How Do I Frame A Poster?

How Do I Frame A Poster?



(3 Ways to Decorate the Office)

How to Frame a Poster

A simple way to quickly jazz up a space is to put up posters on the walls. You probably put up posters of your favourite band or superheroes in your bedroom when you were younger. Some of us have our favourite shots from our wedding photoshoot blown up and framed in our master bedroom. Many of us spend hours at the IKEA showroom looking through the many choices for photo frames.

Posters are great to decorate the office space as well. In a new office, the walls can be bare and dull, and you can quickly spice up the space by hanging up a few posters. Even better if the posters hold your corporate message, describe your company culture and values, and inform visitors to the office of your company history, milestones and achievements.

We have clients who receive posters sent to them from the corporate headquarters (HQ) and they need to get the posters framed up and displayed on the walls. There are many choices to get this done. You can make it a DIY project with a couple of workmates, purchase the frames and do the framing yourself. Or you can engage a professional display company to frame a poster for you.

Over the years, because we received so many enquiries from customers asking for these products and for advice on how to frame a poster, so we have started providing various options for framing of posters that work very well in a corporate setting, and lend a professional look to the space.

You can choose from Snapframes, Acrylic Frames or PVC Frame Capping.


Snapframes are great when you want a fast and easy way to get your posters framed. Using a spring mechanism on all 4 sides, the sides of the frame can be open and shut anytime you like. It snaps open and snaps shut. There is a clear protective sheet to overlay on your poster. Using a snapframe is really simple, just snap open all 4 sides of the frame, remove the clear protective sheet, place your poster against the frame backing, place the clear protective sheet over your poster, and snap shut the 4 sides of the frame – and you’re DONE! It probably wouldn’t take you more than a minute to do.

Frame a Poster with Snapframe


Fixing it on the wall is also easy, since the frame is quite lightweight. You can choose to affix the frame to the wall just by using heavy-duty mounting tape. And the next time you need to change the posters, you can do it without having to take the frames off the wall. Just snap open the 4 sides of the frame and remove the existing poster, and replace it with the new poster. It’s really user-friendly and we are sure you’ll love how simply it works.

We offer standard sizes for snapframes (see: What are common poster sizes?) as well as customised sizes too, if you need them customised to the size of your posters.


Frame a Poster with SnapframeFrame a Poster with Snapframe


Snapframes are also frequently found in shopping centres and in elevators, too. They carry marketing posters showing the latest promotions happening in the malls. And because the information changes every month, mall management choose the snapframes for how easy it is to change posters regularly without having to take them off the walls when you are doing the changeover.




Another way to frame a poster is to sandwich it in an acrylic frame. Acrylic frames are clear perspex holders that can hold your posters with style. The glossy sheen of the acrylic surface gives a classic impressive look to any poster.

Frame a Poster with Acrylic Sandwich Frames


We offer standard sizes as well as customised sizes for acrylic frames.

The corners of the frames have chrome spacers that look very stylish and they hold the 2 pieces of acrylic together. Acrylic frames are a hit with customers for corporate setting because of how stylish and classy it looks in an office setting.

To change the posters, it is quite easy still. Just unscrew the spacers at the 4 corners and carefully remove the acrylic frame. Lay it flat on a table and open up the acrylic piece. Replace the poster, and you might even add a tiny piece of double-sided tape on the back of the poster (on the edges) to help keep the poster from sliding off-centre.

Frame a Poster with Acrylic Sandwich Frames






Have a tight budget and want to keep expenses down? We suggest the PVC frame capping for your poster.

Frame A Poster with PVC Frame Capping

Unlike the first 2 options, PVC Frame Capping is a more permanent way of framing your poster. You cannot remove it and change to reuse your poster again. The first step is to take your rolled poster and mount it onto 5mm foamboard backing. It will be pasted onto the foamboard (this is the permanent part that’s irreversible). Then, the foamboard mounted poster will have PVC capping down around the perimeter of the poster (just the edges).

Posters with PVC Capping Frame

PVC Frame Capping for VeoliaPVC Frame Capping for Merck


PVC Capping can be done in any size customised to your poster size. It is very lightweight and after you frame a poster, you can put it up on the wall using just velcro tape or double sided mounting tape.





If you need other choices aside from the 3 mentioned above, we also can provide wooden framing and more. Do feel free to check with us! You can enquire below or just give us a call to ask how to frame a poster and we are free to provide advice for no cost at all. Look forward to speaking with you.

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How to Stop Banner Stand From Falling Down?

How to Stop Banner Stand From Falling Down?



Having your banner stand falling down all over the place and all the time is not just an inconvenience, but can be downright embarrassing for the business. Most of us place banner stands at the entrance of our stores, office or place of business. Depending on how windy that area can be, whether it’s fully outdoor or partially outdoor, sudden gusts of wind can simply blow over the stand, and topple it forward, falling flat on the floor.

1. Place a Weight at the Base (especially for Pull Up Stand)

One way to keep the banner stand upright is to place some substantial weight on the base. If you are using a Pull Up Stand, you can place weighted objects at the legs, such as a brick or sandbags. Many customers do this, but we usually advise them from the outset to know the area where the banner stand will be placed. If you know it is an outdoor area and there is the potential of strong wind that will have your banner stand falling all the time, then you should choose more suitable stands such as the outdoor banner stand which comes with a water base to keep it weighted down.

2. Tie it Back Against the Wall

If there’s a wall near to where the banner stand is placed, you can secure the pole of the banner stand to the wall using a length of nylon string or rope. As the pole is usually behind the banner or poster that you are displaying, it will not be visible to your audience. This acts as a deterrent and will keep your banner stand falling down to the floor. However, it is not a 100% solution. Strong winds will have your banner stand flailing like a kite in a storm. Inevitable because the large surface area of the banner cannot escape the wind.

3. Buy a Display Stand with a Water Base

Both Option 1 and Option 2 still suggest that the better option is to purchase a display stand that can do the work you require it to. Knowing that you have a very windy area and that the banner stand will be placed outdoors, right from the outset, you should consider a display stand with a water base.

The outdoor banner stand comes with a water-filled base. When you are ready to display, fill up the water base and at its fullest, it will weigh 23kg. That will surely hold your banner down against the wind. When you are done and need to pack it up and carry with you, you can pour out the water, and it will only weigh 3kg when it’s empty. Very nifty solution!


On Damage And Dust

Banner stands that are placed outdoor or in very high traffic areas are prone to alot of wear and tear. Intentional or unintentional brushes with the banner, getting knocked down or being exposed to the elements. We urge customers to consider how they use the banner stands from the beginning and how to minimise exposure of the banner stand to damage and dust.

In some instances, it is entirely inevitable and we totally understand. Banners are part of the marketing arsenal for most businesses. You send them out to fight, come rain or shine, bearing your marketing message and call to action. We have seen customers bring these ‘soldiers’ back to us from the battlefield. Some have been standing outdoor for months and come back grimy and embittered. Some have been shipped all over the world, used and abused from city to city and then returned finally as a war hero. They do return to us, and we welcome them back like the veterans they are. You can send them back to us, even if they are missing a screw or got their leg chewed off.

We put them on our operating table and we try to save them. Sometimes a transplant is required. We need to cut out the old graphics and give it a fresh new look and dust it down a little.

But we’ll do it. The Bannerstand People will take care of it.

(Ask about our reprinting service!)


Banners are part of the marketing arsenal for most businesses. You send them out to fight, come rain or shine, bearing your marketing message and call to action. We have seen customers bring these ‘soldiers’ back to us from the battlefield. Some have been standing outdoor for months and come back grimy and embittered. Some have been shipped all over the world, used and abused from city to city and then returned finally as a war hero. They do return to us, and we welcome them back like the veterans they are. You can send them back to us, even if they are missing a screw or got their leg chewed off.


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how much does design work cost? how much is the design charge for my artwork? what is the design fee?

how much does design work cost? how much is the design charge for my artwork? what is the design fee?

How Much is the Design Charge to Create My Artwork?

One of the first questions potential clients want to know when they call us for design work is : How much is the design charge? Although this is not a simple nor straightforward question to answer, we will do our best here to explain some general pricing guidelines.

When a client commissions design work to be done by us, we begin with a discussion to assess the requirements of the client. What is the end product? What are the information to be relayed through the designed piece? How does it need to be presented? Do you have any existing artwork or templates that we can refer to for a comparison? What kind of budget do you have?


Just to begin with dispelling a misconception about how design charge is calculated. The design charge is not tied to the size of the physical product that will be produced. For example, a namecard is not cheaper because it is so small, compared to a backdrop. An A5 brochure is not cheaper than an A3 poster. The price is not relative to the size.

It is the content that is the biggest determinant of the price. How much content needs to be fitted into an artwork and the amount of time that our graphic design team will spend (man hours) working to complete the artwork will help us to accurately quote you for the design work.


We will usually describe a range for the project: for example “Poster design will cost between $200 – $400, depending on the complexity of work required.”

The range that we quote is derived from the hundreds of design projects that we have completed over the years, the average amount of time that is normally spent on doing a similar project or scope of work, and also with the deadline in mind. If a customer can give us a longer time to complete the project, we can veer towards the lower part of the quoted range.

If a customer is in a hurry and needs the design work to be completed faster, then we will veer towards the higher part of the quoted range. This is because we have to prioritise your order, and factor in the opportunity cost of putting other orders on the backburner while we attend to your design work with greater urgency.

Our expertise in handling (or rather, juggling) multiple design projects at the same period of time ensures we get all done in good time, with our eye on the clients’ deadline.


Alternatively, let us know your budget for design work. How much are prepared to pay? This is another option of how we can quote you for your artwork. For example, say you have a budget of $200 to design a poster.

Our designers will speak with you on what you require in the poster design, and also advise a reasonable timeline for the project. Hence, we reverse engineer the project. Starting with your proposed budget, we both agree what can be offered for that price and work out the agreeable design charge.

The key for this to work is that it is reasonable for both parties: happy designer, and happy client.

Here at, we have never believed in running a sweat shop – hiring cheap labour to churn out work non-stop. That’s just not fair to everyone. Our designers have gone through years of formal graphic design education, sacrificed years of training and honing their art, gained much experience in the arts & creative industry, and polished their skills with many design work over the years. They care deeply about your project and with great attention to detail. We always find it such a horror when designers aren’t valued for the highly passionate and committed individuals that they are. They could be your brother, sister, son or daughter – so value their work, please..



Some clients already have a corporate brand guide straight from HQ. That’s great. Do share it with us, so it helps us design with those guidelines in mind. We have much experience working with corporate clients, who are preparing print materials and marketing collaterals for tradeshows and exhibitions. With your corporate branding guide, we will be able to design closely to your other collaterals.


If you want us to design a namecard, show us how the other namecards in the past looked like. How do you want to go from here? Some clients want it to look exactly the same. Some clients want a bit of modification or refinement. Some clients want a complete overhaul of the design. So do communicate to us what you want right from the beginning, as this will help us quote you accurately. If you want a poster, show us how your other posters looked like in the past. If you want a banner, have you had banners done before this? Show them to us please. Previous work is a great indicator of the design look you might want to replicate. Or if you want a complete design makeover, let us know too. This is an important consideration for us to bear in mind before we begin the project.


Perhaps you have never gotten any design work done for your company. It’s your very first time getting artwork done for a company marketing collateral. Thank you for choosing to be your design partner. We will guide you through the process professionally, communicating every step of the way to ensure your job is done well. Like many companies and businesses who have chosen us, you will be served with attention to detail, commitment to your deadline and great support from our design team and sales team. Find out why we are such a great team to work with!


Some clients want a half & half. They do half of the work, so we charge half of the price. This can work too. You can create a draft of your vision using Powerpoint, Word, Paint, etc and show it to us. ‘This is how I want it done’.

If the normal quote for such artwork is $500, and you come half of the way, we might lower our design charge to $300. Bear in mind that we don’t simply take your artwork and send it to print. Our designer will use your DIY artwork as a point of reference, and recreate it from scratch in Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop, which a professional graphics editor software. Some graphic elements, such as logos and shapes, will need to be redrawn or retraced in vector format. This is a potentially time-consuming process. We have to do it to ensure that when we print out in large size, the output will be clear and sharp, not blurred or pixelated! That would be such a nightmare!

Also, we retype all the text for you and design again based on your DIY artwork. This is a process which can take many hours.

How Much Do You Charge for Design Work?

Vector Outline Drawing for Design Work



Oh dear. We are so sorry to hear of such an affliction. Some customers are resistant to paying for design work and get allergic reactions when they hear the term design charge. With common refrains such as “MY NEPHEW IS A DESIGN ENTHUSIAST AND CAN DO THIS FOR $20” to “I DON’T SEE WHY IT CAN’T BE FREE?” to “WHY CAN’T I JUST FIVERR IT?”

Once again, we love our graphic designers. They come from good families, with parents who love them deeply, sent them to good schools, brewed herbal soup for them, as they stayed up late at night perfecting their craft, so that they can become good designers to serve our customers.

We really don’t believe in transforming our company into a sweat shop of designers.

Our design charge is reasonable, our prices are market standard and affordable for the average business owner. In most cases, it is an investment on dressing up your company to look its best at its next marketing event. When you look good, we look good.

We have had customers who passed the work to their nephew or to an outsourced designer living halfway across the world, only to emerge from the experience badly scarred and still getting nightmares from time to time. We believe that the design process is smooth when there is great communication both ways.

Lastly, we believe in this quote:

The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.


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how to prepare poster for printing

how to prepare poster for printing

How do I prepare a poster for printing?

Do you need to prepare a poster for printing? Cool. What used to be the domain of the select few, such as advertising agencies, design specialists and graphic artists has now been liberalised such that anyone can do so and almost anyone will be able to print posters which they have designed themselves.

Over the years, the process has become easier, more affordable and within the reach of the average Joe. Anyone with a smartphone and a computer can whip up a poster on their own, and send it for printing. Even if you don’t have access to a professional graphics editor such as Photoshop, there are free alternatives such as GIMP, Paint, Canva and more. You can find them listed here.

Having said that, there are a few rules to take note of when you are preparing your artwork. In this article, we have come up with 5 things to keep in mind when you are preparing your poster for printing.




There are 2 parts to preparing a poster for printing – the Art and the Science of it.

The ART of preparing a poster: creativity and aesthetics. Here’s where you inject beauty into the frame, splash your ideas across the canvas and design to your heart’s desire. Make it beautiful. Make it pop. If you’re designing a poster to promote a product or for marketing purposes, then bring attention to the marketing message. Design with the objective in mind. Have a call-to-action.

The SCIENCE of preparing a poster: the specifications and technical aspect of ensuring your poster will print out properly. In the 5 things we cover, it will assist you in preparing the science of printing a poster.



There are 2 color modes in most graphic editors such as Photoshop that you need to know – RGB and CMYK. RGB color mode is suitable when you are designing for the web or for display on a digital screen. CMYK is suitable when you are designing for print output. This is because printing machines use CMYK color (CMYK = cyan, magenta, yellow and black). The CMYK color properties will relay to your printer how to mix ink to produce the shades in your design.

If your photos are in RGB, fret not. You can select to change the color mode in Photoshop to CMYK. Go to Image > Mode > CMYK Color. This will convert your file from RGB to CMYK color mode.

Change RGB to CMYK color mode

Change RGB to CMYK color mode



Start off right by preparing the canvas accurately. Image size (in centimetres or inches. the width and height) and Image resolution (pixels/inch) will prepare the poster correctly so that it prints out nicely and clearly. You must not expect to design a poster in A5 size and print it out in A1 size without the images appearing blurred and pixelated. That will be so disappointing.

Decide what is the correct size that you want to design for. If it is A2 size (as shown in the screenshot below), then the width will be 42cm and the height will be 59.4. For more information on other poster sizes, refer to our post on Common Poster Sizes.

Choose Image Size for Printing Poster

Choose Image Size for Printing Poster

For the resolution, you can select minimum 150 pixels/inch. This is also referred to as 150dpi. For large format printing, 150dpi is sufficient. If you are preparing artwork for offset printing (brochure, namecards, flyers), then we suggest 300dpi. A yardstick for this is: ‘the higher the better’. (However, if it’s too high, the file size will be HUGE!) Just don’t send artwork in 72dpi.. the printout might be blurred and undesirable.



After you’ve done the artwork, check on your side if the images will turn out fine. Zoom into the graphics at 66.7% on your screen and visually go over every part of the poster. Is it clear? Is it sharp? The sharpness of the details, the text and the images you see on your screen at 66.7% is a close indication of how the printout will appear.

If it’s all good, great! You are ready to send the poster in for printing!

Checking Artwork for Poster

Checking Artwork for Poster



We suggest that you save the file in both PSD and JPEG file format. (Please see footnote below as well..)

PSD file will retain your artwork in its working file mode, with all the layers for text, photos and colors separate. So if you should need to go back to your artwork at a later date and make changes, edit it, you can. Be sure to save a PSD version for your safekeeping.

JPEG file is what you will send over for printing. JPEG file will not be as big in size as the PSD file. In the JPEG file, all the layers will be flattened, so the printers will only see one flattened artwork. The printers won’t be able to edit or tweak the artwork, so this ensures that no text will go out of alignment, etc. Save the JPEG file in the highest option for Quality (’12’) and you are good! You can email that file over to your printer to have your poster printed.

Save as PSD and JPEG file

Save as PSD and JPEG file

* If you are more well-versed with Photoshop & Illustrator, we will actually love to receive your file in Photoshop EPS file or high-resolution PDF file. You can export your file to a high-resolution PDF file from most programs, especially Photoshop & Illustrator. If you are not very sure on this portion, feel free to give us a call or email us so we can clarify further.



We also emphasize on choosing the right printing partner. Find one who is easy to communicate with, offers a lot of support and cares about getting you the output and quality that you need.

We have often heard of horror stories where the printing partner simply received the file from the designer or customer and simply went ahead to print it without spotting errors in the file or asking the customer to double-check on design in the poster that seemed not in place. Sometimes it comes down to common sense, but usually we narrow it down to one thing: Caring for the Customer.

At, we check through every file sent to us, ensure all is in order, and even send a visual back to the customer. The customer checks through the visual and has to give us the final confirmation that all is in order with the artwork, before we proceed to print the poster.

Choosing the Right Partner to Print

Choosing the Right Partner to Print

There are many finishing options that you can select for your poster:

• Do you want it to be mounted on foamboard, or non-mounted?

• Do you want it matt-laminated (95% of customers do) or gloss-laminated?

• Do you want it to be framed? Or mounted with capping?

• Do you need a display stand to hold it up for you?


Prepare a poster for printing

Prepare a poster for printing

Prepare a poster for printing

Prepare a poster for printing

Prepare a poster for printing

Prepare a poster for printing


All said and done, enjoy the process!

Let us know if you need any assistance. :D


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