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Banner Finishing Roundtable 2016
The final stage in a banner's construction is the finishing process, which really determines how and where it will be displayed. That's where many finishing solution choices come into play.

New Advancements in Fabric Printing Technology Drive Growth
The rapid evolution of digitally printed fabrics over the past few years has caused explosive growth as more output providers continue to jump on the bandwagon. In fact, digital textile printing was one of the fastest growing market sectors, reaching 10 percent growth in 2013 compared with 2012, according to Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI).

Seaming Vinyl Banners: To Stitch or Not to Stitch?
Double-lock stitching increases the durability and improves the appearance of the banner. It is just the most time consuming method. Find out when the time investment is worth the durability payoff.

Seaming Vinyl Banners: Going Beyond The Tape For Long-term Solutions
Chemical welding is an inexpensive way to seam banners ≠ and itís longer lasting than banner tape. But thereís also something to be said for RF and heat welding processes that last much longer than brush-on solutions.

Seaming: Not As Hard As It Seems
Tired of sending your banners out so some one else can profit from the seaming? Now you donít have to. Learn the how now.

Maximizing Profitability in Sign & Graphics Shops
Controlling costs, pricing strategies, up-selling & more

Seaming and Edge Welding, Finishing Opportunities Abound
Printing your signs is more than half of the final product presented to your customers. However, it is not the entire result. How your finished product looks when it is hanging is critical to the final product's success.

Know Your Tools: Finishing with Efficiency
From year to year, many companies change the products they make, or begin producing new product lines in niche areas that require new and different finishing methods. In some shops, the steps taken to finish products are done with inappropriate tools.

Banners Are Everywhere, but Professionals Want Vinyl That Pops!
Get rid of your humdrum banner designs and start creating vinyl banners that demand attention. Your customers will thank you.

Hands-On Banners
Discover how and when applying vinyl graphics to banners makes good business sense.

It Costs How Much? Determining What It Costs to Sell Your Signs the Right Way.
Pricing your products or services sold is determined first by costing. Do you have any idea of what it costs to sell a sign or banner? For that matter, what does it cost to open the doors to your sign business each day? Pertinent questions that will influence your pricing.

Screen or Digital Which Method to Choose...An Imaging Technology Decision
The choices of using digital printing vs. screen printing, learn how to find the sweet-spot for your company to determine the most profitable choice on a job.

Printersí Challenges in Meeting Fire Codes
All printed banners, wall coverings, display booth fabrics, table skirts, tents, awnings, carpeting, window treatments, interior furnishing and vinyl-coated fabrics are required to meet flame-retardant standards for homes, offices or other assembly places (Flammable Fabrics Act, 1953). The challenges of meeting these fire standards and codes have increased with the development of new synthetic fibers and the ink applications to these fibers, which create a liability risk for the specialty printer.

Choosing the Right Sublimation Transfer Paper
This article will provide objectivity for choosing the right sublimation transfer paper, based upon the insight of dye sublimation experts professional collective experience.

Seaming Vinyl Banners: To Stitch or Not to Stitch?
Double-lock stitching increases the durability and improves the appearance of the banner. It is just the most time consuming method. Find out when the time investment is worth the durability payoff.

Seaming Vinyl Banners: Calling on the Chemical Weld, RF & Heat Methods
Chemical welding is an inexpensive way to seam banners ≠ and itís longer lasting than banner tape. But thereís also something to be said for RF and heat welding processes that last much longer than brush-on solutions.

To Airbrush or Not To Airbrush?
Butch ĎSuperfrogí Anton shares his views on what tools to use to create airbrushed effects on vinyl. What you discover may surprise you.

Do You Speak the Language of Color?
The language of color is vast, with deep meanings that speak to the subconscious of consumers. Understanding its meanings can help your sales.

Unlocking the Psychology of Signage
Successful sign making depends on effective visual communication. Understanding how consumers relate to signage, then, is key to helping your customers unlock the door to greater revenues.

Seaming: Not As Hard As It Seems
Tired of sending your banners out so some one else can profit from the seaming? Now you donít have to.

Reading, Writing and Profits With The School System Near You
You can position your company for profitability by serving the growing market for in-school advertising.

Why You Should Invest in True Sign Making Software
Everyone always claims that their software is the best. This article has taken a few of the foremost signage specific software products and gives you insight into what makes them worthy to take their seat in your shop. Read on to learn more.

What You Need to Know About Pollution Prevention in Your Shop
Protecting yourself, your employees and your community are just a few reasons why you want to be sure that your shop is compliant with all of the current safety regulations. One of the most important areas of safety that is often overlooked is the ventilation of your print shop.

Sign Design 101: Create Eye-Catching Banners
Basic color combinations, font styles, margins and graphics usage in successful banners.

Which Sign Making Software Should You Own? Part 2
Looking into ''Bridge'' software. There are many factors to include in your decision such as, your budget, the type of signs you intend to make, the kind of hardware such as cutters and printers that you want to run and of course the difficulty in learning the feature set of the software.

Making Banners Profitable
It seems that banner signs have really taken off within the past ten years. A lot of people are getting into it and some are even making money. However, others are not doing so well and actually lose money when they accept the jobs. It seems that volume equates to profit and if you canít produce large quantities, you arenít going to make any money.

Which Signmaking Software Should You Own? Part 1
Deciding which software to purchase for your sign making needs can be a difficult task. We'll outline a few of the softwares out today and help you to decide which one best fits your business.

Heritage Graphics and Scaffold Wraps
From Manhattan's Times Square to an Argentinan Palace, outdoor graphics has put unsightly construction under wraps with over the top picturesque renderings, art images or patriotic beautification panels

High-Volume Outdoor Printers Meet Growing Demand
The market for outdoor media is growing exponentially. Find out what eco-solvent options manufacturers are offering today.

Simple is Better: Part II
This is part two of a three-part series helping you to better help your customer.

Simple is Better
In the ever-changing world of advertising, one fact remains the same: Simple is better. This holds true for just about every type of business out there; whether they use television, radio, print ads or banners. Most of all, banners.

Making it BIG at the XIX Winter Olympiad
Nur provided the ticket for shops graphics in Salt Lake City

Keys to Long Lasting Banners
Producing banners that will stand up against the Florida heat and the Chicago winds

Yawning at Awnings
The three basic steps to lettering an acrylic awning

The Total "Language" of Signs
Nothing speaks louder to a potential buyer than a bold display

The Sub-species: Subcontracting in the Sign Industry
To be or not to be a subcontractor?

The Battle of BIG Banners
Bigger is better. Big banners can't miss unless they are hung in the woods

The Banner Boom

Spilling the Beans on Ink
What's it made of...

Shop Reputation is Gold
So you don't work in a dog-eat-dog rat race of an industry...

Setting Schedules: Creating Service Out of Order
Late signs or are your jobs off schedule?

Selling Logo Design: A Psychology for Profit
Understanding advertising, branding and marketing

Scan, Edit, Save, and Create: Innovative Sign Design
'What you see is what you will get.'

Ending the Shop's Nightmare Circus
Is your sign making business as a three-ring circus?

Dealing with the Less-than-Perfect Customers
Surrendering to whatever customers want can be bad business

Building a Team
Essential elements in building a team for your business

Effective Sign Design Benefits
Four ways to make your signs more powerful

Here you'll find articles about seaming, hemming, graphic applications, sewing and readability standards while designing a banner. Find out how to make a banner the right way.


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