounds color options

3. You can also choose from a variety of preset backgrounds available in the tool.

Screenshot of sign design available background options

The tool also has an uploads tab where you can add your own photos to the design.

Screenshot of business sign design uploads with Upload Your Own Image button

And finally at the top of the page you can choose the screen mode - light or dark.

Screenshot of sign design dark and light mode options

By the way, all your designs are automatically saved to your account. You can also save them manually by clicking the save button.

There you have it! That’s all the info you need to design a sign online free now.

Get started today and create a product that truly reflects your style and message. Have a great time designing!