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What type of print do i need

Genny, on March 1, 2021 at 3:44 PM Posted in Do It Yourself 0 11
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I purchased signage on Etsy. I would like to make one sign 16x20 with no frame. I assume a poster is too thin to stand alone on an easel. What do I need to purchase instead of poster? Thanks!

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Latest activity by Kari, on March 2, 2021 at 10:52 AM
  • Michelle
    Rockstar December 2022
    Michelle ·
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    Take the file to a local Staples/OfficeMax to have it printed on thick posterboard

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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
    Kari ·
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    Do you have a poster or do you have a digital file you want to print?

    You can get a poster dry mounted onto foam core at Michaels or likely any frame shop. It will be enough to stand on its own but will be lightweight and might blow in the wind if not secured to an easel. You could also just purchase an inexpensive poster frame, which would be a bit heavier and also provide some weather protection from light rain.

    For something sturdier I would try mounting to masonite or styrene, but I'm not sure Michaels can do that. However if you are getting the image printed yourself you can look into printers that offer that option.

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    Champion July 2019
    Veronica ·
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    I would get a thick poster/foam board. We had three large signs printed for our wedding. I got them from VistaPrint.

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  • G
    Beginner July 2021
    Genny ·
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    Thank you, Veronica! Do you think VistaPrint had reasonable pricing?
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    Champion July 2019
    Veronica ·
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    We checked with VistaPrint, Office Depot and Staple's and VistaPrint had the best pricing. I had also previously purchased items from VistaPrint so I knew they were going to be good quality.

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    Beginner July 2021
    Genny ·
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    Thank you for the help, Kari! I have a couple digital files that I would like to print. I am trying to be super cost effective if possible. I am glad you mentioned it blowing away because the ceremony is outside. One sign I would like is about sitting wherever.
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    Beginner July 2021
    Genny ·
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    Awesome, I will look into them. Maybe I can find an online promo?
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  • V
    Champion July 2019
    Veronica ·
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    They tend to have a lot of sales.

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    Beginner October 2022
    Nicole ·
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    Highly recommend this option. If you end up printing a poster and gluing it to a foam board, use spray adhesive instead of liquid glue to avoid wrinkles. Vistaprint had great prices and reliable printing. I've ordered plenty from them.
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    Beginner July 2021
    Genny ·
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    Thank you for the advice, Nicole!
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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
    Kari ·
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    If you have digital files, I would print directly onto a sturdier surface or have the printing company you choose do the mounting for you (that way if it gets messed up, its on them and they will replace it vs you paying to print it, having the mounting process go awry, and then having to pay to redo everything).

    Many photo and stationary printing sites have a variety of options. If you already have a company selected for your wedding invitations and other printed materials I would see what they offer.

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