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  • Colour fast and fade proof long term durability
  • Heavyweight high quality 260gsm flexible fabric
  • Flame retardant Certified to B1
  • FREE finishing at no extra cost including eyelets, pockets etc
  • Full Colour Printing
  • Water repellent

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Blockout Band Banners and Backdrops which let no light through. 260gsm flexible fabric with a non-reflective finish. Water repellent. The black resin backing prevents light show-through from the rear.

Printed using dye-sublimation technology, colours are deep, vivid and vibrant, lasting for years.

Edges are all stitch hemmed and we use special plastic eyelets to avoid damaging the fabric. Finishing to your specification is included in the price.

The material can be folded and packed away small, making it easy to store and transport.

Why Choose a Blockout Band Backdrop?

Blockout backdrops are ideal if you require no light show-through from behind your banner. The back of this material is a black latex resin which prevents light showing through. Ideal if your backdrop is in front of strong lighting or erected against a window.

Also used where existing graphics need covering up, or where framework needs hiding.

Blockout Band Backdrop Specifications

  • 260gsm polyester/resin fabric material
  • Flame retardant with fire certificate available
  • Tight weave white face fabric for stunning colour reproduction
  • Professionally finished to your specification

Any Design in Full Colour

We print from your artwork – this can be your band logo or other design including photographic or illustrated backgrounds. Thousands of high resolution backdrop themes and ideas are available from image banks such as the Adobe Stock Library for very little cost.

If you are unable to produce print-ready artwork, don’t worry – just email us with a design brief and we will lay out your backdrop for you.

Ideal for band banners, band scrims, stage backdrops, exhibition displays, theatre backdrops, podium backdrops and point of sale displays. We print these using dye-sublimation technology to provide eye-popping vibrant colours and photo-quality images. We print fabrics on rolls up to 3.2m wide to provide huge seamless panels. Larger banners on fabric are made from stitching panels together. Larger seamless banners can be printed on our UV machines at up to 5m wide on various materials.

Backdrop Options

We can also make even cheaper band banners and stage scrims from standard PVC or Mesh banner material. Although these do save on initial cost, larger cheap band banners are more difficult to pack without creasing, take up more storage room and will not look as good for as long.

Need a Backdrop Banner Stand? Check out our new product here.

Blockout Backdrops in Action

We recently produced some 5m x 3.5m blockout fabric curtains for the 2018 BBC Get Inspired Awards, check the video here.


Design Guide for Band Backdrops

Set your dimensions correctly

Please set your artwork to the correct dimensions of your final printed band banner.  We do not require any bleed on the artwork for a printed backdrop. If necessary, you can set your artwork to scale.

Set the correct CMYK colour settings

Please make sure that you set your colour settings to CMYK.  Our backdrop banner printers use a full colour dye-sublimation printing process which works using cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks.  Files that are sent to use using an RGB setup will be changed automatically.  Sometimes this can make the colours on your printed backdrop seem weak & washed out.  We will check for this before printing and contact you if required.

Position of eyelets on your Printed Band Banners

Please leave a clear area of approx 50mm inside the edge of the banner. Background colour / images are fine, just no important text elements, small print or logos as these can be obscured by the eyelets.  Around our band banners we will add hem and eyelets unless otherwise stated.  It is not advised to have just eyelets (without the hem) as this can cause the material to rip.
We space our eyelets approx every 500mm apart unless otherwise stated.  Eyelets will be evenly spaced so eyelet spacing might vary slightly on different sizes of banners.

Pole Pockets on Band Banners

We can finish your band banners with pole pockets if required.  Please make sure when ordering / setting of your artwork that your artwork / finished file size is set to the finished overall size of the banner including the pole pockets.  Standard scaffold tubes are a 150mm flat pocket size to fit comfortably with plenty of space as to not cause to much tension on the pocket seam.  Please ensure that you leave a clear area at the top and the bottom of the banners to allow for the pockets. To explain – if your banner is 2m height please set to 2m height and then make sure that no text, logos and important info enters the top 150mm or bottom 150mm of the design area.  Solid colour/ background images or patterns are fine just not text or vital information. Check here for more information on pole pockets and how to design for them.

Band Banner Design Principles

For band banner design it is always important to consider viewing distances.  Always create your artwork to give the highest possible impact. Contrasting colours will give your banner much more clout than washed out subtle colours.
Also think about text sizes.  The larger the text the more it will be viewed from a distance.  Use upper and lower fonts.  Look at road signs as they are all in upper and lower type rather than all capitals. Subconsciously your eyes will read upper and lower (sentence case).  Font type…. Normally clearer fonts work better than stripy unreadable fonts.  Look at the backdrops for the big performers – they often just display the band name.
Less is more, cramming every little bit of information onto your band backdrop banner probably isn’t a good idea.  Remember to use clear areas of space and give your design space to breathe.  The best backdrops are always simple and straight to the point.  Remember your average viewer needs to read your message in 3 seconds or less.

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Material

260gsm Knitted Polyester with black resin backing

Material Weight

260gsm

Fire Rating

B1

Single or Double Sided

Single sided, black blockout back

Print Process

Dye Sublimation, UV

Print Resolution

1440dpi

Print Spec

Full Colour

Artwork Files

EPS, AI, PDF, High Res Jpeg, Tiff

Artwork Spec

Set 10mm bleed - Make sure that there is a free area all around of at least 50mm for hem and eyelets.

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Before submitting artwork, please make sure you have read these guidelines carefully as we cannot accept responsibility for any incorrect printing due to setup / artwork error.

File Formats

We only accept files in PDF, AI, EPS, JPEG, PSD or TIF Formats
(Tif / PSD files must be flattened)

Type

All Text on files must be created to outlines, curves or paths.  Please make sure text is converted before saving PDF files.

Colour Settings

All Files must be set to CMYK format.  Please make sure there are no spot colours or pantones in your artwork as this can output unexpected results.  As our service is a CMYK 4 colour process we cannot guarantee exact matches to Pantone, Ral or Spot colours.

Colour Matching

We can match Pantones if required at an additional charge.   Please contact us prior to ordering as this is costed per job. We cannot guarantee an exact match on Pantone colours due to limitations of the CMYK print process but will try to achieve as close as physically possible.

Artwork Templates

For certain items an artwork template is supplied on the product page.  These templates are only for items which are set to a specified size. Ie feather flags / deckchairs etc.  This will need downloading and your artwork setting on the template prior to ordering.  If using the template please assign a separate layer for the artwork and save as a layered pdf, ai or eps file.  Please embed images and create outlines on the type before saving.

List of products which use templates

  • Feather Flags
  • Deckchairs
  • Directors Chairs
  • Heras Fence Covers
  • Fabric Backdrop Stands

Size & Scale

The orientation of the print file must match the orientation on the order
We accept files at actual size or at scale:
  • 1:2 scale (50% actual size)
  • 1:5 scale (20% actual Size)
  • 1:10 scale (10% actual size)
  • 1:20 scale (5% actual size)

Overprints

Overprints MUST NOT be used in files.

File Names

Print file names much be as short and descriptive as possible.

Colour Profiles

Print files MUST NOT contain ICC colour profiles

Use of Black

Correct Black Settings gives the print a deeper colour as sometimes using just black the image can look grainy and 'washed out’. If you have files with large amounts of black in the file, use the following guidelines.

UV Printing i.e. PVC/Mesh Banners

We recommend using a rich black which is made up of:
C50 / M50 / Y 50/ K100.

Dye-Sub Fabrics

We recommend using a rich black which is made up of:
C0 / M0 / Y50 / K100.

Images

All images must be embedded into the document.

Resolution (DPI)

Please make sure that you save your file to the DPI Guidelines below. (In case of scaled files i.e.: if your file is set at 1:10 (10%) scale then the DPI must be x10 times higher to compensate)

Vinyls, Static cling, Posters, Small stickers, Window decals

  • Upto A4 Size    300dpi
  • Over A3 Size    150dpi

Banners, Backdrops, Foamex, Dibond, Correx, Wallpaper, Contravision

  • Up to 2 m sq  125dpi
  • 2-5 m sq 100dpi
  • 5-25 m sq   80dpi
  • 25-50 m sq 50dpi
  • Over 50 m sq 30dpi

Pole Pockets

When ordering make sure you select the finished overall size of your banner including the pockets. So if you select a 1m wide x 2m height, then we will manufacture the banner to a total the height of 2m including the pockets.

Clear areas on pole pockets

Please make sure that you leave a clear area for your pockets. The term ‘clear area’ means no items of text or logos.  So if you have 150mm flat pockets top and bottom, please don’t let any text or logos to run into these areas. Please note that on a 1500mm flat pocket you will also need to leave an additional 25mm extra for the weld (so 175mm in total. Background colours or images are fine, just no readable text or logos.

Double sided banners

We have special software which flips certain parts of your banners so as to create a seamless pocket on the opposite side. When ordering a double sided banner please just follow the above steps, as the file(s) will need to be set up in the same way. If you require a different image on each side of your double sided banner not a problem, just upload x2 files stating that you require a different image on each side.
For the full comprehensive guide on Pole Pockets click this link please refer to our Pole Pocket Guide here.

Bleed & Crop Marks

Banners, Fabrics and Backdrops

Set your artwork without bleed or crop marks. On banners please remember to leave clear area all around of 4cm so not to conflict with the position of the eyelets.

Decals, Vinyl Prints, Rigid Boards

Please supply all files with 5mm bleed all round.  Please don’t save the files with crop marks.

Cut to shape

Vinyl / static cling

In case of an artwork being cut to shape, we require a 5mm bleed plus a contour cut supplied in a separate layer. The cut line should be a contrasting stroke colour to the artwork and clearly named in an individual layer ‘CutContour’

Banners

When showing eyelet positions and/or wind slits or cutter lines on banners.  Please supply the artwork file and a separate cutter file.  Please ensure that both files are set to the same artboard size and are set to the same scale.
Please supply a separate ai, eps, or pdf file with the cutter or eyelets marks.

Please note

Banner World can not be held responsible for any spelling errors / typos / incorrect telephone numbers, or improper setup of files.  If we believe that a file is incorrect before production we will contact you and request a new file.  We may refuse to accept files not suitably prepared for print.  Any additional operations aimed at correcting files to the above guidelines and all changes made by Banner World upon the request of the customer shall be treated as an additional service and may incur an extra surcharge.

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Why do your blockout band banners cost so much less than others online?

We have developed our own custom manufacturing process. This process eliminates most of the manual production processes through automation. This means that we have reduced labour costs which in turn has vastly reduced the cost of each backdrop. This is how we can produce higher quality back drops at much lower costs than the competition.

Will light show through my backdrop?

No light will show through a block out back drop.

Can I fold my backdrop?

Yes, folding your backdrop for storage is fine.

How are your backdrops printed?

Our backdrops are printed using a CMYK dye sublimation print process. Click here to find out more about dye-sublimation printing.

How do I store my backdrop?

We recommend storing in a dark place which is clean and free of dust.  Fold and store as you would a bed sheet.

How long will my backdrop last?

Your backdrop will last for years if looked after.

Will my backdrop crease?

As any fabric your backdrop can crease. You can iron out on a very low heat if required. If you need to iron, do so on the print side only not the black backing.

Will my backdrop require a join?

Block out backdrops which are greater than 2.9m in one dimension will require a join. On larger backdrops the viewing distance is greater so a join is never very noticeable.

Is this material waterproof?

Yes the material is waterproof and can be used outdoors if required. Please though make sure the backdrop is clean and dry before storing again.

How much will shipping cost?

Shipping to the UK mainland costs £12 if your order is under £250. If your order is over £250 shipping will be free to UK mainland excluding Highlands ans Islands.

Do you ship outside of the UK?

Yes, we deliver throughout Europe and Worldwide. Please contact us for a delivery quotation before ordering from outside Europe.

How do you hem or finish your backdrops?

All our backdrops are professionally stitched for strength and durability. Edges without hem and eyelets will be stitched as standard to stop fraying.

What type of eyelets do you use?

We use special plastic eyelets which won’t rust or effect the surface of your backdrop. Eyelets are generally spaced evenly approximately every 500mm.

Do I need a pole pocket in my backdrop?

Pole pockets are ideal if you need to run a cable through the top to hang the banner. A pole pocket can also be used at the bottom of the backdrop to weight it down by sliding through wooden dowels, scafffold pole, metal chain or similar.

Is this backdrop fire rated?

Yes. Our backdrops use fire rated material and conform with all EU/UK fire regulations. The fire certificate can be downloaded here.