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Custom Printed Vinyl Banner

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Promote your business with custom printed vinyl banners

Vinyl personalized banners are relatively inexpensive signage. They are easy to hang, requiring only a couple of nails or zap straps. Banners roll up for convenient storage, so they can be reused.

Create a custom banner for a promotion or to advertise seasonal business hours, and hang it for great visibility only when your promotion is on.

Personalized banners are great to create brand awareness, at trade shows, for birthday parties, or to mark a special event.

The rest of the time it rolls up and takes up very little storage space, ready for the next time.

Banners are perfect temporary signs

Rigid coroplast or PVC signs are great for long term messaging. They are easy to take down and put up, but not easy to store.

Large stickers are also great for permanent or temporary messaging, but they are destroyed when removed and not great for reuse.

Banners are the ideal choice for indoor or outdoor use. They are quick and easy to hang, water resistant, and easy to store away.

Mount vinyl banners where you want them

A pocket can be created on the top (and bottom) of a vinyl banner for you to slip a pole or rope through to support the entire length of the banner, keeping it hanging straight.

Grommets can be added to the corners or along the edges of the custom vinyl printed banner to make hanging the banner with screws, nails, or zip ties easy.

Custom vinyl banner printing product specifications

We use scratch resistant eco-solvent inks for custom vinyl banner printing. The vinyl banners should last for 3 to 5 years or more of continuous outdoor exposure.

Vinyl banner material

At Laser Sharp, we offer you two exceptional choices for outdoor hanging banners, a 13 oz vinyl and a finer, heavier 16 oz.

13 oz scrim

Standard fare for outdoor banners, this material has threads, called scrim, woven through the vinyl to strengthen it. Scrim is ideal for outdoor advertising as it withstands tough weather conditions. It is appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use.

16 oz no curl

This material is smoother than scrim and better suited for indoor use. It is resistant to curling at the edges, so hangs nicely in place.

This material is fine for short term outdoor use, but is generally intended for indoor use where viewing is more close up.

Custom banner size

Your custom vinyl banner can be printed in any size, to the fraction of an inch. The maximum width for custom sizes is 50″, and the length is open.

Prices for banner printing are based on square foot, so if you order more than one banner, increasing the square foot of your order, your price will be discounted.

Hanging your banner: grommets or pole pockets

As an option, nickel grommets are fastened to your banner. The grommet is a metal ring that prevents your zip tie or rope from tearing the banner.

Alternatively, you can request that a pocket be added to the top of the banner. The pocket accommodates a pole or rope that can be secured on each end to give a rigid support across the banner. A similar pocket can be added at the bottom if desired.

A pocket is ideal if you are printing a banner to be carried in a parade or suspending it on a specially designed banner stand.

Adding a hem to the edge of the printed vinyl banner

To strengthen the banner edges and to prevent slight fraying that may occur on scrim vinyl, a hem can be added.

We use a double sided adhesive tape to weld a .75″ strip along each edge before grommets are inserted.

Image requirements for custom vinyl banners

For vinyl banners, it is most important that your artwork or images are the correct size and do not need to be enlarged to print on the vinyl material.

Significant enlargement of raster images results in pixilation and poor print quality and will display as fuzzy or boxy.

Turnaround time to print vinyl banners

While priority rush service is available for vinyl banners, it is wise to allow time for the inks to set before picking up your banner.

Production time depends on the size and number of vinyl banners ordered. Priority orders are moved to the front of the line, but still take time.

What to compare vinyl banners to other options?

Check out our Easy Sign – one size and 4 materials to choose from.

Get print-ready artwork without the headaches

Every print job must start with a useable digital, print ready file.  Here is a list of the most common issues with artwork that is not print-ready:
  • It has no bleed – your background image/colour should extend beyond the size of the finished product by 1/8″ all the way around
  • Document is sized improperly – an 8.5″ x 11″ file cannot be easily used for a half letter or 4″ x 6″ postcard, or for a 12″ x 18″ poster
  • Images used in the artwork are pixelated – all images should be 300 dpi
  • Entire file is low resolution – your file should be saved at 300 dpi.  Many free online programs do not export appropriate resolution.
  • Colours are set to RGB instead of CMYK – in this case, the colours that are printed may not be what you are expecting
  • Contrast between background and fonts is inadequate – dark fonts do not show up against a dark background.  What works on a backlit monitor will not work in print
  • Fonts are too small – it is wise to print a version of your artwork on a home printer to see the actual size of the fonts before ordering.  Again, it may look great on your monitor at 500 times magnification, but not work when printed.
  • Fonts are not embedded or converted to outlines – this can cause fonts to change in the processing of the file, changing your entire layout and design
  • Content has errors
  • Content is too close to the edge of the design – allow a “safe zone” to accommodate small variations in the printing, cutting, and finishing
  • Crop marks are improperly placed – this is the same of not having bleeds
  • You submit multiple files – a double sided flyer file should be in one .pdf file, 2 pages, not 2 files
  • File is in the wrong format – pdf files should be submitted.  While we allow other formats, they have to be converted before they can be processed.   In many cases, that is quite difficult as the file can be changed by the process.  In other cases, the file is not compatible with our software or hardware (for example, none of our printers can print .png files!  They all have to be converted to a printable format first).
  • The artwork is an idea, something you had printed somewhere else, written on a piece of paper, or a bunch of image and text files that need to be assembled – there is lots of work to do to get the file you need.

Experience has taught us that most customers, and sadly, many professional graphic designers, do not understand how to create print ready files. In addition, many of the free products available for you to design for yourself, do not output print ready files.  In some cases, your file can be easily corrected, using the wide variety of (expensive and sometimes difficult to use) software that we keep on hand at the Laser Sharp shop.  If you are stuck, we can help.  Use Service Tiers table to select the support level suitable for your project.

Service Tier

Just do it

Included

Simple

$24.99

Standard

$59.99

Advanced

$99.99+

Delivery Time

ASAP

1 day

2 days

3 days

Edits or Revisions

0

1

3

5

Maximum Pages/Sides

2

2

4

4+

Resize artwork

Check Resolution

Combine Pages

Convert to CMYK

Fix Bleed/Layout

Impose Files for Print

Add or Edt Text

Add Pictures 

Edit Pictures

Edit Form or Calendar 

Match Fonts

Add Effects

Match Colours 

Vectorize Image

Replicate Artwork

Create Custom Form

Create/Edit Pricelist

Layouts (finished = fold, crease, perforate, etc)

Simple

Simple

Finished

Finished

Some Fine Print

  • The prices shown are charge PER PRODUCT ORDER.  In some cases, design elements created for one print job may be used in others; if so, you may be able to select Advanced artwork for the first product and Standard for another if elements created for the Advanced project are reused in the Standard one.
  • The price for the tier includes any or all of the checked elements.  In other words, if you only want to get files prepared to be sent to you in different formats, you need to select the Advanced option.
  • You need to use the the red “upload your print files” button to upload your pictures and support documents.  There is a text box for you to provide details.  The more detail you give, the more likely you are to get a fast turn around on your support.
  • You are responsible for securing the legal rights to use any images, texts, or logos.
  • You are also responsible for planning the marketing strategy and goal behind your artwork.  We provide services to create digital print files, we do not develop your marketing program or create content.
  • The pricing for Advanced has a “+”.  If you expect more of the designer, like for us to find pictures for your project or to write content, you will be asked to pay more.
  • An electronic proof is included with most options.  It is CRUCIAL that you review the proof carefully with the following in mind:
    • Each support tier comes with a limited number of revisions.  Given that, when you receive your proof, take time to consider EVERY change you will want before you ask for revisions.  Any revisions requested over the limit will result in a request for further payment before they are made.
    • The colours you see on your screen and phone will not (necessarily) be an exact match to the final print.  If you are concerned about colour, it is your responsibility to request a printed (hard proof) before approving the job.
    • Any error in the content or colour mismatch is your responsibility once you give the go ahead to print.  If the designer has made an error, he/she may never know (for example, if a price or phone number is incorrect), so it is up to you to catch that before it goes to print.  There is no refund or credit given for reprints – the designer’s mistake is yours now.
    • Production WILL NOT START until your approval is received IN WRITING and in the requested manner and wording.  Don’t phone and tell us to go ahead.  Email and tell us to print the proof version sent to you (by file name) or that proof X is not approved because this specific change needs to be made (please don’t just tell us you don’t like the colour!!).