Vinyl banner printing is quite popular in marketing business populace. With the advances in ink and digital printing technology, more and more businesses are choosing them as their signage of choice. Their affordability, incredible light-weight and durability sets them apart from the rest. Whether using solvent inks, UV curing inks or the newest latex inks,you can create a recognizable signage, name recognition and recall.
Vinyl/PVC, the material used for vinyl printing is superior in many characteristics. Apart from the light-weight and durability, the material takes ink readily. Vinyl banner printing uses different inks. Whereas UV ink can withstand many days of light, water based ink can’t. The ink is therefore used for making standard banners with poly penants, particularly for indoor usage. However, water based ink banners are cheaper and can be used for short term campaigns.
Vinyl banners come in varied sizes and shapes. With the computer technology, banners can be printed in huge formats in all colors and designs to make cheap signs. The size can be as small as a whiteboard or large enough to fit the side of commercial building. When using the digital technology, a pre-press technician takes your camera ready digital files or arts and rips them for printing. The ripping can take a few hours depending on the nature of your files.
Basically, special computers with special software are used for printing. Image editor software such as Photoshop, PhotoPaint or Photo Impact are commonly used. Together with these, page layout programs such as InDesign, Page maker or Quarkxpress and illustration programs such as CorelDraw are normally used. Unlike the common notion, office applications such as Wordperfect, Excel, Word, among others are not used.
How the Printing is done
The printer loads the materials before setting up the roll to go through it and roll again on the other side. As it rolls on the other side, the embedded heater dries the ink. However, the printer is checked time and again to make sure that it is printing the right thing. Once done, the banner is left to dry for 1-2 hours before the roller is taken off. The banner is then wielded with a wielding machine to fold the edges and make it stand extreme weathers.
Depending on the size of the banner, grommets may be added to the top and the bottom edges so as to make it easily mounted on walls and fences.
Types of Vinyl Banners
There are different types of vinyl banners. Scrim vinyl is water resistant, durable and is mostly used for outdoors. Gloss vinyl has a coating on top of graphics to make the colors eye catching and pop out. Matte vinyl is type of banner which has a greater viewing angle and has glare reduction properties. They are mostly used when many images are applied. Blackout vinyl contains 3 layers of vinyl and has prints on both sides.
Adhesive vinyl banners on the other hand, can be fixed on many surfaces and can be used both indoors and outdoors. Finally mesh vinyl banners have small holes to withstand strong winds. They are great for outside placement.