Paper Banners

As a full-service printing shop, Streamline Print & Design prints paper banners ranging from one to four feet wide, and of any length.

A Paper Banner for Indoor Use
A Paper Banner for Indoor Use
Grommet in the Corner of a Banner
Grommet in the Corner of a Banner

What is a Banner?

A banner is different from a sign in that a sign requires backing, while a banner is printed on strong flexible material, and is meant to be hung from a few points.  Hanging points may be reinforced with grommets.


Grommets are metal rings inserted in the corners or edges of banners, flags or tarps, to allow hanging.

A Font Illustration
A Font Illustration

Banners Contain Text

A working distinction between banners and signs on one hand, and posters and murals on the other, is that banners and signs always contain text.  In the bad old days of mechanical typewriters, there were only a handful of text fonts available.  Nowadays there are thousands of fonts, and every one of them produces a different mood, feel and impact.  Some are as smooth as silk.  Others are rough and jagged.  Some are quirky, and others formal or ornate.  Part of a graphic artist’s stock in trade is knowing which font will produce a desired effect.

Our printers faithfully reproduce every available font.  They do so in a huge size range, from letters so small that it takes a magnifying glass to read them, to letters so large that they can be read a mile away.

Almost Any Color You Could Want

Color printers these days are generally CMYK, designed around four colors of ink or toner:

  • C – Cyan (blue)
  • M – Magenta (red)
  • Y – Yellow
  • K – Black

When these four inks or toners are combined on white paper, they can reproduce up to 16 million distinct colors.

Whites and Metallics

While 16 million colors seems like a lot, they do not include metallic gold, silver, or copper, or tints of these metals.  We generally use metal foils to obtain metallic effects on envelopes or business cards.

When white paper is the printing substrate, it supplies the white needed for light colors.  Certain substrates, however, such as clear plastic, and dark paper, dark fabric or vinyl do not supply white.  To print light colors on dark fabrics, our Direct to Garment Printer uses an unusual white ink.

For satisfying paper signs and banners call Streamline Print & Design at 816-479-7552 in Gladstone, MO.

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