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What are the benefits and applications of blockout and mesh banners?

Outdoor banners have to be strong enough to hold up against the elements. They also need to be large and flashy enough to attract attention. So, if you want a banner that can look great even after long-term exposure to harsh environments, you have two options: blockout and mesh banners.…

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What is the difference between a standard and premium retractable banner really?

Retractable banners are perfect for trade shows, conferences, and in-store events, where you need to attract attention, build brand awareness, and promote products. These are usually lightweight, compact, and easy to set up. You have two options to choose from: standard and premium retractable banners. Standard retractable banners are light…

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What type of banner materials do you print on?

8oz Mesh Outdoor Vinyl: This is a lighter vinyl that allows for wind to pass through and some through-visibility. 10 mil Premium Indoor Vinyl: Great for POP displays that quickly and conveniently showcase your products and services. Art quality print resolution. 13 oz Scrim Outdoor Vinyl: features a threaded grid…

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I would love borders on my banner or sign, is that cool?

Unfortunately, borders are a no-no for printing. Borders are problematic since all substrates vary for each batch. This makes precise cutting almost impossible. For Grand4mat, it’s strongly recommended not to add borders on your design. If you insist on including them, go for borders about 2 inches thick. However, do…

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Should I include crop marks on large format orders?

No. Grand4mat is especially designed to trim your file according to custom specifications. Do not include crop marks and other markings that are not supposed to show on the printed piece.

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Should I include any fonts with my files?

No. All fonts must be outlined before uploading your file. And if you are using Adobe Photoshop, you may send the flattened copy.

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When and how should I scale my artwork to keep the file in a manageable size?

While scaling your artwork can make it more manageable size-wise, it’s not always required to change size specifications. You should only use smaller scales if the file is too big. Here are different types of artwork and print materials, and how to scale each one: Vector Art Grand4mat can print…

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What size should my text be if I want to view my banner or yard sign from a distance?

Your text size will mostly depend on two factors: desired print size, and the distance you want the text to be readable from. Check out the Scale and Resolution Chart below, which serves as a guide for your estimates:

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What file format is best for large format products?

For Grand4mat, PDF format is recommended. However, the machine can also process other formats like JPG or TIF.

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Do I need bleed for large format products?

For these types of materials, assign at least half an inch on each corner. For instance, if you have a 24-inch x 18-inch print material, your file size should stand at 25 x 19 inches. This should be enough for bleed margins.    Outdoor and Indoor Banners and Canvas Banners…

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