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  • 13oz Banners Vs. 15oz Super Smooth Banners

    With so many different types of banner materials on the market these days, sifting through the thousands of banner printing web sites can be a daunting task. I’m here to give you some clarity on what banner material you should order. It all starts with what type of event or product you're trying to market with your banner and whether it will be used indoors or outdoors.

    Lets start with 13 oz. 13 ounce banner material is the most common banner material in the world and the most versatile. This material is what you see when you see a banner hanging on the side of a building or used for a light pole banner. Even though this material isn't designed to print double sided we still make double sided banners with 13oz. This works by printing the client's artwork head to head and folding the material like a big taco, and if needed, extra material can be sewn in the middle to help keep light from passing through.

    We also leave extra material on the top and bottom for pole pockets, how banners slide onto the poles, and one grommet on the inside is used to zip tie the banner to the pole to keep the banner from sliding off on windy days. You can see the fibers up close in the 13 oz banner, and these are what make it more durable than 15 oz.

    13oz banner up close

    13 oz. up close

    Another use for 13 oz. banner material is building banners, which are really common in the commercial real estate market for marketing large industrial buildings for sale on the side of freeways. This is a low cost high impact way to let potential buyers know these buildings are for sale since these large banners are visible from a long ways away.

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    13 oz. building banner

    Trade Show banners can also be produced out of 13 oz. banner material. We use really neat banner framing systems and attach these to trade show booths to make really large seamless images that can be changed out with ease. This is a great way to go instead of wrapping your booth with adhesive back vinyl and incurring all the extra cost of having to pay a professional graphic installer. You would also have to remove them from your booth for the next trade show, which can be tough depending on the type of material that was used, and would most likely leave adhesives behind on the surface of your booth that would need to be cleaned.

    13oz cross timbers food drive banner

    13 oz. banner

    Now lets get into 15 oz. super smooth banner material. Super Smooth is really for indoor use only. 15 oz. super smooth has a very smooth surface and makes a really nice image when printed since it doesn't have all the fibers for strength like 13 oz. has. Just because we are calling this 15 oz. and it sounds bigger and badder don’t be fooled, 13 oz. is actually much stronger than this texture. If the surface fibers are what make it stronger, the fibers holding it together, 15 oz. super smooth doesn't have these and that's what makes the surface so smooth and nice for printing.

    15oz super smooth up close

    15 oz. up close

    This material does have some very cool qualities besides being smooth and printing nice, it has a nice little thing called block out. Whats block out? This is a black material that is laminated in the middle of the banner material that does not allow light to pass through. So when you're at a trade show and you're using 15 oz. super smooth at a banner stand, the light passing through doesn't allow you to see the artwork printed on the other side. It is also used for hanging banners in windows at retail stores for the same reason, so your artwork is impactful inside and out.

    15 oz super smooth

    15 oz. banner

    Whatever size or purpose it may have, get a quote for your banner needs today!

     

  • Advantages of a Smart-Phone Camera

    Smart phones: curse or blessing? Some critics think the latest technology is a nuisance: people walking around and taking pictures of themselves with their iPhones or iPads, the touch phone sharing feature with the Samsung Galaxy S3, spamming Instagram... But the beauty of these devices is not as annoying as it seems. In fact, with the high resolution camera on the newest generations of the iPhone, people are being turned into amateur photographers overnight. Photographers already in the business are capturing stunning images on the smallest devices. Smart Phones are truly the all-in-one device, with the camera being one of the best features. What does this have to do with banners? Well, it has more to do with accessibility of advertising. Inspiration can be found anywhere, and that goes without saying. But now, it's much easier to capture that inspiration with a device that you always have with you already.  One can easily snap a picture, do some small editing on a handheld tablet or the phone itself, and have a digital advertisement for the web in no time. And it can be done all from a park bench (if you have 3G or so). For small time businesses looking for a great sales image, or a big business trying a new phase, this technique is great for marketers and designers. Let's take a look at some startling images taken with just a smart phone:

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    Samsung

    Samsung

    Sony

  • Pacific Building Envelope Banners

    PBE inc. needed to advertise on one of their many building renovations, so they contacted us to see what we were capable of. We created these large format banners to attach directly onto any wall or surface they would need.

  • 180 South "Super Smooth" Trade Show Banners

    180 South came to us to print banners for their up coming trade show booth. These large

    banners were printed on 15oz "Super Smooth" vinyl which printed vibrant and sharp.

  • MoreFire Mondays, Outdoor Banner

    MoreFire Mondays Banner...doesn't get cooler than that! My first banner job here. Just want to to thank all the staff and crew for making it so smooth and having it turn out so well. You always have a soft spot for your first born!

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