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Sign Printing FAQ

Have a question about printing custom signs? Check out these sign printing FAQ and learn about sign substates, die cutting, maximum dimensions, installation and more. Expand the sections below for each of our sign products.

[accordionHead]A-Frame Sidewalk Signs[/accordionHead][accordionBody]

What’s the stand made of?

Stands for A-Frame Sidewalk Signs are made of durable Signicade® plastic. We offer white and black A-frame stands.

What are the printed sign dimensions?

Each stand holds two printed signs measuring 24-1/4”W x 36”H.

What’s the difference between styrene and corrugated plastic? How do I choose the print substrate?

Styrene is an economical plastic material. Also known as polystyrene, it’s an excellent choice for short-term, temporary indoor and outdoor custom signs. It offers a smoother look than Corrugated plastic, however is not as durable outdoors.

Corrugated plastic is a fluted polypropylene material. Also known as Coroplast, it’s durable, lightweight, waterproof and known for outdoor yard and lawn signs as it holds up the elements very well. Learn more: Large Format Substrates

Do you have a dry erase sign option?

Yes. You can request a dry erase sign via Custom Quote, one of our premium online printing services.

What format and resolution should my artwork be in?

Your artwork should have a minimum resolution of 150 PPI. As a customer-focused online printer, Smartpress accepts artwork files in the following formats: PDF, JPEG and PNG, as well as packaged InDesign and Illustrator files. Learn more: PPI, DPI & Image Resolution, Packaging InDesign Files

How is my design applied to the printed signs?

Our online printing process ensures your design is printed directly on top of the material with UV ink. Learn more: Ink Technology: Large Format

What are my installation options?

The frame simply unfolds for placement wherever you’d like. It can also be filled with sand or water for outdoor stability.

How long will my sign last?

The lifespan of your sign depends on the usage, environment and proper care. The stand includes a one-year warranty.

Why can the shipping cost increase with signs?

Shipping charges can increase due to dimensional weight. Any rigid material with a high order quantity requires additional care when packaged to prevent damages from occurring when shipped.

If your order meets or exceeds these limits, the large dimensions require us to ship via freight or custom crate packaging. Learn more: Dimensional Weight Shipping

[/accordionBody] [accordionHead]Aluminum Signs[/accordionHead][accordionBody]

What is aluminum composite?

Aluminum composite is a lightweight, rigid substrate with a white face and back. It has a black plastic core with a UV-blocker to increase UV-resistance and offers perfect flatness even in thin sheets. Durable and weather-resistant, it’s 100% recyclable and highly recommended for indoor, outdoor, long-term or permanent use. Learn more: Large Format Substrates

What are my thickness options?

Aluminum Signs are available in one thickness: .125”.

What are the max dimensions?

The maximum dimensions for custom signs can vary, depending on material availability and the production process. When you enter your desired dimensions in the Finished Size fields on the product page, a notification will alert you if they are outside our parameters. In that case, you can request a Custom Quote.

What format and resolution should my artwork be in?

Your artwork should have a minimum resolution of 150 PPI. We accept artwork files in the following formats: PDF, JPEG and PNG, as well as packaged InDesign and Illustrator files. Learn more: PPI, DPI & Image Resolution, Packaging InDesign Files

How is my design applied to the aluminum?

Our online printing process ensures your design is printed directly on top of the aluminum with UV ink. Learn more: Ink Technology: Large Format

Can I print double-sided?

Yes. Simply select one-sided or two-sided in the Sides dropdown on the product page.

Can my sign be any shape?

Yes. Our online printing services include simple and complex digital die cutting. You can customize your sign into any shape, from circles, ovals and stars to unique brand logos.

What are my installation options?

As a customer-focused online printer, Smartpress offers a variety of drill hole sizes, as well as hook and loop, magnet tape and foam tape options for easy installation.

We recommend hook and loop if you want the ability to move or replace the sign frequently, magnet tape for applying to any magnetic surface and foam tape for a more permanent (or longer lasting) hanging solution.

To reduce sharp corners, feel free to provide a dieline with rounded corners at no additional cost.

How long will my sign last?

Aluminum is our longest-lasting material for outdoor use, but the lifespan of your sign depends on the usage, environment and proper care. To clean: Wipe with a wet non-abrasive cloth. Avoid using any harsh chemicals or cleaning detergents.

Why can the shipping cost increase with signs?

Shipping charges can increase due to dimensional weight. Any rigid material over 36″ or a high order quantity requires additional care when packaged to prevent damages from occurring when shipped.

If your order meets or exceeds these limits, the large dimensions require us to ship via freight or custom crate packaging. Learn more: Dimensional Weight Shipping

[/accordionBody] [accordionHead]Backlit Signs[/accordionHead][accordionBody]

What’s backlit film? How do backlit signs work?

Backlit film is an opaque polyester UV material that has natural light diffusion properties, resulting in high-impact prints with superior, vibrant color when used with a lightbox. Water-resistant, it withstands heat from prolonged backlit exposure and is designed for most lightbox applications.

What are the max dimensions?

The maximum dimensions for custom signs can vary, depending on material availability and the production process. When you enter your desired dimensions in the Finished Size fields on the product page, a notification will alert you if they are outside our parameters.

In that case, you can request your dimensions via Custom Quote, one of our premium online printing services.

We recommend knowing which lightbox you’ll be using before placing the order for your sign. Having the lightbox first will let you know dimension and installation requirements.

Is a lightbox included? How do I order one?

No, a lightbox is not included with Backlit Signs. We can help you order one from a lightbox display manufacturer via Custom Quote.

What format and resolution should my artwork be in?

Your artwork should have a minimum resolution of 150 PPI. As a customer-focused online printer, Smartpress accepts artwork files in the following formats: PDF, JPEG and PNG, as well as packaged InDesign and Illustrator files. Learn more: PPI, DPI & Image Resolution, Packaging InDesign Files

How is my design applied to the backlit film?

Our online printing process ensures your design is printed directly on top of the film with UV ink. Learn more: Ink Technology: Large Format

What are my installation options?

Your backlit sign must be used with a lightbox.

How long will my sign last?

The lifespan of your sign depends on the usage, environment and proper care.

Why can the shipping cost increase with signs?

Shipping charges can increase due to dimensional weight. Any rigid material over 36″ or with a high order quantity requires additional care when packaged to prevent damages from occurring when shipped.

If your order meets or exceeds these limits, the large dimensions require us to ship via freight or custom crate packaging. Learn more: Dimensional Weight Shipping

[/accordionBody] [accordionHead]Cardstock Signs[/accordionHead][accordionBody]

What is cardstock?

Cardstock is a paper-faced, two-sided coated, recyclable material that can be cut into any shape. It’s the standard substrate for printing indoor signage, stanchion signs, various signs that fit into holders, window signs with suction cups and more. Learn more: Large Format Substrates

What does 12 pt., 24 pt. and 48 pt. mean?

These options are called point weights and refer to the thickness of the cardstock – the larger the point weight, the heavier the stock. For Cardstock Signs, we recommend:

  • 12 pt. – For marketing and presentation materials since it offers great rigidity.
  • 24 pt. and 48 pt. – For posters, easel displays and hanging signage since they exhibit noticeable heft and stiffness.

Learn more: Text Weight vs. Cover Weight

What are the max dimensions?

The maximum dimensions for custom signs can vary, depending on material availability and the production process. When you enter your desired dimensions in the Finished Size fields on the product page, a notification will alert you if they are outside our parameters. In that case, you can request a Custom Quote.

What format and resolution should my artwork be in?

Your artwork should have a minimum resolution of 150 PPI. We accept artwork files in the following formats: PDF, JPEG and PNG, as well as packaged InDesign and Illustrator files. Learn more: PPI, DPI & Image Resolution, Packaging InDesign Files

How is my design applied to the cardstock?

Our online printing process ensures your design is printed directly on top of the cardstock with UV ink. Learn more: Ink Technology: Large Format

Can I print double-sided?

Yes. Simply select one-sided or two-sided in the Sides dropdown on the product page.

Can my sign be any shape?

Yes. Our online printing services include simple and complex digital die cutting. You can customize your sign into any shape, from circles, ovals and stars to unique brand logos.

What are my installation options?

As a customer-focused online printer, Smartpress offers a variety of easel sizes, as well as hook and loop, magnet tape and foam tape options for easy installation.

We recommend hook and loop if you want the ability to move or replace the sign frequently, magnet tape for applying to any magnetic surface and foam tape for a more permanent (or longer lasting) hanging solution.

How long will my sign last?

The lifespan of your sign depends on the usage, environment and proper care.

To clean: Wipe with a dry cloth. Please note cardstock is paper-faced, which can cause some dirt and dust marks to become permanent. Keep your sign away from the elements and liquids. Cardstock can be stored flat or rolled. If rolled, roll very loosely to prevent bending and dents.

Why can the shipping cost increase with signs?

Shipping charges can increase due to dimensional weight. Any rigid material over 36″ or a high order quantity requires additional care when packaged to prevent damages from occurring when shipped.

If your order meets or exceeds these limits, the large dimensions require us to ship via freight or custom crate packaging. Learn more: Dimensional Weight Shipping

[/accordionBody] [accordionHead]Clear Acrylic Signs[/accordionHead][accordionBody]

What is acrylic?

Our digital acrylic material is clear with a glass-like aesthetic. It offers optimal clarity, is rigid and more scratch-resistant than PETG. Weather-resistant, it can be laser cut into any size and shape and is great for both indoor and outdoor signage. Learn more: Acrylic vs. PETG

What are my thickness options?

Clear Acrylic Signs are available in one thickness: .118”.

What are the max dimensions?

The maximum dimensions for custom signs can vary, depending on material availability and the production process. When you enter your desired dimensions in the Finished Size fields on the product page, a notification will alert you if they are outside our parameters. In that case, you can request a Custom Quote.

What format and resolution should my artwork be in?

Your artwork should have a minimum resolution of 150 PPI. We accept artwork files in the following formats: PDF, JPEG and PNG, as well as packaged InDesign and Illustrator files. Learn more: PPI, DPI & Image Resolution, Packaging InDesign Files

How is my design applied to the acrylic?

Our online printing process ensures your design is printed directly on top of the acrylic with UV ink. Learn more: Ink Technology: Large Format

What does it mean to print second surface?

Clear Acrylic Signs are printed on one side with a second printed surface where artwork can show from behind.

What does CMYK + W and White Only ink mean? Flood vs. spot?

CMYK colors are a mixture of cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks that can be used to print a wide range of hues. White ink can be used as the solitary color in your design or as a fifth color in the CMYK process.

A flood of ink refers to a single color that covers your sign from edge to edge. Spot white printing means a white layer of ink will be printed in designated areas of your design (and is typically a base layer for printing CMYK on a clear material like acrylic).

We recommend:

  • CMYK + W – With flood if the design covers the entire size of the print from edge to edge
  • CMYK + W – With spot if the design will only partially cover the print
  • White Only – With spot if you do not want any color (or black) within your design

Learn more: Color, White Ink Printing

Can my sign be any shape?

Yes. Our online printing services include simple and complex digital die cutting. You can customize your sign into any shape, from circles, ovals and stars to unique brand logos.

What are my installation options?

As a customer-focused online printer, Smartpress offers a variety of drill hole sizes, as well as aluminum standoffs for easy installation. We recommend aluminum standoffs to add support and visual impact to your sign.

How long will my sign last? Will it yellow in the sun?

The lifespan of your sign depends on the usage, environment and proper care. Acrylic will not yellow in the sun over time, as it has natural UV inhibitors.

To clean: Wipe with a damp non-abrasive cloth. Avoid contact with sharp objects, as acrylic could scratch. When storing, cover it with soft fabric or packaging wrap to prevent scratches. Do not stack acrylic during storage.

Why can the shipping cost increase with signs?

Shipping charges can increase due to dimensional weight. Any rigid material over 36″ or with a high order quantity requires additional care when packaged to prevent damages from occurring when shipped.

If your order meets or exceeds these limits, the large dimensions require us to ship via freight or custom crate packaging. Learn more: Dimensional Weight Shipping

[/accordionBody] [accordionHead]Clear Signs[/accordionHead][accordionBody]

What is PETG?

PETG stands for polyethylene terephthalate glycol. It’s a clear thermoplastic material that’s five times stronger than acrylic. Lightweight and weather-resistant, PETG can also be laser cut into any size and shape. It can be installed on a wall or from the ceiling and is great for both indoor and outdoor signage. Learn more: Acrylic vs. PETG

What are my thickness options?

Thickness options for Clear Signs include .020”, .030” and .040”. All three are great for hanging signage from windows and ceilings, paneling along displays or an overlay of another graphic. .020” and .030” easily conform for packaging, displays and PPE face shields.

We recommend:

  • .020” – For clear cards, branding signage, seating charts and graphics inserted into wall-mounted brackets.
  • .030” – For branding signage with drill holes for hanging from the ceiling or on a wall.
  • .040” – For inspirational signage, overlay graphics for mechanical panels and control boxes.

What are the max dimensions?

The maximum dimensions for custom signs can vary, depending on material availability and the production process. When you enter your desired dimensions in the Finished Size fields on the product page, a notification will alert you if they are outside our parameters. In that case, you can request a Custom Quote.

What format and resolution should my artwork be in?

Your artwork should have a minimum resolution of 150 PPI. We accept artwork files in the following formats: PDF, JPEG and PNG, as well as packaged InDesign and Illustrator files. Learn more: PPI, DPI & Image Resolution, Packaging InDesign Files

How is my design applied to the PETG?

Our online printing process ensures your design is printed directly on top of the PETG with UV ink. Learn more: Ink Technology: Large Format

What does it mean to print second surface?

Clear Signs are printed on one side with a second printed surface where artwork can show from behind.

What does CMYK + W and White Only ink mean? Flood vs. spot?

CMYK colors are a mixture of cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks that can be used to print a wide range of hues. White ink can be used as the solitary color in your design or as a fifth color in the CMYK process.

A flood of ink refers to a single color that covers your sign from edge to edge. Spot white printing means a white layer of ink will be printed in designated areas of your design (and is typically a base layer for printing CMYK on a clear material like PETG).

We recommend:

  • CMYK + W – With flood if the design covers the entire size of the print from edge to edge.
  • CMYK + W – With spot if the design will only partially cover the print.
  • White Only – With spot if you do not want any color (or black) within your design.

Learn more: Color, White Ink Printing

Can my sign be any shape?

Yes. Our online printing services include simple and complex digital die cutting. You can customize your sign into any shape, from circles, ovals and stars to unique brand logos.

What are my installation options?

As a customer-focused online printer, Smartpress offers a variety of drill hole sizes for easy installation.

How long will my sign last? Will it yellow in the sun?

The lifespan of your sign depends on the usage, environment and proper care. PETG will yellow in the sun over time, as it does not have UV inhibitors.

To clean: Wipe with a damp non-abrasive cloth. When storing, cover it with soft fabric or packaging wrap to prevent scratches.

Why can the shipping cost increase with signs?

Shipping charges can increase due to dimensional weight. Any rigid material over 36″ or with a high order quantity requires additional care when packaged to prevent damages from occurring when shipped.

If your order meets or exceeds these limits, the large dimensions require us to ship via freight or custom crate packaging. Learn more: Dimensional Weight Shipping

[/accordionBody] [accordionHead]Corrugated Cardboard Signs[/accordionHead][accordionBody]

What is corrugated cardboard?

Also known as falconboard, corrugated cardboard has three layers: a white cardstock front, a white cardstock back and a Kraft honeycomb core in the middle. A biodegradable alternative to foam board, it’s rigid, durable and extremely lightweight. Learn more: Large Format Substrates

What are my thickness options?

Corrugated Cardboard Signs are available in one thickness: .5″.

What are the max dimensions?

The maximum dimensions for custom signs can vary, depending on material availability and the production process. When you enter your desired dimensions in the Finished Size fields on the product page, a notification will alert you if they are outside our parameters. In that case, you can request a Custom Quote.

What format and resolution should my artwork be in?

Your artwork should have a minimum resolution of 150 PPI. We accept artwork files in the following formats: PDF, JPEG and PNG, as well as packaged InDesign and Illustrator files. Learn more: PPI, DPI & Image Resolution, Packaging InDesign Files

How is my design applied to the cardboard?

Our online printing process ensures your design is printed directly on top of the cardboard with UV ink. Learn more: Ink Technology: Large Format

Can I print double-sided?

Yes. Simply select one-sided or two-sided in the Sides dropdown on the product page.

Can my sign be any shape?

Yes. Our online printing services include simple and complex digital die cutting. You can customize your sign into any shape, from circles, ovals and stars to unique brand logos.

What are my installation options?

These signs are easy to display with lots of versatility, due to their rigidity – you can stand, prop up, hang or mount them. As a customer-focused online printer, Smartpress offers a variety of drill hole sizes, as well as hook and loop, magnet tape and foam tape options for easy installation.

We recommend hook and loop if you want the ability to move or replace the sign frequently, magnet tape for applying to any magnetic surface and foam tape for a more permanent (or longer lasting) hanging solution.

How long will my sign last?

The lifespan of your sign depends on the usage, environment and proper care. To clean: Wipe with a dry cloth. Please note falconboard is paper-faced, which can cause some dirt and dust to become permanent. Keep your sign away from the elements and liquids.

Why can the shipping cost increase with signs?

Shipping charges can increase due to dimensional weight. Any rigid material over 36″ or with a high order quantity requires additional care when packaged to prevent damages from occurring when shipped.

If your order meets or exceeds these limits, the large dimensions require us to ship via freight or custom crate packaging. Learn more: Dimensional Weight Shipping

[/accordionBody] [accordionHead]Corrugated Plastic Signs[/accordionHead][accordionBody]

What is corrugated plastic?

Corrugated plastic is a fluted polypropylene material. Also known as Coroplast, it’s opaque white and creates a high-quality twin-wall profile that guards against creasing. Durable, lightweight and waterproof, it’s ideal for outdoor yard and lawn signs. Learn more: Large Format Substrates

What are my thickness options?

Corrugated Plastic Signs are available in one thickness: 4mm.

What are the max dimensions?

The maximum dimensions for custom signs can vary, depending on material availability and the production process. When you enter your desired dimensions in the Finished Size fields on the product page, a notification will alert you if they are outside our parameters. In that case, you can request a Custom Quote.

What format and resolution should my artwork be in?

Your artwork should have a minimum resolution of 150 PPI. We accept artwork files in the following formats: PDF, JPEG and PNG, as well as packaged InDesign and Illustrator files. Learn more: PPI, DPI & Image Resolution, Packaging InDesign Files

How is my design applied to the plastic?

Our online printing process ensures your design is printed directly on top of the plastic with UV ink. Learn more: Ink Technology: Large Format

Can I print double-sided?

Yes. Simply select one-sided or two-sided in the Sides dropdown on the product page.

Can my sign be any shape?

Yes. Our online printing services include simple and complex digital die cutting. You can customize your sign into any shape, from circles, ovals and stars to unique brand logos.

What are my installation options?

As a customer-focused online printer, Smartpress offers a variety of drill hole sizes, as well as hook and loop, magnet tape and foam tape options for easy installation.

We recommend hook and loop if you want the ability to move or replace the sign frequently, magnet tape for applying to any magnetic surface and foam tape for a more permanent (or longer lasting) hanging solution.

How long will my sign last?

The lifespan of your sign depends on the usage, environment and proper care. To clean: Wipe with a damp non-abrasive cloth. Store in a dry area at room temperature.

Why can the shipping cost increase with signs?

Shipping charges can increase due to dimensional weight. Any rigid material over 36″ or with a high order quantity requires additional care when packaged to prevent damages from occurring when shipped.

If your order meets or exceeds these limits, the large dimensions require us to ship via freight or custom crate packaging. Learn more: Dimensional Weight Shipping

[/accordionBody] [accordionHead]Foam Board Signs[/accordionHead][accordionBody]

What is foam board?

Foam board features a smooth coated cardstock surface and a foam center. Also known as foamcore, its foam center provides a compressed edge that stays closed when die cut or scored. Learn more: Large Format Substrates

What are my thickness options?

Foam Board Signs are available in one thickness: 3/16”.

What are the max dimensions?

The maximum dimensions for custom signs can vary, depending on material availability and the production process. When you enter your desired dimensions in the Finished Size fields on the product page, a notification will alert you if they are outside our parameters. In that case, you can request a Custom Quote.

What format and resolution should my artwork be in?

Your artwork should have a minimum resolution of 150 PPI. We accept artwork files in the following formats: PDF, JPEG and PNG, as well as packaged InDesign and Illustrator files. Learn more: PPI, DPI & Image Resolution, Packaging InDesign Files

How is my design applied to the foam board?

Our online printing process ensures your design is printed directly on top of the foam board with UV ink. Learn more: Ink Technology: Large Format

Can I print double-sided?

Yes. Simply select one-sided or two-sided in the Sides dropdown on the product page.

Can my sign be any shape?

Yes. Our online printing services include simple and complex digital die cutting. You can customize your sign into any shape, from circles, ovals and stars to unique brand logos.

What are my installation options?

As a customer-focused online printer, Smartpress offers a variety of drill hole sizes, as well as hook and loop, magnet tape and foam tape options for easy installation.

We recommend hook and loop if you want the ability to move or replace the sign frequently, magnet tape for applying to any magnetic surface and foam tape for a more permanent (or longer lasting) hanging solution.

How long will my sign last?

The lifespan of your sign depends on the usage, environment and proper care. To clean: Wipe with a dry cloth. Handle with care, as foam board can be very fragile and easily dent or crack.

Why can the shipping cost increase with signs?

Shipping charges can increase due to dimensional weight. Any rigid material over 36″ or with a high order quantity requires additional care when packaged to prevent damages from occurring when shipped.

If your order meets or exceeds these limits, the large dimensions require us to ship via freight or custom crate packaging. Learn more: Dimensional Weight Shipping

[/accordionBody] [accordionHead]Free-Standing Signs with Holders[/accordionHead][accordionBody]

What’s the holder made of?

The black matte M-shaped holder is made of steel with black powder-coated finish.

How do I choose which print substrate to use?

Free-Standing Signs with Holders offer a variety of substrates from which to choose. You can learn about Aluminum Composite, Corrugated Plastic, Expanded PVC Board, Gatorplast, Styrene and Ultraboard and find out which one best suits your needs here: Large Format Substrates

What are the max dimensions for my sign?

The holder is compatible with rigid substrates with a thickness of up to 1”. We recommend custom signs be up to 30”W x 58”H. Please note that the bottom 3” of your sign will be hidden when installed into the holder.

What format and resolution should my artwork be in?

Your artwork should have a minimum resolution of 150 PPI. As a customer-focused online printer, Smartpress accepts artwork files in the following formats: PDF, JPEG and PNG, as well as packaged InDesign and Illustrator files. Learn more: PPI, DPI & Image Resolution, Packaging InDesign Files

How is my design applied to the sign?

Our online printing process ensures your design is printed directly on top of the material with UV ink. Learn more: Ink Technology: Large Format

What does Standard CMYK and CMYK + W mean? Flood vs. spot?

CMYK colors are a mixture of cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks that can be used to print a wide range of hues. CMYK + W means white ink is used as a fifth color in the CMYK process.

A flood of ink refers to a single color that covers your sign from edge to edge. Spot white printing means a white layer of ink will be printed in designated areas of your design (and is typically a base layer for printing CMYK on a clear material).

We recommend:

  • CMYK + W – With flood if the design covers the entire size of the print from edge to edge.
  • CMYK + W – With spot if the design will only partially cover the print.
  • White Only – With spot if you do not want any color (or black) within your design.

Learn more: Color, White Ink Printing

Can my sign be any shape?

Yes. Our online printing services include simple and complex digital die cutting. You can customize your sign into any shape, from circles, ovals and stars to unique brand logos. Just be sure to keep the bottom of your sign straight to ensure it fits into the holder.

What are my installation options?

To assemble, just slide your sign into the holder and tighten the screw and bolt on each side (no tools required). Please note that the bottom 3” of your sign will be hidden when installed into the holder.

How long will my sign last?

The lifespan of your sign depends on the usage, environment and proper care. The holder includes a one-year warranty.

Why can the shipping cost increase with signs?

Shipping charges can increase due to dimensional weight. Any rigid material over 36″ or with a high order quantity requires additional care when packaged to prevent damages from occurring when shipped.

If your order meets or exceeds these limits, the large dimensions require us to ship via freight or custom crate packaging. Learn more: Dimensional Weight Shipping

[/accordionBody] [accordionHead]PVC Foam Signs[/accordionHead][accordionBody]

What is PVC foam?

PVC foam is an expanded foam polyvinyl chloride that features a smooth surface and a matte finish. Learn more: Large Format Substrates

Lightweight and durable, it can be thermoformed, heat bent, routed, laminated and pressure- or vacuum-formed into a variety of shapes via Custom Quote.

What are my thickness options?

Thickness options for PVC Foam Signs include 3mm (0.12”) and 6mm (0.24”).

What are the max dimensions?

The maximum dimensions for custom signs can vary, depending on material availability and the production process. When you enter your desired dimensions in the Finished Size fields on the product page, a notification will alert you if they are outside our parameters. In that case, you can request a Custom Quote.

What format and resolution should my artwork be in?

Your artwork should have a minimum resolution of 150 PPI. We accept artwork files in the following formats: PDF, JPEG and PNG, as well as packaged InDesign and Illustrator files. Learn more: PPI, DPI & Image Resolution, Packaging InDesign Files

How is my design applied to the PVC foam?

Our online printing process ensures your design is printed directly on top of the PVC foam with UV ink. Learn more: Ink Technology: Large Format

Can I print double-sided?

Yes. Simply select one-sided or two-sided in the Sides dropdown on the product page.

Can my sign be any shape?

Yes. Our online printing services include simple and complex digital die cutting. You can customize your sign into any shape, from circles, ovals and stars to unique brand logos.

What are my installation options?

As a customer-focused online printer, Smartpress offers a variety of drill hole sizes, as well as hook and loop, magnet tape and foam tape options for easy installation.

We recommend hook and loop if you want the ability to move or replace the sign frequently, magnet tape for applying to any magnetic surface and foam tape for a more permanent (or longer lasting) hanging solution.

How long will my sign last?

The lifespan of your sign depends on the usage, environment and proper care. To clean: Wipe with a damp non-abrasive cloth. Store in a dry area at room temperature.

Why can the shipping cost increase with signs?

Shipping charges can increase due to dimensional weight. Any rigid material over 36″ or with a high order quantity requires additional care when packaged to prevent damages from occurring when shipped.

If your order meets or exceeds these limits, the large dimensions require us to ship via freight or custom crate packaging. Learn more: Dimensional Weight Shipping

[/accordionBody] [accordionHead]Styrene Signs[/accordionHead][accordionBody]

What is styrene?

Styrene is an economical plastic material. Also known as polystyrene, it can easily be coated, metaled, die cut and heat-bent and is an excellent choice for short-term, temporary indoor and outdoor use. Learn more: Large Format Substrates

What are my thickness options?

Thickness options for Styrene Signs include .020”, .030”, .040” and .060”. All thicknesses are great for small signs, cards, poster frame inserts and wall signs.

What are the max dimensions?

The maximum dimensions for custom signs can vary, depending on material availability and the production process. When you enter your desired dimensions in the Finished Size fields on the product page, a notification will alert you if they are outside our parameters. In that case, you can request a Custom Quote.

What format and resolution should my artwork be in?

Your artwork should have a minimum resolution of 150 PPI. We accept artwork files in the following formats: PDF, JPEG and PNG, as well as packaged InDesign and Illustrator files. Learn more: PPI, DPI & Image Resolution, Packaging InDesign Files

How is my design applied to the styrene?

Our online printing process ensures your design is printed directly on top of the styrene with UV ink. Learn more: Ink Technology: Large Format

Can I print double-sided?

Yes. Simply select one-sided or two-sided in the Sides dropdown on the product page.

Can my sign be any shape?

Yes. Our online printing services include simple and complex digital die cutting. You can customize your sign into any shape, from circles, ovals and stars to unique brand logos.

What are my installation options?

As a customer-focused online printer, Smartpress offers a variety of drill hole sizes, as well as hook and loop, magnet tape and foam tape options for easy installation.

We recommend hook and loop if you want the ability to move or replace the sign frequently, magnet tape for applying to any magnetic surface and foam tape for a more permanent (or longer lasting) hanging solution.

How long will my sign last?

The lifespan of your sign depends on the usage, environment and proper care. To clean: Wipe with a damp non-abrasive cloth. Store in a dry area at room temperature.

Why can the shipping cost increase with signs?

Shipping charges can increase due to dimensional weight. Any rigid material over 36″ or with a high order quantity requires additional care when packaged to prevent damages from occurring when shipped.

If your order meets or exceeds these limits, the large dimensions require us to ship via freight or custom crate packaging. Learn more: Dimensional Weight Shipping

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What is Ultraboard? What is Gatorplast?

Ultraboard and Gatorplast are the same material, just with two different brand names. The material features a plastic, styrene surface bonded to a foam center and a smooth surface that allows ink to stand out vividly. It’s moisture-resistant, durable and great for permanent displays and signs. Learn more: Large Format Substrates

What are my thickness options?

Thickness options for Ultraboard Signs include 3/16”, 1/2″ and 1”. All thicknesses are great for small signs, cards, poster frame inserts and wall signs.

What are the max dimensions?

The maximum dimensions for custom signs can vary, depending on material availability and the production process. When you enter your desired dimensions in the Finished Size fields on the product page, a notification will alert you if they are outside our parameters. In that case, you can request a Custom Quote.

What format and resolution should my artwork be in?

Your artwork should have a minimum resolution of 150 PPI. We accept artwork files in the following formats: PDF, JPEG and PNG, as well as packaged InDesign and Illustrator files. Learn more: PPI, DPI & Image Resolution, Packaging InDesign Files

How is my design applied to the Ultraboard?

Our online printing process ensures your design is printed directly on top of the Ultraboard with UV ink. Learn more: Ink Technology: Large Format

Can I print double-sided?

Yes. Simply select one-sided or two-sided in the Sides dropdown on the product page.

Can my sign be any shape?

Yes. Our online printing services include simple and complex digital die cutting. You can customize your sign into any shape, from circles, ovals and stars to unique brand logos.

What are my installation options?

As a customer-focused online printer, Smartpress offers a variety of drill hole sizes, as well as hook and loop, magnet tape and foam tape options for easy installation.

We recommend hook and loop if you want the ability to move or replace the sign frequently, magnet tape for applying to any magnetic surface and foam tape for a more permanent (or longer lasting) hanging solution.

How long will my sign last?

The lifespan of your sign depends on the usage, environment and proper care. To clean: Wipe with a dry non-abrasive cloth. Store in a dry area at room temperature.

Why can the shipping cost increase with signs?

Shipping charges can increase due to dimensional weight. Any rigid material over 36″ or with a high order quantity requires additional care when packaged to prevent damages from occurring when shipped.

If your order meets or exceeds these limits, the large dimensions require us to ship via freight or custom crate packaging. Learn more: Dimensional Weight Shipping

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What’s corrugated plastic?

Corrugated plastic is a fluted polypropylene material. Also known as Coroplast, it’s opaque white and creates a high-quality twin-wall profile that guards against creasing. Durable, lightweight and waterproof, it’s ideal for outdoor yard and lawn signs. Learn more: Large Format Substrates

What are the max dimensions? What’s the standard size for yard signs?

We offer preset dimensions up to 36”W x 24”H and can accommodate custom dimensions. For custom signs, just enter your desired dimensions in the Finished Size fields on the product page, and a notification will alert you if they are outside our parameters. In that case, you can request a Custom Quote.

24”W x 18”H is typically the standard size for Yard Signs.

What are my thickness options?

Yard Signs are available in one thickness: 4mm.

What format and resolution should my artwork be in?

Your artwork should have a minimum resolution of 150 PPI. We accept artwork files in the following formats: PDF, JPEG and PNG, as well as packaged InDesign and Illustrator files. Learn more: PPI, DPI & Image Resolution, Packaging InDesign Files

How is my design applied to the plastic?

Our online printing process ensures your design is printed directly on top of the plastic with UV ink. Learn more: Ink Technology: Large Format

Can I print double-sided?

Yes. Simply select one-sided or two-sided in the Sides dropdown on the product page.

Can my sign be any shape?

Yes. Our online printing services include simple and complex digital die cutting. You can customize your sign into any shape, from circles, ovals and stars to unique brand logos.

What are my installation options?

As a customer-focused online printer, Smartpress offers H-stakes in varying sizes for easy installation. We recommend:

  • 10″ x 15″ H-stakes – For signs up to 24″ x 18″.
  • 10″ x 30″ H-stakes – For signs up to 36″ x 24″.
  • 10″ x 30″ heavy duty H-stakes – For signs up to 36″ x 48″.

How long will my sign last?

The lifespan of your sign depends on the usage, environment and proper care. To clean: Wipe with a wet non-abrasive cloth. Store in a dry area at room temperature.

Can I order just the H-stakes?

Yes, via Custom Quote.

Why can the shipping cost increase with signs?

Shipping charges can increase due to dimensional weight. Any rigid material over 36″ or with a high order quantity requires additional care when packaged to prevent damages from occurring when shipped.

If your order meets or exceeds these limits, the large dimensions require us to ship via freight or custom crate packaging. Learn more: Dimensional Weight Shipping

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