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Choosing the Right Poster or Sign Material: Getting the Most Out of Going Big

There is so much planning that goes into an event, that it can be difficult to get detail just right. Choosing the right location, inviting the right people, coordinating the speakers or activities – usually the last thing on your mind will be what materials to use for your signs and posters. This can be an important factor though when deciding where a poster will go, how long it will stay up and how you plan on displaying it. There are several different materials that posters and signs can be printed on and they all have different strong points:

Indoor vs Outdoor

The first question that should be answered is “will the sign be used indoors or outdoors?” Some materials are more durable and will stand up to elements like rain, wind and UV rays from the sun. Luckily we can print signs using UV safe inks to avoid fading and discoloration.

Outdoor Signs

When creating outdoor signs, you will usually want to print on plastic materials as opposed to paper based substrates. Materials such as Coroplast (corrugated plastic), vinyl and Sintra board (rigid PVC) are better options for outdoor use because they are water resistant. Vinyl banners will not easily rip, and Sintra and Coroplast are rigid so they will not bend or crease easily. Printing on metal is also a good option for a long lasting sign.

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Indoor Posters

For posters and signs that are going to be used primarily indoors, there are more lightweight and affordable options. You will not always need a rigid sign and instead can use a paper poster that can easily be rolled up and transported. Paper posters are also easy to mount using clips, magnets, tape, adhesives, tacks and more.

Foam board posters are also a great choice for creating a prominent display. The thick canvas makes the image protrude off the wall which adds some dimension and draws attention. Foam board is also easy to stand on easels and displays without falling over.

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Grommets

You should also know whether or not you will need grommets installed on your sign. Grommets are small metal rings that are placed in the corners of a sign or banner so that they can be easily hung using string or rope. Grommets can be installed on almost any type of poster or sign.

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Banner Stands

Another simple solution for transporting larger banners is to use banner frames or retractable stands. Popular styles of this are step and repeat banners which usually take a logo or image and repeat it across the canvas. These are commonly used for runways and photo shoots, but have recently become popular as a fun prop for weddings, birthdays, company parties and other special occasions. They usually come 8′ x 8′ or 8′ x 10′ and can be easily assembled at any function.

step and repeat banner printed 8x10 and used for runway shoots | mmprint.com

Retractable banners are another great option when signs need to be easily installed or moved around during an event. The vinyl or fabric banner rolls into the stand and can contract to a small, portable package. The most common size for retractable banner stands is 33″ x 78″ which makes them visible on college campuses, trade shows and retail stores.

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Now that you have a better idea of what type of poster or sign you will be printing, it’s time to get designing! Check out our graphic design templates or head over to our website to get a quote on your project!

Have further questions? Leave a comment below and we can help you decide the best option for your poster or sign.

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7 thoughts on “Choosing the Right Poster or Sign Material: Getting the Most Out of Going Big”

  1. Thank you for talking bout the importance of figuring out is the sign you want will be indoors or outdoors. It makes sense that the material that will be used will depend largely on this. I can see how remembering to consult with several companies can help you find one that has a good reputation and delivers the best quality.

  2. That’s a great tip about considering whether or not your poster is going to be indoor or outdoor and to consider the different types of materials that will benefit either of those options. I’ve heard that there’s some materials that can really make your poster stand out among others. Things like the shininess, the texture, and other things really can make a difference! I’ll have to keep this great info in mind as we are needing to print some posters for my daughter for a school project!

  3. This is some really good information about a poster and sign making. I like that you talked about how you should consider where the sign will be. I wouldn’t want to have a material for a sign get destroyed after a short period of time.

  4. I had heard that making sure a business is working with the right printing service was important, because it could be quite beneficial to the marketing department. You mentioned that when you are choosing a sign, you will want to work with materials made of plastic, as opposed to paper based substrates. Definitely makes sense that you would want to have a good print service, so that they could provide you with the material and prints, to ensure that your outdoor signs look great. Thanks for the read.

    1. Thanks for the reply Dennis. Sometimes cost is a factor, so paper posters can be cheaper for a single event. If you need something for an outdoor event, or more durable, there are a number of materials that would work in that instance. I would say, do your research. Google the company you are going to use. Check them out on Facebook and/or Twitter. A company worth using will have customers willing to leave good reviews. The cheapest thing can cost more in the long run.

  5. The type of material and size will depend on what you need the banner for. Whether indoor or outdoor, if you need it for multiple uses, etc. as some materials last longer than others. Great information, thanks for sharing!

  6. I’ve been thinking about having some banners printed for personal use, but I never considered all the options. I would hate to spend the time to have my image professionally printed, only to have it pulled down in the wind. Thanks for the advice about using plastic materials, like vinyl, for outdoor use. It sounds a lot stronger than using something made out of a paper-based material.

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