Tips and Workarounds

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Are you considering changing the graphics on your Advance or Imagine banner stand yourself rather than ship it back to us in Toronto for the change out, we’ll take you through this process step by step.  You can watch a video of the process by clicking the video at the top of this post or follow through each step below. You’ll need the following items to complete this task:

Changing the Graphics on Your Advance or Imagine Banner Stand

  1. Two 2.5mm Allen Keys
  2. Masking Tape
  3. A Large Table to Work on
  4. Your new banner from

Okay now we’re ready to proceed, let’s remove the cassette from the banner stand base.

Changing the Graphics on Your Advance or Imagine Banner StandSet the base aside. Grab one of the Allen keys and place it beside the end with the small hole (as shown below). Carefully pull the banner out of the cassette using one hand while holding the banner with the other so it doesn’t pull back into the cassette.

Removing-Banner-From-Advance-CassetteContinue until the white leader strip appears and you reach the end (it won’t come out any further).

Cassette-White-Leader-StripWhile holding the banner with one hand, grab the allen key and attempt to insert it into the small hole in the end of the banner stand cassette.

Inserting-allen-key-into-cassetteInitially it won’t go in, slowly let the banner retract back into the base, 1/8″ at a time until the hole opens and the allen key slides in fully as shown.

Inserting-allen-key-into-cassette-2With the allen key fully inserted the banner it’s safe to let go of the banner, it will not retract into the base. Place the upper rail on the table with the back facing up. With the second allen key loosen each screw on the upper rail.

Loosen-the-upper-railWith all of the screws on the upper rail loose pull gently on the banner to remove it from the upper rail. There should be an aluminum bar attached to the banner as well.

remove-the-banner-from-the-upper-railPeel the banner off the upper rail, being careful not to bend the aluminum rail, and set the rail aside.

Peel-the-banner-off-the-upper-railRoll up the banner.

roll-up-the-bannerFlip the banner over to the other side of the cassette and peel it off the leader strip.

peel-the-banner-off-the-leader-stripTape down the white leader strip on each side.

tape-down-your-leader-stripPlace your new banner face down on the table and carefully align the bottom edge of the banner with the line of adhesive tape on the white leader strip. Ensure that your banner is running square and perpendicular with the leader strip.

aligning-the-banner-with-leader-stripAfter aligning the banner, roll back one edge and peel off the first 4 inches of the red plastic layer from the double side tape and press the banner down firmly, adhering it to the leader strip.

peel-off-the-red plastic-layerNow slowly move across, peeling the red plastic layer and adhering the banner straight and square to the leader strip.

peel-off-the-red plastic-layer-2Remove the tape from the leader strip.

remove-the-tapeFlip the banner over the cassette so it’s face up.

flip-the-banner-over-the-cassetteRoll out the new banner, overlapping as shown.

roll-out-and-overlap-bannerFlip over the top to expose the red, double sided tape.

flip-over-to-expose-double-sided-tapeUsing the aluminum bar that was removed earlier, align it with the top of the banner and remove 4 inches of the red plastic from the double sided tape and stick down the bar, carefully aligning it with the top of the banner as you move across.

peel-off-the-red plastic-layer-3Once you’ve got the aluminum bar attached to the new banner, grab the upper rail and seat the banner and rail back into the channel in the rail as shown.

seat-the-banner-and-barWith the banner firmly seated into the rail tighten each screw with the second allen key, DO NOT over tighten these screws.

tighten-the-banner-in-the-railWhile firmly holding the banner remove the allen key from the end. DO NOT let go of the banner!

remove-the-allen-keyWhile firmly holding the banner, slowly let it retract into the base. Use your hands to guide the banner to ensure it’s going in straight. DO NOT let go of the banner or it will slam into the cassette!

That’s it you’re done changing the graphics on your advance or imagine banner stand. You can now place the cassette back into the retractable banner stand base!

If you’re having difficulty with any of the steps shown don’t hesitate to call us with any questions.







Are you hosting a special event, movie premier, corporate promotion or wedding and red carpet photo backdropconsidering your options for a red carpet photo backdrop?  We’ve got several options available for your red carpet media backdrop and each comes with their own pros and cons. Before we take you through the options here’s a list of additional things you’ll need to consider:

  1. Budget – Each option will have a different price point
  2. One time use? – Can you reuse the hardware for an annual event and just replace the graphics?
  3. Length- How long will your red carpet media wall need to be? This is often directly affected by budget.
  4. Indoor or outdoor? – If your media wall is outside, dealing with the weather will be an important consideration.

Red Carpet Photo Backdrop

Vinyl Banner Photo Backdrop

Vinyl-Banner-Step-and-RepeatA simple but large banner printed on a matte vinyl will almost always be your least expensive option. We can supply a large vinyl banner that can be hung on an existing frame system, mounted to a wall or attached to a temporary stud wall that’s built to Vinyl-Banner-Step-and-Repeat-Frameyour custom length. We also have framing systems available to support these banners that come in a 10ft standard length but can also be ganged together to form a 20ft or 30ft length. Although this is the least expensive option one small disadvantage would be the inability to completely remove small, subtle ripples in the material, it’s not a stretch fabric material so removing these can be difficult. This type of banner should also be rolled at full height and not folded when being shipped which means shipping the banner in an 8ft long tube. Folding this material can cause creases in the material and isn’t recommended.

Stretch Fabric Backdrop

10ft-Fabric-Media-WallFull colour polyester backdrops are a great lightweight option. These step and 10ft-Fabric-Media-Wall-Framerepeat media walls are printed utilizing dye sublimation printing on polyester fabric. This system comes with a quick pop up frame and is available in 8ft, 10ft or 12ft frames. Frames can also be ganged together to form a 20ft or 24ft back wall. One thing worth noting….This type of  fabric back wall isn’t completely opaque, so if there’s strong back-lighting this could cause shadows of the frame to cast through on the front of the fabric. These shadows are rarely an issue in a media event scenario as there will always be strong front lighting for the photography that’s occurring. This type of graphic can be folded down and packed in a small box without creasing issues.

Pillowcase Fabric Backdrop

Pillowcase-Fabric-BackwallThis option also utilizes polyester fabric but in a pillowcase style which means there’s the front facing printed graphic and behind the frame there also a layer of Pillowcase Graphic Backwall Framepolyester fabric that zips closed across the bottom to form a tight, wrinkle free and glare free graphic. A light blocker can also be added to the back that eliminates any shadows being cast through from the back. This fabric graphic is also folded flat for shipping. These lightweight aluminum back wall frames are a simple snap together system available in 8ft, 10ft or 20ft configurations.

If you’ve got questions about options for a red carpet backdrop banner please contact us for free honest advice!







When sending a file to your printer, always be sure to convert all your text to outlines.

Here is a scenario.

You’ve got a design for a new tradeshow, banner stand, flyer or even something as simple as a business card.  The design is perfect.  You love it.  You (or your designer) have spent many long hours on the project, matching colours and making sure sizes and bleeds are up to spec.  Making sure it fits your company and your brand.

You’re given the green light (or you give the green light), and send it off to print.  You notice your printer accepts a few different file types (.ai, .psd, .eps and so on).  Great.  Your file is already an .ai file, as you made it in Illustrator.  (Maybe .eps, you get my point.  These tips should be used even if you are sending your file as a pdf.)

This is how it looks on your computer.


After sending it off, you wait patiently for a screen proof to return from your printer.  It shows up, and you notice when you open the file that either some, or all, of your fonts have changed.  It’s all wrong.  Or, better yet, your printer comes back and asks for your text to be converted to outlines.



How your file is seen on another computer.


What happened?

Fonts on your computer are specific to your computer.  Yes, quite a few are installed by default on most computers, like ‘Times New Roman’ or some ‘Arial, but there is no guarantee that the font you’ve used will be universal.  Even if you use ‘Garamond’, your designer or printer might have a slightly different (ie: ‘Adobe Garamond Pro’) which might cause unnecessary font substitutions.

Their program (ie Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, etc…) will automatically fill in a substitute font in place of yours, which is not something we want to happen.


So what can you do?

After your files are tweaked and perfected, just before they’re ready to be sent to your printer, you can convert all your text to outlines.

What does that mean?

Short answer, it makes all your text into shapes.

** Please note that this means it will no longer be editable, so save a back-up of your file with the text preserved for future use.  There is nothing worse than opening an old file to update a minor text entry only to find that everything has been flattened. **

To do this, depending on your design program of choice, takes two easy steps.

I am going to use Adobe Illustrator, but the steps work for InDesign too.




1.  Select all of the text in your file (Ctrl+A, or the top menu Select > Select All).  Nothing will happen to any other objects, so do not worry about selecting everything here.  If you’ve set-up you file so that all your text is on one layer, even better.




2.  Now select Type > Create Outlines from the top menu.




You will notice the base line for the type is gone, and the letters are now outlined.  They are no longer text, and will retain their appearance.




Now you can send this file for printing.  Simple.

Aside from sending files to your printer, converting fonts to outline is a must for creating logos or corporate identities.  There is no telling who will end up needing to put a company’s logo in a design, or what fonts may or may not be installed on their systems.

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