Signs

Yard Signs & Mounted Prints

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Signs for yard sales, construction sites, sandwich board inserts, as well as mounted foam boards for presentations.  Flexible sizes and lamination available.

Yard Signs, Construction Site Signs, and Presentations

Yard signs are any sign or print on self-adhesive vinyl or paper and mounted on a hard material (substrate).  The print media is gloss or matte vinyl.  In addition, a gloss or matte laminate applied to the print protects the inks and adds to the lifespan and durability of your sign.  Moreover, grommets, metal rings that make a hole, are optional.  They are added to the corners or edge of your sign.  With grommets, you can easily hang the sign or attach it to a fence with zap straps.

Substrates
  • Corrugated Plastic: This is basically cardboard, but made of plastic instead of paper and called “coroplast” for short. This material is relatively inexpensive. It is 4 mil in thickness. Moreover, hollow “flutes” extend the length of coroplast sheets.  The flutes are visible as little bumps on the surface of the sign.  This does not affect the print quality or sign quality.  For plastic yard signs, a wire H-stand fits in the flutes so the sign can be set on a lawn.
  • PVC (Sintra):   a lightweight yet rigid board made of a closed-cell polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and commonly called by the brand name, Sintra.  It is 3 mil in thickness and has a smooth surface.
  • Styrene:  we use a .020 styrene plastic for those who want a bit more rigid sign, but don’t want the thickness of PVC.  It also has a smooth surface for mounted prints and able to be loosely rolled up.
  • Foam Board: foam board or foam core is a styrofoam sheet sandwiched between card stock.  Consequently, it is smooth and very light weight.  Unfortunately, it creases easily if it is bent, and corners get damaged if they are bumped against a hard surface.  Still, foam board is popular for mounted presentation poster or seating chart prints that are displayed on an easel.

Coroplast is the best for outdoor use and is commonly used for yard signs.

Sizes

Our ordering system allows for flexible sizes. You are not restricted to set sizes, as is often the case.  However, that said, we do encourage you to keep in mind that substrates come in 4′ x 8′ sheets and ask that you help reduce waste by avoiding odd sizes, unless necessary.

Similar Products

Other rigid sign products we offer in our shop: vehicle magnets, sandwich board signs

If you only need short term signage, try our poster printing services!

 

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!!).