Choosing the Right Poster or Sign Material: Getting the Most Out of Going Big

There is so much planning that goes into an event, that it can be difficult to get detail just right. Choosing the right location, inviting the right people, coordinating the speakers or activities – usually the last thing on your mind will be what materials to use for your signs and posters. This can be an important factor though when deciding where a poster will go, how long it will stay up and how you plan on displaying it. There are several different materials that posters and signs can be printed on and they all have different strong points:

Indoor vs Outdoor

The first question that should be answered is “will the sign be used indoors or outdoors?” Some materials are more durable and will stand up to elements like rain, wind and UV rays from the sun. Luckily we can print signs using UV safe inks to avoid fading and discoloration.

Outdoor Signs

When creating outdoor signs, you will usually want to print on plastic materials as opposed to paper based substrates. Materials such as Coroplast (corrugated plastic), vinyl and Sintra board (rigid PVC) are better options for outdoor use because they are water resistant. Vinyl banners will not easily rip, and Sintra and Coroplast are rigid so they will not bend or crease easily. Printing on metal is also a good option for a long lasting sign.

cut out sintra board signs | mmprint.com

Indoor Posters

For posters and signs that are going to be used primarily indoors, there are more lightweight and affordable options. You will not always need a rigid sign and instead can use a paper poster that can easily be rolled up and transported. Paper posters are also easy to mount using clips, magnets, tape, adhesives, tacks and more.

Foam board posters are also a great choice for creating a prominent display. The thick canvas makes the image protrude off the wall which adds some dimension and draws attention. Foam board is also easy to stand on easels and displays without falling over.

paper posters basketball players | mmprint.com

Grommets

You should also know whether or not you will need grommets installed on your sign. Grommets are small metal rings that are placed in the corners of a sign or banner so that they can be easily hung using string or rope. Grommets can be installed on almost any type of poster or sign.

Silver grommets used for hanging posters, signs and banners | mmprint.com
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Banner Stands

Another simple solution for transporting larger banners is to use banner frames or retractable stands. Popular styles of this are step and repeat banners which usually take a logo or image and repeat it across the canvas. These are commonly used for runways and photo shoots, but have recently become popular as a fun prop for weddings, birthdays, company parties and other special occasions. They usually come 8′ x 8′ or 8′ x 10′ and can be easily assembled at any function.

step and repeat banner printed 8x10 and used for runway shoots | mmprint.com

Retractable banners are another great option when signs need to be easily installed or moved around during an event. The vinyl or fabric banner rolls into the stand and can contract to a small, portable package. The most common size for retractable banner stands is 33″ x 78″ which makes them visible on college campuses, trade shows and retail stores.

portioned retractable banners for a health organization | mmprint.com

Now that you have a better idea of what type of poster or sign you will be printing, it’s time to get designing! Check out our graphic design templates or head over to our website to get a quote on your project!

Have further questions? Leave a comment below and we can help you decide the best option for your poster or sign.

Your Photos on Canvas – Like Hiring a Professional Painter

Photos on Canvas

Canvas Poster PrintingPhotographs are part of our lives and history. Many of our life’s anecdotes and achievements are captured to bring us back to these moments, share them with others, and rejoice with the memories.

A great way to immortalize these beautiful moments from the past is printing them on wonderful, sturdy, framed canvases. A canvas photo given to the right person can make a very touching gift, and can also add beauty and character to a room of the house.

Choose that special photo and make it even grander by having it printed on canvas.

Canvas Substrate Texture

No second thoughts, second chances

Even if your photos have suffered the weight of time and appear damaged, a graphic designer can take your old, worn pictures and clean them up with graphic design software such as Photoshop. The restoration process will awe you and surpass your expectations. Picture cropping, background changes, cleanups of minor flaws, and more. Not happy with the color? The color can be enhanced , modify the color, and even switch the whole image to sepia or black and white to fit the mood you desire. Once the image is ready to be printed, it can go in various canvas sizes, and finished with beautiful frames of your choice.

If you feel creative, you can arrange a number of your photos into one single collage.

Don’t shy away! Do you have any ideas we have not described? Discuss your preferences, ideas, and questions Below.

Amazing CMYK Inspired Designs

 

Printers and print designers eat, breathe and sweat CMYK.
One of the most common mistakes made when beginning a print design is to make sure the Mode is set to CMYK.

What better way to embed CMYK mode into your brain to make sure your design is correctly formatted for printing?

A showcase of Incredible Full Color CMYK Posters for reference and inspiration!

CMYK by BlackTSpawN

CMYK by DecadentBlend.com

CMYK by Shanthora

CMYK by Nellmckellar

CMYK by Seba300

CMYK Splatter

Have you had any beginner mistakes or simple “I can’t believe I did that!” mishaps in a design that you would like to share?

Share your must-see CMYK inspired designs too…