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Fabric photo banners for my show booth


#1

Does anyone have a source for where I can have large format photos
printed on fabric for my show booth? The last ones I had done where
vinyl from kinko’s. I really want to go to fabric for ease and
better hanging. I would love the photos to have a pocket for a dowel.
I need to get 3 photos printed for a show on Oct 9 so I need to get
moving. I have the digital files from my jury slides.

Estelle Vernon
http://www.estellevernon.com


#2

Hi Estelle,

Does anyone have a source for where I can have large format photos
printed on fabric for my show booth? 

You might check your area for a shop that prints lettering etc on T
shirts. Depending on their equipment they may be able to do your
printing. If they can’t they may know of a shop that can do the work.

Dave


#3

if you find out I would really appreciate if you could tell me, I
have tried checking for silk screen printing set up to do this but
my location limits a lot of my resources


#4

Hi Estelle:

In one of my other lives, once upon a time, I ran a large format ink-
jet department. Those are the sorts of printers that would do 'photo’
banners. Make sure they’re using solvent ink. Pigment just sits on
top of the fibers, it doesn’t bond in. The printers I ran were
Rolands, and the solvent variety were known as “Sol-Jets”. There were
specialist inkjets specifically designed for fabric printing. I never
used them, but my impression was that they were Sol-Jets with a few
extra doo-dads to make handling fabric easier. These are $US 20,000-
$35,000 printers, so the local Kinkos won’t have them, but a banner
shop might. They’re not that uncommon. Now that I look at your site,
and see you’re in the DC area, I guarantee somebody near you has one.
I might try calling the PR office at the Smithsonian or Renwick, and
see who they get to do their banners.

Be aware that your range of colors will be pretty drastically
compressed. (The dynamic range on fabric stinks) You’ll get your
photo, but it may not look as sharp and punchy as you’d like. Talk to
the graphics guys wherever you end up. They know how to get the best
results out of their machine.

Regards,
Brian Meek.


#5
Does anyone have a source for where I can have large format photos
printed on fabric for my show booth? 

Great work, instant pricing, and quick turnaround. They also do
vinyl, and vinyl mesh. I have never ordered these products, but
others from them and I am a happy customer.

P@
www.patpruitt.com


#6

You might try Signs by Tomorrow. they have stores all over. Just a
happy customer.


#7

Hi Estelle,

I have Kinko’s make banners. Call them for current prices, size
limitations, requirements, and hints.

Judy in Kansas, who is back home after an interesting week in CT.
The garden was over-flowing and I spent yesterday canning. My back
was sore and my feet, likewise.


#8
if you find out I would really appreciate if you could tell me, I
have tried checking for silk screen printing set up to do this but
my location limits a lot of my resources 

Well, I don’t know who does it on fabric, but FedexOffice (was Fedex
Kinkos) and staples will make you a banner on that roll-up-able
plastic-y stuff.

And I think Costco Photo will do pictures on canvas.

Elaine
http://www.CreativeTextureTools.com


#9

Hi Estelle. I used lagraphico.com and they did a good job. If
they’re going to be exposed to wind, you might consider the
perforated vinyl material I used, so they don’t turn into sails.

Allan


#10

You can also design your own banners. I’ve used a site called
123print, and was very happy, and Cheap too!! They make business
cards, post cards banners and you design everything yourself. Easy!

Steve


#11

I got FABULOUS banners from Fastsigns. I sent the TIFFs of the
photographs and they were printed on stunning Egyptian canvas. They
are heavy-duty, with gromets on the corners.

Carolyn Tillie


#12

Just within the last six-eight weeks I have seen at least two
photographers who offer photo printing on canvas. Unfortunately, I
don’t have any contact info for either. However, these two were just
commercial photographers who had booths at craft shows I attended
(northeast Ohio).

However, my point would be that they clearly have the equipment, and
the same equipment that prints photos will easily print an image from
another source. If you (or someone) can draw it and move it to
something like Photoshop, I’m sure you can get it printed. I would
contact some local photographers, or camera stores, and see what you
can come up with.

David Stitt


#13

I recently had a local photo place print some of my images on
canvas. It was a learning experience. Although the image was amazing,
the durability of the canvas is questionable. I had them reprint
after first show because I found out the ink was water soluble (I
specifically asked, but was misinformed by a staff member that they
would be water resistant). They had streaks because I had
condensation in my booth and it dripped a few droplets on the images.
After spray fixing, they seem to be ok with water. Time will be the
test. It is also easy to scratch the image, so you have to be careful
in handling it. I also had other printing problems because of staff
miscommunication, so do not feel like recommending this company. I
talked to a photographer that sold similar stretched photos on canvas
at the same show where mine were damaged. He worked with a company
that pre-fixed the image, so water was not a problem for him. He gave
me their name, but I have not been able to find them in any
directories. It is Capitol Colours (he said the colors was spelled
British) and they are in the Twin Cities area. If anyone here is
familiar with them, please send me their contact info :slight_smile:

Thanks, Melissa


#14
Just within the last six-eight weeks I have seen at least two
photographers who offer photo printing on canvas. 

How about on tyvek? I have a banner that I got from Art Jewelry
Magazine that is a copy of the magazine cover with my bracelet on
it-- they used it last year in a booth at the Bead & Button Show (I
thought I would use it in my booth, but it is just too big). It is
printed on tyvek, and is very lightweight, tough and flexible. This
seems like a great material for art fair booth images. I admit I
haven’t phoned around yet, but I wonder if anyone has come across
this or used it?

Noel


#15

Check out Gangi Studios 888-414-2644 x 209, Bob Effler,
www.gangistudios.com

John