Description

Our Super Smooth Banners are printed in full color on one or two sides of 18 oz. Super Smooth BlockOut Vinyl, with sizes ranging from 2' x 2' to a huge 150' x 10'. Our premium quality, 18oz Super Smooth Block-Out Vinyl is an upgrade to our 13oz, 14oz and 15oz Scrim Vinyls, with the added value of completely blocking out the sun and artificial light sources on a Super Smooth 2-sided surface. Super Smooth Block-Out Vinyl has a more consistent surface in which there is no texture noticeable. Another great feature about this vinyl is double sided printing. From street double sided banners to indoor elegant presentations, our 18oz Vinyl will make the difference in your advertisement. We offer a variety of finishing options, including hemming, grommets, pole pockets and wind holes.

Note:
Because of the wide potential size range of our large format products, there are additional file setup considerations. Proofs are typically shown half size. For other details, please review the file setup section carefully.

Due to material, all substrates may expand or shrink from batch to batch, which makes exact cuts very difficult. We do not recommend borders. If you would like borders, please make sure they are at least 2" thick. We will not reprint if the borders are not exactly the same on all sides after cutting.

Recommendations

Our top recommendation for Outdoor or Indoor applications. The most common order options are 4' x 8' on 15 oz. Super Smooth Block-Out Vinyl. Our Super Smooth Vinyl Banners are Museum qualty large format printing option. Almost always, our Super Smooth Banners print in full-color on one side (4/0) or two sides (4/4) and are finished with hemming and grommets, pole pockets or wind cutouts as required.

Marketing Tips

Super Smooth one and two sided Banners communicate your message in a highly visible way. Super Smooth Banners are your tool to go big with your message. They can be used in a number of ways, including temporary signage, making printed announcements you want everyone to see. If you're opening a new store, having a sale, or announcing an event and you want to let your customers know, use our Super Smooth Banners.

Consider adding a QR code to your design to link directly to additional online information. This can be a great way to provide more detail than you would want to cram onto your Banner. Since a QR code can link to an online message, you can change the online message without the need to reprint the QR code.

Custom Sizes

Our standard sizes, listed below, are the most popular in the industry:

Available in custom sizes ranging from 2' x 2' up to 150' Wide x 10' High.

18 oz Super Smooth BlockOut Matte Vinyl

Primarily for outdoor or indoor use, our 18 oz Super Smooth BlockOut Matte Vinyl provides you with the same quality as our15oz, 13oz and 14oz Scrim Vinyl, with the added value of completely blocking out the sun and artificial light sources. Block-Out Matte Vinyl has a more consistent two sided super smooth surface in which there is no texture noticeable.

4/0

Full color (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black as above) on the front and no printing on the back. A typical example of this is a poster.

4/4

Full color (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black as above) on the front and back sides. A typical example of this is a two sided poster.

Clear Coating

All of our vinyl banners are finished with a clear, scratch resistant coating.

Grommets

Grommets are round, metal hole reinforcements. For our grommets we use Silver Nickel Grommets Size #2 (3/4" outside diameter) with a hole diameter of 3/8". Grommets are available in 2 or 4 corners or placed an average of every 3 feet for larger printed pieces. All Banners equal and smaller than 4ft x 2ft will only include grommets in the corners.

Wind Holes

Wind Slits are slit cuts into the banner with the intent of giving the wind a way to blow through the banner and reduce the stress on the banner or on how the banner is installed. These cuts are made in the shape of a half circle or half-moon. Wind Slits are positioned with discretion to not interfere with any main or important text in the design of the banner.

Pole Pockets

Pole pockets are made by folding an extra 3 inches of blank media towards the back side of the banner and sewing it together. Your artwork should include a "safety zone" of 3", within your final size, along the sides that the pole pocket will be created. Avoid any important text or logos in this area. If you have a white background on your artwork please include a bounding box with a gray 1pt stroke.

For 8 feet (height) banners please be advised that the pole pockets will reduce your final size 6 inches due to the pocket fold. Pole pockets longer than 8 feet may include an extra charge of $10.00.

If you need a pole pocket for a pole thicker than 1" please indicated in the Special Instructions Box at the time of uploading your artwork.

Instructions for Double Sided Banners with Pole Pockets:

1. Measure the Height of the Base , if any, from the top of the upper pole to the bottom of the lower pole. (This Height will be your Final Size.This size)

2. Measure the thickness of the Pole.

3. After measuring the thickness of the pole, double that quantity and bleed out that measure on your artwork in the top and in the bottom.

4. The bleed out section on your artwork will be fold in backwards to create the pole pocket. Please make sure the fold will not cover any important information in the other side within your final size. Your safety area will be the same measure as the Bleed out measure.

5. If you have a different image on the back of your banner: On the Front Side, in the Bleed out Section, flip your image horizontally and vertically to maintain a continous artwork on your back side.

Pole Pocket Dimensions:

  • 1" Pole - Bleed 3"
  • 2" Pole - Bleed 4.5"
  • 3" Pole - Bleed 6.5"
  • 4" Pole - Bleed 8.5"

Finishing Combinations

You can select from a variety of finishing options to help hang or support your banners.

  • No Grommets
  • Standard Grommets
  • Grommets in Top Corners Only
  • Grommets in Bottom Corners Only
  • Grommets All 4 Corners
  • Pole Pockets on the top only
  • Pole Pockets on bottom only
  • Pole Pockets on the left and right sides
  • Pole Pockets on the top and bottom
  • Pole Pockets on all sides
  • Standard Wind Holes

Explanation of Turnaround Time

Turnaround times begin when the proof is approved. Turnaround time starts next day for proofs approved after 11:00 a.m. (PST). All times are based on standard business days Monday through Friday excluding federal holidays. Please note that turnaround time does not include shipping or mailing time. You may select from available production turnaround times and your preferred shipping time as you place your order. Order cutoff time is 10:30 a.m. (PST).

Our products are the same great quality for every turnaround time we offer.

Note: Although we make every possible effort to turn jobs around in the estimated times offered, your job may require more time due to unforeseeable or uncontrollable circumstances or finishing services added onto the job. We will not credit customers or give discounts if a job runs past the estimated turnaround time. Turnaround times are an estimate, not a guarantee!

Next Day Turnaround

If you order a proof (Online PDF or Hard Copy Proof), your turnaround time begins as soon as you approve your proof in our system. Turnarount time starts next day for proofs approved after 11:00 a.m. (PST). If you order "No Proof, Run As Is" (only recommended if you are certain you want us to print what you sent as is), your turnaround time begins as soon as your order begins the imposition process. Once your order is in imposition, you should receive an email with your estimated order completion date (does not include shipping or mailing).

Guidelines

Files must be uploaded before the cut off time of 10:30 a.m. (PST). If you request a proof, you must approve your proof by 11:00 a.m. (PST) for turnaround time to begin.

Next Day Shipped Orders
Orders will ship the next business days after 4:00 p.m. if you follow the guidelines.

Files uploaded after the cut off time will be processed the following business day.

Same Day Turnaround

If you order a proof (Online PDF or Hard Copy Proof), your turnaround time begins as soon as you approve your proof in our system. Turnaround time starts next day for proofs approved after 11:00 a.m. (PST). If you order "No Proof, Run As Is" (only recommended if you are certain you want us to print what you sent as is), your turnaround time begins as soon as your order begins the imposition process. Once your order is in imposition, you should receive an email with your estimated order completion date (does not include shipping or mailing).

Guidelines

Files must be uploaded before the cut off time of 10:30 a.m. (PST). If you request a proof, you must approve your proof by 11:00 a.m. (PST) for turnaround time to begin.

Same Day Shipped Orders
Orders will ship same day after 4:00 p.m. if you follow the guidelines.

Files uploaded after the cut off time will be processed the following business day.

2-3 Day Turnaround

If you order a proof (Online PDF or Hard Copy Proof), your turnaround time begins as soon as you approve your proof in our system. Turnaround time starts next day for proofs approved after 11:00 a.m. (PST). If you order "No Proof, Run As Is" (only recommended if you are certain you want us to print what you sent as is), your turnaround time begins as soon as your order begins the imposition process. Once your order is in imposition, you should receive an email with your estimated order completion date (does not include shipping or mailing).

Guidelines

Files must be uploaded before the cut off time of 10:30 a.m. (PST). If you request a proof, you must approve your proof by 11:00 a.m. (PST) for turnaround time to begin.

2-3 Day Shipped Orders
Orders will ship between 3 business days after 4:00 p.m. and 4 business days if you follow the guidelines.

Files uploaded after the cut off time will be processed the following business day.

Large Format Quantity

For quantity, simply enter the quantity you would like in "Quantity" area of the pricing calculator.

If you would like to order product options not available in the pricing calculator, simply request a custom estimate. To request a custom estimate, go to Request a Quote at the top of the page.

PDF stands for Portable Document Format. This template can be imported into: InDesign, Quark Express, Illustrator, Corel Draw, and many other content creation programs.

JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group and is a basic raster file format. This template is recommended for Photoshop.

EPS stands for Encapsulated PostScript. This template is recommended for advanced Illustrator users only.

Please Click Here for our product layout templates.

File Preparation

In order to ensure your files are print-ready, we recommend that you upload them in PDF format. When you generate a print-ready PDF, your computer will use the settings in Adobe Acrobat Distiller or any other PDF generating programs you may use. Please make sure that these are set properly before generating your PDF file.

We also accept .JPG (JPEG), .EPS and .TIF (TIFF) file types, however PDF is the preferred format.

Check your file to make sure it meets our file creation guidelines. This will help speed up the production of your project and give your printed piece the best results.

  1. Use the CMYK colorspace (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, blacK). These are industry standard printing colors. CMYK colors are different than RGB (Red, Green, Blue), which are used to display colors on your screen.
  2. Use a minimum resolution of 300 dpi for image files.
  3. All fonts need to be outlined or embedded.
  4. Specify trim area with crop marks. (Don't place crop marks inside the work area.)
  5. Artwork should have 1/8" (0.125") bleed extending past the trim line. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge.
  6. Safe Area is the 1/8" (0.125") area inside the trim line. Do not put critical information or images within the Safe Area. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge.
  7. If you want printed borders, they must be placed a minimum of 1/8" (0.125") inside the trim line and include bleed. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge.

For a checklist on file setup, please Click Here.

File Orientation

Please click the link below for an explanation of file orientation.

Bleed and Safe Area

We require that you extend any images that run up to the trim line a minimum of 1/8" (0.125") past the trim line to create "bleed". Depending on what program you use to create your file, this may or may not change the total image area of your file. Programs like Photoshop that do not allow the creation of "bleed" or the addition of crop marks will require an image area that is 1/4" (0.25") larger than your desired final overall image area in both dimensions.

Safe Area is the 1/8" (0.125") area inside the trim line. Do not put critical information or images within the Safe Area. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge. If you choose to make less than this minimum clearance, we will NOT be responsible for items that are cut off in this area.

For assistance in file setup, please Click Here for our product layout templates.

Proofs and File Check

  1. Online PDF Proof: You will be sent a link to view your proof via email. Please keep in mind that this is only a proof for content and positioning; the color on your screen may vary from the color of your final product, depending on your monitor and viewing conditions.
  2. Hard Copy Proof: The Hard Copy Proof can either be picked up on-site or shipped to you. Please keep in mind that this is a proof for content and positioning and is not printed on your actual job stock. Color may vary slightly when printed on the stock you ordered. When ordering a Hard Copy Proof, you will receive a complimentary Online PDF Proof, as well.
  3. No Proof, Run As-Is: This option is for the industry professional who is certain their project is ready to hit the press and does not require the additional security of a proof.

File Check:

If our prepress department sees anything questionable with your file, we will contact you via email with our concerns. Should prepress email you, please note that your job is not considered fully submitted until you respond to this email. This should be factored into your turnaround time.

Please Note: The charge for our technical team to review your file when first submitted is included in the price of your order. If they note technical concerns with your file, they may email you with their concerns so you can upload a corrected file. If subsequent uploads still contain errors, you may be charged an additional prepress fee to review your file again.

Design Online

You can create a personalized design in just a few minutes. Once you click the "Start Your Design" button, you're taken to a huge library of design templates. You can search by specific category or select "generic" for personal use. Making changes to the text, font size and uploading a picture or logo on your chosen template is as easy as using a basic computer program. After you're done making changes, you are able to instantly view an online proof and order it for print.

There are professional design templates for almost any personal and business need.

Start Your Design

Assisted Design

If you like one of the Design Online templates but would prefer not to handle the designing yourself, this option is ideal. Simply let us know which template you like and supply the information you would like to appear on your design. We will handle the rest!

Keep in mind that the images on the template will remain the same. Only text can be edited and basic logos added.

There are professional design templates for almost any personal and business need.

Check out all your Design Online template options.

Click Here

Custom Design

We create fully custom designs that help represent your company, brand or product in a professional way. Custom Design includes consulting to come up with a concept and design revisions, so you're truly part of the process. You can also add either a basic or corporate custom designed logo to your design.

There are 3 design packages to meet your needs:

1. Full Custom Design:

With this option you get complete, professional custom design for the product of your choosing. This includes consulting to discuss the concept, images, text, and revisions.

2. Full Custom Design plus a Basic Logo

With this option you get the complete design just like Custom Design Option 1 plus a basic logo. Basic logo design consists of a single font with a simple icon. See the examples under the "Logo Samples" tab.

3. Full Custom Design plus a Corporate Logo

With this option you get the complete design just like Custom Design Option 1 plus a corporate logo. Your corporate logo design has no limit to font styles so long as they are in our library. You also get a fully designed graphic to accompany your text. See the examples under the "Logo Samples" tab.

To see Custom Design pricing, number of images and revisions for this product, select "Custom Design" on the dropdown menu in the calculator and click the link underneath the menu.

Keep in mind that this price is estimated and includes limits on the amount of images and revisions that can be made before incurring additional charges. We will notify you prior to performing any services that cost more money.

Basic Logo Samples

Corporate Logo Samples

Maximum Width 1800" x Maximum Height 120"

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