A common asset for indoor and outdoor advertising, vinyl banners are a popular and effective form of signage used in a variety of different industries. Vinyl banners are strong, durable, UV-resistant, waterproof and offer a bright, high-quality appearance to ensure that what’s being displayed can be seen clearly and from a distance.

Whether you want a vinyl banner for personal or professional use, you will need to understand the process that goes into making one. In this blog, we look at every stage of the vinyl banner making process, provide help on designing and ordering your banner and explain why Banner World can save you time, money and stress.

How to make a Vinyl Banner

There are several stages in the process of creating a vinyl banner. However, you should start by measuring the space where you intend to hang your banner and taking notes of anything you might need on your banner.

For example, if the banner will be fitted in the middle of a brick wall, it could need grommets to tie the banner to corresponding hooks. Alternatively, if you’re intending on displaying your banner between two poles or on scaffolding, you can ask for pole pockets to be fitted at two opposite ends of the banner.

When you’ve worked out the style and size of your banner, you can move on to deciding exactly what you want to be displayed on it.

a woman checking over her new vinyl banner

How to design a Vinyl banner

It’s important that you design how you want your vinyl banner to look, and using a selection of different programs, you can do exactly that before uploading it to the Banner World website yourself. If you’ve never made a banner before, you may be unaware of how to do this, but it’s actually a simple process once you’ve become accustomed to the necessary program.

As a starting point, you should work out what dimensions your banner will be so your design can fit to match these dimensions. Once you’ve established the banner size, you can use a computer program such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, an online design tool such as Canva, Crello, Figma or Vectr, or pay a small fee for Banner World to create the artwork for you.

First, select the chosen dimensions on the graphic design program and use the text and shape tools to create the design you want on your banner. You may need to spend some time learning how to use these programs, but fortunately, there is a practically endless list of guides and tutorials online.

You can then save this file as a Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG), Portable Document Format (PDF), Adobe Illustrator (AI), Photoshop Document (PSD), Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) or Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) document, which can then be uploaded when it comes to getting your poster professionally printed.

How to print Vinyl Banners

If you want to print a vinyl banner yourself, you will need to buy or rent a commercial printer. However, printers of this size and quality can cost several thousands of pounds to buy and aren’t always easy to rent. As such, your best option would be to order a PVC vinyl banner through the Banner World website.

To order a banner, simply select a desired size and quantity, and make any specific requests in terms of the design and border. Upload the image you want on your banner, pick a payment method and get it delivered to your home or place of business.

Author Profile:

Chris Giles

A veteran of both the Sign & Graphics and Internet Marketing industries, Chris joined Banner World in 2015. His first experience in the graphics industry involved operating an Apple Macintosh Plus with a 9-inch black-and-white screen (yes, he really is that old). Chris is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing.

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