What type of substrate should you use for your next Custom Banner, Step & Repeat Backdrop or other Event Banner? This is a question that we are asked time and time again.
The answer really depends on Use, Budget and Ease of Transport:
Use: For high-end uses, we recommend Digitally Produced Fabric using Dye-Sublimation. Dye-Sublimated Banners and Step & Repeat Backdrops produce beautiful, vibrant, products that have a matte finish and are ideal for photographs for any Red Carpet Event.
Budget: When budget is tight, we recommend Ink-Jet on Vinyl. While Vinyl does have the potential for glare when used for Step & Repeat and other Custom Banners, it is an extremely cost-effective way to produce your event banner.
Ease of Transport: The hands down winner in this category is Digitally Produced Fabric using Dye-Sublimation. Because the ink is actually embedded in the fabric (usually polyester poplin), the fabric has an extremely soft "hand" and can be folded without risk of damaging the artwork. When preparing the banners for use, just lightly iron if any wrinkling is apparent.
In contrast, Vinyl banners will need to be rolled to avoid damage. Once a vinyl banner has a crease or wrinkle in it, it is extremely difficult to remove (except through extreme tensioning).