Templates for Banners

When contemplating between screen printed banners and digitally printed banners, there are some things that you need to consider.

KBW screen printed light pole banners are printed on both sides of marine acrylic fabric using heat-set thermo-plastic colorfast inks. For the most durable banners in any weather condition, our marine acrylic fabric is the obvious choice. We have customers who have displayed KBW screen printed banners for over 20 years during holiday seasons on KBW BannerFlex hardware.

Generally speaking, screened banners are bolder, simpler presentations than most digitally printed banners. Of course, it’s mostly in the design process when these decisions are made, so look at the KBW stock seasonal screen print designs to see the difference.

KBW digitally printed light pole banners are generally printed on both sides of 18-ounce reinforced vinyl and are the strongest digital vertical light pole banners on the market today. Digital imaging has quickly become the preferred method of printing as it provides considerably more design versatility and complexity, especially if your graphic needs demand more colors and more photographic-type images. Please view our digital examples on this site to compare the difference with screened designs. Digital printing has also become more competitive in pricing with screen printed banners and may be just the ticket if you need more graphic flexibility or just a few banners in a hurry.

One word of caution with digital banners: we have seen many examples of designers attempting to “get too much” out of a banner by using all the amazing technical options available on the same banner. This leads to “billboard-looking” banners which may not be appropriate for city or retail light poles and are often confusing in message and potentially even “unreadable.”

Save time – make sure the file is production-ready before submitting!

Basic information for file preparation is included below. Failure to follow guidelines could result in production delays and art charges. If you have any other questions or specific request, please contact your Sales Representative.

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ACCEPTABLE PROGRAMS AND FILE FORMATS

The following programs are utilized. Please save files in native format whenever possible and include any linked files (DO NOT EMBED IMAGES), fonts, etc.

• Adobe Illustrator CC: AI, EPS, PDF
• Adobe InDesign CC: INDD, EPS
• Adobe Photoshop CC: PSD, TIFF, JPG

WE CANNOT ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING:

• Adobe Pagemaker
• Files containing embedded images
• Any file directly downloaded from the internet
• Any Microsoft Office product
• Any file with an unlicensed font
• Any file with an unlicensed logo or image

CREATIVE FEES

The first 4 hours of artistic adjustments are complimentary!

 

ADDITIONAL CHARGES ARE INCURRED WHEN:

  • Color or design corrections exceed 4 hours creative time ($50/hour fee applies)
  • More than one digital hard copy proof is requested ($25/proof plus shipping applies)
  • Consort is requested to conceptualize and create from scratch ($50/hour fee applies)

 

Digital Design Prep

Digital File Preparation

  • Preferred format: AI, EPS, PDF (Illustrator or Freehand in native format).
  • DO NOT EMBED IMAGES.
  • Convert text to outlines to avoid font issues.
  • Include fonts if they are not converted to outlines.
  • Include linked files.
  •  Preferred format: TIFF, JPG, PNG
  • 100dpi @ 100% or a proportional size to final output: (10′ x 10′ banner = 10′ x 10′ image @ 100dpi OR 5′ x 5′ image @ 200dpi OR 2.5′ x 2.5′ image @ 400dpi, etc)

Color resolution varies dramatically between computer monitors.

  • PMS or CMYK values must be specified.
  • Include hard copy sample of color.
  • Unspecified color values will be matched at Consort’s discretion.
  • Request a digital hard copy proof if precise color matching is required. The first proof is complimentary; additional proofs are just $25. Overnight shipping is available at cost.
  • Design must be proportionate to finished banner size.
  • The imprint area on stock designs is limited by the design.
  • Consider hemlines in the design and text placement!
  • Full bleed are permitted.
  • Banners mounted to indoor frames require 1/2″ additions to the width on either side of the design. For example, 30″ x 94″ banners finish at 31″ wide. Consort will accommodate this adjustment if the original file is submitted.
Screen Printing File Prep

Screen print file preparation

Design Specifications

Due to the need for color separation in screen printing, vector files should be submitted.

  • Preferred format: AI, EPS, PDF (Illustrator or Freehand in native format).
  • Identify colors as Pantone® Coated for spot color specifications.
  • DO NOT EMBED IMAGES.
  • Convert text to outlines to avoid font issues.
  • Include fonts if they are not converted to outlines.
  • Include linked files.

The following raster image files are also acceptable. However, they will require additional work, complete re-creation and/or possible art charges. Please allow for extra turn-around time if submitting the following files for screen printing: TIFF, JPG, PNG.

Scannable and faxed artwork is also permitted. However, these formats may also require additional time and possible art charges to adequately recreate them.

  • Design must be proportionate to finished banner size.
  • The imprint area on stock designs is limited by the design.
  • Consider hemlines in the design and text placement!
  • Full bleed prints are NOT POSSIBLE.
  • Banners mounted to indoor frames require 1/2″ additions to the width on either side of the design. For example, 30″ x 94″ banners finish at 31″ wide. Consort will accommodate this adjustment if the original file is submitted.
  • Printed areas:
    • 18″ x 36″ banner has a printable area of 16″ x 28″ centered.
    • 30″ x 60″ banner has a printable area of 28″ x 50″ centered.
    • 30″ x 94″ banner has a printable area of 28″ x 84″ centered.

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