Thursday, June 27, 2013

How to Make Baseball Banners

Step by Step Instructions on How to Make a Baseball Banner

How to Make Baseball Banners
There are lots of ways you can use baseball banners. They can be used to display your baseball team rooster, the baseball season schedule and around the baseball field for advertisements. But, how do you make a baseball banner? At Banners.com it's easy to get a custom baseball banner. We have baseball banner templates already built for you to customize by adding text, photographs, clip art and backgrounds. To get started, go to our Baseball Banners page.

Step 1: Choose Banner Size and Quantity
The first step is to choose your banner size and quantity from the drop down menu. You can get any banner size up to 16 feet by 50 feet.
Step 1: Choose Baseball Banner Size and Quantity
Step 1: Choose Banner Size and Quantity
Step 2: Choose the Banner Add Ons / Finishing Options
The standard finishing for vinyl banners is heat welded hems and grommets every 2-4 feet around the perimeter. If your banner is over 32 square feet and will be outdoors, we recommend reinforced hems and corners for extra durability. You can also get pole pockets (can't do pole pockets and reinforced hems or reinforced corners).
Step 2: Choose Banner Add Ons / Finishing Options
Step 2: Choose Add Ons / Finishing Options
Step 3: Pick a Design Method - Pick a Baseball Banner Template
There are three different ways you can order baseball banners. You can pick a template, upload a file or work with a graphic designer. We will show you how to order by selecting a template.
Step 3: Pick a Baseball Banner Template to Customize
How to Start Designing a Baseball Banner Template
When you find a template that you want to customize, put your mouse over the template and click on the "Customize Template" button. This will take you into the online designer. All of the templates are fully customizable.
Baseball banner template in the online designer
Baseball Banner Template in the Online Designer
In the online designer you can add text, add clip art, upload images and add backgrounds. In order to select these options, click on the buttons at the top of the designer. Click here for more information on how to use the online designer.
Add Text, Add Clip Art, Upload Image and Add Backgrounds
Add Text, Add Clip Art, Upload Image and Add Backgrounds
Selecting Baseball Clip Art
We have baseball clip art available for you to use. Click on the "Add CLIPART" button. This will open up a popup of all of our clipart. Scroll down until you see the "Baseball" category and click on it to view the images. Click on an image to add it to your design.
Baseball Clip Art
Baseball Clip Art
Once you have finished designing your banner, you can either click on the "Save for Later" button or the "Accept Design" button to begin the checkout process.
Save for Later or Accept Design Buttons
Save for Later or Accept Design Buttons
Go to our baseball banner page to get started on your banner.

How to Save Banner Designs for Later

Step by Step Instructions on How to Save your Banner Designs for Later

Sometimes you're just too busy to go all the way through the ordering process, or you have multiple designs that you are working on and you don't have time to finish everything in one sitting. We get it! That's why we've made it easy for you to save your designs for later! Make sure you have created an account and are logged in.

Go to the product page
We will be using Full Color Vinyl Banners in this example. You will need to select your banners height and width from the drop down menus. You will then select the quantity of banners you will need (of the same artwork file). You will then select the banner add-ons.

Choose Banner Design Method
Only the "Pick a Template" method and the "Upload a File" method will take you into the online designer where you will have the option to save your banner for later.
Choose Banner Design Method: Pick a Template or Upload a File
Choose Banner Design Method: Pick a Template or Upload a File
Picking a Template:
You can either browse our template library and find a banner you want to customize, or click on a blank template to get into the designer.

Upload a File:
Click on the "Upload a File" button. A popup window will appear where you will upload your file. Once your file has uploaded you will be taken in to the designer.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How to Order Wall Graphics Online

Step by Step Instructions for Designing and Ordering Wall Graphics Online

Designing and Ordering Wall Graphics Online
Wall graphics are an adhesive vinyl material that is applied to walls. It can be used to display your favorite quote, graphics and photographs. You can now design wall graphics in our online designer! Click here to go to our Wall Graphics page.

Choose Wall Graphic Size and Quantity
You must choose your wall graphic's height and width from the drop down menu. You will then select the quantity you need.
Choose Wall Graphics Size and Quantity
Choose Wall Graphic Size and Quantity
Choose Design Method
There are three ways you can order your wall graphics: Pick a Template, Upload a File or Work with a Designer.
Choose Wall Graphic Design Method
Choose Wall Graphic Design Method
Wall Graphic Templates
Wall Graphic Templates

Wall Graphic Templates
We have templates available for you to customize in our online designer. All templates are fully customizable. You can add backgrounds, clip art, photographs and text. If you are going to be using a template, the standard finishing option is square cut. This method is best if you have a background on the design. Any quotes or words will not be cut out with this method. When you have found a template you like, click on the template and it will bring you to the online designer. You can also select the "Blank Template" and start designing your wall graphic from scratch. Click here for more information on how to use the online designer. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

How to Order Shape Cut Wall Graphics

Step by Step Instructions for Ordering Shape Cut Wall Graphics

How to Order Shape Cut Wall Graphics
Wall graphics are an adhesive vinyl material that is applied to walls. It can be used to display your favorite quotes, graphics and photographs. The standard finishing for wall graphics is square cut. Shape cut, or contour cut finishing is available if you work with one of our graphic designers.

Shape Cut Wall Graphic Samples
Here are some sample wall graphics that are contour cut around the letters. 

Shape Cut Wall Graphic: Soak your cares away
Shape Cut Wall Graphic
Shape Cut Wall Graphics: Bath Time
Shape Cut Wall Graphics
How to Order Shape Cut Wall Graphics
You will need to contact a graphic designer to order shape cut wall graphics. When you contact a graphic designer, you should have the following information ready:
  • Size of wall graphic
  • Quantity of wall graphics
  • What you want the wall graphic to say
  • Any artwork you want on the wall graphic available
Once you have the information ready, you can email them, or call 320.965.9300.

After they receive your information, they will put together a design for you. They will email you a proof containing the artwork, billing and shipping information and production times. You will have to approve the proof via email before your order will go into production. You can also visit our wall graphic page for more information.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

How to Order Bowed Flags

Step by Step Instructions on How to Order a Flying Banner Display

Bowed Flags or Flying Banner Displays
Bowed Flags, or Flying Banner Displays are outdoor fabric flags. They are commonly used to draw attention to a business, a sales event or a grand opening. They are printed on a lightweight mirror fabric material and come in three different shapes with several different bases. We have Rectangle Flags, Razor Flags and Tear Drop Flags. Each product will display the sizing, pricing and template information.

How to Order Bowed Flags
Bowed flags have a curved shape, so we do not offer a design online option for this product. You will need to work with one of our graphic designers / customer service representatives. You can either have your flag designed for you, or you can design the file yourself using our templates.

Work with a Graphic Designer
If you want a graphic designer to design the bowed flag you can either call them (320.965.9300) or email them with your instructions. Please note our office hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CST.

Designing your Own Files: View Bowed Flag Templates
If you are going to be designing your own files, we have templates available for each size of flying banner display. Click on the desired size template from the product page to download it.

About the Flying Banner Display Templates
The templates are a PDF file that you can download from our website. The template will have three lines, the bleed area, the finished size and the safe area.
Template Key for Flying Banner Displays
Bowed Flag Template Key
About the Bleed Area:
The bleed area is fabric that will be printed, but is used for finishing the product. You should have your background colors and images extend into this area.

About the Finished Size Area:
The finished size is the area of the flag that is still visible after the finishing. You should have your background colors and images extend into this area.

About the Safe Area:
The safe area is the area where your flags content will appear. It is important that you keep all logos, images and text within this area or you won't be able to see it after finishing.You must convert all fonts to outlines and images must be embedded.

Ordering Your Flying Banner Display
Once you have designed your flying banner display using the templates provided, you can email them to our customer service representatives and they will process your order.

Click a product to get started: Rectangle FlagsRazor Flags or Tear Drop Flags.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Emphasis on Great Customer Service

Banners.com Goal: Great Customer Service for all Customers

At Banners.com we strive for our customers to have a great experience. The majority of our orders are placed online, but we have a team of customer service representatives and graphic designers available for people who have questions or need help with their order.

Product Knowledge
We have an extensive product line, but all of our staff is trained to know what the materials are, what the products finishing options are and what they are commonly used for.

Designing Banners for Customers
If you need help with your designs, our graphic designers can design something for you!

Customer Comments
We are a member of Reseller Ratings, so you can see what some customers have said there (or leave your own comments). Here's a comment from a customer:

I had ordered a banner and the proof looked good, and I approved it. Upon receiving the banner, it looked nothing like the proof and the quality was awful.  I immediately contacted Erica and explained the situation.  I sent her pictures of the problem and the patch we used in the banner.  She immediately came up with a design (that I was trying to achieve) and emailed it to me.  It looked beautiful and professional.  She was amazing and helpful.

This banner is for the Cops on Top Charity hike to honor all the officers killed in the line of duty for each state.  It is a Memorial hike done where the highest peak in each state is climbed on the exact same day in all 50 states to honor the fallen officers.  My father in laws name is on the banner and it needs to be perfect for these men who gave their lives.

Erica was wonderful, and I just think you should know.  Customer service is not what it used to be... but it was dealing with Erica.
Here's another story from Cheeky Seats Bike Seats
I just wanted to let you know I received  my banner today and I was just completely impressed. Not only did the package arrive exactly when you said it would, but the quality of the banner and the clarity of the print is excellent. This is really going to make a big impact on my display.

You and your company delivered an amazing value for the very modest amount I paid for this banner and your customer service was quite stellar. Please let everyone know that for me! I'm excited to have found your company and know that I will be ordering more from you folks in the future, as well as recommending you.

As someone who is also manufacturing in the USA, I am always thrilled to find another USA manufacturer that is going above and beyond to deliver a superior product coupled with outstanding customer service. Very well done, thank you so much.
We would love you hear your feedback on our customer service - feel free to rate your Banners.com experience

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

How to Make Birthday Banners

How to Make a Custom Birthday Banner

Birthday banners are a great addition to any birthday party. But, how do you make a birthday banner? At Banners.com it's easy to get a custom birthday banner. We have birthday banner templates already built for you to customize by adding text, photographs, clip art and backgrounds.

Getting Started on Your Birthday Banner
To get started, go to our Birthday Banners Page.
Custom Birthday Banners from Banners.com
Banners.com Birthday Banners Page
Step 1: Select the Banner Size and Quantity
The first step is to select the banner size and quantity from the drop down menus. You can do any size banner up to 16 feet by 50 feet. Our most common sizes for birthday banners are 3' x 6' and 4' x 8' banners.

Select Banner Size and Quantity
Step 1: Choose Size and Quantity
Step 2: Choose Add-Ons
The next step is to choose your banner options. Standard finishing is hems and grommets - this is the recommended finishing if you are going to be hanging the banner. We also offer pole pockets. If you are using the birthday banner indoors don't select the reinforced hems or reinforced corners options.
Choose Banner Finishing Options
Step 2: Choose Banner Add Ons
Step 3: Choose your Design Method
There are three ways you can order birthday banners online. You can pick a template to customize, upload a file you have created, or have a graphic designer design the banner for you. We will be discussing the picking a template and designing the banner in the online designer.
Browse Birthday Banner Templates
Pick a Birthday Banner Template to Customize or Start from Scratch
All of the templates are fully customizable. Once you have found the template you would like to customize, put your mouse over the template and click on the "Customize Template" button. This will take you into the online designer.
View of the Birthday Banner in the Online Designer
View of the Birthday Banner Template in the Online Designer

Family Reunion Banners and Signs

Common Family Reunion Banners and Signs Uses

Family Reunion Banners and Signs
Lots of families have family reunions in the summer. Relatives come from all over for picnics, games and to reconnect. There are lots of ways you can use banners and signs at your family reunions.
Family Reunion Direction Signs
Family Reunion Yard Sign

Family Reunion Direction Signs
You can use yard signs to direct people to the location of your family reunion. This is helpful for out of town relatives to prevent them from getting lost. Yard signs can be placed along the road at intersections so they are easy for people to see. If you use yard signs, make sure the letters are large enough for people to read while they are driving.

Family Reunion Photo Backdrops
There are lots of pictures taken at family reunions. Banners can be used as a backdrop for the photographs. You can add the date and location of the family reunion on the banner so you will remember when you look through the photographs later.

How to Order Family Reunion Banners and Signs
It's easy to get custom family reunion banners and yard signs. We have family reunion templates build for you to customize, or you can design your own by adding backgrounds, photographs, clip art and text. You can also upload your own files or work with one of our graphic designers.

Monday, June 17, 2013

How to Order Banners Online: Graphic Designers

Step by Step Instructions for Ordering Banners Online Working with a Graphic Designer

There are three ways you can order products online at Banners.com: Browse Templates, Upload a File or Work with a Graphic Designer. Click here for more information about the three different ordering options. We will be discussing the "Let us Design" option for our most common product, Full Color Vinyl Banners. For best results, please create an account prior to starting your order to save steps in the checkout process. Click here for more information about creating an account.

Step 1: Choose Size and Quantity
The first step is to choose your product's height and width from the drop down menu. You will then select the quantity that you need.
Step 1: Choose Size and Quantity
Step 1: Choose Size and Quantity
Step 2: Choose Your Add-Ons
The second step is to select which product options you want your banner to have. The standard finishing is heat welded hems and grommets, but you can also get 2" or 3" pole pockets, reinforced hems and reinforced corners.
Step 2: Choose your Banner Add-Ons
Step 2: Choose Add Ons
Step 3: Choose Design Method "Let Us Design"
You will need to click on the "Let Us Design" button.
Step 3: Choose Design Method "Let us Design"
Step 3: Choose Design Method "Let us Design"

Thursday, June 13, 2013

4th of July Banners and Signs

4th of July Banner and Sign Uses

4th of July Banners and Signs
Independence Day is a day to celebrate America's Independence from Great Britain. It is also a holiday full of parties, picnics, family gatherings, town parades, firework displays and sales events. There are lots of ways that you can use banners and signs for your 4th of July events!

Independence Day Parade Banner
4th of July Parade Banners and Signs
Lots of cities and towns have parades and festivities on Independence Day. You can have signs up for the entrances, registration booths, food booths and bathroom locations. You can also have banners on the vehicles and floats that are in the parade.

4th of July Sales Event Banners and Signs
Independence Day Sidewalk Sales are common. If you are having a 4th of July Sale, be sure to advertise with banners and signs. The signs can display the dates and times of the sale, and let people know what is on sale.

4th of July Picnic and Party Banners and Signs
Picnics and parties are very common on Independence Day. Lots of companies, churches and families gather on the 4th of July. You can hang up banners and signs before the event and at the event to let people know about the picnic.

4th of July Fireworks Show Banner
4th of July Firework Banners and Signs
Firework displays are another Independence Day event. If your city or town is having a fireworks show, you should hang up banners and signs to let people know about the event. You can display the time and let people know of any other events going on that night.

How to Order your 4th of July Banners and Signs
We have lots of 4th of July templates available for you to customize. You can add backgrounds, clip art, photographs and text. You can also upload your own file or work with a graphic designer. Click here to get browse our 4th of July Templates.

How to Order Double Sided Banners

Step by Step Instructions for Ordering a Double Sided  Banner

Double sided banners, or two sided banners, are banners that have prints on both sides of the material. They are commonly used outdoors so people can see the images from the front and the back as they are driving or walking by.

For best results, please create an account prior to starting your order to save steps in the checkout process. Click here for more information about creating an account.

 Step 1: Choose Size and Quantity
The max print size for double sided banners is 4 feet by 20 feet. Choose your banners height and width from the drop down menu. You will then select the quantity of double sided banners that you need.
Double Sided Banners: Step 1 Choose Size and Quantity
Step 1: Choose Size and Quantity
Step 2: Choose Your Add-Ons
At this point, you can switch between single sided banners or double sided banners.
Step 2: Choose Single or Double Sided Banners
Step 2: Choose Add-Ons
Step 3: Choose your Design Method
There are three ways you can order double sided banners: browse templates, upload a file, or work with one of our graphic designers. Click here for more information on the three ways you can order online.
Step 3: Choose your Design Method
Step 3: Choose Design Method
You can browse our different template categories by selecting categories from the drop down menu. If you find a template you want to customize, click on the template and it will bring you into the online designer where you can add text, add backgrounds, add clip art and upload files. Click here for more information on using the online designer. If you already have a file, click on the "Upload a File" button. If you would rather have a graphic designer assist you, click on the "Let Us Design" button. You can then add any files that you want on the banner and include the text you want the banner to have on it.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

How to Order Banners Online: Upload a File

Step by Step Instructions for Ordering Banners Online by Uploading a File

There are three ways you can order products online at Banners.com: Browse Templates, Upload a File or Work with a Graphic Designer. Click here for more information about the three different ordering options. We will be discussing the "Upload a File" for our most common product, Full Color Vinyl Banners. For best results, please create an account prior to starting your order to save steps in the checkout process. Click here for more information about creating an account.

Step 1: Choose Size and Quantity
The first step is to choose your product's height and width from the drop down menu. You will then select the quantity that you need.
Step 1: Choose Size and Quantity
Step 2: Choose Your Add-Ons
The second step is to select which product options you want your banner to have. The standard finishing is heat welded hems and grommets, but you can also get 2" or 3" pole pockets, reinforced hems and reinforced corners.
Step 2: Choose Add Ons
Step 3: Upload a File
You will need to click on the "Upload a File" button.

Upload a File

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How to Order Banners Online: Templates

Step by Step Instructions for Ordering Banners Online with Templates

There are three ways you can order products online at Banners.com: Browse Templates, Upload a File or Work with a Graphic Designer. Click here for more information about the three different ordering options. We will be discussing the "Pick a Template Method" for our most common product, Full Color Vinyl Banners. For best results, please create an account prior to starting your order to save steps in the checkout process. Click here for more information about creating an account.

Step 1: Choose Size and Quantity
The first step is to choose your product's height and width from the drop down menu. You will then select the quantity that you need.
Step 1: Choose Size and Quantity
Step 2: Choose Your Add-Ons
The second step is to select which product options you want your banner to have. The standard finishing is heat welded hems and grommets, but you can also get 2" or 3" pole pockets, reinforced hems and reinforced corners.
Step 2: Choose Add Ons
Step 3: Pick a Template
We have lots of templates build for you to customize. There are two ways to browse our template categories: in the drop down menu or selecting a category from the "Browse Templates" sidebar. When you have found a template you like, click on the template and it will bring you to the online designer. You can also select the "Blank Template" and start your banner from scratch.
Step 3: Pick a Template

Monday, June 10, 2013

Unique Ways to Propose

Unique Ways to Propose Using a Banner

If you are looking for a unique way to propose - we have some creative ideas for you! Using a banner to propose is becoming a popular choice. We have created proposal banner templates that you can customize with backgrounds, clip art, photographs and text.
    Will You Marry Me Banner Template
    Will You Marry Me Banner Template
    Will You Marry Me - Billboard Banner
    If you are looking to make a big statement, you can have a "Will You Marry Me" billboard banner made. You can have it printed and put up on the side of the road and drive by the billboard and propose.

    Skydiving Proposal Using a Banner
    Skydiving Proposal Using a Banner
    Skydiving Proposal Using a Banner
    We were recently contacted to create a banner for a man who wanted to propose to his girlfriend while skydiving in Hawaii. The banner was waiting for him at the bottom of the jump and he was able to propose when she landed (and she said yes!) Check out the video of their skydiving proposal using a banner.

    Hanging a Proposal Banner in a Restaurant
    Another common way to propose is to have a proposal banner at a restaurant. You can go out for a special dinner and have a banner hung up at the restaurant asking your significant other to marry you.

    Friday, June 7, 2013

    How to Use Banners and Signs at a Fair

    Banners and Signs at the Fair

    Banners and Sign Uses for a Fair

    Summer is here, which means there will be lots of fairs and festivals. There are several ways that you can use banners and signs at a fair!

    Fair Banners and Signs: Browse all of our fair and festival banner templates.
    In the months and weeks before your fair is scheduled, you should display banners and signs to let people know when the fair is taking place. You can display these banners at the fair grounds, and around the town. You can also ask local businesses if they will put signs at their businesses so people know about the fair.
    Fair Banners and Signs
    Fair Banners and Signs

    Thursday, June 6, 2013

    How to Create an Online Account at Banners.com

    Why Should You Create an Account?
    A Banners.com online account is where you can manage all of your designs, pending approvals, billing and shipping information and online orders. You can start a design and save it for later, save items in your shopping cart, and reorder previously ordered items. Having an account will also save you time in the ordering process.

    Registration Process
    Go to the registration page to start the process.

    Step1: You will need to fill in your account information

    Account Information

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

    Types of Banner Materials

    Banners.com offers five different types of banners

    There are five main types of banners that Banners.com offers. Vinyl Banners, No Curl BannersMesh Banners, Canvas Banners and Fabric Banners.  All banners can be ordered online by picking a template to customize, uploading a file or working with a graphic designer.

    About Vinyl Banners
    Vinyl Banners are printed on high quality 13 oz scrim vinyl. The banner material is rated for indoor and outdoor use. Vinyl Banners are digitally printed and can be up to 16 feet by 50 feet without seams. The standard finishing option is heat welded hems and grommets placed every 2-4 feet around the banner perimeter. Additional finishing options include pole pockets, reinforced hems and reinforced corners. You can order full color banners or text only banners. Full color banners can have  unlimited text, clip art, backgrounds and photographs. Text only banners have a white background with colored text and is our lowest cost banner option.

    About No Curl Vinyl Banners
    No curl vinyl banners are digitally printed in full color on a 14 oz vinyl banner material. This material is commonly used for high end displays and banner stands. The no curl banners can only be cut to size. They do not include hems, but you can add grommets to the banner.

    About Mesh Banners
    Mesh Banners are digitally printed in full color on 10 oz scrim vinyl. The material has criss-crossed fibers that allows some air to go through the material. You can see through the material to some extent, but you can still see the printed graphics. This material is used outdoors in windy locations instead of putting wind slits in vinyl banners. Mesh banners can be up to 16 feet by 50 feet without seams. Standard finishing is heat welded hems and grommets. Additional finishing options are pole pockets, reinforced hems and reinforced corners. They are commonly used around sports fields as a screen or for advertisements.

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013

    Unique Wedding Gift Ideas

    Wedding Gifts: Framed Canvas Wall Art and Custom Wall Graphics

    Wedding Gifts from Banners.com

    If you are looking for a unique, memorable gift for a wedding, check out these awesome wedding gift ideas!
    Framed Canvas Wall Art

    Framed Canvas Wall Art for Wedding Gifts
    Canvas Wall Art has the look and feel of a classic painted canvas, and they make great wedding gifts! If you have a photograph of the couple, you can make them a custom canvas! You can use one of their engagement photos, or use multiple photos and make a photo collage.You can also put quotes on the canvas.

    Framed Canvas Wall Art
     Canvas Wall Art Design Options
    There are three ways you can order your framed canvas wall art. You can browse our templates and design online, upload your own file or work with our graphic designers. In our online designer, you can add backgrounds, clip art, text and upload photographs.

    If you are looking to make a canvas with a photograph, the best way to order is by working with one of our graphic designers. They can help you with the pictures, adding text and backgrounds for the canvas.
    Wall Graphic Quote

    Custom Wall Graphics for Wedding Gifts
    Wall Graphics are commonly used to decorate the interior of your house. They can also be used as wedding gifts! You can get custom quotes, like "Live, Laugh, Love" and other family quotes for the newlyweds to put in their house. You can also have a wall graphic made with their last name and wedding date.

    Wall Graphic Design Options
    There are two ways you can order your custom wall graphics. You can upload your own files (best for square cut wall graphics), or you can work with a graphic designer. If you want the words to be cut out, it is best to work with a graphic designer to make sure that the cut paths come out correctly. 

    Getting Started on Your Wedding Gifts
    If you are ready to get started, you can visit our Canvas Wall Art page or our Wall Graphics page. You can also email us or call us at 320.965.9300 to get started.