Art SignWorks, Inc.
41785 Elm Street
Suite 302
Murrieta, CA 92562
Phone 951-698-8484

Monday-Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, Pacific Time.

© Art Sign Works

Product Line 1 - Carved 2.5-D Raised Multi-Level Relief, Sandblasted, and Engraved HDU Signs & Plaques (STYLES and PRICE CODES 1.3, 1.5 and 1.6))

Carved and Sandblasted HDU Signs

Examples of Carved and Sandblasted 2.5D Signs & Plaques for Product Line 1

Welcome to our photo Gallery 1 of examples of our carved and sandblasted 2 1/2 Dimensional (2.5-D) multi-level raised and engraved High-Density-Urethane (HDU) signs & plaques, referred to in this website as Product Line 1. The signs shown in this Gallery have straightforward painting of  2 to 5  colors (minimal blending) in  different areas of raised or engraved text, borders, and artwork.  Other more complex 2.5-D signs & plaques are shown in Gallery 1A , Faux Wood HDU Signs, and Gallery 1B, Artist-Painted Scenes & Animals on HDU Signs.  The prices for all three of these products are basically the same, except some of elaborate artist painted signs & plaques with many colors in Gallery 1-B have somewhat higher prices.  Separate custom individual  letters , numbers and logos carved from HDU or wood are shown in Gallery 3A, Individual Custom Letters, Numbers & Logos. Approximate prices for Product Line 1 signs are given in Lines 1.3, 1.5 and 1.6 in Table 4B on our Retail Prices and Design Options page. 

If you have just entered our website and you want an overview of our company and all our products or other informational web pages such as our  Home page, you can view these by clicking on a title in the  gray box in the upper left margin. Other Product and Application photo galleries can be viewed by using the slider to scroll down that gray box and clicking on a numbered title.   If you are using a mobile phone, you can click on the 3 red bars on the top right of your screen to see this menu.

2.5-D signs differ from 3-D signs in that the artwork, borders and text have flat top surfaces, usually three to five levels of relief or elevation, whereas our 3-D signs have rounded or curved top surfaces, like bas-relief sculptures. It is much faster and requires less work to design, carve and paint 2.5-D and engraved signs than 3-D signs, so they are less expensive, but they use exactly the same substrate and paint materials as our 3-D signs & plaques.  Our 2.5-D and engraved HDU signs are our least expensive dimensional signs (about 30% to 45%  less expensive than 3-D HDU or wood signs), but they can be very beautiful, elegant and striking, as the 200 photos in this Gallery show.

Engraved (sometimes called incised or debossed signs) HDU signs have the text, borders , and artwork carved into the flat front surface of the sign. The carving can be done in either a V-carved or U-carved (flat bottom)  profile .Engraved signs are typically 10% lower in price than 2.5-D multi-level raised text and art signs, because they require less labor to hand-sand and paint. 

Over 70% of the signs and plaques we sell are 2.5-D HDU signs, the rest being wood or 3-D HDU signs or plaques. We show over 9000 different 2.5-D HDU  sign & plaque designs in our 45 Application Photo Galleries. They are very popular and they meet the requirements of most clients. Our 2.5-D and engraved  faux wood HDU signs are shown in Gallery 1A. 

We also make 3-D carved HDU  signs (Product Line 2), 2.5-D, 3-D and engraved wood signs (Product Line 3), and bronze, brass, and aluminum-plated HDU signs & plaques (Product Line 7). These are usually not required for most commercial and residential applications, but add beauty, class and interest to any sign or plaque.  

Other products include flat two dimensional outdoor signs from Aluminum, Corten weathering steel, Color-Core HDPE, and Plastic Wood HDPE (see Gallery 8   and  Gallery 9)  which have lower prices, but are  less interesting and are not  as attractive as carved dimensional signs. 

We also have 45 photo galleries of various application (e.g, farm signs, beach-house signs. military signs, etc.) on this website,  all of which contain 2.5-D signs & plaques. These  can be viewed by clicking on a title in the  gray box in the upper left margin. If you are on a cell phone, click on the 3 red bars on the top right of your screen to see this menu.  Other Product and Application photo galleries can be viewed by using the slider to scroll down that gray box and clicking on a title. 

The custom signs and wall plaques in this photo Gallery 1 have styles that range from formal and elegant to commercial to rustic. Many of our original and creative 2.5-D designs are true works of art. After all, we are "Art Sign Works". We can also incorporate your design concepts, including logos, seals, photos, paintings, and drawings into the design of your sign or plaque. Most of our designs shown on this website are the result of a collaboration between our designers and the customer. We can turn nearly any artwork into a beautiful and unique custom dimensional sign or plaque.

If you are looking for a specific application for a sign or plaque (e.g., lawyer, CPA, business, residence, vacation home, park, golf course, church, ranch, restaurant, pub, government seal, military crest, college, etc.) you can click on one of our Application Galleries in the numbered gray boxes in the lower left margin. You can go to our Photo Gallery Overview page for a complete index of these applications. Over 9,000 2.5-D HDU signs are shown interspersed with types of signs & plaques (in Product Lines 2 through 9)  in  application Galleries from Gallery 10 to Gallery 35; only a small sample ( 2% ) of our custom 2.5-D signs are shown on this page. After the title on each photo, the Gallery where other similar signs for the same application (e.g., beach and seashore signs) are shown is listed in parentheses. Please click on a numbered title in the gray navigation menu in the lower left margin to visit an Application Gallery (scroll down to see all the Galleries). If you are on a cell phone, you can view this gray navigation menu by clicking on the three red bars on the top right of your screen.

OUR HDU SIGNS ARE MADE OF THE FINEST MATERIALS, AND HAVE LONG LIFE & MINIMAL MAINTENANCE.  We use the very best materials and manufacturing processes to create signs which have a very long life (20+ years) and require very little maintenance. We provide a warranty of 2 years, and we expect our HDU signs to last for several decades. We carve our HDU signs and plaques out of premium ultra High-Density-Urethane (HDU) Precision Board Plus sheets  made by Coastal Enterprises, in Orange, CA. We use 20 lb/ft3 HDU for all our signs & plaques, which is 30% denser and stronger than the 15 lb/ft3 HDU used by other sign manufacturing companies. Our signs carve cleaner, last longer, and are less susceptible to impact damage than HDU signs made by other companies. We use exclusively Ultra Low VOC  Matthews automotive-grade 2-part polyurethane acrylic paint and clear-coats, which are UV and graffiti resistance, so there is very little fading when the sign is exposed to direct sunlight, and graffiti can usually be cleaned off with acetone. Matthews paints cost $200/gallon, compared to house paints which cost $40/gallon that most other sign companies use. Matthews MAP will last  20 years or more before re-painting. We use 1-Shot Low  VOC Oil-Based High Gloss Lettering Enamels for text and artwork. 1 Shot is simply the best (and most expensive) lettering enamel in the world. It costs $200/gallon.

OUR PRICES. We have affordable  prices for our premium signs & plaques. Our custom designed smaller 2.5-D signs, 18 inches to 24 inches wide, have retail prices that range from $200 to $550. Medium size single-face signs, from 24 inches to 36 inches wide, have retail prices from $300  to $975.  Large signs, from 48 inches to 96 inches in width and 36 to 60 inches high,  have retail prices from $800  to $3300. Our sign prices depend primarily on sign area, whether they are single or double-faced, their design detail and complexity (e.g., depth of carving, complexity and fine detail, number of paint colors and amount of hand-painting, and any special features (e.g., steel reinforcements and frames, overlays, gold leaf, etc.). These prices do not include posts or support structures, which we sell separately. Approximate prices for a few of our Product Line 1 signs & plaques are given in Lines 1.1.3 , 1.1.5 and 1.1.6  in Fig 4B on our  Prices & Design Options page. Please call 951-698-8484 or email us at for quotes for your specific sign project. 

PLEASE CONTACT US - WE HAVE GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE. Please call or email us for a price quote on a specific sign or plaque. We will work with you to design and build the exact sign or plaque you want. One of our knowledgeable and helpful Customer Service Representatives, Christie, Regina, and Liz, will respond to your request promptly. Call us at 951-698-8484 or email us at Or, you can fill out and submit our on-line Request an Estimate form. We would like very much to make your sign or plaque, and we are confident that you will be pleased with it. We take great pride in every sign or plaque we make for our valued clients.

HOW TO NAVIGATE THIS SITE. You can scroll down the page to see more sign designs by using the slider in the right edge of this page. You can expand a photo and get information on the sign by clicking on the photo. After you expand a photo, to return to this Gallery page, click on  "Return to List" at the bottom right of the sign or text.

 Business web pages (e,g, prices & design optionsrequest a quote, place an order) and other informational web pages, including our Home Page can be viewed by clicking on a title in the gray box in the upper left margin. Other Product and Application photo galleries can be viewed by using the slider to scroll down that gray box and clicking on a title. If you are on a cell phone, click on the 3 red bars on the top right of your screen to see this menu. 

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