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Difference Between Decals and Stickers – Signage 101

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If you’re asking what’s the difference between decals and stickers, you’re probably looking to buy one. The trick is figuring out which one is right for you. Decals and stickers are very similar. Oftentimes, they are used interchangeably. Decals, stickers, and labels are all comprised of two layers: a paper backing and an adhesive layer. The adhesive layer is placed on the paper backing (usually some form of wax paper or something equivalent) and the design is printed on the front of the adhesive layer. The adhesive layer can be made of a number of materials including vinyl, paper, and aluminum.

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Standard Poster Sizes - Signage 101

Standard Poster Sizes – Signage 101

What is the standard poster size?

The standard size of a poster is 24” x 36” (24” wide and 36” tall). Before we continue, it is important to note the majority of poster sizes will display the width of the poster as the first measurement and the height of the poster as the second. Posters that are 24” x 36” are often used for product advertising, wall decoration, event promotion, news announcements and more. Although this is the standard poster size, this is not the only size in which posters can be made. Let’s dive in to discover the four most common poster sizes, standard sizes for specific poster types, and how you can get started on creating your own custom poster.

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How to Apply Decals

How to Apply Decals

When it comes to applying decals, there are a number of things to consider: type of decal, wet or dry application, surface, location, etc. Today we’ll break all these factors down and give you a one-stop shop on how to apply any decal you may have. Generally speaking, the steps to install a decal are clean the application surface, remove decal backing, apply application solution (if there is one), position decal in the desired location, press firmly and use a squeegee to get rid of air bubbles.

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How to Remove Decals

How to Remove a Decal

Decals can often be difficult to remove. When it comes to removing decals, there are a number of factors to consider. The three most important are the type of decal, the surface to which the decal is applied, and how long the decal has been applied to that surface. Each one of these factors will affect how you go about removing your decal. Some decals require extensive work to be removed, while others can be removed by simply peeling them off of the surface with your fingers. It is important to note that some decals cannot be removed without leaving permanent damage.

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Large Format Vs Small Format | Signage 101

Have you ever wondered about the differences in small and large print materials? You see it all all the time—whether it be the flyers posted on the office refrigerator or one of the many billboards you pass on an almost daily basis. What is large format, what is small format and how do these worlds differ from each other?

We’ll answer what large format and small format printing are and give you ideas and examples to help you know where to start on your print project.

Large format (wide format) printing includes any printed medium between 18” and 100” wide. Prints that are more than 100” wide are called super wide or grand format. Small format printing includes everything from standard copy paper printing to personal printing devices to large quantity printing through industrial printers but at small sizes than large format printing.

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Signage 101 — What Are Standoffs?

One of the most professional ways to hang a sign in a business setting is to use standoffs. First impressions are important to guests and customers. Having a clean, elegant finish to your sign sends an unspoken message of trust, and pride in what you do.  As a visitor to a restaurant, an office, or a public building, you might not notice exactly how a sign is hanged, but it’s the small details that make all the difference in how a sign looks and feels.

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Vinyl, Mesh, and Fabric Banner Comparison

Signage 101 – Banner Material Comparison

Banners can be used for a wide variety of purposes and can be created from a wide variety of materials. So, which banner is going to be right for your needs? Vinyl banners, fabric banners, or mesh banners? There are limitless display options for these types of banner materials, so choosing the right one may be somewhat of a daunting task. Knowing which banner to use can help you maximize the quality of your display and prevent any dissatisfaction from choosing the wrong type of banner material. We’ll take a look at the three most popular banner types, the material used to produce them, and how each offers unique display features for business and home use.
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Alternative Trade Show Display Uses

The use of trade show displays extends far beyond the typical 10’x10’ showroom booth. In fact, the category of trade show display can be misleading; these displays are functional for a variety of purposes, no matter the size of your business or what industry you’re in. Indoor or outdoor use (and everything in between), these displays can be used as photography backdrops, retail displays, point of purchase signage, wedding decor and backdrops and much, much more. Check out some of the alternative uses of these displays in our list below!

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Signage 101 – How to Hang Your Banner

Whether large or small, banners are designed to be displayed using a variety of techniques and accessories. But don’t worry, hanging a banner doesn’t require any heavy duty tools or complicated accessories.

From walls to ceilings, fences and poles, banners are incredibly versatile for hanging in almost any situation. In this article, we’ll take a look at the most common display methods: hanging accessories, applicable surfaces, and other tips to maximize the prominence and lifespan of your banner.

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