Monday, September 30, 2013

How to Order Trade Show Banners Online

Custom Trade Show Banners

How to Order Custom Trade Show Banners using the Online Designer

If you are going to a trade show, make your trade show booth stands out with custom vinyl banners! Banners are a great way to draw positive attention to your products and services. There are lots of different booths and vendors at trade shows, so make sure your booth has a professional look and feel.

3 Ways to Order Trade Show Banners from Banners.com
There are three ways you can order trade show banners online. You can pick a template, upload a file or have a graphic designer create your artwork for you. Here's how you order a trade show banner using the online designer. To get started, go to our trade show banners page.

Trade Show Banner Templates
Trade Show Banner Templates
How to Start Designing a Trade Show Banner in the Online Designer
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 trade show banner templates can be customized.
Trade Show Banner Template in Online Designer
Trade Show Banner Template in 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 Clip Art for your Banner
Click on the "Add CLIPART" button. This will open up a pop up of all of our clip art. Scroll down until you see the a category that will be relevant for your trade show banner. Click on the category to view the images. Click on an image to add it to your design.

Adding Text
Click on the "Add TEXT" button. A text box will appear in the online designer. You can either double click on the the text top open a pop up window, or you can click on the left sidebar and type in there. You can change the font and color of the text.
Adding Text in the Online Designer
Adding Text in the Online Designer
Designer Tip: If you click on the clip art or the text in the online designer a red outline will appear with 8 circle around the perimeter. You can re-size the clip art or text by selecting one of the 8 circles on the red line and moving your mouse. If you click "Ctrl" and drag the image it will keep its proportions. You can also move the image to the front or to the back by clicking on the up arrow or down arrow. The red circle will revert the clip art back to the original. The trash can will delete the image.

Selecting a Background
Click on the "Add BCKGND" button. This will open up a pop up of all of our backgrounds. Scroll down until you see a background category that interests you. We have lots of background images including sports backgrounds, holiday backgrounds, colored backgrounds and more! Click on a background and click the "Insert Background" button to add it to your design.

Uploading Images and Photographs
If you want to add any photographs or other images, click on the "Upload IMAGE" button. A pop up window will appear. Click on the "Select Files" button and upload the files from your computer. The image will appear in the online designer.


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
To get started, go to our trade show banners page.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

U Take Picture

Banners.com Customer: U Take Picture & The Seattle Santa

At Banners.com, we print a lot of banners and signs for companies all over the United States. There is nothing we love more than seeing pictures of the banners that we've printed out in the real world! Here are some pictures from Santa Dan of "The Seattle Santa" and "U Take Picture" on location.

U Take Picture Booth
Dan had us print the banners that he uses in his booth. People are able to stop by and take pictures. The banner says "If its a funny picture, it's a U TAKE PICTURE" and includes logos for all of the social media accounts.
U Take Picture Booth
U Take Picture Booth
U Take Picture - Gnome
U Take Picture - Gnome
Customer Comment
Here's what Santa Dan had to say about his Banners.com experience:
"Wow. It went really swell. The banners were awesome. Double awesome even! In fact I'll be ordering some more over the next few weeks."

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Shipping to Provinces

Banners.com Shipping Update: How to Ship to Provinces

We have updated our ordering process to make it easier for customers outside of the United States to place orders online from Banners.com. If you are shipping outside of the United States, please follow our step by step instructions below:

Step 1: Go to the Product Page
You will need to select your products size, quantity and finishing options.
Step 2: Select your Design Method
Depending on what product you are ordering, you can either design online using templates, upload a print ready file or work with one of our graphic designers. If you select a template or upload a file you will be taken into the online designer. You will need to click on the "Accept Design" button.
Step 3: Product Options
You will need to review that all of your product options are correct. You can also select whether or not you would like to receive an additional proof. If you have any additional comments, please add them to the "Additional Info" Box. When you are done, click on the "Add to Cart" button.
Step 4: Shopping Cart
In the shopping cart you can apply any discount codes and estimate your shipping. Select your country from the drop down menu and enter in your postal code. Click "calculate" and your shipping options will display.
Estimate Shipping to Provinces
Estimate Shipping to Provinces
Once you've selected your shipping option, click on the "Proceed to Checkout" button. If you are signed into your account, you will be taken to the Billing and Shipping page. If you haven't created an account, you will need to create an account or sign in using Facebook.
Step 5:  Billing and Shipping
You will need to enter in your billing and shipping information. Select your country from the drop down menu.You will need to enter in all of the required fields. They are marked with a red asterisk.
*If the site does not accept the Providence name, please try the Providence abbreviation ie. Ontario should be ON
Billing and Shipping Information
Billing and Shipping Information
You can either pay with a credit card or with a check. If you select a check, your order will not go into production until after we receive your payment. When you are done filling everything in, click on the "Review my Order" button. If you don't have something filled in correctly, a little pop up window will appear that will tell you what you are missing.
Step 6: Order Review
When everything looks correct, click on the "Approve Designs & Process Order" button.
Approve Designs and Process Order Button

Unique Halloween Decorations

Halloween Decorations for your Business, House and Yard

There are lots of ways you can use Banners.com products to decorate your house and yard for Halloween.

Halloween Window Decals and Stickers
Halloween Window Decals
Halloween Window Decorations
If you are looking for a complete window display, you can order a Halloween window perf mural. The image would have to cover the entire window and is applied to the outside of the window. You will still be able to see out the window to some degree, and the mural will be visible from the outside. If you don't want to cover your whole window, you can get shape cut decals for your windows.
Halloween Door Decals
Halloween Door Decals

Halloween Door Decorations
If you want to cover your garage door or house door, you can do a custom Halloween wrap. You can print your designs on one of our decal materials and apply it to the door.

Halloween Flags
You can design a custom Halloween flag to display in your house or yard. The flag can be reused every year. 

Halloween Cut Out Decorations
You can go the extra mile with your Halloween decorations and print out cut outs to display in your yard. Our yard sign material can be cut into custom shapes for you to put in your yard. You can make gravestones, monsters and ghosts. The decorations can either be single sided or double sided. The cut outs are lightweight and can be used year after year.

Please contact one of our graphic designers / customer service representatives if you would like to get started on an order. They will be able to help you with custom sizes and setting up your artwork. Phone: 320-965-9300 or Email: service@banners.com 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Never Forget September 11

We Will Never Forget September 11th

It's hard to believe that it's been 12 years since the tragedy happened on September 11th. Today we remember all of the brave men, women and children who lost their lives and were injured in the terrorist attacks. We also remember all of the families impacted on that day. We will never forget all of the first responders, fire fighters, police and other heroes who risked their lives to help strangers in need.

Never Forget September 11
Never Forget September 11

Monday, September 9, 2013

How to Make Custom Halloween Banners

How to Make Custom Halloween Banners in the Online Designer

Halloween is full of events including Trick-or-Treating, Costume Parties and more! If you are having an event for Halloween, a banner is a great way to raise awareness. Here are step by step instructions on how to design custom Halloween banners online. Go to our Halloween banners page to get started. Once you have selected your size, quantity and banner finishing options you can start designing your banner.

Pick a Design Method - Pick a Halloween Banner Template
There are three different ways you can order Halloween banners. You can pick a template, upload a file or work with a graphic designer. We will show you how to order a banner by selecting a template.
Halloween Banner Templates
Halloween Banner Templates
How to Start Designing a Halloween Banner in the Online Designer
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 banner templates are fully customizable.
Halloween Banner Template in the Online Designer
Halloween Banner Template in the Online Designer

Friday, September 6, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness Banners

How to Make Breast Cancer Awareness Banners in the Online Designer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you are having any events to raise awareness about Breast Cancer, you can use banners and signs. Here are step by step instructions on how to design Breast Cancer banners online. Go to our cancer awareness page to get started.

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 2: Choose the Banner Add Ons / Finishing Options
The standard finishing for vinyl banners is hems and grommets every 2-4 feet around the banner. We also have reinforced hems, reinforced corners and pole pockets.

Step 3: Pick a Design Method - Pick a Cancer Awareness Banner Template
There are three different ways you can order cancer awareness banners. You can pick a template, upload a file or work with a graphic designer. We will show you how to order a banner by selecting a template.
Breast Cancer Awareness Banner Templates
Breast Cancer Awareness Banner Templates
How to Start Designing a Breast Cancer 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 banner templates are fully customizable.
Breast Cancer Banner Template in Online Designer
Breast Cancer Banner Template in Online Designer

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Unique Halloween Costumes

Halloween is a great time to show off your creativity by putting together a unique costume. Whether you are looking for an individual costume or a group costume idea, you can use our yard sign material to create a unique Halloween costume!

Nerds Halloween Costume
One example of a creative idea is the "Nerds" couple costume. You can design your own artwork and upload it on our website, or you can work with a graphic designer. The costume below is printed on our yard sign materialhttps://www.banners.com/yard-signs.
Couple Halloween Costume: Nerds
Nerds Couple Costume
Couple Halloween Costume: Nerds Back Side
Nerds Couple Costume
 Other yard sign costume idea include:
  • Queen of Hearts with other cards
  • Candy Boxes or Wrappers
  • Box of Crayons or Colored Pencils
  • Robot

September Photo Contest

 
Enter our September Facebook photo contest for a chance to win a free 3' x 6' vinyl banner! All you have to do is take a picture of your Banners.com product and upload it on our Facebook contest page. You can then vote for your photo. The photograph with the most points at the end of the contest will win a 3' x 6' custom vinyl banner! Click here to go to the contest page.