banner graphics

Pop up banner replacement graphics are an easy way to freshen up an old display.

Do you have an old stand and need new graphics?

A good quality banner stand is, generally speaking, made for more than a single use.  You might have only needed your graphic for a single event, or maybe just one season.  Other times, you’ve purchased a pop up stand for a specific deal or event.  Once that special event, deal, or promotion has passed you might not have need of that particular stand again.  But while the graphic inside the stand may no longer be appropriate, the actual hardware (the physical base and pole of the stand) should still be in good condition.  If this is the case, it is a simple thing to simply update the graphics.

We can print and install a new piece of vinyl into the stand.

KCBGraphics.com is a leading supplier of banner stands and trade show products in Toronto, Ontario.  Please take a look at our replacement graphics for banner stands and don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-350-7152.

 

Pop Up Banner Replacement Graphics

 

 

Why Do I Need Pop Up Banner Replacement Graphics?

First of all, reusing a pop up banner stand will save you money.  You’ll pay for graphics and installation, but the hardware is already yours.

There are many reason why you may need new pop up banner replacement graphics printed.  As I said above, maybe the specific event or promotion has passed.  Maybe you’ve had a change of location and therefore need to update your contact info.  Finally, maybe your logo has had a redesign and you simply want your designs to be fresh and current.

If the actual hardware of the pop up stand is in good condition, we can simply print up a new banner for you.  Installation of the new vinyl graphic can happen two ways.  Either ship or deliver your stand to us and we can install it, or we’ll ship the graphic to you and give you information on how to install it yourself.  (Here is a post about changing the graphics on either an Advance or Imagine style pop up stand.  The process is similar for most stands, but not exact.  If you know the type of stand you have, please let your printer know when you order your graphics.)

 

What Do I Need To Provide?

To begin with, if you know the name of the type of stand you have, great.  There are a lot of different makes and models of pop up banners.  Height and width changes for all of them, in addition to how the pop up banner replacement graphic attaches to the bottom of the stand.  Some will be fixed to the base using what is called a ‘j-strip’ while others are fixed to a leader strip using a heavy duty adhesive.

 

Pop Up Banner Replacement Graphics

Replacement graphic with ‘j-strip’ attached

 

What we, or any other printer would need, is the graphic size.  When your pop up banner is set up, what is the width of the vinyl?  Also, what is the height from the very top right down to the base?  Provide us these dimensions, and we’ll add on a few inches to the make sure the banner will retract into the base.

Next, you get to choose the type of material you’d like this printed on.  You can choose from 2 options here, either an economy 12 oz Smooth Vinyl, or a premium 10 oz Stay Flat Decolit.

Base pricing assumes that you have your own designs already created.  If you need us to put together the design for you please let us know.  We can work with you to make sure your logo, branding, and images are the best they can be.

Contact us for an further info.

 

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.)

Text to Outlines

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 you to convert your text to outlines.

 

 

Text 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.

 

Text to Outlines

 

First of all, 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.

 

Text to Outlines

 

Secondly, select Type > Create Outlines from the top menu.

 

Text to Outlines

 

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

 

Text to Outlines

 

Now you can send this file for printing.  Simple.

Aside from sending files to your printer, converting text to outlines 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.

Banding issues in gradients  can be a problem in offset print and large format printing. We usually run into this issue when we’re printing large format for custom banner stands or offset printing for full colour, professional brochures . The issue tends to be more prevalent when gradients are created in Illustrator  for output to large format printers.  Certain colour schemes also can be more prone to banding such as dark blue to light blue. If you’re creating gradients in Illustrator, Photoshop or InDesign you’ll need to make sure there are no banding issues before your artwork is output to final print.

As an offset and large format printer we always watch for banding problems prior to printing. If you discover banding issues the following technique may help reduce or eliminate the problem.

Banding Lines

An example of a gradient with banding issues.

Using Adobe Photoshop the first step will be copy your gradient onto a new layer.

create layer

Copy your gradient on to a new layer.

Select the layer we just copied. We will now go the filter drop down menu and select Blur | Gaussian Blur.

Gaussian-Blur

Click the filter drop down and select Gaussian Blur.

We’re now going to add gaussian blur to the gradient; the amount you can add will depend on the colours that you are using in your gradient. You can refer back your original gradient which is on its own layer to ensure the colour isn’t changing to drastically. You may find you will have to strike a compromise between the original colour and the amount of banding that shows. When you’ve achieved an acceptable balance click OK.

Now click on your layers palette and create a new layer called Overlay, change the mode to overlay and check  ‘Fill with Overlay-neutral colour (50% gray).

Overlay

Adding a new layer for overlay.

With your new Overlay layer selected click the Filter drop down and select Noise | Add Noise.

Add Noise

As with Gaussian blur the amount of noise you can add will vary depending on your colour scheme. In general you will be adding a small amount of noise (.1 to 3%) ; too much noise and you will see a distinct texture.  Under ‘Distribution’ select Uniform.

Adding Noise

Adding noise to your overlay layer.

You will find that you’ll need to play with different combinations of the above to achieve good results in printing gradients. Every colour scheme will react differently to these adjustments. You should be able reduce or eliminate most banding with this technique as shown below.

N0-Banding

An image with no banding.