Reverse Engraved Acrylic Signs Look Pleasing To The Eye

Most people are more familiar with signage imprinted on the front. But if you want a smooth finish without feeling the etched spots when you pass your fingers over, engraving at the back of the material works so well. In this post, I would like, therefore, to share with you the benefits of having reverse engraved acrylic signs.

First, let’s begin by understanding what reverse engraving is all about. It is a technique whereby you mirror the artwork horizontally and etch it at the backside of the transparent acrylic material.

With reverse engraved acrylic signage, therefore, you go through three processes: mirroring the job horizontally, etching it at the back and adding a colour finish. It’s slightly different from imprinting the artwork on the front surface.

Horizontal Mirrored Artwork

Horizontal Mirrored Artwork Ready for Engraving

The materials suitable for reverse engraving are usually transparent (or glass-like). And when you complete the job, your artwork is viewable through the plate in its background but not on the front surface.

Benefits of having reverse engraved acrylic signs

There are several benefits clients enjoy when they order for reverse engraved acrylic signs. They include the following:

  1. Ability to have a multicoloured sign

If you need a sign with the artwork in several different colours, reverse engraving is the best option. Infilling the engraved spots with acrylic or spray paints makes every detail look distinctive.

  1. The benefit of having a smooth finish

Some customers dislike the roughness felt when they pass the fingers over the engraved spots with signage etched on the front side. If you’re one of them, the option is to go for reverse engraved acrylic signs. Since the etched spots are at the backside, the front surface remains smooth and spotless.

  1. They are effortless to clean

It’s effortless to maintain reverse engraved acrylic signs. When dust gets onto them, you can quickly wipe it off with a clean cloth. The smooth surface allows simple cleaning. But if you have signage etched on the front side, removing the dirt is sometimes hectic and time-consuming.

  1. They have an elegant appearance

Reverse engraved signage looks so appealing to the eye. It’s ideal for both interior and exterior usage. Because of its elegance, it helps to improve your business brand image.

  1. Ability to backlight them

If you need an illuminated sign, reverse engraving makes it look excellent with significant visibility at night.


The reverse engraving technique offers limitless opportunities any engraver can explore to make money. It’s an application that is perfect for both interior and exterior signage.

If you need perfectly crafted multicoloured reverse engraved signs, get in touch with us. We have the ability and expertise to produce signage with a significantly pleasant look.

Hello! My name is Charles Kiyimba, a creative engraver, a professional teacher, a passionate blogger, a confident graphic/web designer and the founder of Goleza Designers Ltd, an engraving business that turns images into real products. Through my hands-on experience, I share with you free helpful information on our products and services, business, marketing and personal development. Always dive in for more!


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