7 Best Tips for Designing a PVC Banner Print

Need a way to catch attention? Large format PVC banner prints are an unbeatable outdoor promotional tool. The beauty of an outdoor banner is that you can use them no matter the weather – they won’t fade in the sun or get damaged by the rain. With the right design, you’ll be able to draw huge amounts of attention to your message – but there is an art to getting this just right. 

Use these quick tips on how to design a PVC banner for a quick and easy way to nail your outdoor promotions with print.

1.    Pick the Perfect Spot

Before you even start thinking about colours and images, it’s important to think about where your PVC banner will go. A huge number of factors will depend on this – like the size, colour, messaging and orientation

One key thing to consider is where passers-by are going to see your banner, whether they’ll walk past, drive by or be stood waiting for a bus or train. If it’s on a wall, what colours are going to clash with those bricks? How are you going to make it stand out in a leafy area?

All of these things will affect how you design your banner. Once you’re ready, pick a banner size here.


2.    Write Short and Snappy Copy

What’s the one thing you want to tell the people who will see your sign? As big as these signs are, it’s crucial you stick to one clear message

You want to grab attention from the get-go and make it easy for someone to understand your promotion with one swift glance – because that might be all the time your audience gets, especially if they’re in transit. A snappy message in a big font is the perfect way to do this.

Once crucial piece of copy you need to include on your banner design is a call-to-action (CTA) – this tells your reader exactly what action you want them to take after seeing your sign. For example, ‘Call us for a quote on #’ or ‘Visit in stores today!’.


3.    Create a Big and Bold Design

To make sure your banner stands out and attracts customers, you’re going to have to go bold with your design. Use contrasting colours for your background and main text to help your message stand out on a busy street or road side. 

If you’re an established brand, make the most of the brand colours people know you for! Alternatively, you can visit https://colorhunt.co/ to find a winning colour palette for your brand!


4.    Use High Quality Images

For a PVC banner design that looks at its best, you’ll need to pick high resolution images. Source your images on high quality stock image sites or take them yourself with a good camera. Resolution should be no lower than 300DPI. To learn more about resolution, give our "What is the Correct Resolution of my artwork?" blog a read!


5.    Pick Simple, Easy-to-Read Fonts

It’s always tempting to pick fancy fonts, cursive ones with big swooping letters. For a PVC banner, you want the opposite of this to make what you’re trying to say as obvious as possible for readers. 

We’d recommend using fonts that are clean and familiar, like Verdana or Helvetica. These are great examples of fonts that keep your design looking professional and easy to read. Find out more about picking fonts for readability.


6.    Set up your artwork for a Banner Design

Now you have all the knowledge you need to create the perfect PVC banner design, all that’s left is to get to work!

Here’s a quick checklist to help set up your PVC banner artwork.

  • Add 25mm bleed to the finished size of your vinyl banner.
  • Make sure any important images and text is within a 36mm safe area to account for hemming and eyelets.
  • Add info: Banners are hemmed with a 15mm hem. Eyelets included as standard at approximately 30-45cm intervals.

Blank Template for Download Here

To create your banner template, we’ve got options for the most popular design programs to make designing your banner as easy as possible:

So, what are you waiting for? Start designing now!


7.    Tying Your PVC Banner Up

When you receive your banner, the final stage is to tie it up or position it where you like. You can choose to get your banners hemmed with a 15mm hem and ready-cut eyelets at approximately at 30-45cm intervals to make set up a breeze!

The easiest surface to fasten your banner to is a fence or railing. For the smaller banners, we recommend using plastic cable ties, for larger ones, opt for metal cable ties.

Final Thoughts

We hope these tips help you to create a PVC banner design that stands out above the crowd. Once you’ve finished and placed your order with us, we’d love to see it! Tag us on Instagram at @lightningprints.sg or #lightningprintssg for a chance to featured.

If you need any more help with designing a PVC banner, feel free to call us, Lightning Prints, at: 98267596 or email us at: ask.lightningprints@gmail.com or fill up this contact form here!

Til' next time, cheers!