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  • The Future Looks Shiny: Metallic Backgrounds for Vinyl Banners

    Most sci-fi imagineers will illustrate a curvy, streamlined future with fine chrome and glass surfaces. Metal is manmade and exudes power. It's a hardy element, capable of holding up our greatest structures and making our technology nearly invincible to Mother Nature's worst.

    Using this fine element as a background can be pretty smart, depending on your advertised product or what message you're trying to convey.

    Banner Ideas

     

    Metal Textures

    Textured metal backgrounds can be used to display rugged products, like camping gear, trucks and other large cars, or a "hardcore" event (concert, festival, etc.). The sharp grooves and rises in the image (like the one below), have that connotation of hardness, roughness, not-to-be-messed-with, etc. For products like these, the world is their oyster, just waiting to get run over.

    Now, it's not quite recommended to use foil for a background. Although it's very pretty, it's also very difficult to read text or see some images, with the constant changes of light and dark in the material. Something wrapped in foil, like a food or a solid image with only a little detail, will be feasibly seen with this kind of background.

    Smooth Textures

    And then, there's your usual: the nice chrome, stainless steel background with a touch of metallic finery. This background is subtle, making it perfect for any sort of text or images your want in the foreground. With Outdoor Banners, the faux shiny metal will still attract some eyes without blinding someone in the process (you know what I mean...).

    Nuts & Bolts

    Last, but not least, let's look at some "accessories" you can add to that metal banner background. Sheet metal is either bolted or welded together, and some businesses and consumers find that look appealing. It symbolizes a sturdy hold on your mission, strength and endurance. There's a precise art to it as well.

  • So Real, You Want to Touch It: Wood Backgrounds for Banners

    Not all banners are created equal. They don't all have elaborate images or fancy typography, or even  a message. But one thing you can do is put a pretty awesome background on your banner. There's a couple of things you need to focus on to help you pick the best background: texture, relation to your business, and any text you're including. You don't want some dizzying checkerboard pattern with some text that no one can read, because they're too busy spinning from all the black and white checks.

    But for today, we're going to take a look at some ideas for a wood background. :)

    "Wooden" Banner Examples

    Textures

    Since it's autumn right now, it's pretty appropriate to check out these kinds of banner backgrounds. So, when it comes to textures and colors of wood, it goes hand in hand with what sort of type you are using as well.

    A darker wood (such as the example above) would be better for lighter type. It also has more space for a coherent image, without over-powering the wood or making the whole piece look too busy

    If something lighter is the texture you're going for, obviously use darker text. However, a lighter toned wood might seem too busy with a lot of text or images, so this would be more appropriate for something less text-heavy. You want the ruggedness to show through, and leave that "Earthy" feel.

    Banners Related to your business

    Let's say you are an environmental group. You've got a big fundraiser/charity event coming up and you want to accentuate your cause in all of your advertising. A wooden background would be the perfect example!

    Wood not only gives that cliche "earthy" feel, but it also makes your event feel homey and comfortable.

    Another example is if you have a store getting ready for an autumn/Thanksgiving sale. A wooden banner is reminiscent of family dining tables, picnics outdoors, or even the trees in autumn. With a wooden background, customers will immediately hone in on that Fall feel and be more likely to come check out what your sale is about.

    For more examples and some great background downloads, check out this compilation article from SpeckyBoy magazine.

  • Start a Conversation: Public Awareness Banners

    Nowadays, when it comes to designing an ad for a public awareness announcement, designers have been leaning towards the shock factor before the "fact" factors. And with good reason too.

    We tend to pass by infographics on the street, unless they pertain to us personally. But if you add an emotional roller coaster to that singular image, you'll do more than make a public announcement: you're leaving the viewer with a new perspective. Take a look at some examples below and let your mind start churning about your next design.

    The above image is a man who killed a woman, Mary, as a result of his drunk driving. The consequences are literally revealed on his sleeve in a tattoo.

    This one is talking about the dangers of second-hand smoke, and how you are "swallowing" it like food in the air. Gross, but effective.

    Plastic bags aren't meant to be fossilized.  'Nuff said.

    This ad especially tugged at my heart-strings. It shows a mother and child fatally affected by an oil spill, reminding us all that the oceans aren't the only things that suffer from an oil spill.

    A French ad about the rewards of being an organ donor. Very inspiring.

    If you'd like to see some more, check out this article from Top Design Mag HERE.

  • Body Art on Banners: "Drawing" Inspiration from Tattoos

    Tattoos and other forms of body art have certainly evolved in the past decade. What's even more intriguing is the level of care and creativity that most people have put into their self-defining marks.

    Although this is a more bizarre connection to banners, one has to admit that there is always a sense of beauty and reverence to a really well-done tattoo. Using the body as a canvas for your next banner image is not only striking, but can also be thought-provoking, depending on what you're trying to say.

    To really appreciate some impressive work, I'm going to be showing images specifically of Yakuza tattoos. The Yakuza are criminal gangs in Japan, whose members get elaborate tattoos to show status and power within the gang.

    Various Body Banner Images

    Full body, back, and shoulder tattoos are the most popular. The tattooing process is also much more painful then Western style tattooing, but the colors are amazing. Alright, without getting too scandalous, let's look at some tats.

    If you want your next banner to coax a conversation, then showing a body tattooed with your message would definitely draw a crowd. Just remember your demographic: double-check if your image is appropriate for the event.

    Having trouble with the image? No problem. Call us up and we'll collaborate with you on some great ideas.

    Here's a couple of non-Yakuza tattoos that I found particularly inspiring:

     

  • Wedding Bells are Ringing: Banners & Signs for the Nuptials

    The day is coming! The dress is picked out, the venue is cleaned, and the guests are starting to arrive from abroad.

    Wedding Banners (or signs) are just one of many decorations that will make your day special. Design the banner with the faces of the couple, the combined family names, or something symbolic that they both share. You can hang it at the ceremony, the reception, or somewhere along the way for your guests to find their way.

    And you don't have to just use a banner for your location or the reception. Remember that "Just Married" car you've got stashed out back? Instead of spraying the windows with short-lived paint, create a "Just Married" banner or sign that the couple can keep for years to come.

    Wedding Banner Ideas

    Here's a couple of classic symbols for weddings to get you started:

    Doves - These aren't the most friendliest of birds, but they are one of the most beautiful. Symbolizing peace and new beginnings, these birds would make an excellent decoration for your banner.

    Bells - jingling crowd pleasers can do you no wrong. Wedding bells are popular, especially with weddings in churches where said bells are wrung once a ceremony is complete. A nice touch with a hint of vintage.

    The Rings - "The one ring to rule them all--!" Okay, wrong movie...BUT here's another obvious symbol of a wedding day to come. Don't be afraid to stick with the classics.

    As always, your next banner is YOUR design, so you can create it however you like. Go funky, tropical, or even punk-rock. However you like it, the day is yours and so should your banner! Carpe diem!

  • Five Fresh Fonts to use in Banner Design

    ChunkFive by The League of Moveable Type

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    Chunk is an ultra-bold slab serif typeface that is reminiscent of old American Western woodcuts, broadsides, and newspaper headlines. Used mainly for display, the fat block lettering is unreserved yet refined for contemporary use. Download it here: http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/download/ChunkFive

    Lobster by Pablo Impallari

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    A script font that mimics a hand drawn lettering style. Download it here: http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/download/Lobster

    Knewave by The League of Moveable Type

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    Knewave is bold, painted face, good for big bright messages. Download it here: http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/knewave/download

    Hellforge by Matt Chase

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    A working class slab Inspired by the infernos of the coal mill, Hellforge is a molten-hot headline slab cast with factory-grade craftsmanship by Matt Chase. Download it here: http://www.losttype.com/font/?name=hellforge

    Pompadour Numerals by Andy Mangold

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    This numeral set is inspired by the 50's hairdo. It's all numbers and symbols, no letters, so use it in to support another bold serif font.Download it here: http://www.losttype.com/font/?name=pompadour

  • Design Tip: Adding depth to your banner designs

    Adding depth to your banner designs will help them to appear more professional and will guarantee that they're a step above the rest. When we think of depth, the first thing that comes to mind is perspective in illustration, but you can also achieve this by paying attention to the way all of your elements fit together.

    Texture

    Adding texture to your banners is one way to make sure the background is more interesting and, at the same time, it helps your main elements to stand out against something other than a plain flat color. You can search for or create your own high resolution textures. When searching for textures, you should make sure that, if they're raster images, they're high enough resolution to fit the size banner that you're creating. Otherwise, the background will look pixelated. Seamless patterns are another way to guarantee your texture spans across the entire size of the banner. Seamless patterns are swatches created in a way that all sides meet up to create a repeating pattern that tiles itself throughout a shape in the same way a color fill would. Whichever you use, it's always best to keep textures subtle. Make sure it falls into a muted color and doesn't take away from the main elements of the banner.

    Gradients

    A simple design can be made to look professional and clean when using gradients. In the same way that textures should be made subtle, a gradient is also best when used sparingly. Subtle gradients are modern, especially when used with a pleasing color palette. Let the colors blend together slowly and over a large span of space.

    Depth of field

    Try using images in the background in a way where they drop out of focus. You can blur the image and put it behind the main elements or pull back the transparency to make the object drop into the background. Another thing to remember is that different colors will cary different visual waits. This means that things like cool, dark colors tend to recede into the background of the design, while warm, bright colors tend to move to the forefront.

  • Banner Basics: Embedding Images and Outlining Fonts

    Outlining & Embedding Here at banner4sale, we do our best to make your experience as quick and easy as possible. Today I am going to address two of the biggest things that hinder and slow this process, embedding images and outlining fonts. If you are placing an image into your file or linking to another file, please make sure to embed everything into the file you are going to upload. This ensures that your linked image or file comes attached to your artwork. Otherwise in most cases a empty box will just display where your image was supposed to be, or it will do its best to display your image, but this usually occurs with a loss of resolution. banner4sale.com font tips The other key thing to do is to outline all fonts when uploading a document with any text. If your text is not outlined and we do not have the fonts on our computers then your font will not be displayed correctly. banner4sale.com embedding artwork tips Both of these things are quick and easy to do before you upload your files and help ensure that you have a wonderful experience with us.

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